Compared to most members, I'm new to UC (diagnosed in Jan '08 after two months of bleeding/diarrhea). My doctor continues to tell me that diet doesn't make a difference, because my inflammation is so low (I have proctitis, so by the time the food gets to the rectum it isn't even food anymore according my doc). I don't know what to believe, because some things I clearly cannot have (alcohol, coffee w/caffeine, etc.) Plus, I'm not convinced that I only have proctitis - it may have moved up higher in the colon.
So I have some questions about diet for you experienced UC-sufferers, since I haven't had it long enough to detect any definite patterns of aggravation from my diet.
- What diet guidelines do you follow? Do you do soft foods? Peel your veggies? Cook down your fruit? Follow a low residue diet? Low fat? Low sugar?
- If you're in remission, are there any foods that you would never eat because you know they'd start a flare-up?
- If you're having a flare-up, what foods are especially soothing to get you back into remission or close to it?
- Are there any proctitis sufferers who have gotten any relief from diet changes (just in case I really do only have proctitis)?
Any advice you can give me would be much appreciated. I've read too much about all this stuff, and now I'm more confused than when I started.