I cannot believe the vast amount of pizza, donuts, soda, candy, beer and excessive alcohol etc., that I have avoided since my UC diagnosis.
I have cancer, heart disease, and diabetes in my immediate family. My father and older brother died young from heart attacks. That was my first hint that I needed to stay away from the junk food.
And it worked for about
15 years. I was in outstanding health and everyone remarked how I looked so fit and healthy. I could bench press twice my body weight and place well in competitive 10K races. I love junk food and there was no way would I have eaten only healthy meals if I wasn't so scared of what happened to my father and brother.
My downward slippery slope started again in my 50's when I needed coffee and caffeine to jump-start my day. Gradually the cravings for junk returned. I consider my UC diagnosis as the 2nd hint from the universe to get off the sauce.
If there is a silver lining for having colitis it is that I have to live a healthy lifestyle in order to remain in remission. And that healthy living has so far kept me away from heart disease, cancer, and diabetes that has hit the rest of my family.
Post Edited (IamCurious) : 9/15/2014 1:39:17 PM (GMT-6)