What I eat to heal my gut
Since I got diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, it has been a very big learning curve to realise how many foods I can’t tolerate, and some which have made me feel so much worse. I since cut out gluten and wheat, and I limit my dairy intake as these can all affect me badly and make me feel immediately bloated, resulting in running to the loo far too many times.
My overall symptoms have improved since implementing these changes into my life, all though it has been difficult to rule out the good from the bad and there are days I get cravings for carbs, but the below dish is just one of my favourites that is gentle on my gut.
It is a healthy breakfast alternative option for me instead of toast or cereal, and also so incredibly yummy, giving me so much energy that I need for the day ahead!
When I’m in a flare up I do have to eliminate things like too much coffee and tea, as well as limit alcohol, all though I will admit coffee is my weakness, I try to drink only one or two cups a day. I stay away from sugary or flavoured drinks, sticking only to tap water, which is so much kinder to my stomach.
I also enjoy fresh orange tea with ginger and honey, which I find gives me a massive mental boost, and keeps me feeling healthy.
Another coffee alternative which works great for me is drinking pure hot cocoa. I use organic cocoa powder and stir into hot almond milk, add in some honey if you like, and enjoy!
It definitely prevents that mid afternoon slump that we all feel, and gives me that brain boost I need.
Here are the many health benefits of cocoa:
- Source of Magnesium, a mineral which may reduce the risk for metabolic syndrome
- Increases good cholesterol levels known as HDL
- May improve cardiovascular health through various pathways
- Has mood boosting properties, which may help depression and feelings of fatigue
- Gives relief from bronchial asthma
- Helps reduce obesity
- Helps maintain healthy glucose and insulin levels
Safe Foods vs Trigger Foods
Below I have made a list of all the things that I consider ‘safe’ and those that are a ‘trigger’ when it comes to my colitis flaring. It was useful for me to write this list when my symptoms were at their worst, to see what I may have consumed that aggravated my gut at the time, or maybe that caused high inflammation to my intestine.
What I have included on my list may not be the same for everyone, as every individual is different in terms of what works for them and what doesn’t, but if you do suffer with colitis or maybe some other form of bowel disease, keeping a food diary of trigger and safe foods definitely helps to eliminate the bad toxins from the good, therefore resulting in better health.
- Beans and lentils
- Spicy foods
- White Potatoes
- Processed foods
- Beef mince
- Rich sauces
- Tinned soup
- Oily fish
- Almond milk
- Organic cocoa
- Greek yogurt
- Raw vegan bars
- Brown rice
- Sweet potato
Remember to always listen to your gut, because after all happiness and health starts from within!