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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 17
   Posted 11/30/2008 1:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Well it is hard to believe a month has now gone since I have made changes to my diet.
This week was the week where things seem to be working and results are speaking for themselves.
Most of this week I have had normal bm's for the first time in years.
I have noticed that I am feeling much better and my energy levels have increased.
I have been very strict and still had no soft drinks or diet drinks of any kind.
I mainly just have water and tea.
People at work have also noticed the change and have commented that I seem to be happier.
I feel like I am getting somewhere even though it can be very frustrating on elimination diets.
I have noticed that my appetite has shrunk and I don't need to eat much to feel full.
I also have found that smaller amounts are better for my system.
I have basically worked out that food has to be very basic, no dressings, spices, flavourings.
I also have to be careful with salads and lettuce especially as too much causes wind/gas problems.
I can't wait to get my food tolerance test results as this should give me further information about foods to avoid.
My next big goal is to start my exercise campaign as I am not a big fan of physical activity.
Rather than weekly updates, it might be better for monthly as I can provide more information.
I hope my next post will be as positive as this one.
I wish everyone well.
35 yo male. Diagnosed in 1988.
Daily Medication - 5mg Prednisolone (7 - 8 years), 200mg Azathioprine, 20mg Pariet.
1 major bowel resection, fistula surgery (Sept 1990)
B12 supplements.

Elite Member

Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20551
   Posted 11/30/2008 3:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad you're noticing improvements...there are actually alot of spices/herbs that can be beneficial for inflamation, cumin for example is stomachic, diuretic, carminative, stimulant, astringent, emmenagogic and antispasmodic. It is valuable in dyspepsia diarrhoea and hoarseness, and may relieve flatulence and colic. In the West, it is now used mainly in veterinary medicine, as a carminative, but it remains a traditional herbal remedy in the East. It is supposed to increase lactation and reduce nausea in pregnancy. It has been shown to be effective in treating carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as diarrhea, indigestion, and morning sickness. Cumin also shows promise as a natural way to increase breast size. Used in a poultice, it relieves swelling of the breast or the testicles. Cumin stimulates the appetite.

Cassia cinnamon is used for colds, flatulence, nausea, diarrhea, and painful menstrual periods. It's also believed to improve energy, vitality, and circulation and be particularly useful for people who tend to feel hot in their upper body but have cold feet.

Fennel - the Digestive and Stimulating Mouth Freshener

Fennel Seeds (Sauf) are very effective for digestive problems. These seeds can be chewed upon or had as a tea decoction for beneficial effects upon the stomach. In India, these are routinely chewed upon after meals to aid in digestion after a rich meal while acting as a herbal mouth freshener.

Fennel seeds often provide quick and effective relief from many digestive disorders. They help to overcome gas, cramps, acid indigestion, and many other digestive tract maladies.

What Fennel seeds contain?

These seeds are very rich in minerals including magnesium. Two of its main constituents are Anethol and Fenchone. Anethol and other terpenoids may inhibit spasms in smooth muscles such as those in the intestinal tract. Fenchone may be responsible for the medicinal properties associated with Fennel.

Recent studies have found that consumption of fennel can increase the production of bile and may also possess diuretic, pain-reducing and anti-microbial activities.

Just to name a few.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1753
   Posted 11/30/2008 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
It's great to hear a change in diet is causing improvement! I look forward to your next update :)
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone(down to 10 mg), pentasa, bentyl as needed, prilosec, tandem plus, humira, and good probiotics
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.

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