Could It Be That UC Is A Good Thing?
When life delivers me a curve ball I try to see the good. As some of you might know, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in April. It came as quite a shock and seeing that I knew nothing about it I had no idea the disease would change everything in my life.
With that said it has required me to completely eliminate sugar, junk food, wheat, sodas, etc. And because of that I have lost 8 pounds in 6 weeks. My clothes are fitting better, my body is feeling better and considering I also have MS the weight loss has reduced the severity of my symptoms.
I have lost weight before and then gained it back, but this time I foresee my issue being keeping weight on. A major problem UC suffers deal with is consuming enough calories. At this time the foods that I can eat are incredibly limited: eggs, yellow grits, enriched white bread, chicken breast, fish, green beans and asparagus. I have also found a few dairy-free ice creams that I love along with Nugo protein gluten-free bars.
I am trying to eat around 1800 calories each day, but that still leaves me 600+/- short of what I should be eating. My doctor estimates that my body should level out around 160-165 pounds over the next 6 months to a year.
Shortly after my diagnosis I was a bit down, but now I’m optimistic and I love the idea of getting my weight under control to help with the MS. So where on the one hand I have limited food options, on the other hand my MS symptoms are much less severe. Life is full of gimmes and gotchas and I’m liking the results from this gotcha.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!!