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   Posted 1/18/2010 11:37 AM (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?

Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 1/18/2010 12:38 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
Azathioprine (stopped), 3200 mg Asacol + Canasa
VSL#3 probiotics, Metamucil capsules, Forvia multi-vitamin
Vitamin E enema occasionally

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   Posted 1/18/2010 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I actually find most spices very beneficial to Colitis

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   Posted 1/18/2010 1:39 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 1:57 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 2:11 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 2:36 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 3:01 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 3:36 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.
Age 53. Diagnosed UP 1983, Azulphidine
Diagnosed UC 1986 Prednisone almost 2 years
Asacol - 16 pills/day, cortenemas, Rowasa
Metamucil - 2 doses/day since '86
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Bee propolis, melatonin, slippery elm
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   Posted 1/18/2010 4:53 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.
~~~~~~~~My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)~~~~~~~~

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   Posted 1/18/2010 5:15 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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Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Meds: Apriso (4 0.375g pills ONCE!! daily), mesalamine enema twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, multivitamin.  Used prednisone (starting dose 40 mg) to get into remission.

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   Posted 1/18/2010 7:35 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.
diagnosed 2004
Prenisone finally off (oct 2008)
Prilosec otc (1 a day)
Sulfasalazine (12 a day)
Flora q (every other day)
Remicade (failed oct 2007)
Humira (started oct 2008)
Multivitamin (1 a day)

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   Posted 1/18/2010 11:46 PM (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.
In remission.
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 12:05 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 4:11 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 9:48 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 12:28 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 12:07 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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