March 22nd is my Ulcerative Colitis diagnosis anniversary. I couldn’t think of a better post today than running you through the colonoscopy prep! Ahh yes, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Those of us with IBDs know the process all too well. And those of you who are approaching 50 years old, it’s TIIIIME! This post will cover what to eat the day before your colonoscopy. Blue Jell-o doesn’t cut it if you’re on the paleo diet.
****For those of you who have never had a colonoscopy or have no idea how candid and unfiltered my blog is then you are in for a treat, my friends!
What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a procedure in which your gastroenterologist slips a snake-like camera up your butt. He fishes around in there to scope things out and see what’s up with your guts. It’s completely harmless and you don’t feel a thing. You will be under anesthesia. I can imagine the anesthesia is used less to shield you from any pain and more to prevent you from tightening your butt the moment you feel a foreign object ready to get all up in there. Don’t worry, the doctor isn’t looking forward to the process anymore than you are.
What is a colon prep?
In order to see the bowels properly you must have squeaky clean intestines. There’s only one easy way to flush those babies out.
I found this to be particularly ironic because I was already pooping 10-20 times a day so to take medicine to make me poop more was absolutely devastating.
What should I eat during the prep?
The day before your procedure you cannot eat solid foods. Liquids only. No red liquids. That gets confusing to the doctor. “Is this blood or Kool-Aid?” Here is a list of PALEO specific liquids you can consume during your prep.
- Coconut Water
- Bone Broth (recipe here)
- Homemade Gelatin Squares (grass fed gelatin and juice or kombucha. Great Lakes is a good brand)
- 100% Juice
- 100% Juice Popsicles
Remember two things: Maintain nutrients and stay hydrated!! Bone broth and coconut water tackle both of those areas the best. Stock up on both prior to your prep.
What should I expect?
After you start taking the prep medicine to make you go you CANNOT LEAVE THE HOUSE. Don’t even try it. DO NOT PLAN ANYTHING that day. You are literally going to be pooping on and off for hours. You will not be able to control these movements. I repeat; you may actually poop your pants if you don’t leave them unbuttoned/unzipped. Wear loose pajama or yoga pants.
Bring something to read or write in the bathroom.
After you take the medicine you will feel the urge and… then it begins. You’re going to be wiping your butt more times than you can count. So prep with fresh bathroom wipes. Dry toilet paper will leave you very uncomfortable.
Whatever you eat you will see. If you have yellow and blue liquids guess what color you’re going to see in the toilet? Yes, the melting Hulk.
Once you’re cleaned out drink more water and get to bed. Hopefully the medicine works appropriately so you’re only pooping during the afternoon and not while you’re trying to sleep. The next morning will be your procedure.
ENJOY! Happy prepping!
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