My symptoms began around age 13. Diagnosed at 25. Numerous drugs for 2 years. Started SCD diet at 27. No drugs after that and currently 31.
Some more about me:
Live in Dallas, TX. From the east coast. Environmental Adventurer.
No logs, irregular.
Moral Issues with My Diet and Going Vegan
Ok – I have been doing well on the SCD diet for almost 4 years now. I do not stick to the exact diet all the time and when I don’t (like this past holiday season) I sufffferrr. But I can easily kick my butt back onto the diet and fix the problems. I usually fix them to a point I am comfortable with and not 100%. Aka it is hard for me to do without sugar. I do very well living without rice, pasta, beans, soy and most bread – things that ruled my life before the diet.
Anyway, there was a span in my life I was a vegetarian for 2.5 years and I really would love to be able to be a vegan but my diet does not allow this. I have tried a few times to go back to vegetarian and I only last about a week before I throw in the towel because my UC symptoms are back in full force.
Since I probably can not go vegan I try and do a one day meatless Monday. But my guilt is getting to me. I need another way to make up for this. Any ideas on how I can balance the two in my life? If I can’t change my diet how can I convince others to do a meatless Monday and “do what I say, and not what I do”. I feel like I have this disease and these moral feelings for a reason but I don’t know how to connect them.
Currently on the no list: pasta, rice, beans, hummus, grain bread, soy, tofu
Currently eating mostly: meat and veggies (potatoes, broccoli, zucchini) and fruit
So if I went veggie I would basically eat veggies and fruit – but there are several I can’t eat (kale, grapes etc). And no tofu, no soy, no garbanzo beans. Oh and one thing I definitely can’t eat is processed foods so I fear all those frozen “veggie chicken nuggets” and things would be out as well.
Anything with too much roughage causes problems in my system. I try and stick with the simple carbs.
So my dilemma remains.
Colitis Medications I Previously Tried:
Took steroids, torpedoes (thats what I called the little butt pills that go up your butt), asacol, enemas.. etc.
Currently take no medicine and only vitamins: fish oil, multi vitamin, b complex, vit e, vit d.
written by NJM
submitted in the colitis venting area