Hi Jessica I stay away from sesame seeds, tomato ,cucumber, fruit like strawberry ,raspberries.Any seeds and peppers are hard on me I stay away from them too. I think he might have meant are you eating on a regular meal plan or are you skipping meals. Sometimes it's hard to figure out what the DR. means.Hope you continue to improve.. lol gail
Crohn's disease is not curable, but your goal from this point on is to slow down the progression of the disease and maybe even put it into remission. That is possible. It requires a combination of good diet and some medications.
Most important is to avoid foods that cause inflammation of the bowel. Just which foods cause inflammation? You'll find some differences of opinion here. I'll tell you what works for me. As a general rule, what causes diarrhea is also causing inflammation. And inflammation, over the long run, causes scar tissue to build up in your intestine, requiring another surgery. So you want to keep inflammation to an absolute minimum.
I find that I have to keep away from caffeine completely. That includes coffee, tea and cola. Hot peppers and alcohol are also bad. One other thing to avoid is milk unless it's lactose-free milk (it's really the lactose that sets off inflammation and diarrhea). Soy milk is fine (it's not really milk). These are life-long dietary restrictions.
Since you just recently had a bowel resection, you'll probably have diarrhea and gas for a few months, but it will gradually subside. As others have pointed out, foods with a lot of roughage tend to cause diarrhea, but after awhile you may find that you'll be able to eat those foods again - I don't think that they actually cause inflammation.
Exercise is important, even if it's just walking - you need to keep those abdominal muscles moving. It can take up to six months to recover fully from the surgery.
Drugs - there are many options. You'll want to start out with those that cause the fewest side effects. I take sulfasalazine (enteric coated - I can't tolerate the non-coated type). A probiotic is a good non-prescript
ion supplement that restores your intestinal bacteria. Vitamin A (fish oil type, not beta-carotene) also reduces my diarrhea, but don't take more than one per day.