Last week, I had my first-ever colonoscopy. Fun times, people, fun times. I found out that I was going to have to have the colonoscopy the day after my 40th birthday. Welcome to midlife!
I wasn’t overly concerned about the procedure since it was being done simply to rule out Crohn’s disease and colitis before giving me an official diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I was dreading the prep more than anything, honestly, since I knew I’d be under anesthesia for the actual procedure. Just before I was put under, my doctor reassured me saying, “Well, you shouldn’t have to do this for ten more years.”
I get to do it again in five.
They found two polyps and diverticulosis. Polyps are not typically found in people under fifty. Diverticulosis is not typically found in people under sixty. Diverticulosis is suspected of being caused by a low-fiber diet. The risk factors for polyps include:
- a high fat diet
- a diet high in red meat
- a low-fiber diet
While I’m sure that these conditions occur in people without any risk factors, it’s sobering to realize that sixteen years of abusing my body with food and fat may have played a role in developing these conditions. I was so excited to see the positive results of my health risk assessment a few weeks ago, but I now realize that there may be other effects of poor health and dietary choices lurking in my body.
As I mentioned in my post about my HRA results, I had already planned to start increasing the fiber in my diet. After these results, that has become even more a priority. I’ve been reading up and trying to educate myself on high-fiber menus and heart-healthy (which often means “high fiber) foods. I’m pleased to see some of my favorites on the list. I’ll be trying to eat those more consistently, while also trying to find some new favorites.
My main goal right now is just trying to plan more of those high-fiber foods in my weekly meal-planning since, a lot of times fiber is found in the foods that tend to be side-items, rather than the main dish on which I tend to focus. I know me well enough to know that, if it doesn’t get planned into the menu, it probably won’t get eaten. So, I really want to consciously try to include those high-fiber, heart-healthy foods in our meal plans.
Do you have any favorite high-fiber foods or recipes or links with good information and ideas? I’d love to hear them!