6 Nutrition Lessons I’ve Learned Living with Ulcerative Colitis

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.

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