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I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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Let’s start off with a funny pug picture because the rest of this post isn’t going to be funny at all.

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Clearly, Murphy is comfortable.

Ok, so it’s time for me to fess up about what’s been going on with me lately. I’ve actually sort of been dreading writing this post because I didn’t want to admit that I’m sick again. Yep, that’s right. The colitis is back. FML.

Since my first episode more than seven months ago, I haven’t had a single GI issue, and I’ve felt perfectly healthy. I thought what happened over the summer was a one-time deal since colitis can be caused by a variety of illnesses and infections, and my doctor said he didn’t know whether it would come back or not. Of course, I hoped and prayed it would never return, but after a few weeks on wonky digestive issues, I’m now involved in a full on colitis flare, and it’s not fun.

Initially, I ignored the warning signs. I mean, there was no way it was happening again. Not to me! It was a fluke the first time. But, as soon as things progressed to scary (read: bloody), I called my doctor. We tried to nip it in the bud with a low-dose of steroids, which, at first, made me feel quite a bit better, so I thought I conquered a potential flare and continued on with my typical lifestyle, which included drinking beer and iced coffee, running 8 miles, and busting out Burpees. But, I’m pretty sure these things didn’t help my situation since I woke on Saturday morning feeling like death. My symptoms went from bearable to full-on flare. Somehow, I managed to make it through a run and brunch with friends, but as soon as I got home, I spent the rest of the day and evening trying not to die hunched over the toilet. Same with yesterday. And today. It sucks. A lot.

I’m honestly not even sure what to think about this whole thing. For once in my life, I was being totally optimistic about what happened to me this summer, and I really didn’t think it would come back. Now, colitis is something I probably have to deal with for the rest of my life. I know there’s worse things that can happen, but I’m pissed. I thought I was doing everything right with regard to my health, and now this bullshit happens. Why me? I’m healthy! I’m sorry to be such a downer. I’m just trying to wrap my brain around it.

Thankfully, my doctor’s nurse worked her magic to get me on his schedule for tomorrow morning, so, hopefully, we can deal with this flare quickly, and it’s over and done with as soon as possible. I hate feeling so helpless with regard to my health. I just want to be healthy and get on with my life.

Snack

A blog friend of mine said coconut water has been helpful for her digestive issues, so I drank a Vita Coco mid-morning. I figured it couldn’t hurt, and I was really thirsty. It tasted so good going down.

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Lunch

Today’s lunch was eaten in two parts: chicken with rice and roasted broccoli.

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And a smoothie made with banana, blueberries, coconut milk, ground flaxseed meal and ice.

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Blah. Sorry for such a bummer post. I promise to be more cheerful tomorrow. I think once I meet with my doctor and get some more answers, I’ll feel better about things.

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      1. @Tina: I was going to say the same thing about gluten. Is a celiac test the same thing as testing for gluten intolerance? I’ve been reading the book Paleo solutions…it’s really inspirational and talks about eating no grains. I don’t have issues yet but the results from the Paleo diet seem amazing (plus isn’t crossfit a big supporter of it?!).

        1. @Sneakers2Sandals: I thought the same thing as well. Have you been tested for gluten or other food allergies? They’re different than celiac, which is an autoimmune disease. I’ve been struggling with terrible, awful acid reflux since Christmas, and going gluten free has helped me a ton. Maybe gluten or some other food is causing the flare ups? Herbal + enzyme supplements from my chiropractor have also helped my GI issues as well. I hope you get this figured out and get back to CrossFit soon!

  1. Tina, I am so sorry to hear about your most recent flare. I’ve commented on your colitis posts before and just wanted to lend my support.

    I’ve was diagnosed with colitis back in 2005. I’ve spent the last few years since my diagnosis learning about medications, the right foods (for me), hydration levels and general lifestyle routines to keep my colitis in check. It will take a long time for you to feel like you are ready to deal with the ebbs and flows of colitis, but I promise it will happen.

    As I always do in a flare, I would scale back food consumption and increase water and electrolyte drink consumption. How about some basic carbs for the next few days (bagels, plain noodles, etc.) while your tummy calms a little?

    I feel your pain…but I promise this flare will end and life will resume. You can get through this. Hell, you can do burpees for 7 straight minutes. Colitis doesn’t have anything on that!!!!!!

  2. I’m sorry to hear of your medical issues! I completely know how you feel. I had an emergency appendectomy on Christmas and the surgeon saw something on my colon. I’ve had stomach issues my whole life. Running back and forth to doctors and having tests done finally diagnosed me with Crohn’s three weeks ago. I’m in the middle of a flare-up and it’s awful. It’s hard to know what to eat and what not to eat. It’s very frustrating. Hang in there Tina! 🙂

  3. For what it’s worth, I totally feel you on the colitis front! I was recently diagnosed with it a few months back after having a pretty bad flare up. I’ve been considering doing acupuncture as I’ve read and heard that it can help with GI issues, and I’m not a fan of taking medications. I’ll let you know if it helps when I start up! Hang in there! *hugs*

  4. That sounds awful! I am so sorry you are going through this. Stay as positive as you can and hopefully you will get some answers at your appointment.

