Sometimes people get depressed because they don't want to remove a food that may be causing gut problems. Humans and their relationship with food is emotional to be sure. I've tried and failed most IBD diets over my 15 years with this disease and it wasn't easy to change the way I ate, especially with the thought that "I can never eat (fill in the blank)
again" if it turned out that removing that food made things better.
The food world seems filled with problematic foods for my gut.
But here's what I have to say after getting so much better after removing offending foods: Once my gut was healed it turns out that some "out" foods can be eaten again. Dairy for example, also chocolate and some caffeine are OK, in not huge amounts.
It took me a loooong time to assemble my list of "untolerated" foods because in the beginning it seemed like the list was too long and the list of accepted gut foods was ridiculously short. But I hung in as long as I could see symptoms getting better.
Message: Do not get depressed
thinking "I'll never be able to eat chocolate again waaaah" because based on my experience you may be able to once your gut has healed.
There are some foods my gut does not want back in (bread products and other grains still cause symptoms) so I've zigged by eating Udi's gluten free bread for my toast or sandwiches. I don't eat any other store-bought GF products because most of them taste gross but I bake at home with GF flours.
Diet mod. is hands-down hardest thing I've ever done in my life but no medals are due because I really had no other choice. Rx meds for 11 years did not help my UC and I did not want to move up to biologicals.
I can eat out at almost any restaurant with no problems. Eating at other people homes is more of a problem but that doesn't happen so much.
Best wishes to all who are modifying their diet for their UC. We get dissed or mocked or not believed on a regular basis. I've quit telling anyone IRL because it's not worth it.
However 2 days ago while talking with an acquaintance who asked why I wasn't getting a plate at a potluck I said "I can't eat that food" she related that her grand-daughter has Crohn's and is gluten-free because she had stopped growing. She understood the issue involved and I think she looked at me as a success she can share with her daughter (mother of g-daughter) because I look and am pretty darn healthy.
Keep calm and diet. mod. on.
edit to add: I was tested years ago for lactose and gluten and both tests said these were not a problem
.So I don't think I am allergic, just own a gut that is wounded and cannot process foods like other people can. I did not bother with other allergy tests because those tests may not give useful or accurate results.
Post Edited (imagardener2) : 2/15/2015 1:13:17 PM (GMT-7)