Ulcerative Colitis, in San Diego

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Eric serving up some drinks


My name is Eric, I’m 34yrs old and have been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in December of 2011. Since then I’ve experienced a very different world in diet, and life. I workout 6 days a week, run 5-6 miles at least 3x a week, and take a lot of vitamins. Still, I’m very fatigued, sluggish, and not as healthy as I could be. I don’t like the Prednisone, and want to keep of the drugs, but sometimes, that’s the only thing that helps. My goal is to learn how to treat the disease naturally, without modern medicine. I want to live drug-free.

Colitis Symptoms:

My current symptoms are fatigue, gas, and just irregular movements.

My name is Eric, and I just got diagnosed with UC a few months ago.

I have a hard time relaxing, naturally an active person, I’m also very anxious most the time. I find that I’m able to relax when I have appropriate company, to watch a movie, or listen to music with. I workout 6 days a week, and jog about 3x a week. My diet is pretty bad, not as focused as I’d like it o be, and I’m having a hard time dealing with it. I live alone, Downtown San Diego, and I also have 2 jobs. I bartend at the San Diego Symphony, as well as manage a Mortgage Brokerage. Stress is present, and I know that impacts my health greater than the average non-UC person. So I’m trying to work on that also.  I need a better diet, one that allows me to stay fed, with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals needed to last the day. I love my smoothies, I have a Jack Lalane juicer. Best thing ever, just a pain to clean up really. I also try to maintain a high protein diet, since I stay active a lot. If there’s anyone who can actually help structure a diet, and eating routine, what to buy and how to make it fit in my life, I’d be a happy man. Seems really hard for me to do, and it gets harder as the days pass. Managing relationships has been a moving target too, and it’s embarrassing to share my condition. ultimately, I need to be healthier than ever, and all the time. Any more information I can gain from this site, or others on it, is a huge value. I really appreciate this center of information, and I look forward to meeting more people. Thank you.


Tumeric is good. Natural, and it works.
written by Eric
Submitted in the Colitis Venting Area

6 thoughts on “Ulcerative Colitis, in San Diego”

  1. Hi Eric! Thanks for sharing :)

    I’m looking for something very similar in treating my UC. I’ll just tell you what I’ve been doing and what worked for me. I’m feeling amazing now! Very active and healthier than ever! I was diagnosed in October during a hospital stay because of a flare.
    I’m taking probiotics, digestive enzymes, Chinese herbs, a multivitamin, and currently 1.2g of Lialda, which is considered an “underdose”, but I’m planning to get off it soon.
    I have been getting amazing counseling and herbs from an acupuncturist and future Doctor of Ancient Oriental Medicine. She is also treating me with acupuncture. Did a lot of points to get my digestion normalized and to reduce cramping but also for anxiety and stress relief. There are other specialists you could see, like Naturopaths for example.
    For my diet, I started very slowly with whatever I could tolerate, which was white rice cooked to a mush and chicken. Still, rice and chicken and veggies are a main staple. Initially I’ve had trouble getting enough calories in but I desperately needed to gain weight. I started adding peanut butter (organic, pure)to smoothies for their calories, protein and good fat. I cooked a lot of soups. Used a lot of sweet potatoes too. Then, slowly I was able to tolerate more veggies and then later even raw vegetables. I was also able to eat eggs. I used turkey bacon to complement them. I use a lot of chicken now in any shape and form (except fried) and ground turkey to replace ground beef. I make my own hummus (beans=protein) and eat it with whole grain pita crackers or bread. I make muffins and banana bread without sugar but honey instead. Use good flour, like at least whole grain. I drink a lot of herbal teas like peppermint, ginger and chamomile. When I cook I use a lot of ginger, turmeric, and garlic for their anti-inflammatory effects. Use Qunioa instead of rice, it’s considered an ancient, pure grain and has more protein I think than others. It’s pretty delicious too! I shop organic foods, mostly at Trader Joe’s or sometimes Fresh and Easy. Hit up farmers markets too, they’re about to start all over the place!
    I started yoga to relax and stretch and strengthen. It’s amazing. Reducing stress is key. I surround myself with people who do not stress me out and sometimes I catch myself and calm down. All this information is kind of unstructured, but I don’t know if you’re even interested in this way. I am tapering off of the Lialda, which is another mesalamine. I used to take 4.8g a day, now I’m down to 1.2g. EMail me if you want to know more specifics (reba0429@calstateteach.net) I don’t consider myself an expert but I’m feeling super good and I’d recommend this way. I’m also in SoCal, LA area though.

  2. Hi Eric
    I was diagnoised with UC in December of 2010 also , just slowing coming out of a major flair that started at the first of the year and was basically house bound for two months. I had plenty of time to read about this disease, and there a lot of ideas on how to handle this problem and what to eat. I highly recommend you get the book Breaking The Vicious Cycle intestinal health through diet by Elaine Gottschall. I believe it is helping me. If you read this book it might give you a sense of what you might be up against and good luck to you because we’re all in this together

  3. Hi Eric,

    We have a lot in common in terms of lifestyle. I find that when I’m not feeling great, I have to reduce my protein intake (and completely cut out protien shakes etc) or it makes the flare worse. Also, I recommend listening to your body. When I feel really tired, I give myself the day off from the gym/track. I’ve learnt that the other sure way to agrovate UC is to keep training hard when a flare is coming on. Much better to rest up.


  4. UC flare ups require rest and healing.. its not a good time to exhaust your body and I know thats hard for someone who loves to exercise. Maybe try yoga? It is so true about tumeric! India knows all! So I healed my colitis with Ayurvedic herbs (east indian medicine). I was full flare and prednisone was not working anymore at all. I started the herb in November, immediate releif and been able to wean off steroids. All this after 4 years of flare up. Now I am awesome and 2 months off drugs. Normal craps and have my energy back! Yoga will help you with stress too! The name of the herb I take is Kutajghan Vati from a pharmaceutical company in India who’s email is… vyaspharma@gmail.com. Ideally, you should visit an Ayurvedic doctor and get the diet and herb advice for your specific body type. If you are SoCal maybe check out the Chopra Centre. Good Luck! Don’t worry you CAN get this better but DON”T let it get bad… it can get real bad so get it under control right away no matter what!

  5. Hey! I juste moved to San Diego in February. I just found this site & read your story. I’ve been dealing with this disease since I was 27. I’m now 41. I’m currently off all meds at the moment although I think I may be starting to flare. It’s so tricky to tell sometimes. I’ve never met anyone else with uc so if you have any advice for any doctors or holistic medication in this area, I’d greatly appreciate any help. Hope you’re doing okay, man.

  6. Hey Eric, Thanks for sharing your story. I’ve been meaning to check out the Symphony- even more of a reason to do so now. As someone with Ulcerative Colitis, I recently founded the San Diego Crohns and Colitis support group, would love to have you(and anyone else here in America’s finest city)

    We’ll have mixers, happy hours, exercise meetups, speakers, fundraisers for CCFA, nutrition experts, Yoga, meditation, discounts on products specific for IBD, and most of all – a network of local support.

    Look forward to connecting

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