Hey What up UC’ers,
It has now been over 2 full months since I’ve completely cut out coffee from my diet, and I thought it could be worth while to share how things are going. First let me explain the reason why I attempted (and succeeded in stopping the coffee altogether, and YES, I’ve had many an urges in the early days with dipping back into a cup or two…)
Back in the end of August (or maybe it was early September) I found myself on a Saturday morning getting up later than usual since it was the weekend and sitting in the kitchen with a full pot of coffee all to myself. Unlike other mornings, I drank two full cups of coffee before having anything else to eat or drink.
And crazy enough, I did the same type of routine the very next day on Sunday.
Maybe this type of morning routine is something similar to what you are in the middle of on the weekends?
I don’t think it was a good idea at all in hindsight, and I even noticed some signs and symptoms of old man colitis waking up from a long nap. Symptoms like less formed stools for example(come on folks, you know what I mean, I’m not talking about some rock hard nice poops coming out which we all want to see.)
So, this was the beginning of my coffee break. Soon after I dropped coffee altogether and have not had a single cup of anything even remotely related to coffee since. I’m still pounding the ginger/honey/lemon teas nearly every morning, and in the afternoon or any other time, I crank that as well when I may have previously turned to coffee.
I think it was a great idea and my colon has responded nicely as well. Maybe the same can work for you too…
Here’s why I think cutting out coffee might help you as well:
- You’ll never have to think this thought again…”Was it the coffee that set my gut off today???”
- Even without coffee, you won’t fall asleep at work
- Drink water instead, it doesn’t give you stinky breathe
- You won’t have headaches for weeks on end. (For me it was a headache for day, not weeks on end, not even several days. ONE DAY, it’s not impossible)
- Coffee is great and all, but there are some alternatives out there like the good old ginger tea (try it, you’ll like it:)
- Coffee is super acidic, like off the charts if you’re looking at the same ones as me, and some people with ulcerative colitis feel that acidic foods & drinks may be at the heart of much of the problems we face (I myself don’t have enough experience with this particular way of thinking to form a full opinion, but I also sure wouldn’t rule it out as having some influence on symptoms)
- Milk…for those of you who drink milk, and if you put milk or creams in your coffee, this might help you reduce your intake of that which is another common food product that often tends to cause negative side effects to UC’ers
- If you asked me…it’s worth a try to quit coffee, especially if you are still having a hard time controlling your UC symptoms with medications, diet, or whatever else you’re doing
So what do you think?
Would you consider completely stopping having coffee if it might help out your ulcerative colitis symptoms get back on track?
I’m interested to know what you all think. It has been two months and although I see my wife sipping coffee several times a day right next to me, I’m not really dying to have one myself…yet. We’ll see how it goes when it starts getting freezing here right…
**if you are interested in reading up on a new PubMed study that’s related to Ulcerative Colitis and diet, here is a new one I just finished:
In good health,
I started site and the eNewsletter(you can join that below) shortly after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in October of 2008 with severe pancolitis (when my whole colon was inflamed).
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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