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   Posted 1/18/2010 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I've only been on this terrific forum for just a couple of days but I've done a lot of reading. 
My question is after you eliminate spicy foods, mammal meat, seafood, fresh fruits/vegtables & dairy products,  what can you eat?
Anybody got any links to good diets?

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   Posted 1/18/2010 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Allergies can trigger or exacerbate flares...so the first thing to do could be to get tested for allergies so that you make sure you avoid foods that you're allergic to.

There's a lot of different diets worth trying. I found spinach and sunflower seed butter to be effective in getting formed BMs, providing good nutrition, and causing less irritation -- so helping the colon to heal. Look it up on the google search bar at the top of the page as there are several discussions on it. Also juicing veggies such as spinach and carrots helps me a lot.
Rio, 34 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
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   Posted 1/18/2010 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I actually find most spices very beneficial to Colitis

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   Posted 1/18/2010 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I could do spicy and even greasy. Just not high fiber, especially salads. My comfort food was/is potato chips.
Everyone is different!
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985. 
Asacol for 20+ years with Prednisone & Rowasa for flares (But nothing since Remicade). 
Food sensitivity test by Naturopath showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances, helped some. 
Remicade started April 2009 (Humira denied) and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow

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   Posted 1/18/2010 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I have uc for about 18 years now. My diets are pretty
much red meat, fry & bake chicken, fish, hot chilli pepper,
cook vegetable and vietnamese pho(noodle soup). I can't
not eat dairy, bakery that contain yeast, multivitamin and
drink products that have caffeine. These stuffs make my poo

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   Posted 1/18/2010 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
In remission I eat whatever, just not loading up on high-fiber foods in one day. In flare, I cut out high fiber altogether as well as fatty foods and hot spicy food. I ate lean meats, fish, dairy, whatever with no problem. I'm one of those who isn't sensitive to dairy of gluten.

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   Posted 1/18/2010 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I eat quite a bit of the things you are not, and I am in complete remission and have been for about 5 months now, after never ending severe colitis had me scheduled up for surgery.(never did get that surgery)

I eat fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, nuts, and honey.
No breads, grains, dairy or corn syrup or other refined sugars.

It works wonders. You can send me an email and I can give you some more details, but it is pretty simple to me.

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   Posted 1/18/2010 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow...you can really go nuts reading this..lol. Seems like everyone is different. I stick to a low residue diet while flaring. My GI doctor said this is not food related but I do know for a fact what foods seem to trigger flares....crabcakes for one, most definitely. I stay away from spicy, greasy foods.
Salmon is my healer. I eat baked salmon about three times a week while flaring. I put a small amount of olive oil, turmeric and some seasoned salt on it and bake it for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. I bake myself a sweet potato and some carrots. Make sure vegetables are not hard. Breakfast is usually rice krispies with Silk (no dairy while in a flare for me). I also stay away from caffeine. I love my cup of coffee in the mornings but have to stick to decaf. Lunch is Activia yogurt or chicken soup. For snack I eat jello or some unsalted saltine crackers.

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   Posted 1/18/2010 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I eat almost anything.... I eat my vegetables cooked rather than raw if I'm flaring, on the advice of my first GI. I try to stay away from fattier meats, but I do eat meat (have a wonderful tender stew in my crockpot right now.....)

I eat my own homemade chili (which has won raves from the area teenagers) but - I put in only a mild commercial chili powder and let each person add his/her own hot sauce. I also put a can of corn in my chili.... but I'm the first one to say I won't eat corn if I'm flaring. (The few kernals in the chili, well-cooked, aren't as hard on me as popcorn or corn on the cob in summer.)
I take "beano" and gas-x when I have chili and I'm fine.
Same for gassy vegetables.

I eat dairy with no problem.

When flaring, I'll eat regular white pasta and breads, when feeling good, I don't have those limitations.

My hubby peeled and sliced apples a few months ago, baked them with cinnamon and a little brown sugar..... YUM.

We each have to find what we can tolerate. If we took a list from all the threads here and literally took it as a "do not eat" list, there would be nothing left (except possibly purified water from one exotic spring...) So, my advice would be not to assume that all the things everyone has found to be true, to be absolutely true for you. It'll take some experimentation, but you'll figure out what sits better and what doesn't.
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   Posted 1/18/2010 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Try a food journal, don't avoid healthy foods (meat, fruits, veggies, grains, nuts/seeds) if they don't bother YOU, don't base how you might be able to eat on how others have had to modify their diets...diet/foods are individual for each IBDer....

