Crohn’s Diet! Day One! Does diet affect Crohn’s Disease
Today is the second day of my journey on the Crohn’s Diet study, called Dine-CD (find the original post here and the study website here). It is an investigational study looking at the effects of certain diets on Crohn’s Disease sufferers. As a Crohn’s patient, I have often been told by my doctors that diet has nothing to do with Crohn’s disease. I firmly believe it does! That is why I agreed to be in this study. I am so excited that I was asked to be a part of it, for myself and for every other sufferer!
I was put on the mediterranean style diet. All of my food for the next six weeks will be sent to me and I will be monitoring my symptoms daily for the duration of the study. At the end of the study I will have a colonoscopy Please see my other blog posts found here and here for all of the specifics about the study and what exactly I am participating in.
Friday, two days ago, I received my first box of food from the study coordinators. It had all the food I will eat for the next week. I am so thankful that they are sending my food to me for the beginning of the study. I would be completely lost in trying to make this food if they didn’t. I am using these meals and this time these first few weeks to learn as much as I can about what I can eat and how to make the food that I will need for the following six weeks. I am coming into this with very little knowledge of the Mediterranean diet.
Yesterday was Saturday and my first day doing the diet. I am SO thankful that it was a Saturday and we didn’t have anything to do. I organized everything for the week and got it all organized in the fridge. By the end of the day I was really feeling the lack of sugar and carbs. I was tired and cranky and peeing a ton. I was starting to detox by dinner time. I knew that this would happen. I have cut out sugar and carbs in the past and been through this before. I have never been on this type of a diet though. It has so much oil and fish and still contains grains. It will be interesting to see how I feel as the weeks progress.
So, I started the day yesterday with the breakfast that they sent me. It was whole grain oatmeal with raisins, fresh fruit and plain greek yogurt. The oatmeal was really good and the fruit was nice and fresh but the plain greek yogurt was hard to get down. I don’t usually eat dairy so I wasn’t used to the taste without sugar and it was pretty bitter. I didn’t eat it all. The study coordinator told me that I didn’t have to eat everything that they sent and that I could use the guidelines that they sent my to make my own snacks and meals if I chose to. I have to remain 100% strict with diet though. So far, I haven’t strayed from what they sent me but I am learning a lot about this type of food and may attempt to make some of my own food before these meals are gone just to have a backup.
Lunch yesterday was a delicious salad with beans, whole grain noodles, tomatoes and olive oil with lemon dressing. It was very good. I have to be honest, I am a bit worried about all the fiber and leafy greens as they usually cause me a fair amount of abdominal pain, gas and diarrhea.
Dinner was black bean chicken with green beans and raspberry beets. It was ok. My stomach was not feeling that great at that point and I couldn’t eat it all without stomach pain so I gave half to my husband to enjoy. He really liked it.
I ended the day with a little cookie that they sent me. It was some kind of grains with raisins and cinnamon. It was pretty good though. I appreciated that they sent me a cookie! I enjoyed it. It helped curb the hunger (which I really think was my body craving sugar!) and settled my stomach too.
I drank several glasses of water, which is not unusual for me. I usually drink a lot of water throughout the day. I was peeing so much that I felt dehydrated at the end of the day as well, so I was glad that I had been drinking as much as I was.
Today I woke up with a splitting headache and more abdominal pain. I had gas and bloating and just felt tired and cranky even though I slept a solid 9 hours. Breakfast was poached eggs with grapefruit and baked apple. It was really yummy and I enjoyed it. I didn’t eat lunch, my stomach wasn’t really feeling like food so I skipped it and just ate an early dinner. Dinner was orange roughy with long grain brown rice and gingered carrots. It was good but I was still not feeling all that great but I knew I needed to eat it, so I ate it all.
I certainly have more abdominal pain than usual but it feels more like gas pain than my typical Crohn’s pain. I think that my body needs to acclimate to the increased amount of fiber and grains. I did not have an increase in bowel movements, everything in that aspect was about the same. I was tired and cranky. Still peeing a ton. The headache that I woke up with is still present. I tried to drink a lot of water to combat all these detox symptoms. I went to church this morning but rested for the rest of the day today. I hope that all these symptoms are detox symptoms (i think they are) and that they go through quickly! I have to work a 12 hour shift at work tomorrow (I am a nurse) so it is going to be a difficult day if I don’t start to feel a bit better!
Until the next post! Thank you for reading and following along with this study! I am still so thankful that I have the privilege of being a part of it.