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Food as medicine

After months of debilitating pain and frantic searches for meds of all sort, I have decided to do myself a solid and change my diet completely. I will be cutting out processed foods, sugars, carbs. My body is literally screaming for help at the top of it’s lungs and if I didn’t listen to it… not only would I be making myself miserable, I would have nobody to blame but myself for my own misery and pain.
After a lot of time in the IC Support group online, it seems that the people who have the most success in remission are people who drastically overhaul their diets. And use food as medicine. Approaching food as medicine and looking at the body in a holistic way makes sense for people with a chronic illness, like IC. 

After a lot of time in the IC Support group online, it seems that the people who have the most success in remission are people who drastically overhaul their diets. And use food as medicine. Approaching food as medicine and looking at the body in a holistic way makes sense for people with a chronic illness, like IC. Very soon I will be drastically overhauling my diet; cutting out carbs, sugar and processed foods. I never thought I would get to this point. I never thought I could or would. But I never thought I would give up orange juice or spaghetti sauce but I did because of my IC. And the pain continues. So the question becomes…what wouldn’t I do to make it stop? Maybe those foods don’t harm me, but I suspect they do. And yes they are delicious, but is it worth the pain they cause? Some people think so.

I understand that we have backward values here in America. We worship the carb, comfort food and the fast meal. But we are killing ourselves, our children and future generations as painfully as possible by doing this. Chronic conditions are cropping up in droves among 20-30 somethings. Is it a coincidence? It could be. But it’s unlikely. We are products of the DNA we carry, what happens to us in the womb and of our generation. All of these factors are starting to add up and create chronic illnesses en masse where there was once none.

And it really doesn’t help that the medical community looks at us as body parts.

It has often been my experience with doctors, that they want to focus on the part of you that hurts. Where is the injury? IC is in the bladder; therefore we treat the bladder. But hey, here’s a crazy thought, I am more than my bladder. I could just be a giant bladder with long red hair… sometimes I definitely feel like that but in reality I am a whole person. And IC needs to be treated that way, holistically.

Here’s a prime example of the medical community looking at me and just seeing a giant walking talking bladder. When I was first diagnosed with IC, I immediately began researching food to eat. I found that celery is extremely beneficial to people with IC so I made it a habit it to put it into my food every single day. So what can this celery do exactly? It can lower inflammation, reduces uric acid in the urinary tract (which is good to prevent UTIs and good for the burning while peeing that IC warrior’s experience). 

So… Celery! Who knew? Not my doctor, that’s who. I went to her bi-monthly in the beginning and I went to see her and told her this information. And she told me she never heard that before. I was flabbergasted. I realize that the medical community doesn’t care to look at the body as a whole and doesn’t teach food as medicine, but in all her years as a urologist working with IC patients…nobody ever told her that? or she never went a did a little extra research on her own??
When you, or a loved one, have IC, Migraines or other chronic illnesses, it is so important to do the research. Doctors serve a role and they do the job to the best of their ability. IC is a systemic issue that needs to be looked at and treated holistically. 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Food as medicine

  1. Rachel, just remember that it can take a long, long time to see the benefits of changing your diet. I too have IC. I would say at least six months, but for me it was worth it. I’m not ‘cured’ – I know we can never be cured of this disease, but life is a whole lot better. Like you I find the doctors too ready to inject chemicals and totally uninterested in changing diet to help. Unfortunately the way the health system works here in the UK I’m not even seeing a Urologist, and my GP is no help at all. Thank goodness for an organisation called Healthy Bladder (formally called COB) without them I would have been on some very strong medication that, I believe, wouldn’t have helped me at all. Good luck I hope the diet change helps you. Michelle

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    1. Hi Michelle, thanks for the comment! I know it can take a long time 😦 it sucks but I’m ready to put in the work for it. After alot of time spent on the Healing IC Naturally Facebook group, I came to the conclusion that the only real way for me to go into remission is to change my diet. Otherwise I will just be like this.. in pain…for ever. And I can’t live this way. I’m sure we all feel that way at some point.

      Healthy Bladder?? Sounds like an interesting organization. I don’t think we have anything like that here.

      Thanks for all the positive words. Hope to see you on here again soon 🙂

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