Everyone’s healing journey is different, but I’m excited to share how I was able to reduce my symptoms by getting to the root of my condition.
I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when I was 19 years old and have been managing my condition for ten years. Traditional autoimmune care often felt disheartening and unfair, so I started using food to heal and my life changed forever. I’m now in remission, living symptom-free, and working as a Certified Nutritionist where I teach others how to reclaim their health.
In my intake session, I shared the many symptoms I was struggling with as well as the chronic health concerns I had spent a lifetime challenged by. My ultimate goal was to reach clinical remission of my ulcerative colitis — meaning no inflammation or markers of disease activity, as well as reduce diarrhea, stop rectal bleeding, and maintain and gain weight. Once I completed my nutritional assessment, I was able to get a clearer picture of what was causing my life long symptoms and what areas of my body needed extra support.
My upper gastrointestinal tract, large intestine and small intestine needed immediate support — this validated all of my digestive discomfort and gastrointestinal issues. My adrenals and blood sugar also needed to be brought into balance due to the stress I was under. This makes sense because disrupted digestion and absorption affect these areas!
My nutritional reassessment validates that I have my condition under control and while I might have a minor symptom flare-up from time to time, I now have the tools to manage it.
No longer experiencing urgent, painful diarrhea or rectal bleeding. Nutrient absorption has increased, allowing for nutrient repletion and weight gain.
By consuming blood sugar balancing meals, energy levels increased, long term brain fog resolved, and menstrual cycles became pain free.
Lifestyle changes around sleep, movement, and stress management allowed for a reduction in feelings of anxiety, stress, and persistent fatigue.
The combination of dietary changes, lifestyle modifications, supplementation, and medication literally saved my colon and my life.
I can go on hikes without worrying about not being near a bathroom. I have energy to engage in hobbies I used to love, like music and running. I'm able to plan trips with my husband and just enjoy life.
My healing journey with ulcerative colitis is never over — there are twists, turns, and obstacles along the way but this foundational approach to healing has changed my life. While my care plan is unique to me, the care plans I create for WellTheory members are just as comprehensive and tailored to the individual. When I say nothing out there exists like this when it comes to autoimmune care, I truly mean it because I have seen it all!