Last week I tried a little experiment: I just about completelely quit sugar. Except for my one Activa yogurt and whatever small amounts are in bread, I stopped cold turkey. I did this because I've had an awful habit of stuffing my face with chocolate at my desk, making desserts and going out for milkshakes once a week. That, plus my new addiction to Code Red Mountain Dew were starting to pack on some pounds, plus, any numbskull would know all that sugar isn't good for a body!
Since I quit, something amazing happened: The risidual inflammation I had for months (in the, eh hem, rectal area)seems to have cleared up! I had heard that sugar could contribute to inflammation, but didn't think it would to this extent.
The reason I say sugar is the devil is because although I know how awful it is now, I have been tempted left and right. My wife made a pie, somebody last week had a chocolate b'day cake, and today someone brought cake and DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO cookieS!!!! I have to admit, I did the old "chew and spit out bit" on those. They were delicious!!!
I'm going to keep up the cold turkey for one month, and then try to see what just a little does to me. Right now I'm half hoping the inflammation returns so I know it's not sugar (well, not quite half hoping)...but I have to say, I haven't had a whole week of relief in a very long time, so I really think sugar is to blame.
Bad fissure Feb 2005, still have it January 2006. On Pentasa and Imuran 100mg. Some slight swelling and ulceration of terminal ileum. No other symptoms. Now on Remicade!