I have had the privelege to communicate with many, many IC warriors, either via Email or through my one-on-one sessions.
I hear things like:
“I follow the diet pretty diligently, but I just can’t give up my morning coffee. I’m not there yet!”
“I am very strict with my diet, but I have to have a couple of pieces of chocolate everyday. I can’t live without my chocolate! It really helps me to relieve stress.”
“I follow the IC diet unless I’m eating out at a restaurant, attending a social gathering, or it’s a holiday.”
“I have to eat wheat because wheat is in everything! What the heck would I eat?”
Do you see a trend here?
“I follow the IC diet, BUT (there’s is this one thing that I just can’t do/give up)…”
Through my own personal experience in dealing with IC and through coaching others with the condition, I’ve come to the conclusion that finding a healing diet that works for your IC and STICKING TO IT, is a critical piece of the puzzle.
While this diet may look a little bit different for everyone because we are all unique, there are common triggers that most of us will have to avoid for at least the first 6 months to a year of our journey, if not longer.
This includes our beloveds coffee, chocolate, alcohol, tomato sauce, and a whole lot more.
It sucks, I get it. Trust me.
There is nothing more alienating in social situations than having to follow a strict diet that differs quite dramatically from “the norm.”
It can really put a damper on things and leave you feeling embarrassed, isolated and stressed out.
But you have to do it.
Choosing healing is a heroic act.
Choosing healing is something that you re-commit to on a daily basis.
When you choose healing, you become willing to do whatever it takes to support your body, mind and soul in the healing process.
You stop making excuses because you realize that you are causing yourself harm.
One problem with cheating on your IC diet is that negative reactions to food can be delayed.
Let’s say you have your morning coffee at 7 am and you are fine throughout the rest of the morning. Fast forward to 1 pm when you start to have intense urgency and frequency and you are doubled over in pain.
Flares don’t necessarily happen immediately after the problem food is consumed. Negative reactions can occur up to 2-3 days later. This is why it is very difficult for some people to pinpoint their triggers.
However, if you know that coffee is a major trigger for MOST people with IC, then choose healing and avoid it strictly for the time being.
Whenever you cheat on your IC diet, you are setting yourself back.
When I first started learning about the type of diet that might help my IC, I didn’t follow it strictly.
I was in first year university and chose partying and convenient foods too often over my health and I paid the price.
My IC didn’t respond to diet for a long time because I wasn’t committing 100%. I was maybe committing 50% and that wasn’t enough.
We are all human beings and therefore fallible.
You are bound to slip up and eat something that causes you pain and discomfort from time to time.
But each and every day when you wake up, choose healing again and do the very best that you can. That is all that you can do.
If you’re new to this and feeling totally overwhelmed, please know that you’re not alone and it will get better. Hang in there.
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