Real patients discuss how colon disease has affected their diet and eating habits.
The things that they recommended to me were high-fiber diet. They literally said, “Just eat as much fiber as you possibly can.” And then they gave me a list of high-fiber foods.
Fat and fiber were an issue and we discussed that. And I had way too much fat in my diet. And it was coming from areas that I didn’t previously look at. And I wasn’t getting enough fiber.
I did make some changes to my diet. Although I felt like I was a person who ate pretty healthy and that is, you know, fresh fruits and vegetables.
I don’t eat hardly any red meat anymore at all or I’ll eat some, but not … you know, like fast food restaurants, fries, no, I don’t. You might once in a while. But, no, you stay away from that stuff.
In some cases I’ve had to change my diet somewhat and I’ve also noticed I’m more prone to eating — believe this or not — very spicy foods … as a matter of fact, the spicier the better. Where as you’d think if your colon was that fragile you wouldn’t like spicy foods.
When I go shopping, I found that there’s a lot of my favorite foods that I have had to omit. Sunflowers seeds are off my diet because of the condition that I have and I loved them, but it irritates. So I’ve had to make changes.
How I feel my lifestyle has changed since the diagnosis and treatment is that, again, limited my alcohol intake, increased my exercise, watched my diet and weight.
You know our bodies were meant to have good food and fiber and not junk food, fatty food and white flour, and white sugar and all that. And there’s just so much abuse that your body can really take, before it starts rebelling.
You learn that you know it’s just not good for you. And you don’t want a reoccurrence, so you learn to do without it. And, finally, you don’t have a taste for it no more.
It made me realize that I needed to make changes to my diet and to my exercise levels, in order to make the changes that needed to happen within my own body.
I actually feel better eating healthy and it’s a great excuse to eat lots of delicious fruits and veggies. And I like to grill a lot, and so I grill even in the winter.
So the way I shop, the way I eat, the way I cook for my family has changed and it will change forever. My choices are different now and I like it.
It was a wake up call in a sense that, you know, I’m not as invincible as I probably thought I was when I was younger. And that I need to start taking better care of myself and eating really well.