That is definetly one way to look at this situation, but I have to believe my consumption has a lot to do with it. I mean think about the name junk food. Why would anyone choose the word junk? And its not only what you consume, its when you consume it and how much you consume.
I just find it hard to fathom how a healthy college athlete would get a crazy disease like this. I've relied on my body and pushed it to its limits at times and I think that I didn't have to get UC. And I didn't ever think I would have colitis this long much less be on prescription meds the rest of my life. So I dedicated a lot of time and effort to my colitis. I'm a guy so I had to learn how to cook. I took extremely detailed notes about my body. I tried a lot of different things to try and treat my colitis, but what it all comes down to is mostly what I consume. Call me crazy, but I feel guilty eating something non nutritional especially when im flaring. People trip out when they eat with me b/c of what I am eating. I drink mostly water I eat mostly steamed vegetables and I really do notice a diffence with my digestion when I stay to far off my normal diet.
about my flare: I have to say I am still improving. But i have been at this point with my meds before and stayed way to long so I am curious to see if I continue to eat healthy if I can clear all my symptoms. SOrry this is so long, but I just want someone to read a thread that isn't about meds b/c not too many Gastroenterologists would even mention what you eat. When i was diagnosed my GI told me I could continue to eat whatever b/c it was all the same when it gets to the gut.
28/M/TX (revised 4/16/08)
Severe Colitis (pancolitis) since January 9, 2005
currently: 3 weeks of flaring and finally improving.
RX/day: Tapered Prednisone completely January 2008. Lost job and insurance 10/2007 and stopped taking asacol and Imuran cold turkey
(believe me I know my body and do not recommend doing this!!!)
OTC: seldom use VSL#3, vitamins & other natural treatments
Diet: SCD helps tremendously, but am not strictly on it.