After I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis 12 years ago, I spent 7 years pretending my inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) didn’t exist and ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted.
I was a college student, then a marathon runner, then a working young professional. I didn’t want anything in my life to make me different from my peers — especially my diet.
As it happens, those were also the sickest, brain foggiest, and toughest years of my life. Coincidence? Hardly.
It was only when I had become so exhausted and frustrated with my own illness that I had no other option but to start researching and experimenting with nutrition.
After months of trial and error with food, I discovered the power that nutrition has to heal the body. I started feeling better, had more energy, and experienced far fewer hospitalizations.
I also learned some valuable lessons along the way.