6. Read Fellow IBD-ers blogs.
Sometimes doctors just don’t get it! What it’s really like to have pain, those ‘uh-oh’ moments of realisation at the start of a long journey or the exhaustion that comes wit an unpredictable disease. The blogs below are a fab resource and learning more about IBD. In particular, Sarah Kay Hoffman’s ebook: A Gutsy Girl is an amazing introduction to healing IBD holistically.
7. Try Turmeric
Turmeric is amazing. I can’t be bothered to rewrite all of its amazing benefits so I’m just going to repost one of the infographics I made for my turmeric posts.
There’s some very exciting studies coming out about turmeric! If you want to start simple, just try adding a spoonful of 100% turmeric powder to sir fries, curries and roast veggies or read my guide to turmeric here.
8. Buy a Juicer
Juicing is amazing! I’ve never met someone who started juicing and didn’t just love it! It gives your gut a rest, gives you a chance to get the nutrients of high-fibre veggies that are tricky to tolerate (FACT: Juice contains 0% fibre, just goodness so it’s perfect for those on a low-residue diet!) and it’s a great anti-inflammatory. You can read more about about juicing for IBD and IBS here or sign up for my newsletter at the top of the page!
9. Accept that you have IBD, it does not have you!
People always seem really surprised that I travel around and live abroad. They seem to think anywhere else outside the UK is not safe when it comes to IBD. I totally understand where these people are coming from as I was like this many years ago (pre-diagnosis). However, since living in China, I realised that most places are pretty clued up on IBD right now and the treatment can be just as good as you’d get back home. I’ve blogged several times about traveling with crohn’s as I think it’s so important to just get out there and see the world! In particularly, Asian food is very kind to IBD tums as it’s naturally gluten and dairy free and full of that flare favourite: rice!
I’m not suggesting everyone quits their job and embark on a trek around the world but set yourself some goals outside of your IBD. Step away from crohn’s forums for a weekend and start on an online course from Groupon, book a weekend away, try to cook some delish gluten-free recipes. It’s so important not to let this disease consume you!
10. Accept that change can be a good thing
In my post about being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, I wrote about letting the disease change you. Sometimes we spend so much time focusing on what we’ve lost. Be it friends, nights out where you can let your hair down (I can do one glass of vino tops!), the ability to eat a McDonalds without being violently sick (Why do I still crave cheeseburgers when I know how disgusting they are?!) It can be so frustrating that we can’t do what we did before that sometimes we try to do it anyway! Cue: flares and worse: guilt. The best thing (which I’m still no expert on) is to accept this is your life now and there are lots of positives that can come out of it. Perhaps you’ll find yoga gives you almost the same kick as tequila (ok , unlikely but stay with me!), perhaps your realise that friendships that centered around binge drinking were pretty rubbish anyways. Who knows, it’s gotta be better than moping around thinking about the past!
So that concludes my mammoth post! If you are still with me, thank you for reading and please share away to others who might find it useful!
6. Read Fellow IBD-ers blogs.