There are some things that researchers have found to possibly exacerbate IBD symptoms though...refined sugar, animal fats, caffeine, artificial sweetners, fast-foods and processed foods/beverages due to the fact that they contain alot of preservatives which can lead to exacerbating symptoms of IBD.

The above mentioned are all things I completely weened out of my diet and it's been helpful to my IBD and my IBS and overall health, I sleep better, I have more energy, skin and hair are in great health as a result too.

bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
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   Posted 1/18/2010 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Christine hit the nail on the head about this thread giving you a headache! You've really got to figure out on your own what helps and what hurts. I personally don't have to stay away from any foods now that I'm in remission, but I ate low-fiber/low-residue when I was flaring.
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   Posted 1/18/2010 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
For me i dont do well with anything with alot of suger, caffiene, foods with alot of oil (mcdonalds etc), chocolate, milk (I use rice milk)or alot of red meat (like a big ol angus steak). I i eat hamburger (draining oil or a foreman grill) with things like hamburger helper and such, steamed veggies, fish (not fried but baked), white rice steamed, and if im on a flare its the BRAT diet for me. Others are right though its a good thing to start a food journal, every one is different.
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Prenisone finally off (oct 2008)
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Sulfasalazine (12 a day)
Flora q (every other day)
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   Posted 1/19/2010 12:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree. You should eat as healthy as possible and eliminate only those items that you can not tolerate. Keep a food journal, paying particular attention to those foods that have been known to exacerbate IBD symptoms. They are wheat, dairy, gluten, yeast, fructose, and pro-inflammatory foods.

My diet is primarily anti-inflammatory. I eat a lot of mild curries, spinach, bananas, rice, bread, noodles, nuts, nut butters, pineapple, fish, chicken, citrus, berries... I will eat some pro-inflammatory foods--such as tomatoes, milk, cheese, and shellfish--when I'm in remission, but I still keep it healthy and always balance it out with something anti-inflammatory.
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Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

What works for me: Fecal transplantation, Probiotics, Anti-inflammatory foods, No HFCS, No crystalline fructose, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, Vitamins, Lexapro (for stress).

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   Posted 1/19/2010 1:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I eat most of the things you mentioned without trouble. I avoid fiber during severe flares just because of the pain. A lot of grease will bother me. I avoid gas producing foods. Fresh fruits give me diarrhea anytime and fresh vegetables bother me during flares because the bulk is painful. They also don’t digest well now even in remission but I still eat them when in remission.
43, male, UC diagnosed in 1985; Epilepsy; Lost hearing in one ear in 2005--unexplained

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   Posted 1/19/2010 5:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Well when i am flaring bad, with loose stools, mucus, pain, urgency, and bleeding, it doesn't make any difference what i eat, as to put it bluntly, it will go straight through me.

When i am not flaring bad, minimal symptoms, i eat a fairly bland diet, of lean meat, potato, well cooked carrots, white bread, stewed apple etc
Ulcerative colitis for around 15 years untreated (Im am 28 years old now)

ASACOL, PREDNISONE, PENTASA do not work for me. I do not want to try remicade. Possible surgery in the future.

I am on no medication, the doctors do not know what to do with me, so very concerned about my future.

My biggest concern BOWEL CANCER :O(

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   Posted 1/19/2010 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Everyone is different.

I stick to a diet that limits insoluble fiber, I also tend to limit my fat intake as well as fat is the hardest thing for your digestive system to process. I also avoid caffeine and limit alchohol consumption.

For veggies, I eat well cooked stuff with no skins and seeds. I love spinach and baked sweet potatoes. For fruits, I eat stuff like melon, pineapple, avocado, and canned apples/pears/peaches. Or I make apple crisp, yum. I have no issue with dairy, and stick to lean meats like fish, chicken and pork most of the time.
22, female, diagnosed 3/6/2009, symptoms for 2 years beforehand
Mild ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon
Currently on lialda 4x/day, calcium and d, B12, yogurt
Things that help: probiotics, omega 3's, oral 5-ASAs, low fiber when flaring, soluble fiber, low saturated fat diet
Things that hurt: insoluble fiber, fried or spicy food, caffeine, alcohol, rectal meds when not flaring

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   Posted 1/19/2010 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah it is different for each person, but I find that red meat is something that is good for healing and all, salmon is good too, stay away from too much sugar and carbs. Raw veggies is questionable as well.

