If someone had asked me 4 years ago what ulcerative colitis was, I would look at them like they just spoke a different language to me. I would have had no idea what they were even saying, let alone what it was.
4 years ago, I met Jeremy and my life completely changed. One day, early on in our relationship, he mentioned that he had colitis. I probably gave him a weird look but I wanted to know more about it. It sounded kind of serious, so lay it on me buddy! Basically colitis is a inflammation in the large intestine. It’s in the same family of issues that irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease are in. The difference is where in the large intestine the inflammation is. Crohn’s disease is the most severe form, and usually ulcerative colitis will become Crohn’s disease as you get older.
Ulcerative colitis is maintained by drugs, but flare ups can occur. Jeremy was telling me that a flare up (a bad one) is a similar sensation to cramps during our periods. Lovely, right? I can’t imagine a guy going through cramps when they are really bad, so I feel for him when he has a flare up.
So, why am I blogging about this? Well, Jeremy is currently in a flare up and we are taking some huge strides to get him back in check. Part of that is our diet. During a flare up it is recommended that you not eat certain things like:
- Fiber in the forms of beans, legumes, nuts, seeds and popcorn. This can produce excess gas.
- Fruits and veggies. Only eat fruits that are melons or bananas. And veggies need to be cooked thoroughly…no salads.
- Spices, fats, and sweets. Just avoid at all costs.
- Fluids that aren’t water.
We are working on getting into the habit of eating better (week 2 of meal planning went well on Sunday. All meals cooked). But, one of our favorite things to eat is that Turkey Chili I made last week. Well, that is out since it contains tons of beans. Finding meals that don’t have beans or legumes that I can prep ahead of time was a bit of a challenge this week.
Even though it’s a little more challenging, I am committed to getting Jeremy to feel better and get out of his flare up. We both know that eating fast food all the time not only made us miserable, but isn’t good for his health. I know that he is miserable and wanting to change things when he sits on the couch, with football on, not paying attention to the TV. He is focused on his phone, researching ways to change his diet to help with the bloated feeling he has.
It’s not going to change over night, but we are both committed to getting him healthy again and in a happy place.
If anyone has recipes that I could cook ahead of time that don’t include beans or legumes, let me know!
I want to introduce you guys to Recbecca. This lady blogs over at Renovating Rebecca and she is fabulous. She is a member of the Small Blog Mentor Program, and I am so happy that I had the opportunity to get to know her and help grow her blog.
Her photography tutorials are to die for. They have honestly helped save some of my own pictures from ruin. She has a way of explaining how to use a camera that just makes so much sense. Photography tutorials usually bore me, but hers are amazing, full of examples and easy to follow instructions.
Rebecca is also a newlywed and her wedding was pretty fabulous. There were chickens, and goats and her dog Finnegan (his name just speaks about his cuteness). Her and her husband actually had a photoshoot with their dog. I mean, how cute is that?
As if all of this isn’t reason enough to follow her, you need to check out her travel page. Holy moly, she has traveled all around the world and I want to go to all of these places. Her honeymoon alone is one that I envy. She went to Greece and Italy. What I would give to travel to both of these places.
Go check her out because she is awesome, and worth it!