What Up Colitis Readers,
It’s almost Christmas time, and whether you celebrate it or not, it’s pretty cool to see trees and houses all lit up isn’t it?
I think so.
But there’s also something pretty cool about this time of year, hanging out with old friends, family, people you might not see too much, that kinda stuff right.
And, what the hell is a holiday season without some type of get together, or big fat dinner/ brunch or whatever. It’s all part of the program this time of year.
For us folks who are living with ulcerative colitis (and especially for those of us who get great benefit from treating UC with watching what goes in the old mouth…like myself) there’s a chance we need to be more careful this time of year as well.
I’ve talked about this before, and since so many people liked the idea, I’m talking about it again.
Real Ginger. Real Lemon Juice. Real Honey. And WATER.
Make it, Drink it, Enjoy it!
It’s simple to make. It’s better for you than nearly everything else you can be offered this holiday season (and the rest of the year). You can easily bring over a piece of fresh ginger and a lemon or two along with some honey to any house party, Christmas Eve dinner, or fraternity house. No problemo amigos.
I like this combination for a whole bunch of reasons, but mainly because I know my colitis loves it too. If I want it to be a little sweeter, EASY. Add a little more honey.
The problem is, there’s too many drinks that go around this time of year that have the potential to throw off my system. It’s probably the same for you too.
Egg nog…(DON’T EVEN THING ABOUT IT)
If you drink that stuff consistently, I’ll put a massive bet down that you will be sitting in a hospital hating life if you have colitis. There’s no way I would ever touch that (even though I used to love it). Any milk products for that matter minus some cheeses.
I hit up several glasses of that stuff this time a year about 5 years ago…worst decision ever. The blood was floooooowing. And I haven’t had any of that since. Not even at weddings. Well…maybe the tiniest sip you’ve ever seen, but that’s it!
Surely you can add some more to this list. Drinks that you love, that you’ve been drinking for years, but…or should it be BUTT, sometimes these things can really set of your UC, and maybe you just don’t even realize it. Or maybe you just chalk it up to the food you’re eating this time of year. Whatever the case, don’t trip, just get on board the Ginger Tea Train! It’s a friggin ripper, and you’re gonna love it.
What Are You Drinking?
So what do you drink? What’s your first drink in the morning? What do you find yourself sipping throughout the day? Is there some cracked out ritual you have to go through with each night before you hit the hay? Maybe some late night cocktail we should know about?
Are you addicted to Coke and Pepsi?
If so…my advice would be to try and find alternatives. In the hundreds of thousands (it’s actually over a million now) who have used this site, I’m yet to hear from a UC’er who has ever said, “Hey Mr. Adam…I drink coke and pepsi and root beer all day long and I consistently take hard poops. Who know’s maybe I’ll hear about that situation from some of you after you read this email, but I doubt it, especially if you’re off medications.
We focus on diet so much on this website. But that’s always food talk. Food this, food that… You’re probably sick of that jabber, and I don’t blame you.
So do me a favor, do your colon a favor, and find some friggin ways to make everyone happy. Find some ways to fix up some water so it satisfies you.
I think if you boil some water, then add some slices of fresh ginger(maybe a square inch worth) and about a half a lemon squeezed with 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite honey (I love orange blossum honey from Florida)….you AND YOUR COLON are going to be happier than good old Santa Claus pounding on some cookies after thumping down the chimney.
Get your Ginger drinks on and happy Christmas to all the Christmasers out there,
(if you’re wondering, in just about 8 more days, this will be a full year of ZERO days seeing a gastro doctor, and I’m thinking this might be another year of less than 500 poops..not bad, and you can do it too:)
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For me, it was a very rough start with severe symptoms. Getting bounced from medication to medication was not easy or too helpful. But, I did meet another UC’er, changes several parts of my diet, and of course the rest is history.
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