img_8228-2I’m the least picky person you’ll meet when it comes to food. I’ll give it a try at least once and generally seem to find I like all kinds of food. There’s a running joke in my family that I’m constantly thinking of food and what I’m going to eat for the next meal.

In 2012, I was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease called Ulcerative Colitis. Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is an Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) where the immune system mistakes food, bacteria, and other materials in the intestine as foreign, thus sending white blood cells into the lining of the intestines where chronic inflammation and ulcers are produced. Long story short, I take maintenance medication everyday, and will have to for the rest of my life, to keep flare ups at bay and my UC in remission. Flare ups are caused when the ulcers get inflamed in my colon and they still occur, but with my maintenance medication the frequency is reduced.

Despite all of this, I’m a lucky girl. Yes, I have had to adapt to some things, but my diet isn’t restricted like some people with UC. I can pretty much eat whatever I want when my colon is in remission. There are some things that I know if I eat them, I may have issues later but really no overall strict diet. I try to stay away from overly greasy or spicy foods (it doesn’t stop me from eating something greasy or spicy but I don’t eat greasy or spicy things in succession) and regular milk, as I used to be allergic as a kid.

Overall, I’m truly blessed to be able to enjoy foods with as much gusto as I always have had. No pesky IBD is going to stop me from that!