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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/7/2008 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay , just gotta ask, since this is my first flare and one that is lasting for about two and half to three weeks (normal????). I am wondering what kind of special, if any, diets you all follow? For example I was told dairy was a BAD move(yogurt a no no, cheese a super no no) also I was told fresh veggies and fruits(all three things dairy, fruit and veggies I LOVE) are a no no too nono   So, what do you eat then? I actually do eat during my flares (don't you all?) and maybe I'm sure I made it worse but my son and hubby wanted pizza, so we had pizza and hubby and I had a glass of wine with it. 
So, my question is what kind of diet do you all follow regularly and what diet If any do you follow during a flare? confused
Also, it seems you all use fish oil what is it for?
37 yr old Female
mom of a supercool kid
hoping to win the lotto some day even though it wont cure my UC

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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 8/7/2008 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I am in the minority, but I do not have, no-no foods. I don't know how this could be, but I generally eat everything I ate before UC. My biggest issue with food is actually when I don't eat anything for too long or don't take in enough calories on a day when I have been very active. I get painful gas and see a big increase in awful discusting mucus. This applies even if I am not eating due to nausea so my sole foot caveat is to never let my stomach stay empty for very long.

Also I have been tested for allergies and I have none to any food so that might be a factor in my ability to eat many food without dire concequences.
UC diagnosed 10/05, first symptoms 1983
asacol daily and rowasa as needed 
Trying out Digestive Fitness Probiotic
past rx: colozal, lialda, canasa

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   Posted 8/7/2008 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Everyone here will tell you that food choices are entirely specific to each individual. Some of us can tolerate foods that will absolutely ruin others of us. I'm following a diet that I found in a book called "The Self-Help Way to Treat Colitis and Other IBS Conditions," by De Lamar Gibbons. It eliminates several kinds of sugars (fructose, sorbitol, mannitol, and lactose) and wheat bran fiber. I am seeing a definite improvement, although I screwed up yesterday and ate something that undid all my progess. The best thing you can do is keep a food diary to identify your "trigger foods." For me, trigger foods include fried food, greasy food (like pizza), alcohol, caffeine, raw veggies and fruit, yogurt... the list goes on and on. It takes a long time to figure out what you can and can't eat (I was diagnosed in January and I'm still learning).

Even though I've elimated all these sugars and wheat bran fiber, eating a trigger food can totally undo my efforts. I wish I had a more clear-cut answer for you, but you'll learn very quickly that there isn't one when it comes to diet.

I hope you're able to find some relief soon...

PS. The fish oil is an anti-inflammatory. Some people swear by them, some think they're useless. They're worth a try.
Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Ulcerative Proctitis (10cm) January '08
Current Treament:  Rowasa 60 ML 2X daily, Cortenama 100 ML 1X daily, Bentyl 20 MG (as needed), Acidophilus 3X daily, Fish Oil and Multivitamin daily.
Diet/Exercise:  Sugar elimination.  Daily yoga, walking, or cardio w/weights.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Vitamins.
Status:  Flare (showing some improvement)

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   Posted 8/7/2008 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Picnic...huge favor. Can you use black type next time you post? I am having hard time reading your post. Thanks!
Tabitha (Tab)

100mg Azathioprine, 2 Fibercon, Colazal-9 a day, Acidopholis Pearls, Zegerid (not sure if it is working)
Co-Moderator UC Forum

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/7/2008 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
My diet is Korean food, since I am Korean :). Everyday, breakfast, lunch, dinner I've been having---
bowl of white rice
bowl of broth kind of soup with tofu and mushrooms
small portion of boiled meat spiced with some honey and soy sauce
one fish boiled or cooked on a pan
descent bowl of spinach spiced with some salt and sesame oil
1 soft fruit with no skin ex/ bannana, korean peach
multivitamin pill

I've been diagnosed pretty recently, but I feel that eating a whole meal is very important since our intestine isn't absorbing all the nutrients well enough. Also I'm thinking that we need many different kinds of nutrients to raise our immune system since the preds are lowering out immune system. Luckily for me there are many many healthy Korean foods that the general population eats daily and I'm used to eating.
After doing research, I eat lots of protien since it's used to heal wounds. Spinach I saw in some posts it's very good cuz of some kind of nutrient. I use honey in my foods since honey is, I forgot, something that our body can digest easily compared to sugar.  I eat the fish for the extra nutrients it has like the oil. Seems that the oil has some kind of Omega 3? or something in it some say it helps with their UC some say it doesn't. After eating like this for about a month, 1/6 times I go to bathroom I see like 1 or 2 drops of blood only now. D is also looking better. Yay! But I'm taking 30mg of pred, so will have to wait and see if it's the pred or the food or the combination.
I would love to eat a medium size papa john's margareta pizza with tabasco sauce all by myself!!!! :(

Diagnosed: UC pancolitis July/2008
Meds: prednisone 6 tabs once a daytapering, medilac probiotic 2 tabs 3 times a day, mucosta, asacol 2 tabs 3 times a day, octiran

Post Edited (lajam77) : 8/7/2008 1:26:22 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/7/2008 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
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 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 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 food.

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 !!!

