After over 20 years of Ulcerative Colitis I couldn't seem to stay in remission anymore. My risk of developing colon cancer was increasing and my dad had been diagnosed with rectal/colon cancer a year earlier. So in 2003 my colon was removed and a J Pouch (the very iffy alternative to a colon) was fashioned from my small intestine. I learned to deal with even more bathroom visits than when I did have my colon and the myriad of various inconveniences that accompany the loss of a body part. Six years later in 2009, without any warning, I developed severe scar tissue on my small intestine that were actually strangulating my small intestine. This made it virtually impossible for food to pass through. God only knows why but it took significantly longer than one could imagine for the problem to be diagnosed. The pain was like being shanked by six convicts throughout my entire torso, front and back, while being punched in the gut repeatedly by Mike Tyson. The pain was so unbearable I was forced to stop eating. An intravenous-type line was inserted so that I could be given nutrition through my arm. I was significantly overweight at the time (I'm a 5'7" female and I weighed 205lbs.). Over the course of a year I lost almost 100lbs. Finally it was determined that I had developed Crohn's disease and that was the reason for the prolific scar tissue (also known as adhesions). Since getting Ulcerative Colitis 29 years earlier I had been running from the idea of having to have ostomy surgery where I would end up with an ostomy bag. But in 2009 there was just no other choice. I also had to have a third of my small intestine removed as well. Every bit of my small intestine has been cut and pasted. My colo/rectal surgeon, the top guy in that department AND the southern California region said that my 12-hour surgery was the most challenging of his career. I asked if I was dying pryer to the surgery. After a long pause I was told "Yes". Also, since my intestinal tract was basically half the length of a normal person's I would never be able to gain weight so I should eat anything and everything. So I did. My body, however, figured out how to assimilate all those calories very quickly and I had quite quickly gone from 108lbs. to 170lbs. At this time my husband had been on the PALEODIET for about a month and felt that his energy was greatly increased and his excess weight was dropping off. So I thought I would give the PALEODEIT a try. Now I've always been a big eater but being sick and not being able to eat for a year has increased my desire for large portions of food. I don't know of many people that can eat 10 bagels in a sitting (with butter, of course) but I most certainly can. But just because you're eating volume doesn't mean you're getting the nutrition that you need. When I switched to the PALEODIET it took about 3 days for me to lose my intense carb cravings. It became REALLY EASY to eliminate grain and refined sugar from my diet. I also had much more energy. Because of the increased protein I was no longer hungry all the time. The problems that I'd had in the past with a low carb diet is that I couldn't eat fruit, potatoes, etc. On the PALEODIET that is not an issue. If I'm craving something sweet after a meal I just grab some fruit. Often I will buy grapes in a larger quantity, wash them thoroughly, pull them off the stem and place them in quart-size ziplock bags and put them in the freezer. They're a fantastic sugar fix. On the PALEODIET I can eat as much as I'd like and I've lost 30lbs. without any effort. I can eat vegetables, salads, fruit, nuts, basically anything I want except for grain and sugar. (NO GRAINS MEANS NO WHEAT - WHICH INCLUDES FLOUR, PASTA, COOKIES, CAKE, ETC...NO GRAINS ALSO MEANS NO RICE OR CORN. AND THEN OF COURSE NO SUGAR (UNLESS IT'S IN IT'S NATURAL STATE WHICH MEANS WHOLE FRUIT). I eat tons of fruit, dried fruit, nuts and seed. I can eat baked potatoes with sour cream and butter. Oh, I almost forgot, in my family we all have hereditary high cholesterol. Even when I was 28 years old, 125lbs. and a vegetarian my cholesterol was over 300 (it should not exceed 200). After one year on the PALEODIET my cholesterol was 113. Triglyceride levels should not exceed 200. My triglycerides were 450 before going on the PALEODIET. After one year on the PALEODIET my triglycerides were 137.
So for me, my experience is that THE PALEODIET WORKS! Anyone who suffers from CROHN'S DISEASE OR ULCERATIVE COLITIS, I believe that, the PALEODIET IS CERTAINLY WORTH THE TRY!
GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND I REALLY HOPES ANYTHING THAT'S DIMINISHING YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE PASSES QUICKLY. PERHAPS THE PALEODIET WILL BE PART OF THAT.