On July 9th, I’ll be getting scoped as a follow up to my ostomy surgery and to also make sure that my Crohn’s hasn’t spread to my small intestine. When we lose our colon, we don’t expect that we’ll ever need to be scoped again, but the reality is that those of us with IBD (especially Crohn’s) need to get monitored to make sure that our illness is kept in check. Before getting my stoma, I was told that my chances of Crohn’s spreading to other parts of my bowel were very low – still, it’s always a possibility. While researching for my post on the Environmental Risk Factors for IBD, I came to realize that even though I can make lifestyle decisions which can reduce my chance of flaring or a reoccurrence, nothing is guaranteed. I was feeling pretty great after my last two surgeries, but after receiving a tetanus booster in February, my joints started hurting and haven’t felt right ever since. This reminded me that my body is still primed for IBD, losing a colon didn’t cure it and there will always be a chance that Crohn’s will one day rear its ugly head again.
Every time misinformation about IBD hits the media, you can be sure that the entire IBD community is up in arms – and rightly so! This happened today after BBC reported that junk food may be the cause of Crohn’s. What?? Junk food is the cause of Crohn’s disease??
Now before I say my piece on this, let it be clear that these are my own opinions and I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy with Crohn’s who’s looking for answers. I think that finding the cause of IBD is the first step in developing a real cure. I hope that this post will spark discussion, not finger-pointing, not shaming, not a loss of friends or a break in the community. We all want the same thing, let’s just use our heads to get there.
I’m happy to present the first review not related to ostomy products on the VeganOstomy site! I hope that this review will appeal to everyone, including ostomates and people with IBD. So without further ado, let’s get started!
I was contacted by Kiss Me Organics to see if I’d be interested in reviewing their Organic Matcha. Being a tea drinker, I was curious to see what their product was like, so I agreed. Matcha, for those who aren’t familiar, is green tea powder. We already know that green tea is good for us and it provides an abundance of antioxidants, so it’s no wonder that matcha has become popular with those looking to improve their health. The package claims that this product will provide “all day energy”, “increased focus”, “improve skin health” and other benefits. Being a skeptic, I asked Kiss My Organics to give evidence which substantiated these claims, and they were kind enough to send me some information about it, which you can read in the links at the end of this review. For this review, however, I’ll be only focusing on the quality of the product and not the claims made about it. You can do your own research about green tea and matcha if you like, and I think you’ll find quite a bit of evidence which supports green tea consumption.
I love blood tests, I really do. Maybe it’s because I love to keep track and benchmark “stuff”, like my health, computers and mobile devices. So it came as no surprise that I’d be excited to see the results of my recent blood test results six months after having my ileostomy.
“IT’S NOT WHAT YOU EAT, IT’S WHAT YOU ABSORB”
When it comes to nutrition, that’s the golden rule. You hear a lot about how eating a healthy diet will improve your health, but that’s only IF you absorb the nutrients from your food. For most healthy people, this isn’t a big problem, but if you have a digestive disorder or if you’re eating a plant-based diet, there are things you can do to enhance the absorption of nutrients.
Food substitutions may be required if your digestive problems extend to more than just having a stoma. For some of us with IBD (Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s), there may be problems like strictures, internal scarring or active disease that might be preventing us from eating certain foods. This certainly poses a problem, as getting adequate nutrition often involves eating a variety of food. So what can we do about that?
I logged today’s food intake to see where I’m at nutritionally and without any supplementation. The only thing missing from … Read more
Before getting my ileostomy, I combed support forums to see what foods people were eating with their ileostomy. To my … Read more
Protein, especially post-op, is an important element to healing. Not getting enough HIGH-QUALITY protein could delay your wound healing and/or create complications for you after your surgery.
Things are getting much easier now at 3.5 weeks post-op. My appetite is huge and I often wake up and … Read more