Also, I love eating hamburgers. My favorite hamburger joint is called FatBurger. It’s a relatively small burger chain, many in the California/Nevada areas, and many other spots too. To me, they are my favorite burgers money can buy.
Yes indeed, I am a “typical American” hamburger loving fool. But so far, my ulcerative colitis disease and my particularly strange SCD based diet of no wheat, grains, dairy, certain sugars is not very American at all. The good news is, with a little creativity, most anything can be fixed, or at least altered to the point where you can get what you want. At least this looks to be the case for me at FatBurger.
So here is the deal, before I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, I would always order the “Big Fat Deal” at Fat Burger. This included a large burger, fries, and drink. I would also add “fried egg” to the burger(may sound strange to some of you, but don’t knock it until you try it!) I always just filled the cup up with water, even in my pre-diagnosed with UC days, and I would eat all the fries for sure.
Now, with my strict diet, there are all kinds of problems with my favorite meal. For example: the burger bun, fries, and ketchup, all had bad stuff that my colitis colon just can’t handle.
So what to do???
I still want to eat that burger, still want the fried egg, and still want the fries…
Before you start coming up with conclusions, let me chime in that at Fat Burger, you can’t get the lettuce wrapped burger, because they already have pre-shredded up lettuce…. but there is another way around it…
Here’s the solution for me:
add fried egg
give me the fries (I ordered them just like old days, but just didn’t eat any of them, friends did though)
I’ll fill the cup with water like old times
AND: Put a ton of sliced tomato on the bottom and on the top of the whole thing, that will be my new bun!
-There you have it, problem solved, and super tasty too.
Thanks Fat Burger, and thanks ulcerative colitis.
One thing to note is, the SCD diet is very exact, I do not follow it to the T, but without the ketchup and fries and the bun, this comes in there pretty good with keeping to the diet.
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 started the iHaveUC site shortly after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in October of 2008 with severe pancolitis (the whole colon was inflamed back then). It was a very rough start with severe symptoms, and getting bounced from medication to medication sure took its toll on me. Eventually I was talking with the colorectal surgeon at UCSF when I met another UC’er who showed me a different path based on changing the foods I was eating. And of course the rest is history, but, like most UC’ers… there have been quite a few ups and downs and learning lessons along the way. Much of this I’ve opened up about within the pages of the site. But, as there are over 1400 writers on the site now, you can learn about every topic imaginable on iHaveUC.com. Leave a comment, ask a question, take advantage of our past experiences and take care.