Elsa Risby

Condition: Ulcerative Colitis

Diagnosed Year: 2002

Foods I Love:

Bananas
Avocados
Ginger
Cinnamon
Berries
Sweet Potatoes
Beets
Leafy Greens
Nuts
Seeds
Buckwheat
Peanut Butter

Foods I Avoid:

Meat
Gluten
Pasta
Bread
Pastries
Beer
Refined Sugars
Caffeine
Processed Foods
Rye
Barley

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My Story

When I was about six I started showing symptoms of ulcerative colitis. It took over a year of medical visits (and a really good doctor) to get diagnosed. I spent nine years on different medications, but each had horrible side effects, and I wasn’t getting that much better. Finally, the only option left was cytotoxins (chemo). I decided that I was definitely not sick enough for as a drastic a treatment as chemo. But, what I was sick of for sure were the side effects of all the medications! So, I made a radical decision: cut medications out entirely.

After a year and a half on a vegetarian diet and off medications my inflammation went down by a measured 50%! I still had some health issues, like fatigue and a poor immune system, so I started making more changes to my diet, like eliminating gluten. In doing so, I got so much more energy (and my immune system got stronger, too). After testing loads of different foods, I am now fully on a plant-based and naturally gluten-free diet, and it’s been working!

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