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I'm tired of the white (or brat's) diet

Monday, September 21, 2009

I have ulcerative colitis. It's a chronic, incurable inflammatory bowel disease. What does this mean? I have to treat it with medication every day for the rest of my life, and it's expensive. What I eat can both alleviate and aggravate it. Right now, it's pretty aggravated. I don't dare venture too far away from a bathroom for an extended period of time. Bummer.

The diet that helps me get through this flare-up, or should help me, is known by various names. My preferred name is "my white diet," but my latest doctor called it "the brat's diet." Basically, if it's white and doesn't contain whole grains, beans, legumes, or nuts, I can eat it. There are a few colorful exceptions: carrots, egg yolks, avocado, and salmon. Foods that are my friends are potatoes, white bread, white rice, pasta, eggs, carrots, fish, chicken. About the only seasonings I use are salt, pepper, and lemon and lime juice.

Fruit is iffy if I'm having a flare-up. Fruits that I've found I can eat if prepared properly are apples and bananas. No peel. I'm supposed to be able to eat peaches, but that's touch and go.

Basically, it seems that my childhood picky eating habits foretold my eating habits with this disease. I'm really tired of it though. I can't seem to get the disease under control. I have to accept that for the time being my diet consists of a very narrow range of foods and that I can't deviate from it at all.


Did I mention no coffee, tea, or alcoholic beverages? I'm fine with no coffee and tea, but no wine? I try to limit my intake to a few glasses a week, but I may have to go without for a few weeks.

End of whining.
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