Food won't cause your flares or for your UC to worsen, but your symptoms can be exacerbated and it can definitely affect your comfort level.
You should be on meds, oral and rectal.
Common sense choices. Try not to set up too many rules regarding food...you need the calories. Pizza choices...a all meat one compared to pineapple and ham...I'll take the pineapple and ham. There are so many choices where you can have your cake and eat it too.
People who have UC will usually have IBS....
It's hard to differentiate between food symptoms and UC symptoms....but do try and consume a balanced intake of food...
I eat pretty much what I want, but if I'm out and about
....I may not have certain foods that I know will cause me discomfort. When I'm flaring, I would limit the amount of fruit, salads, veggies, coffee...meaning I wouldn't have as much as I might normally. Depends on how I feel or if I'm nauseated, etc. But I never DON'T eat.
Eat...definitely....If you have diarrhea and have a high intake of raw veggies and fruits, expect to still have diarrhea or more bms. Eat well cooked veggies and chew well...
Dairy...most of us will be lactose intolerant. Moderation...if a certain amount isn't a problem, stick to that. Some use Lactaid...for some it helps.
Fibre supplements will help bulk up the stool if you have diarrhea.
Take in enough fluids....best to eat your calories than to drink them. High intake of sugar...some say never..I say use moderation and eat as balanced as possible.
Don't consume artificial sweeteners, however..most don't do well with them.
The only way you'll find out what you can eat is by trying The more limitations, the more deprived you'll feel. Suffering from food and suffering from UC are two different entities, sometimes the two don't mix...always give yourself choices.
Remember, people who don't have UC have foods that don't agree....try not to make it all about
Welcome to the forum,
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~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 ....zymactive 3 - 5x 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 !!!