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   Posted 1/21/2010 1:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like we've covered just about every food combination there is
For the record:
Lots of Vegetables
Easy on the fruit, one at a time and 30 min before meals
Easy on meats
Spices are a no go for me
I follow Dadamos blood group diet (explains why foods affect people so differently)
Chia seeds, sunflower seeds, psyllium seeds
No food with additives
No dairy
No pork
White tea
Lose weight and exercise

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   Posted 10/5/2015 4:09 AM (GMT -6)   
What I've learned by experimenting with fasting and the elimination diet is how subtle the effects of these many types of foods are on our immune response.

That is to say, while a king sized Snickers or 2 large coffees after a McDonalds run will cause CLEAR and IMMEDIATE inflammatory response, in the way of major internal bleeding, there are many LESS, but NONETHELESS, offensive foods which, while not causing immediate full blown flare, instead lead to sort of PERSISTENT SIMMERING of inflammation -- the endless bouts I see described so often here.

So, yes, there is a lot to be learned about our body and its specific response to dietary choices, beyond the obvious BACON DOUBLE CHEESEBURGER or MEAT LOVERS PIZZA disaster. There is this subtle range of semi-inflammatory foods that represent a sort of Next Level of learning about our personalized inflammatory response and its triggers.

For me, only by completely cutting ALL food out for a period of days, and then gradually introducing one simple food at a time, and gauging the response, can I discern what foods contribute to that light SIMMERING inflammation, which can stubbornly remain for months, preventing total remission.

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   Posted 10/5/2015 7:24 AM (GMT -6)   
My gut would love a bacon double cheeseburger (don't forget the fries) more than something labeled as "healthy". My heart is another story. Boy was this drudging up an old thread.
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   Posted 10/5/2015 7:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I long ago concluded that if I avoided every food that was pointed to on this forum, there would be nothing to eat at all. After much experimentation, I found my UC never reacted to foods. I watch my fiber intake (too much fiber can give a "normal" person diarrhea), but otherwise eat what I want. I even have a rare bacon cheeseburger with no problem to either my colon or my blood lipids.
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   Posted 10/5/2015 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
What CAN you eat with UC? Any food I want.

Uc is very individual and no treatment works universally for all. I understand your excitement that you believe you've found something that works for you. However, the doesn't work for everyone context is important.

My uc doesn't react to foods either. I still eat fastfood and soda as the occasional treat. I drink caffeine and alcohol. I love, love chocolate and sweets. I eat spicey food. None of this effects my uc symptoms. I eliminated them all, in various tests, and had no improvement in my uc symptoms.
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Rx: Remicade 5mg/kg/8 weeks and 6MP 50mgs/day
Diet mods and supplements didn't help me.
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   Posted 10/5/2015 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
IPoop is right. it really depends on the person. when flaring i stay away from high fiber foods, soda, spicy food but when i am in remission i can eat whatever i want.

- 28 year old female, Gatineau, Quebec

-diagnosed with UC june 2007 panacolitis

- 1 pentassa enema nightly or salofalk supp. depends how im feeling
- Remicade - started april 2013
- doc took me off Imuran in Dec 2013 because i was doing great but 2 weeks later i was back in full on flare.
- back on Imuran (50mg)
- in remission since jan 2014

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   Posted 10/5/2015 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
depends on each person. If your drugs are working well, I feel you can eat anything. When I was on prednisone it didn't really matter what I ate.

I started flaring again in the beginning of September, got on a three week taper of pred then went off it last week. Last week, without pred I was in a terrible flare. I did a lot of reading online and tried a simple diet to get me out of the flare:

Breakfast is 3 hard boiled eggs, Lunch/dinner is just chicken breast or a hamburger patty with sauteed veggies...been using zucchini and carrots. And only drinking water. I started this 3 days ago (Saturday) and honestly it has been a miracle. I went from feeling awful, terrible abdominal pains, complete urgency, 15BMs a day where it was mostly just blood on Saturday to yesterday(Sunday) fewer BMs, mostly D, no blood, abdominal pains had lessened and were manageable and not real urgent. Today I've only had two BMs, first was kind of D, second was semi formed, no abdominal pains today.

I actually have my first remicade infusion tomorrow. After my flex sig on Sept 24th my doc decided remicade was where we needed to go. Gonna stay on this diet for a few more days and see how much the remicade helps but probably try to stick closely to the SCD or paleo diet from here.
M, 35, diagnosed January 2015

Asacol HD, 2 pills, 3x daily
Imuran 75mg a day(started mid May at 25mg, have upped to 75 as of September)
Prednisone from January til mid July, finally off it now
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