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   Posted 8/7/2008 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I have always had trouble with lettuce and certain tomato sauces and hard liquor (duh). I also can get bad if I go too long without eating something. Otherwise I could eat pretty much anything, even really spicy food. Food didn't cause the disease...
But now I find out I'm highly intolerant to gluten and also have some other food sensitivities, according to blood testing.
If you want to know what you have been guessing, get food sensitivity/allergy testing, I did it through a naturopathic doctor, $300, with a lab call Alletess. I feel worlds better after just 10 days of making the changes to my diet.
My flares are usually a couple of months, sorry.
49 year old female, diagnosed in 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years; Currently 15-20 mg prednisone trying to taper off from lingering flare, slow-release iron and B-12 shots for severe anemia.
August 2008 Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy-free, etc. diet and Replete probiotic, DGL Plus (licorice root, slippery elm), Permeability Factors, under care of naturopathic doctor.

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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 35
   Posted 8/7/2008 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I've only had three severe flareups so far, and they both built up slowly over 3-4 days with increasing D then blood, then 7-10 days of hellish BMs. I haven't noticed any patterns -- ie. there hasn't been a time where 5 hours after eating something, my stomach freaks out and I head into a flare-up.

I wish it were so simple with me as: I eat brussel sprouts, I get flare up, I stop eating brussel sprout, I am cured.

I have just started the Specific Carb Diet (SCD), and hopefully that does something, but I don't have high hopes. I'll give it a shot. I've tried ALOT of things to get normal, but unfortunately there's a lot of "snake oil" out there (ie. "wheat grass cures colitis!"....WRONG, didn't). I bet someone could write a book with a diet subsisting of live crickets to cure IBD, write up a bunch of phony testimonials and reviews, and a bunch of us UC sufferers would buy it =)
31 yr old male
Diagnosed: 7/07 - UC - Pancolitis
Current Meds: 2 Rowasa enemas/day ; 6 Asacol / day

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   Posted 8/7/2008 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
When flaring, I avoid really high fiber foods, spicy foods and gas producing foods. I avoid high fat foods all the time. Some people have specific intolerances, such as gluten or lactose. Your GI can test for these. I have no problem with either, in fact when flaring, mac and cheese is one of my "go-to foods." Try keeping a food diary; if you notice over time that you have trouble every time you eat a certain food then consider omitting it from your diet.

Food doesn't cause flares, but can certainly make an existing flare worse or more painful (see spicy foods, above.)

Warning: if you delete everything from your diet that anyone here tells you is bad, you'll die because there will be nothing left you can eat. It's highly individual, and we each have to figure it out for ourselves.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
Co-Moderator UC Forum
Please remember to consult your health care provider when making health-related decisions.

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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30180
   Posted 8/7/2008 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Who creates "the rules" anyway? you have to eat. Find what you can and try not to impose too many inflamed gut pretty much dosn't like anything and if you're flaring, things will come out like it went in sometimes.

suchik.....You won't get a flare from eating brussel sprouts!!! And cured when you don't? (try not to use the word cured out of respect unless you've had the surgery to remove your colon...even then one isn't really "cured") Doesn't make sense unto itelf unless you were flaring or have fragile (friable) tissue and the excess syptoms are just noted.

Brussel sprouts give me incredible gas and lots of discomfort, I'd say almost no one as no symptoms from those little stinky things. Cute as they are.

Maybe this should be titles "Food symptoms" OR "Food during flares" rather than "Food flares".

*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 !!!

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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 348
   Posted 8/7/2008 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had UC for 26, almost 27 years. I've only had 2 major flares, when I was first diagnosed (which lasted a couple of months) and my last one which lasted 2 1/2 years. I would have a couple of bad days or weeks here or there, in between, which I would get back on track by doing cortenemas and/or sterroids short term. But I also didn't take my daily meds for at least 10 years or so. ( I really should have kept recorded this so I would have a better record of it) But, when you are doing good, you tend not to want to think about UC.

When I am in a flare, almost everything I eat will bother me, especially raw vegetables.
When not in a flare, one would never know I have UC, I can eat almost anything, although I don't eat spicy foods just because I don't like them. I drink milk on a daily basis, not a problem at all.

You will find that everyone is different as far as what they can consume. I drink 3 cups of regular tea a day, absolutely a must for me. This darn diseas is very individualistic, if that's a word...You just have to find what works for you. Good Luck!!!!
diagnosed with uc 27 years ago.  Enojoyed 20 year remission with just minor blips here and there (approximately 16 of those years without any meds)
In a flare for 2 very long years which Asacol didn't help at all.  Finally in remission again since Jan 2008, can't believe it..............
currently on Sulfasalazine 2 tabs 3x day. Folic acid, mesalamine enema once a week. Omega 3, Probiotics, multi vitamin, calcium supplement, Biotin 5000mcg, Fibercon.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 194
   Posted 8/7/2008 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Chocolate. I just cannot tolerate a lot of it. Small pieces occasionally and dark chocolate. And certain nuts bother me sometimes (almonds)

When I am flaring I usually do well with a white fish baked, white rice with a butter substitute (like Smart Balance) and canned green beans. Those things seem to always help me get out of a flare.
diagnosed with UC in 1962
regualr meds:
Asulfadine (500mg tablets, 6 daily)
Folic Acid
Zantac as needed
open heart surgery in 2005 for removal of aortic root aneurysm

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 8/7/2008 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
i eat anything really but corn cuz it hurts me in particular when it comes out like it went in.

and my flares back in the day were only a few weeks. last flare was 1 year and 4 months long and this one is going on 3 months now.
different everytime.
steph - 32 - female - UC since 2000
currently flaring again..  grrr! (triggered by stress - grrr)
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day)
enteric coated fish oil -omega 3 (so they get all the way to my colon)
vitamin D3 x1 a day
prednisolone 25mg x1 a day (ick ick and did i say ick?)
tumeric capsules x3 a day

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