I should clarify or extend...
For me specifically, many foods have always caused problems with inflammation. I did the strict SCD thing, with some success but always needed meds. Without meds SCD would't keep me from flaring. Over the years (~12 now) I noticed that the easiest thing for me to digest without issue was simply lactose free protein powder and Orange Juice/Water Mix (50/50). In fact my bowels always felt somewhat calm after drinking this. So this became my go-to food when I was really flaring. The problem for me is that is made me super crazy hungry and protein and juice alone isn't all that healthy or even a fun way to live so I always snuck solid food in at least once a day. Oddly even if drank these twice a day with traditional meds (methotrexate and eventually imuran) I would still eventually flare. But at least they gave me a source of some nutrients.
So for many years I would mostly have this for breakfast and solid food for lunch and dinner. about
a year and a half ago I tried the WOO/Thyme thing with Imuran and felt a lot better. Every now and then I try some foods and have a bad reaction (inflammation). What I noticed was reverting to the protein and juice thing twice a day got me through and seemed to calm things down again pretty quick. So then I clued in that I could make Enteral type drinks very easily simply by adding a starch and a fat source like you and voila... a meal replacement drink. My body really liked them! A lot. And much more healthy than just protein and juice. Except that I still always felt crazy hungry for solid food and could never stick to just this 24/7 for more than a day. It's darn tough! So congrats on having some serious drive and willpower...
So I don't doubt that they help significantly for some.
I am not 100% enetral nutrition and have considered it, but I lack the willpower... What I do know from past experience is that one or two of these a day really calms my system especially when combined with the treatment I am trying.
So I would say I started with the WOO/Thyme supplements first then added in Enteral (or home made meal replacement drinks) to this with a heck of a lot of success.
PS -On a side note I for some reason have trouble with Cinnamon Oil, but others have had some success. I think it's a bit of an irritant so do be cautious.
PSS - I never really thought to mention the home made drinks on the UC board cause well, most on there don't have issues with food so much, or not to the degree that Crohn's people have. But even today both breakfast and lunch were home made meal replacement drinks. I can now finally sneak in the odd chocolate dip donut or a piece of cake or a bit of milk with no issue. It seems that my tolerance is directly tied with inflammation. The less inflamed I am the wider variety of foods I can tolerate - even some gluten and milk, though I am afraid to push it.
So again congrats on the success...
PSSS - Sorry for being long winded! But based on my experience, I would think that adding foods back should be somewhat easy to flush out what your system likes and does not. Especially if you have solid stool again. And if you get a bad reaction (inflammation i.e. mucus in stool or very thin stool or loose stool) then stop and go back to the meal replacement drinks till this resolves and you feel better again then either try the same food again to be sure or switch to another food. This is what I did and came up with a list of foods my body is fine with. It's pretty hard to do but nowhere near as hard as pure liquid diet so it should be a walk in the park for you.
Post Edited (Canada Mark) : 2/9/2015 9:33:22 PM (GMT-7)