I was diagnosed with UC almost 5 years ago and went through some very difficult times to try and get better. I went through the baby food regime, eating just toast and still being very sick. This past October was the worst I have felt. My endoscopy did not indicate Celiac disease and my miserable doctor would not discuss diet with me. I took things into my own hands and began eating a gluten free and Lactose free diet. I found it had to be a dairy free diet and IBS diet too. My bloating, nausea and ill feeling has slowly subsided.
I am 60 years old and have days feeling sorry for myself because I didn't realize how difficult this is. I can't eat fruits, vegetables, spicey, tomato, dairy.... I work in an elementary school where each day brings new misery. Parents bring daily delights of donuts, pizza, bagels, cookies, cakes, chocolate. Students offer birthday cupcakes and the small group I eat lunch with delight in running over to Sonic for cheeseburgers and tots or to McDonalds for Big Macs and fries. Fridays are usually celebrated with Jasons deli or Chinese food. I sit with my gluten free Udi bagel, or rice noodles or leftovers. Staff meetings are buffets of goodies - I with my Glutino pretzels and almond butter.\
I definitely feel much better but I gotta tell you, I still miss the foods I grew up with - real bagels, Harvey's hamburgers, Pastrami on rye, bread, pasta, Tim Horton donuts, Poutine, Swiss Chalet.
I take each day as a one day hurdle. Get through breakfast, then get through lunch, then get through dinner.... then over and over.
Yes there are some good gf foods and I am losing weight and feeling good, but I have removed the Food Channel from my Tivo lineup!
Presently on: 600 mg. Remicade every 5 weeks
Venofer infusion every 5 weeks
B12 every 5 weeks
12 Asacol daily
Zofran as needed
Dealing with Colitis since 2003, Gastro-Paresis, Reflux, IBS, GERD and Gluten and Dairy Intolerance and last but certainly not least - Arthritis. Am officially a senior citizen - how lovely :P
"Food is in my dreams and in my nightmares!"