For the month of April, I will be blogging every day (minus every Sunday but the 1st) about Interstitial Cystitis for The A to Z Blogging Challenge. Each day I will talk about a subject dealing with IC and my life living with it.
Today is F and I'm talking about Food Choices.
I was kind of stumped on today's letter, then I realized what a dummy I was being because the topic of today was obvious.
When I was diagnosed with IC, one of the first things I did was go through my cupboards. I had to remove everything I could no longer eat. It was about 80% of what the food I had. (Note, I didn't trash it. It just became hubby's job to eat that stuff.) That is not an exaggeration despite how much I wish it was. There was a 7 page list I printed out of foods that should be safe to eat, might be safe to eat, and should avoid at all costs.
The worst part of all this? I didn't know what was safe and what wasn't. The PDF was more a guideline because each person is different. From talking to people on forums, there are those who even have to avoid foods that are considered safe, while others can eat foods that aren't (like there was one woman who beer didn't trigger her, but if I have alcohol... I feel it.)
And the only way to find out if a food is safe or not is to eat it. If it causes pain then you can't eat it. Yup, IC sufferers have to risk pain to find out if a food is safe for them. Kinda (a lot) sucks.
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