Last January I was in a nasty flare. I was going to the bathroom 30 times a day. I was obese with high cholesterol and high blood sugar. My body was a mess and I wasn’t treating it nicely. So, I decided to make some changes as many of you already know. I joined Weight Watchers to lose weight, which I was pretty good with. For the year I lost about 30 lbs. I also went Gluten-Free to help with my Crohn’s. I wanted to give my intestines a rest from the harsh fiber of wheat. Also, this was supposed to help in reducing my blood sugar levels. Lastly, and this happened later in the year, I switched meds. I went off Humira and started Low Dose Naltrexone.
For the most part everything was working well. I achieved what seemed like remission. I lost weight. I feel good and healthier. I was finally on the right track. And then it all came to a crashing halt. The Dreaded Holidays!!! Anyone that knows me knows I like to eat. Well, the holidays give me that opportunity. Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate covered anything. With New Years Eve, there is a lot of eating, then some drinking, then some more eating and yes, more drinking.
Well, it is now January 2013. My weight has been fine and I don’t think I have gained too much weight back as my clothes still fit. However, the past week or so I have been going to the bathroom more. I am not feeling as healthy as I should and I know the reason. I have been putting garbage into my body again and have completely looked away from eating right. I am now paying for it.
So now I know that diet most definitely plays a part in IBD. Today is Friday night. This weekend is my last hurrah. As of Monday I start up my experiment with nutrition and IBD and get back to eating correctly. I am going back onto the Weight Watchers plan. I am going to stop putting nasty chemicals into my body. I am going to start treating my body like it should be treated.
A lot of people still say that nutrition means nothing when it comes to IBD. I think I might have proven this past year that it does. When I ate healthy with all natural products I was doing great. When I started eating junk again, I felt like I was on the verge of a flare. I have learned a lot in 2012 and I know that I need to stop NOW. I need to practice what I preach.
So I will continue on my journey come Monday. I won’t look back. I won’t second guess myself and I won’t regret it for one minute. I want to be completely healthy. I want others to look and me and say, “If he can do it, then anyone can” because I couldn’t do it for so many years. I denied the nutrition connection and ignored my weight.
The holidays are done. My denial is over. I had my fill and now I need to continue my journey and my experiment. Welcome to Jeff 2.0. Time to take all I have learned and put it into practice. And there is nothing better on a journey than some company…so Who Is With Me?