Ellie slowly reintroduced more fruits and vegetables into her diet, reduced fear of eating, and regained her energy
I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in June of 2021. I felt alone, exhausted, had quite a limited diet. My doctor recommended I work with an IBD Dietitian. This is quite the feat because I live in the middle of nowhere. Thank God for Instagram! I found Romanwell in September 2021. At the time, I was on Budesonide and having diarrhea 1x/day. During my 3 months of working with my dietitian, I weaned off the steroid and at the very end of the 3 months, I began taking Humira. When I started working with her, I was on a low-fiber diet, per my GI and I felt miserable with little-to-no energy. In addition, I felt completely and totally alone. My anxiety was through the roof and I was afraid to eat.
The first time I met with my dietitian, I knew my life was about to change. She was so refreshing, caring and an expert in her field. It was also extremely comforting to know that she truly understood what I was going through. She listened to me and I no longer felt alone. We were a team!
"We also worked on my relationship with food and over time, I was no longer afraid to eat! It wasn’t but a few weeks into working with her that I started to gain my energy back AND my stool was solid! VICTORY! Lol"
She began by requesting my recent lab work. We worked on slowly increasing my fruit/vegetable/whole food intake while monitoring my vitamin levels. We also worked on my relationship with food and over time, I was no longer afraid to eat! It wasn’t but a few weeks into working with her that I started to gain my energy back AND my stool was solid! VICTORY! Lol
She also helped with my transition from a steroid to nothing to going on a biologic. Beginning a biologic is a big decision and my dietitian helped me work through that. Working with her for 3 months was the perfect amount of time to work on my mental and physical health too! We developed a workout routine that intensified over time as I gained more energy. She has so many resources to learn more about the disease/food which helped my mental health tremendously. I just had a check-up with my doctor (3 months after my program) and my blood/stool results are normal!! I know I'm doing so well because of my time with Romanwell!
I got my life back when I started working with an IBD dietitian. If you’re on the fence, GO FOR IT! You’ve got to invest in yourself and this is worth every single penny! I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
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