20-Year-Old With Ulcerative Colitis Regains His Health Through Vegan Diet

We all hate it when our kids get ill. Especially when we don’t know what causes it. In this article you can read about a teenager who became very ill, and what decision he made to get well again.

Kenny Honas, 20, from Bryan, Texas, was a college athlete who found himself suffering from life threatening ulceratis colitus. Kenny says he suffered diarrhoea and rectal bleeding and finally went to see a doctor, who admitted him to hospital, where he was diagnosed with severe colon disease. Kenny admitted that his diet had been horrible, eating everything he could to get his weight up and be on the football team.

Two weeks in hospital, four blood transfusions and 30kg lighter, Kenny did some research and came to the conclusion that he would try a vegan diet. He says that he is fitter and stronger than ever before and says that it is down to his diet which is very heavy in fruit. Sometimes he eats 18 bananas in a day!

After a year of eating vegan, blood results show Mr Honnas is within a normal range and all signs of ulcerative colitis have cleared.

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Kenny Honnas lost 30lbs after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (left) which caused his to suffer from extreme diarrhoea and rectal bleeding. He claims adopting a vegan diet has helped to control his condition and bulk up to the size he is now (right)

Honnas shares:

“Before I switched to a whole foods plant based diet I had absolutely horrid eating habits.”

“As a young healthy football player, I would eat anything I could get my hands on in order to gain weight.”

“My coaches dubbed it the ‘See Food Diet’ – if I saw it I ate it.”

“I would munch on junk food just so that I could reach the caloric goal I had set that would allow me to gain the weight I wanted before my upcoming season.”

Mr Honnas said he would eat 'anything' before he started suffering life-threatening ulcerative colitis
Mr Honnas said he would eat ‘anything’ before he started suffering life-threatening ulcerative colitis

After being accepted to play for Wheaton, Honnas’s dream of having a distinguished collegiate career in football was cut far short:

“I noticed on our very first day of training camp that I was having bouts of diarrhoea. I brushed it off as symptoms of stress and ignored them.”

“The symptoms steadily got worse as the weeks went by and diarrhoea turned to blood.”

“I continued to practice and ignore it because I was embarrassed to talk about.”

Mr Honnas, pictured here in hospital with his girlfriend, needed four blood transfusions and almost lost his bowel after developing the long term condition, ulcerative colitis 
Mr Honnas, pictured here in hospital with his girlfriend, needed four blood transfusions and almost lost his bowel after developing the long term condition, ulcerative colitis
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He had a promising football career at Wheaton College until the inflammation of his colon caused him to lose more than two stone in weight and needing hospital treatment

He adds:

“The fifth week in it was really bad. Three times within five days I found myself running as fast as I could to find a restroom and not making it in time.”

“I became paranoid and began staying in my room nearly all day every day, only leaving to practice.”

“Finally, after my bowel movements turned into straight blood I finally told my parents that I had to see a doctor.”

Just in case of flare-ups, doctors prescribed prednisone, but 2 nights later he lost a liter of blood and was rushed to the hospital where his haemoglobin was discovered to be threateningly low:

“There was so much blood I couldn’t even tell there was water from the toilet mixed in with it.”

“My head was swimming as if I might pass out, and my movements were slow and sluggish.”

“It was hard to stand and not fall over. I made my way back to my bed with my lower back and left side of my torso throbbing as if something was on the inside of me and trying to claw its way out from those areas.”

“I realised something was seriously wrong with me.”

Despite warnings from doctors, Honnas decided to try the vegan diet, which was recommended by other patients with the same condition:

“Every doctor had told me that diet doesn’t play a role at all in the disease. I was desperate and ready to try anything and within weeks I was seeing results.”

“A month in people would never know I had ever had the disease. I was strong, fit, and healthy.”

“I put on well over ten pounds of muscle and I even went back to Wheaton and played a second season of football.”

“My health has been improving every day since then.”

Mr Honnas, pictured with his girlfriend during recovery, now eats a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and rice which he says has helped to cure his symptoms of the chronic disease
Mr Honnas, pictured with his girlfriend during recovery, now eats a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and rice which he says has helped to cure his symptoms of the chronic disease

He adds:

“When most people hear how much fruit I’m eating daily they are quick to tell me that I should stop.”

“But I have had my blood levels tested and am well within the normal range.”

“My go to meal is three large baked potatoes stuffed with guacamole and jalapenos with three cups of steamed broccoli on the side.”

“On the weekends I do treat myself to either a large veggie bowl from Chipotle with extra beans and rice, or a plate of Pad Thai and Thai fried rice.”

“I never thought in my life I would be able to give up meat or dairy, and that it would be a constant battle to not be tempted to eat a steak here and there, but in reality I don’t miss it.”

“I am more than happy with the food I am eating and have no intentions of going back.”

“It is difficult to put into words what it feels like to regain everything that you thought was lost once.”

“A vegan lifestyle has saved my life and healed all traces of the disease ulcerative colitis.”

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