After I hit my low, I knew it was time to do something about it. I quickly looked to more doctors for a second opinion on treatment possibilities other than ripping out my guts. I refused to get surgery and succumb to this disease without first taking it by the horns and getting serious about my next steps.
After weeks of searching and waiting, I found a new doctor who taught me about Uceris (a specialized steroid pill) and Entyvio (a statistically successful biologic medicine). The combination of these two medications would inevitably ‘buy me some time’ to figure out how to beat this thing.
Going to the hospital for my infusions once a month and down to taking one tiny pill a day seemed to do the trick. I was feeling noticeably better overall and I could get back to being active again. It was slow and I quickly learned that I was hilariously ignorant of the knowledge I would need to do this right. Determined and Fierce, I hit the library.
Alright, this part sucked not going to lie about that. HOWEVER, it was only because I was fighting myself the whole time on it. I figured out that if I am going to do this right and follow the formula that others have used to heal themselves, then I have to just do the stupid thing.
The first thing that had to go was meat.
Next was dairy (as a Wisconsin native this one was especially hard).
Then was bread.
I became a freakin’ vegan, man.
Though it was a huge change for my life, I found it most difficult to stick to when I felt like all I was going to eat was grass and twigs for my meals. After all, I had to break 25 years of dietary habits in just a few short weeks!
Yes, it was hard but not impossible!
I learned how to find alternatives for pretty much everything I was craving, I learned and developed new recipes for extravagant meals and smoothies, I overtook my family’s refrigerator space with fruits and vegetables, and finally ended up with my own mini fridge in the living room for “Jake’s Food Only.”
High carb heroes
For the next two years or so, I dove deep into anything I could find on how to heal Ulcerative Colitis naturally. I watched thousands of hours of YouTube videos, read countless articles on the web, purchased even more books, and really tried to find the key to healing. I knew that a plant-based diet was a major step in the right direction but I still wasn’t seeing the results.
A few years and a global pandemic later, I was at my most desperate. Vulnerable, sick, weak, and the likelihood of developing colon cancer breathing down my neck, I stumbled across High Carb Health.
High Carb Health was a pair of well-educated brothers in New Zealand who have dedicated themselves towards helping people heal chronic IBD with research & evidence based strategies using the whole food, plant based diet as an anchor. The thing that reallyhooked me in is that one of the two brothers, Shamiz, actually HAD Ulcerative Colitis just like me! He was able to heal it and I signed up for a 30 minute consultation immediately.
After confirming that they were not a scam, I signed up to work with them for 3 months. We went back to the basics with food, focused on my mental health, and began to cleanse my body from the inside out.
Not gonna lie, that sh!t was hard.
I was eating the same meals almost every single day for 3 months and losing weight fast. Eventually, I was down to 111lbs and everyone was scared. Except Shamiz.
I needed more time to heal and signed up for another 3 months with him. He was there to guide me through the whole process every single step of the way. Every concern was met with understanding, validation, and encouragement. He showed me how to prepare my meals, how to adjust my mindset, and how to heal. It took a whole heap of discipline but changes started to happen. First I noticed that my stools didn’t have blood in them anymore. Then, I didn’t have to get up to use the toilet at night. Later, I had better sleep & more energy.
The changes were subtle and slow but man did I feel amazing. Even though I still had a lot of weight to gain back, I felt like Superman. My attititude was more positive than ever and my loved ones all took a collective sigh of relief.
Finally, the day came when I had my exit interview with him and officially had a “life after colitis.” It was easily one of the happiest days of my life. I had finally healed my UC naturally and was off of my meds for 6 months (my decision completely).
And so can you.
You are stronger than you think you are.
HEALING IS POSSIBLE!
May the Force be with you,
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