What do you eat during a flare?

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MmeMulot
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   Posted 8/27/2011 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been in a flare for a couple of weeks, and I've been eating really bland stuff. Basically beige and white foods, with the occasional salmon, sauteed spinach and sunflower-seed butter, since they're supposed to be anti-inflammatory. I'm so sick of rice! rolleyes It's complicated by the fact that I'm mostly a vegetarian (I do eat fish). I'm really bored of what I've been eating, but I just don't feel like my digestive system can handle my usual diet (lots of whole grains and veggies). Any suggestions?
Ulcerative proctitis, diagnosed about 1998
Rowasa nightly, Canasa suppository in morning
Taken off Asacol under suspicion it caused low white-cell count
Allergies to dust, molds, penicillin, some trees and grasses, and cats (but I still have three!)
Occasional migraines
Pescetarian (eat fish but no other meat)

SurferChick
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   Posted 8/28/2011 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I know exactly how you feel. When in flare, I have to eat almost completely opposite of what I typically eat. Normally, I eat lots of broccoli and apples, etc. (fruits and vegetables) really healthy. When flaring: applesauce, rice, crackers (saltines/ritz), honey grahm crackers, chex cereal (gluten free), after workout recovery drink (lots of L-glutamine, etc-) limited choices makes it really boring. I'm getting so tired of everything, especially applesauce. [When choosing crackery things, I choose the things that when you put it in your mouth and sip water, it practically turns to mush in your mouth. I think it helps the colon. It's soft, yet binding] 
 
Both during flares and in remission I eat lots of protein-chicken/turkey only
And I NEVER have dairy.; and I LEAN towards being gluten free (I don't eat breads, tortillas, crackers for the most part that have gluten in them. But I don't worry about it being in condiments, etc)
 
I'm kinda strange..hehe it makes me sad and mad when I can't eat my apples, and steamed broccoli, etc. I can't wait till I can have them again. 
diagnosed Ulcerative Colitis, 2005
-tried various meds for a year
got started on Remicade 2006
prednisone during flares
methotrexate, folic acid, omega 3, biotin, probiotics, etc...
Exercise: 2hrs+ cardio
Diet remission: chicken, turkey, apples, steamed broccoli&carrots, protein bars, NO DAIRY, NO NUTS, NO BERRIES, NO CAFFEINE, limited sugar

InSoFla
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   Posted 8/29/2011 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
 
The BRAT diet would be enough to send me into a flare: bananas, rice, applesauce, toast - woa!
I've played around with diets alot.
 
When I was flaring, the ONLY thing I could tolerate was proteins: grilled fish, grilled chicken, canned sardines - as soon as I added some steamed veggies or fruits or carbs, my bleeding would go way up.
 
I would recommend you look into the SCD diet - specific carbohydrate diet. And at the very least stay away from  wheat, gluten, dairy.
 
Also, start a food journal to see what correlations arise.
 
You could also try to add: slippery elm bark powder - it is nature's mesalamine.
 
BTW, are you on any good probiotics?

Dx with UC in Sept. 2010.Tried various Mesalamine enemas/suppos/pills with Prednisone for several rounds without any help.Diet consists of mostly only protein: protein shakes w/almond milk, Liquid Minerals& Vitamins,Maca powder,L-Glutamine 15g, D-Ribose 5g, chia seeds,5-Loxin.VSL#3,K2,VIt. D3 100,000 IU every 10 days.Canasa suppos. as maintenance. But Transdermal LDN is working!!

Beth75
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   Posted 8/29/2011 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I just avoid caffeine and oranges, those seem to aggravate a flare for me.
UC Pancolitis: dx'd 2000; 1st Remicade 4/26/11, 2nd 5/13/11, 3rd 6/9/11, 4th 8/5/11, next 9/27/11.Kidney Disease (Minimal Change Disease): dx'd 2007 caused by 5ASA's. Current meds: Imuran, Lisinopril, Diovan, Calcium + Vit D, Calcitriol & probiotics.

w0lfie
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   Posted 8/29/2011 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
This is going to sound strange, but I find sweet potatoes and cake are the easiest things on my system when I'm flaring. I suspect it's different for everybody. Grilled chicken is probably about the only protein I can tolerate. I definitely cut out broccoli and beans; they give me gas, which hurts like a sunofagun during a flare.

I am surprised that applesauce made the list. From what I've read on the list, a lot of people have problems with fruit during a flare.

MmeMulot
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 106
   Posted 8/29/2011 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies! It's certainly tough. I've tried gluten-free several times, because I think it SHOULD help, but I've never noticed any difference. I'm taking Align probiotics, and I just added slippery elm bark into the mix. I feel like I might be getting a bit better, but I don't want to rush it. I have a vacation coming up in two weeks, so I'm crossing my fingers and babying myself in the meantime.
 
I've been SOOOO exhausted through this flare. I haven't been able to muster the energy to exercise in two weeks, and all I want to do is sleep. I've been a giant slug. I'm not getting much protein (occasional salmon), and on top of the fatigue that goes with UC, I just don't have any fuel for energy.
 
I've had sweet potatoes a few times in this flare, and that seemed to go OK.
Ulcerative proctitis, diagnosed about 1998
Rowasa nightly, Canasa suppository in morning
Taken off Asacol under suspicion it caused low white-cell count
Allergies to dust, molds, penicillin, some trees and grasses, and cats (but I still have three!)
Occasional migraines
Pescetarian (eat fish but no other meat)

w0lfie
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Date Joined Jun 2011
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 8/29/2011 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Ask your doctor about slippery elm bark if you are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant. At least one resource list it as having abortive effects.
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