Saturday, November 12, 2011
Case Study: Me
My case study of Crohn's Disease -- my life -- has been going fairly well the past couple of months. It does take a lot of time and energy on my part to keep track of everything and to keep my normal life running; hence, very little writing about what is actually happening with my Crohn's Disease. With that said, let me get you up to date on what I have been doing and how it has been working.
I cut all of the carbs out of my diet. That was VERY difficult to do and I had to do it slowly. To say I am addicted is an understatement. I did finally get to that point where I was eating none, but I was a an asshole going through withdrawal for a couple of days after I stopped eating the carbs. After about a week of staying away, I noticed a tremendous change in how I felt and a big rebound in my energy levels. A lot of people have told me, "You can't cut out carbs, that is where you get energy." on many different occasions. Let me clarify, when I talk about carbs, it is disaccharides and polysaccharides that I cut out of my diet. They are complex sugars. I kept the monosaccharides in my diet, the simple sugars, which are found in fruits, vegetables, honey, and certain other foods. I am back at a point where I can eat some complex carbs, but I definitely have a daily and weekly limit about how much I can eat before my body rejects it.
I was religious with my juicing during this transition period. I tried a lot of singular and compound juices in this time. I found that kale, collard greens, and broccoli -- as a base -- are really good. I really enjoy broccoli juice. One of my favorite juices is broccoli, green apple, and lime. As my body started accepted my consumption of more veggies, I found that I was juicing less. I still juice about every other day to make certain I am getting the nutrients that I need into my body.
The overall energy I am feeling now, as opposed to before the changes I made, is much greater. I continue to make changes to my life, but I do it in a manner that is steady. Through this most recent experience, the biggest thing I have learned is that my body tolerates gradual change much better than abrupt or extreme changes.