Today I have a few tips for newbies, courtesy of a guest nutritionist. Bianca Ridley works for Nutricia, a company that specializes in the delivery of advanced medical nutrition for the very young, the old and the sick. As well as being the largest specialist nutrition company in Europe, Nutricia is the market leader in the UK. They supply high quality feeds, systems and support services to patients and health care professionals.
Living with Crohn’s Disease as a young person is challenging in the least. You may feel as though life isn’t fair or you may envy those who are free from the everyday illness.
However, many adults who began suffering from Crohn’s Disease as a child will reassure you that as you grow older the symptoms are much easier to handle. There are a few reasons for this and here is the most popular advice from those that have been in your position.
You’re Never Fully Dressed without a Smile
It may sound twee* but the state of mind is a powerful healer. Now you have a diagnosis you can begin to understand the disease and take steps to deal with it daily. You should have received a plan for alleviating symptoms from your health professional and you will receive support that will help you feel better. There will also be times when you feel perfectly well (remission) and these are the moments to focus on.
Knowledge is Power
The more you understand about the disease the more you’ll be able to handle the flare ups. Connect with people in similar situations and receive support from your peers. Hearing how others deal with it can give you the boost you need, you can also trade tips and socialise knowing you don’t have to explain the disease.
A Spoonful of Sugar
You may not feel the need to take your medicine every day, especially if you are in remission, however regular doses will minimise flare-ups and keep you feeling well for longer.
Listen to your Gut
We don’t have to tell you to eat healthily as this has probably been drummed into you already however you can learn what foods cause flare ups and which ones don’t. Although the usual suspects such as fat, sodium and sugar may set anyone with Crohn’s Disease off you will have some foods that only irritate you. Learning about the advanced medical nutrition you need to stay well for longer will make everyday life a lot easier.
Whether you’re in class at school, at a restaurant or visiting a friend, for your own peace of mind make sure you find out in advance where the toilets are. Choose seats close to the loos and always carry wet wipes and underwear just in case.
Avoid the Plague
You can stay well for longer by avoiding situations where people have infectious diseases. You know that colds, infections and other diseases can be more uncomfortable for you. Wait until your friend’s sniffles subside before paying them a visit. In the meantime, make the most of the internet!
*twee: excessively sweet.