My wife and I are friends with a person that had been dealing with a Chron’s/Colitis diagnosis for some time. This person is in their low 30’s and is by appearances, as fit as a human could possibly be. I’ll tell you how fit, at the end of this post. While suffering for years with an inflamed and agitated gastrointestinal tract, it recently got so bad that the person’s doctor recommended colostomy bag surgery. This would be life altering in a huge way, considering the multiple recreational leagues and overall active lifestyle that our friend takes part in on a weekly basis. Rather than succumbing to the surgery, this person decided to take action. They found every bit of information they could devour and educated themselves to the point that they knew as much as many doctors on their specific condition. Then, our friend put together a game plan based on the knowledge gathered while studying. It wasn’t a perfect science. There was a lot of trial and error and documentation.
This person found a starting point based on the available accepted protocols. Then, the information was documented and collected based on what was put into the body (food), and what was coming out of the body (poop), along with how the body felt while the food was processing. Then, adjustments were made to the accepted starting point in a very systematic manner, eliminating one food item at a time, and carefully adding back in one food at a time. This allowed for the pinpointing of what worked and what didn’t work for their body. Further analysis and adjustments were made until our friend cracked the code on what worked for them, specifically.
Our friend started with the GAPS diet and whittled it down to a very refined, essentially ketogenic diet. Certain foods that others with a similar condition flared the digestive tract up. Others, seemed to work themselves out fine.
The point is, if you’re dealing with any health concern that may be manageable by diet, it’s important that YOU OWN THE PROCESS. A doctor doesn’t have enough time in their day to help you refine your tolerances. A doctor can’t make you care. A doctor can start you down a path for success and knowledge, but you alone have to want to find health. You must own your health, become your biggest advocate, and play the role of your own doctor.
Gather the knowledge, join support groups with people who are in similar situations, put a plan together, and tweak the plan as necessary to help you find relief.
Our friend who suffered for a long time with GI problems found health. In fact, they entered into a full Ironman Triathlon, and in the first event this person ever participated in, finished in the top 20 of all contestants. I’d say it’s safe to say, they figured out what was causing their issues.