A Quick Update For Those Who Are Interested…
For those of you who saw my post last week, I had to go to the doctor due to some digestive issues and was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. Simply stated, UC is a condition close to, but not the same as, Crohn’s Disease.
The day after my diagnosis Evelina and I immediately cleaned our cupboards and began to completely restructure our diet.
And before I get too deep I want to say a huge thank you to all of you who PM’d me on Facebook, emailed and commented with words of support. It means a ton to me and I don’t take you for granted.
I have to be careful in my food choices as anything with a lot of fiber content cause intense stomach pains. At times the pain feels like tons of stabs in my stomach. Thus far I have discovered I can have eggs, enriched yellow grits and enriched White Mountain bread from Publix. For lunch I’m eating chicken breast with zero spices and a baked potato without the skin. Dinner usually involves fish with avacado and cabbage or something similar.
You can see the list of what I cannot eat here.
This food change is going to be a huge challenge, but things could be worse. After two weeks I must admit my palette is changing already and things that tasted bland before are tasting great now. The other eye-opening experience has been exposure to the under-world of dairy substitutes. I had no idea that there were so many non-dairy food types. Holy cow!
Last night we tried gluten-free taco wraps with fish, avacado and cabbage slaw using a gluten-free mayo. The wraps were so bad we will be returning those to the store. And as you guessed, we ate our fish tacos without taco shells; which sucked.
Last week I had an appointment with a client to discuss his company’s marketing campaign and we decided to take a break and grab lunch. I decided to have grilled shrimp with no spice and a baked potato and the shrimp killed me. So needless to say shrimp is off my list for now and unfortunately that is how I figure out what I can and cannot eat.
Eventually I hope to come up with 3-4 food options for each meal of the day, but until then eggs, grits, chicken and baked potatoes it is. Hope everyone has a great Saturday!