Eating Burgers and having Ulcerative Colitis…?
Do you love eating hamburgers? Do you think Fat Burger and their skinny fries with egg and cheese on the burger is the best thing in the world? Are you looking for the Burger King sign when you are driving down the highway, hoping its coming soon because you need to take a pee and want to get another Whopper? I answer yes to all of the above. Just one problem, I don’t eat hamburgers anymore because of colitis.
Everyone has their favorite burger place, well maybe not everyone, but you know what I mean. For us fat Americans, burgers are part of the program. Whether its at a summer BBQ, quick bite to eat at night during the week when you are too tired to cook, hitting up McDonald’s during lunchtime, etc… I am sure before being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, I was eating 100 burgers/year or something like that. Not anymore.
Why did I stop eating Burger?
The buns of the burgers are all filled with grains and other stuff that my colitis diet just can’t tolerate. That’s the reason. Not because they have too much fat, or anything else like that. I could care less how much fat they have in them. The bread part is what killed me. Also, the ketchup is usually filled with sugars that don’t work for the diet either. The cheese, well, that too was not too good for my colitis diet.
Is it hard to stop eating burgers with colitis?
Well, yes and no. I don’t think of the Burger King signs as lights from heaven anymore. But, its hard to be in the local burger joint and having to order a chicken ceasar salad instead of the usual burger I ordered for the past 29 years of my life…. But a small price to pay, when the flipside is to be taking poops now without any bloody stuff mixed in, and only taking one or two per day instead of 4 or 5 times that many or 10 times that many actually.
The Bunless Burger Option for Colitis People
There is still an option for everyone. Getting a burger Atkins diet style, or without the bun. Just using a ton of lettuce to wrap the burger and other stuff in. Well, go right ahead if this works for you. For me, I just stay away completely from hamburgers now.
Some people say don’t eat these, others say give them a try. For me, I try them quite often. But with a major change from prior to being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Now, when I eat French Fries, I make sure to never, NEVER, ever put on any of the red devil sauce called Ketchup. That stuff is filled with sugars(corn syrup etc… and super processed food.) So, french fries work for me, and I am damn happy about that, since they are so tasty.
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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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