Well, at the time of my first Crohn's activity the only medication offered to me was asulfadine which I could NOT tolerate, it made me as sick or sicker than the Crohn's! After my resection Mayo offered me the opportunity to take part in a clinical trial to test asulfadine's effectiveness in prolonging remission after resection. HA! Like I would NOT take that stuff again no how!!!
I went w/o Crohn's meds the entire 20 year remission. (I don't recommend that, I would AT LEAST take Pentasa or even Imuran and that is what I INTEND to do after this pending surgery).
As far as what I ate those 20 years? I asked Mayo after my resection about
what I could and couldn't eat. They told me to eat anything I wanted to, my gut would tell me what foods it did and didn't like - and they were right!!! I eventually learned to eat raw veggies only in moderation, cheeses and dairy products only in moderation. Other than that .... oh, and careful w/popcorn. Don't go overboard and don't crunch on the partially popped kernels. I could get by w/half a medium pizza one day IF I didn't try to have a slice for breakfast the next day too. On the other hand my gut has hated sour cream to this day. (And, of course, I love it - the sour cream, that is). Use some common sense and don't go overboard on seeds. Chew everything thoroughly.
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.