Toriblue and Lantana.....
In response to your request for more information. First, please do not feel I am an expert when it comes to this, but the directions I followed came straight from my naturopathic doc and thank goodness it worked for me. I was extremely sick and my doc had started talking about surgery b/c he felt I shouldnt be so sick while receiving remicade tx. I sought second opinions from the cleveland clinic and they too agreed and sent me for a surgical consult. Being 29 years old, I was not ready to lay down and give up. The last thing I ever wanted to have to do was change my diet b/c I love to eat, but I had to try it being the last option.
Now the diet I followed actually comes from Ultra Inflam program. This was designed as a nutrtional support for inflammation and it actually has a medical food for chrons and colitis patients. I never could do the shakes b/c they tasted nasty, so i just followed the diet. If you want more information I do have the booklet that I can scan for you and send over personal email if you provide it to me. Or try to look it up online-the company that produces it is Metagenics. It has foods to include/exclude as well as a sample grocery list. It is very helpful, but know everyone is different and can tolerate different foods at different times. I basically ate the same foods every day!! I trialed what i could eat and if i had a bad response, I took it off the list for awhile and retried it later. I was on the diet about 2 months total, but probably felt alot better after a month. I even got my bleeding to stop....Something that has never happened in the whole 2.5 years I have been sick. Now know too that in addition to the diet, I was taking mass amounts of supplements for healing as well. And of course the remicade that I feel had a small amount of influence too.
I do want to respond to the sugar question though. It is my understanding from research and such that sugar in all forms is bad, whether it is "white" or not. The theory behind this is that bad bacteria in our gut is at great quantities with little good bacteria to balance it out. This causes our immune system to believe are colon is foreign agent and attacks, causing the inflammation and such. Now bacteria feeds off of sugars and yeasts. By eliminating all forms of sugar or things that break down into sugars, you are starving the bad bacteria to get rid of it. You should in the meantime supplement with high doses of probiotics to balance you bacterial flora in your gut. Once you do that, you will see improvements. Please know that I did reintroduce sugars back into my diet once in remission, but I did it in small quantities. This bland diet can be temporary, but you always want to be cautious. Hope this information was helpful. If you really want to know my diet, I can let you know, but i was really basic and didnt experiment much. Sample meal (breakfast-egg whites, which was diary, but allowed by the doc; snack-apple with peeled skin dipped in natural almond butter; Lunch-sushi, salad with balsamic vineagar and allowed veggies;dinner-chk with steamed veggies and brown rice). No sauces and condiments allowed so i added a lot of salt, which prob didnt help my sodium levels.
Please keep your head up and stay strong...You'll get used to it and your sweet cravings will go away=)
29 y/o female diagnosed with UC 2/06
Active Flare (with short periods of relief d/t prednisone) for approx 2 years
Experimented with every class of drugs with no complete remission
Currently in remission with the help of a naturalopathic doc
Meds currently taking:
*Remicade 500mg every 8 weeks (10 tx under my belt)
*Fish oil, Natren Probiotics, Vitamin D3, L-Glutamine Powder, DHEA