Have you ever wondered if it’s OK to eat salad when you have ulcerative colitis?
I think everyone asks themselves this question. I sure did. For me, salad is a big part of my weekly diet, and yes, I’ve got UC and a colon.(and a colon that knows how to take hard normal craps too, and a colon that is medication free since Oct. 2009) Of course I think diet is important for controling my UC. For you, things may be different, but things may also be the same.
Back in the 2008-2009 days when I was trying to find a way to kick the bleeding and endless toilet runs, I was pretty sure that “roughage” and thinkgs like raw veggies and salad were bad for my body, or at least “hard to digest”. This is what I had heard from the medical system and I listened to that theory. Back in the days of the blood flying out and landing in the toilet or some days just dripping, I hardly ever ate anything green, probably more like never at all. Those were the days of bread, rice, gatorade, and weekly blood tests at the local medical clinic. Those were the days of watching like a hawk my blood test results, popping the prednisone on a Swiss clock schedule, going to get refills of prescriptions from Walgreens drug store all the time etc… And of course, days of no salads.
I like salads. I hate Ulcerative Colitis. That’s pretty simple right…
So, in trying to figure out the transition to eating no salads to eating them 3-4 to 5-6 times per week, I am trying to remember how it went. As you may know from reading other posts, I started a radically new Specific Carbohydrate Based diet
on August 11, 2009. I don’t think I jumped right into salads every day, but for sure within a few weeks, I was eating salads whenever I felt like it. Why…? Because my body was liking the salads. My body wasn’t saying “No don’t eat salad, its causing your bloody stools”. It was saying the exact opposite. So, that is my salad story.
It’s probably not the best idea to think that if you start eating ONLY salads, you will get your UC under control and living symptoms free like me, but I personally think that would be a MUCH better idea than jumping head over heels into a massive year long run with the salads the drug companies are feeding everyone. I’ll be grabbing a bowl of nasty brussel sprouts before grabing a jar of prednisone anyday.
Lastly, if you are anything like me and like red meat and chicken and stuff like that, a nice salad like the one in the video is a great thing to throw those types of proteins into as well.
If you have any strong or mild opinions on salad for UC patients(whether with or without a colon/ in a agreement or not at all with this post) please post them in the comments below, the UC world would be most grateful.
I’m passionate about Ulcerative Colitis and especially people living with UC, the author of Feeling Crappy to Feeling Happy and Cooking For Ulcerative Colitis.
Also, I’m the founder of the iHaveUC website and I was diagnosed back in October of 2008 with severe pancolitis (the whole colon was inflamed back then).