My Story & Contact Info:
My name is Jack Singleton. Back in the summer of 2017, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. My symptoms included bloody stools, acne, bowel urgency, sharp pains in my stomach, anxiety/depression, and zero energy. My gastroenterologist had told me that there was “no cure” and that I would be on medication for the rest of my life.
This flipped my life upside down. A million thoughts raced through my mind. Am I going to die from this disease? Will my life ever be the same? How did this happen? Was this disease genetic? After the news, I’m not going to lie to you. Things were dark. I had just finished my freshman year in college. I was transferring to a new college for the following year. I never felt more alone at any point in my life.
My parents had no idea what to think. They wanted to trust the doctor and have me try medication for a few months. I ended up doing just that and it gave me no relief. Instead, the bottom of my jaw began to swell due to the medication. I was so upset. I couldn’t stop crying. Medication led to another issue and didn’t even relieve my symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis.
This resulted in me browsing YouTube for solutions. I quickly found others who achieved remission (zero symptoms) through dietary measures. It made sense. Our bodies are a byproduct of what we consume. That seemed logical and made sense. But people were healing from veganism, ketogenic diets, and paleo diets. It was difficult to decipher why each diet was successful.
From that day forward, I did two things. I started food journaling and I began doing extensive research. Each day, I would listen to podcasts of different doctors and their experience with patients who had healed naturally. For those who suffered from Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease the reduction and removal of fiber gave individuals relief fast. It made sense. By definition, fiber cannot be digested. Humans don’t have the capacity to ferment fiber as well as our ape ancestors. Additionally, fiber puts a lot of pressure on the intestines and can irritate the stomach lining to the point of bleeding.
After eliminating fiber myself, it took roughly 2 weeks to achieve remission. Due to the amount of fiber found in carbohydrate rich foods, I made the decision to begin eating fat for fuel. Our bodies can run off either glucose (carbs) or ketones (fat). When eating a diet rich in healthy fat, the human body converts the fats to ketones, which is incredibly healthy for humans. Especially, for those with excess inflammation and auto-immune diseases. But it’s important to eat the right kinds of fats. Not all are created equal. To keep things simple, my primary fats are heavily saturated and monounsaturated. I avoid polyunsaturated fats altogether, more specifically foods rich in omega 6 fatty acids (ex: vegetable seed oils).
After implementing a low-fiber ketogenic diet, I’ve been in remission for roughly 2 years without any issues. I do incorporate some carbohydrates with raw honey and organic fruit. But I always keep fiber below 10 grams. I hope this information helps and I would love for you to share your story on my website. More people with crohn’s and colitis need to have access to a community that supports and helps others achieve remission. Life on medication is different than life without medication.
Everyone should be presented with options for managing disease. Not bullied into taking meds for the rest of one’s life. I created this website to give people a platform and community to meet other people in similar situations. By talking to other people with crohn’s and colitis, I hope I can grant others the option and hope of remission through diet.