  5. Sorry to hear this, Tina. There really is no worse feeling in the world than when you think you’ve done everything right in regards to your health and then suddenly things just seem to happen regardless of all your precautions. It happened to me a year ago, and it was terrifying and frustrating and maddening. Hang in there; hopefully you guys can figure out a plan that gets things back on track!

  6. So sorry to hear that. I thought something was up when you didn’t tackle 12.1 again on Sunday. I know in the past you haven’t been interested in trying Paleo, but have you thought about just giving it a shot to see if it would help? I know it’s helped a lot of people conquer GI issues. It might be worth a try!

  7. Hey Tina! I am so sorry to hear about this happening to you, I hope you find the strength to not let it discourage you from your future goals. I hate to push certain lifestyles on people but I have done a lot of reading and research about the paleo/ primal lifestyle and it is proven to cure ulcerative colitis and other digestive issues. This is just an idea if you choose to try it out! Here are some links to some of the sources that I used to help cure my digestive issues:
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/#axzz1ncgWij5L
    http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/

    Good luck Tina, get well soon!

  8. I know how you feel with the “Why me?” attitude.

    I have IBS and while I exercise and eat right (the majority of the time) I still can’t get through a few hours without being on a fairly strict medication and eating schedule. I don’t know why I got IBS, or why it decided to start just in the past 2 year, and I’m afraid that I’ll be dealing with it the rest of my life, 6+ pills and daily laxative use and all. Here’s hoping for some relief for both of us!

  9. It really is frustrating to feel like you are a relatively healthy person and sometimes those things don’t matter. Just remember that this will [eventually] pass and you’ll be able to appreciate normal daily routines so much more!

  10. Ohhhh Tina- tha’ts awful. I thought your posts seemed a little off lately. It sucks to feel helpless. Life is not cool sometimes. I hope your doctor has some answers for you tomorrow!!!
    Hugs!!

  11. I totally understand your frustrating Tina. I have proctitis, which isn’t as severe as colitis and if I allow it, it makes me MISERABLE. I lead an extremely healthy lifestyle with exercise and good food choices, but I love my sweets (even though they don’t love me). Knowing that I have to be on medication for the rest of my life, and that things like pregnancy can cause it to worsen, are really big bummers. But the good news is that it IS controllable and not life threatening, and that just as there will be flare-ups, there will be periods of pure bliss with no symptoms at all. Keep your chin up, I hope you feel better!

  12. I am so sorry to hear that the colitis is back. I hope your appointment tomorrow will help to clear it up ASAP!

    I am flabbergasted at much you were able to do while you weren’t feeling well. I’m not sure I could have done everything you did at 100% health, haha! You are such the trooper.

  13. Aww I had a feeling that’s what the post was going to be about. I’m really sorry to hear about this Tina. Hopefully it will pass – you know what you had to do last time in order for it to go away so hopefully that, and the doctor’s advice will help again. Good luck!

  14. Hi Tina,

    I’m sorry you’re feeling crappy. I know it’s probably not what you want to hear but the Health Coach in me thinks you could have a gluten insensitivity that is causing your symptoms. It is actually possible to test negative for celiac and still be sensitive to gluten. It’s worth exploring. A good friend of mine healed her colitis with her diet. You may want to check out her story: http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/

    Hope you feel better!

  15. Why me? is a common question for many who are diagnosed. I know I thought of it in 2000 when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s, and in 2004 when I was diagnosed with UC (yes, I’m the rarity that has both). But you can’t be like that. Flare up sucks. There is no sugar coating it. But it could be a lot worse. Be grateful that you can still run 8 miles. Take the day off when you need it. Lie in fetal position when you have to. But it is going to get better.

  16. Tina, to add to my list via e-mail… anything white (bread, crackers, etc.) is the devil during a flare up! Hope some of this helps!

  17. I don’t have colitis but I do have chronic bowel problems..my nerves have degenerated and I end up having to go to have colonic’s every few months. I see a nutritionist now and I’m on a herbal remedy which helps A LOT! I was prescribed medication by doctors which was horrendous and left me with a stomach like a balloon thanks to the water retention being a major side effect. Diet definitely plays a huge part, make sure to look after yourself 🙂 A nutritionist might be worth seeing…sorry if I sound like I’m being interfering!

  18. Tina sorry to read you aren’t feeling well. It is always scary/worrisome/aggravating to not feel well, especially when you take care of yourself. I hope this bout of not feeling well goes by quickly and you feel like your normal self again!

  19. I never would have guessed you weren’t feeling well with all the activity you have been doing. I am sorry to hear about your colitis, try and hang in there and remember that you aren’t alone. After reading so many of the comments on this post, I see that this is a struggle for so many! You are healthy and do take care of your body, because of this you will bounce back! Just think how hard it would be to recover if you weren’t as healthy as you are!

