book offers reasonable UC diet

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 1/2/2008 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey all - I have been reading a really reasonable book about IBD and diet, written by a Chronie who is also a nutritionist and whose Crohn's started as UC. I can't write how this book changed my life because I am just now starting to try to follow it, but I will say that I have read a lot of different diet plans for IBD. Most of them are not written by someone with the disease and most of them sound way too complicated for me, personally, to follow, as I know myself and know I need to change my diet incrementally. The basic premise is that some foods are easier on the colon than others, so eat the easy foods and not the hard ones (soluable vs. insoluable fiber). She suggests some meal plans and includes 50 recipes for starters. It just feels doable to me, and logical, and really emphasizes basic nutrition, so I wanted to pass along the book in case any of you have been like me, looking for some reasonable guidance on food but feeling like all the proposed ideas are really extreme. so, here's the link, and here's hoping it works (I will let you know if it actually does in a few months). and no, I am not receiving an kick-back from the author, which is a shame because the cost of asacol sure would make a kick-back much appreciated.... :)

Pancolitis dx 3/07
12 Asacol/day
150mg Imuran/day (steroid dependent, reached this dose 9/07)
Various vitamins, a probiotic.

Katie Rose
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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 1/2/2008 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting UCinNC, I'll check it out. Thanks for the info.

Female 45 years old.
Diagnosed with UC since 1994 Lower left side
Currently taking a multi vitamin and Asacol 3 tabs 3 x's a day.
Tried: Probiotics, Fish oil, Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocortisone Enemas, Sulfasalazine

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 1/3/2008 3:28 AM (GMT -6)   
She was diagnosed with UC and eventually CD...meaning it was CD all along.

I hope the diet works for you...keep us posted.

*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... increased enemas to nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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   Posted 1/3/2008 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
There are several diets out there. I think if you combine them all, the bad foods list encompasses every type of food imaginable leaving you with no options for eating. A lot of the allowed foods found on one diet will be found in the bad foods section of another diet, and vice versa. It's been a long drawn out process for me, but there's really nothing I eat that obviously induces a flare. Fried foods do seem to give me gas (more so than my pre-UC days), which maybe can be harsh to a friable colon, but other than that........In my experience most, if not all of the diets are total BS.

Eva Lou
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   Posted 1/3/2008 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I have this book, & love it! I am definitely not a believer in the "diet = cure" school of thought- I'm with you, Swollen Colon! But this is not a diet, per se. It's really just nutrition tips, & simple, healthy, easy on the gut recipes. The thing I like about the book is that the author never claims you will be cured if you eat only what she suggests, & she never tells you to go off your meds. For a month or so when my last flare was really awful, I only ate the recipes from this book, & had no increase in symptoms/problems, etc. It's basically common sense eating for the patient with UC/Crohn's.

diagnosed with UC '02
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade infusions
Imuran- 100mgs/day
Prednisone- 5mgs/day

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Total Posts : 528
   Posted 1/4/2008 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Eva Lou - I feel exactly the same way. the fact that te author doesn't present it as a cure-all gives me a lot of comfort.
Pancolitis dx 3/07
12 Asacol/day
150mg Imuran/day (steroid dependent, reached this dose 9/07)
Various vitamins, a probiotic.

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