A precious gal wrote, and asked….
'I have a colitis and I have dealt with it without knowing for four years, In a month I am getting two procedures I'm scared...I'm even afraid to eat or drink anything I'm scared it will cause the pain. I have medication. I have to take antibiotics for the second time. I was just in the hospital for my birthday party...Fun right... I just need some advice.'
I am not an expert. I only share from my own experience. Forty years, so hears how I responded. I hope it helps others.
You will have to be a good detective about what foods, beverages, life style choices (smoking, alcohol, coffee,) to avoid! It can make it easier to self-manage your disease. Paying attention to your nutrition is very important to feeling your best with a chronic illness. If you find that certain foods trigger your bowel symptoms, then you may want to avoid these foods to reduce your symptoms and self-manage your illness.