  20. I’m sorry to hear about this, I know it can be frustrating! I was dealing with a lot of issues and found out I had to gut out gluten, soy, pasteurized milk and white sugar this past October! It’s certainly not easy to have our eating routines messed with, but I guess if it’s the worst thing that happens, then it’s not so bad!

  21. Ugh! I hope you feel better soon. You will get through this bout. You do everything you can to be healthy. I can’t offer much advice (sounds like you’ve gotten a lot) but know you have tons of people thinking of you and hoping for the best.

  22. I’m so sorry to hear this, Tina! I know what you mean about feeling frustrated you just don’t have control over your body. I don’t have digestive issues (knock on wood!) but I do have severe, frequent migraines and when I’m in a bad cycle everything else has to take a back seat to dealing with that. I wish I had advice but I don’t. Good luck girl!

  23. Tina,

    Sorry to hear that. You don’t have to be peppy if you’re not feeling it! Lord knows, we all have those weeks! Feel better soon!

  24. Ugh, I’m so sorry to hear about your flare up! It’s frustrating when a health issue you thought was behind you comes back. Try to keep your hopes up – clearly you have a lot of blog love and support behind you! Anyone who can rock out that many burpees can kick colitis’ ass!

  25. I’m so sorry to hear about your colits issues. Not that I want to tell you what to do or eat at all but just a little advice about your fiber intake. While generally I would recommend that everyone eat more fiber (which you do a great job of getting in) during a flare state you want to back of fiber completely. It will only make colitis worse. You’ll want to follow a bland/low residue diet. Take out those cruciferous veggies (as great as they are), the whole grains, the flaxseed, nuts, oats. All those wonderful things you’re used to. Until the flare passes keep to potatoes, white rice, yogurt, steamed vegetables (or well cooked ones like carrots that are soft to chew). Also, caffeine will be something you want to cut out. I know all this sounds rough but you can slowly bring it all back into your diet post flare state and it will strengthen your GI tract. I hope this helps a bit! Also, great job on those burpees, I am bummed I can’t partake in the open but i’ve got a little shoulder injury :(.

  26. When I have a UC flare-up I stay away from fiber completely – which means no broccoli or flax seed. I also stay away from alcohol, especially beer. Usually I stick to the BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) diet, but include plain stuff like grilled chicken. What medications did your GI dr recommend?

    1. @Kim K: This was my understanding as well (no fiber, no coffee, no alcohol, no cruciferous veggies). Tina, I’m wondering if you can’t do a FAQ post on colitis? The millions of varying pieces of advice can make a girl’s head spin, and having some tried and true takeaways would be really welcome.

  27. Ugh I don’t blame you for being frustrated at all. That would be hard for me to digest (no pun intended) as well. But just know that humans adapt really easily and hopefully you’ll figure out as time goes on what works for you and what doesn’t.

    I had a co-worker at Health who had pretty severe colitis and she was put on medication that pretty much took all her symptoms away! I’m happy to put you in touch with her if you’d like!

  28. Tina,

    My husband was recently diagnosed with colitis. He had symptoms for 3 months and ignored it and after a colonscopy ruled it def. was colitis. Anyway, the GI put him on 2 perscriptions immediately. He was on Lialda and Entocort. 4 pills of Lialda in the am and 3 of Entocort at night for a month. His symptoms virtually disappeared within 3 days. Currently, he is taking the Lialda in the morning and has a perscription on hand for Entocort if he has a flare up. I know perscription medication may not be something you are looking to take on a regular basis, but it really has helped him have a normal life without residing in the bathroom. He still tries to limit his trigger foods, but has found with the medicine he is doesn’t have any symptoms! Good Luck tomorrow at the GI and hang in there!!

  29. Ugh! So sorry Tina – totally sux. I tested negative for Celiac several time but finally saw a GI doc who did better/more accurate tests and Im super intolerant.

    I hate to say this but maybe you need to scale back some more of your workouts and doubles. The stress that puts on your body probably isnt helping your body fight off flare ups. 🙁 . Also maybe your colitis flared up because your immune system was suprresed from all the ass kicking you are doing!

    Take some time and listen to your body!!!!!

  30. Oh Tina, I’m really sorry to hear the colitis has returned! It looks like you’re doing everything in your control right now: going to the doctor, hydrating, resting, eating foods that don’t upset your digestive system. Stressing out will only make it worse, I’m sure, so just try to think positive and focus your energy on getting well. What a frustrating situation, it’s just awful to feel like you’re not in control of your body and like you don’t have the answers on why it happened and how to prevent further episodes. I really hope you’re able to kick it soon!

  31. I’m so sorry to hear, Tina! I know many people that suffer with Crohns or Colitis and I know it’s a difficult battle to fight. If this is something you have to live with for the rest of your life, you will find a way to cope with it and lead a normal lifestyle.

    I can’t relate to what you’re going through at all, I really hope things turn out well for you! Either way, you’re a determined and motivated person, you’ll find a way to get through this!

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