I hope the new diet is going well. I just recently started getting more serious about
a diet/lifestyle change and I am already amazed after one week. However, I already had a decent diet so I wasn't starting from the bottom.
Here is what I am doing and what is working for me (similar to you): no meat (except fish), no wheat, no processed, no sugar and no dairy. Basically, no crap which just plain stinks at times! Seriously, I love things like
cookies and pizza! I also started a juicing program in the am and try to eat a salad at lunch. I was worried about
raw foods bothering me so I have little amounts of raw greens with lots of avocado, cuks, etc. There is so much good stuff to eat once you go in that direction. I love food, especially ethnic type foods which are more conducive to eating well. I also eat lots of miso soup and brown rice. I have tried to create a diet based off of many health plans. If you just remove all the junk, that is the major starting point. Can I recommend some other books: Valerie Harper's Controlling Crohn's the Natural Way, Robin Robertson's Vegan Planet, Natalia Rose's the Raw Foods Detox Diet, Michael Pollen's the Omnivores Dilemma, and the new cookbook Veganimicon. I only take fish oil capsules and a good daily multi-vitamin.
I don't take any prescribed pills. After a surgery in 1993, the doctor wanted to get me started on pills (I think pentasa) and I asked if this would prevent my crohn's from returning and he said that there was no proof or guarantee of that by taking the pills. So I thought that I wouldn't take pills until I get sick. Mind you this was after years of pills, in and out of the hospital and this surgery. I didn't really think about
diet or things back then but I simply lived like I didn't have crohns (if that makes sense). I have only had a few minor flare ups and I usually drink lots of herbal teas (peppermint) and miso soup and I am fine. In the back of my mind I always fear getting sick again but I believe that healthy living is the best staple for anyone. Get outside as much as possible even just to the local park and trash your TV!! I also recommend yoga, walking, light running, and hiking.
My major weakness is coffee (a true Seattle-ite). I wish you well. You can do it! Crohn's disease stinks, plain and simple. It is nice to have this forum to share ideas and information with others who deal with this disease. Thank you for posting your question and making me think about
my own health! Cheers!