Can’t eat or on a restrictive diet because of your IBD? I gotchu. I had only liquids for 6 weeks because the doctor said I had to go on gut rest. However, when I looked online to find other people in similar situations, tI couldn’t find anything! Therefore, here is what I did to keep myself sane:
1. Ask your doctor if you can “taste” food
This may sound gross, but when you’re craving delicious food, you won’t care. If your doctor says yes, you could chew your food and spit it out in a cup. I did not have this luxury, but some doctors will allow it.
2. If you can have liquids, eat…
Watered down oatmeal of different flavors, milkshakes, cream of wheat, and thick gravy soup. Try to push it with mashed potatoes.
3. Ask your family not to eat around you
I absolutely HATED when my family would eat around me, so they were nice enough to basically live off of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for a month.
4. Think of it as a superpower?
I know, its insulting to think of such a terrible situation as a superpower, but it helped me some. Imagine not having to waste your time eating and being able to be productive all day without worrying about hunger. Thats what you can do! Its not fun, but try to think of it that way.
5. This sucks.
There’s no getting around that not being able to eat sucks. Try to focus on other activities and hobbies that make you feel happy. And if you are at an event, think about celebrating why you’re there instead of the food that you can’t eat. Thats all you can do.
6. It can be done.
People before you have done it before! I met a strong woman via instagram who hadn’t eaten for 5 YEARS! Reach out to people in the community, talk about your struggles, and recognize that YOU ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO DO THIS.
Thanks for reading my article! I know how hard not being able to eat can be. Reach out to me if you ever want to talk. I’m here for you.
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I love food. ~ Yours truly