I met with a nutritionist, Bridget, for the first time last night. She’s amazing, and I really think I’m going to learn a lot from her. I also think I’m going to become healthier overall… and it’s about time!
A little less than five years ago, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. I won’t go into all the gory details here, but suffice it to say that UC is a chronic gastrointestinal disease. Because of it, I can’t tolerate many foods that are considered healthy — whole grains, high fiber, raw fruits and veggies, nuts, etc. The hardest part about UC is that it’s different for every person. So no one can really give me a list of foods to avoid. It’s all trial and error. Unfortunately, most of the “safe” foods I’ve found at this point aren’t particularly healthy. It was time to talk to an expert.
Living with UC and being an endurance athlete causes another set of problems. Not only do I need to avoid many of the foods that you should eat when you’re training, I need to make sure I’m fueling my body for the amount of work I’m expecting it to complete! Doing all of this on my own just seemed like a daunting task. That’s where Bridget comes in. She’s extremely knowledgeable and realistic. I feel like she’s going to arm me with good information that I can actually use. I’m really excited about the process, and also everything I’m about to learn.
I’m meeting with her again next week, and for now the goals are seemingly simple:
- Stop drinking Diet Coke. Period. (It’s recently stopped tasting good to me, but I still crave it for the caffiene.)
- No more McDonald’s & Taco Bell. If I have to do the fast food convienence thing, at least choose Jimmy John’s or Subway.
- Keep an extremely detailed food journal, including sleep time, feelings before and after eating, amount of food, and as much nutritional information as possible.
I’m less than 24 hours in, but so far, so good. Except for one thing: I have a mini-fridge at work that is full of Diet Coke… and I want one so bad. Looks like I might have to replace the Diet Coke with water…