Also, gotta have another rant.
Last week, I saw an Instagram story that made me pretty mad.
This particular person is vegan. Fine. I admire vegans for their dedication, and think it can be an extremely healthy way to live (if eating a balanced vegan diet, of course).
The thing is, it’s not healthy for everyone. Particularly, some people with IBD who can’t tolerate a vegan diet.
This is not to mention the whole concept of choice. Some people choose to be omnivorous, or vegetarian, or vegan, or fruitarian, because that diet is better for them, and there should be no shaming of anyone for the diet they choose to follow. Unless that diet involves cannibalism. That is not ok (obviously).
Anyway, back to this post. The poster was telling people to go vegan, and watch a new documentary about veganism and health on Netflix. Fine.
The next part of the Instagram story featured the following: “A plant based diet can help/treat the following: diabetes, heart disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Prostate Cancer, arthritis, Chronic Fatigue, and Crohn’s/UC.”
Ok. Ignoring all the other conditions listed (because I’m not a patient and can’t speak from experience, but seriously?), for Crohn’s, just no.
There is no diet that treats or cures Crohn’s, and the ignorance around food and this disease drives me nuts.
We do not know the cause of Crohn’s Disease. Do environmental factors play a role? Very probably. Is there also a genetic component? Yep. Can you modify diet to try and soothe an inflamed digestive tract? Yes. Is there any evidence that dietary change will cure the disease? No.
It 👏🏻 is 👏🏻 autoimmune 👏🏻 and 👏🏻 there 👏🏻 is 👏🏻 no 👏🏻 cure👏🏻
Stop 👏🏻 shaming 👏🏻 IBD patients 👏🏻 for 👏🏻 our 👏🏻 disease👏🏻
For so many Crohn’s sufferers, major components of a vegan diet are just not possible. When I’m sick (and frequently when I’m not even flaring), I can’t tolerate fibre. No leafy greens, vegetables of any kind have to be cooked to mush (and even then, cause pain), nothing with any kind of skin or rind, no nuts, no beans/legumes or pulses. Even whole grains are a no go.
I can basically eat bananas, potatoes, rice, plain chicken, white bread, dairy (I know, I’m weird), and high fat/sugar things like pudding or jello.
For others with Crohn’s, veganism is achievable, and that is truly amazing. The fact is that it’s not for everyone, and I find it highly offensive to suggest that just by going “plant based” and “loving animals enough to not eat them/their products,” that someone who is currently pooping blood 20 times a day no matter what they eat, or someone on TPN, can just heal themselves.
This whole concept of “if you would just do this simple thing, you can help yourself,” is obnoxious, ignorant, and offensive. Especially when it’s prescribed for everyone regardless or circumstance.
It suggests that our GIs don’t know what they’re doing by prescribing the best possible medical/surgical treatment options for us.
It also suggests that we are to blame for being ill.
That is not friendly or loving. Let’s just stop policing the food choices of others, and call it a day.