hey all, i just wanted to share my story, maybe it will help someone.
i was first diagnosed with crohns about 4 years ago, but i have had symptoms for probably about 10 years. i have been on every drug under the sun, and, thank god, have not had to have surgery as of yet. over last xmas i had a terrible flare-up, and no drugs i took could do anything (except for pounding pain pills). i lost 30 pounds in a month, and i only weighed 150 pounds when i was "healthy." while my doctors just told me to keep taking the drugs, (imuran, entocort, pentasa, and tylenol 3 for pain when necessary), nothing ever got better. my mom did a lot of research, and kept harping on this vegan diet that she had come across from "hallelujah acres." i have read on here about the makers diet, and have researched that as well. i gave my mom hell about this diet, since i absolutely love meat. but one day, with a fairly serious obstruction, i reached a crossroads: head to the hospital, or ride out the storm and try this diet. i started by going on a juice fast (5 veggie juices/day - spinach, celery, cucumber, carrots, kale, with plenty of flax seed oil dumped in for extra kcal) for three days. after that i added cooked veggies, and then started going more to raw. today i am symptom free, and stay vegan on the weeks and eat meat and stuff on weekends. i still stay away from dairy and gluten, since those aggravate me. the diet can be a pain, but nothing compares to having my health back. im sure diets have been discussed ad nauseum on this board, but i am absolutely free of pain. if you have been thinking about trying a diet, i would seriously recommend checking out hallelujah acres. i believe they are at hacres.com. thanks for listening, and i hope some of you will consider it.