Bum Deal said...
It's also worth considering the indirect effect on your UC that food can have... I apparently had IBS before my diagnosis (although not sure now if it was UC all along), but I know that certain foods aggravate my guts - just found out bread is a no-no :(
One of my theories is that certain foods with me play up and then move everything through me too quickly, including the meds I'm taking, so they don't get a chance to do their bit, which would help cause another flare-up.
But the countries thing is interesting. I'm from the UK and I did a month's travelling through Spain not so long ago (before I was diagnosed UC but I was still having gut troubles). I managed 9-hour bus trips without bathroom breaks and stayed in hotels sharing a bathroom without any hassles. Since then I've been scratching my head trying to figure out what settled it all down while I was out there. One thing was that I wasn't eating bread each day, and another thing that might have helped was a mainly seafood diet. I'm hoping that Spanish red wine could be part of the solution, too
Given that it's mainly a Western disease, it makes you wonder if all these additives in food that we don't really know about are part of the problem.
Interesting to read your experiences of feeling better when travelling, I'm also from the UK but spend allot of time in Thailand and tend to go into remission within 2-3 days of getting there. So far I've put that down to:-
1. Less stress
2. Seafood diet
3. Lots of sun
However, after reading post I think I need to investigate the redwine angle a bit further, I think you could be on to something there...