Let Food Be Thy Medicine

Tori Bowes - Naturopath


Hi, my name is Victoria. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2010. I have had two relapses and have now been symptom free for three years. I have made positive changes in my life – eating a clean wholefood diet, embraced green smoothies and detoxifying juices and used natural herbs and supplements when needed. Emotional well being is just as important as the health of your digestive system. I believe there is definately a link between holding onto negative beliefs and feelings of anger and resentment that can trigger attack of colitis.

Some more about me:

I am now a naturopath with special interest in digestion, detoxification and reproductive health. I live in Adelaide, South Australia. I’m a passionate foodie who loves celebrating life with good health.

Tori’s Story: Let Food Be Thy Medicine

UC has changed my life for the better. It was the wake up call that I needed to take control of my health and start the healing process.

Prior to the diagnosis I wasn’t health conscious. I would exercise every now and then, my diet was full of processed food and I had really high stress levels and was holding onto negaive emotions.

My symptoms progressively got worse and I was up 20 times a night with such urgency and pain rushing to the toilet. I lost weight, I was not absorbing my nutrients, I was feeling tired, fatigued and scared. I became worried about making it to the toilet and would always assess the toilet situation whenever I ventured out.

I found that education and support was lacking from the moment I was diagnosed. This led me to undertaking a Degree in Naturopathy. Here I learned about treating the whole body (mind, body, spirit and emotions). I discovered the healing properties of food and herbs and learnt how to address the cause rather than the symptoms.

I have a very supportive partner who has also cleaned up his diet dramatically and fully embraced a clean lifestyle. (Yes, that means swapping the dairy with nut milks and gluten/wheat for gluten free grains)

Supplements that I have found useful – boswellia and tumeric are very anti-inflammatory and have had great results in comparison to non-steroidal inflammatories such as Sulfaslazine. Glutamine, slippery elm and probiotics are essential to good gut health and soothing the digestive tract.

Diet – absolutely so important – often inflammation in the gut lining is caused by a weakened immune system and various food intolerances. If these foods are not eliminated from the diet then the body will continue to attack the lining of the intestines.

I would like to help others who have been diagnosed with UC, IBS, Crohn’s and anyone else that is having a tough time sorting out their digestive issues. Please feel free to look at my website www.seedon.com.au.

Treatment Ideas from Tori:

Herbs that were beneficial – boswellia, slippery elm, golden seal, tumeric, glutamine, pre and probiotics

Foods – initially I could tolerate fresh cold pressed juices because of the sugar content. Now I enjoy vegetable juices and green smoothies each day. Fermented foods such as kombucha and sauerkraut can work wonders at feeding the friendly bacteria in your gut.

Reduce or eliminate dairy (dramatic improvement)

written by Tori Bowes

submitted in the colitis venting area

5 thoughts on “Let Food Be Thy Medicine”

  1. Hi Tori!

    Thanks so much for sharing your story and what you’re up to in Australia. Congrats in a super big way for finding out what’s working for you, and another big congrats for helping to spread the word about looking at this disease in another way compared to the norm that the western world typically leans to in-terms of medications to treat. (wait a minute…foods a pretty good medications isn’t it:))

    It’s always amazing to me how so many of the medical “professionals” on this planet turn a blind eye to the growing masses of us who are treating our UC with diet with amazing results. Spreading the word on success is a major part of what this site’s all about, Yeah Tori!

    Keep up the remission and keep the positive vibes a flowing:)


  2. Wow, I had just written another post, telling everyone how I manage my uc with natural medicine. I see a private naturopath, and she has managed my symptoms through natural medicine and dietary measures. I have only taken steroids once, for 8 weeks, 25mg, and this was due to being stuck in the middle of the Mediterranean without my naturopath. I am still here, and am planning on moving back to the UK soon, as it is difficult to get gluten free and natural supplements here. I have had UC 10 years. I am currently completing my first year of my nutritional therapy degree, only 4 more years to go !

    1. Hi Barb,

      I am happy to come up with some meal suggestions. Could you tell me if you have any symptoms, if you are vegetarian, what sort of meals do you enjoy eating and I can take it from there. Also if you are looking for recipes for a particular meal of the day or a snack. Generally anything pale, gluten free is a start. Eliminate dairy, gluten, sugar, wheat and introduce green smoothies.

      Quinoa and Coconut Porridge by Lola Berry
      I cup quinoa
      2 cups coconut milk
      2 medjool dates, roughly chopped
      1/2 tsp grd cinnamon
      1/4 tsp grd nutmeg
      one tablespoon of almond meal or 10 activated almonds if you can digest them
      1 fresh banana, peeled and roughly chopped
      1 tablespoon of agave syrup (optional)

      Heat quinoa and coconut milk in a saucepan and bring to boil, stirring continuously. Add chopped dates, cinnamon and nutmeg. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Serves 2. Drizzle with maple if desired.

      Poached eggs, wilted greens, scrambled tofu

      Omelette with shitake mushrooms, tamari, spring onions, enoki mushrooms

      Green superfood smoothie
      Kale, coconut milk, hemp seed, almond butter, maca, chia seeds and banana
      Kale, almond milk, sunwarrior protein, maca, chia seeds, cacao powder, vanilla paste, banana

      Anti inflammatory Nut Butter
      Tumeric Powder
      Coconut Oil
      Himalayan Salt
      Activated Almonds

      Best to listen to your body, if it feels good keep doing it. If it doesn’t agree with you, find an alternative.

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