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   Posted 9/23/2008 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I just got diagnosed with UC last monday (sept 15th) and although my doctor has said that diet is not the issue, I believe that the foods will affect how quickly I get over this for the time being... Now my question is: Has any of you gone to a nutritionist or Naturopath to get some sort of diet to keep UC in remission?

I'm currently on Rowasa 4gm and I seem to be getting better (I consider myself very lucky!), and i've always drank juices and teas with lots of probiotics.
Thanks for the help!.


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   Posted 9/24/2008 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't found nutrionists to be helpful. The ones I've seen just give you the standard info most GIs will give you... low residue diet, bland, etc.

On the other hand, there are alot of good books on dietary modifications for people with IBD. The top ones I'd recommend, in order of strictness, are:

Breaking the Vicious Cycle
Listen to Your Gut
The New Eating Right for a Bad Gut

There are others out there. Do a search on Amazon.

There are no naturopaths in my area, so I've had to educate myself. In addition to dietary modifications, I've found the following supplements to be invaluable: Natren probiotics, omega-3, l-glutamine, wild oregano oil and George's aloe vera.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Long-term remission with only minor blips.

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   Posted 9/24/2008 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Danni, I have gone to a nutritionist.  My GI doctor wouldn't give me a specific diet to follow.  He said it is not diet related.  However, I tend to disagree.  Maybe diet doesn't actually CAUSE UC but once you have it, you will have dietary issues.  Everyone is different and different foods will aggravate some systems and not others.  Myself...I cannot eat anything spicy, greasy or fried while flaring.  If I do, I pay dearly for it.  I try to keep my meals small and eat every two hours or so.  I do enjoy my one cup of coffee in the morning, but this too upsets me.  I cannot tolerate caffeine while in a flare.  The one thing that does sooth my gut is salmon.  I try to eat it three or four times a week.  I bake it in my toaster oven.  Put a little olive oil on top and some light seasoning (I use Mrs Dash as I have high blood pressure) and bake 1/2 hour at 350 degrees.  It may take longer if thicker.  Try to get the fresh salmon.  With that, I usually eat a small baked sweet potato and some cooked carrots.  For lunch I usually eat Activia yogurt and breakfast some rice krispies or a soft boiled egg and toast.  My nutritionist gave me a low residue diet to follow and I try to stick to it.

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   Posted 9/24/2008 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
My doctor told me to eat a bland diet, no nuts, nothing w/ seeds, no popcorn, no red meat, if you can't see thru it don't drink it, no corn or corn products, no fructose, eat white bread, and no dairy, no raw veggies.  I think I got it all!  So what is left to eat?!
I eat fish and chicken, mashed tats, tuna sandwitches for lunch w/ spinach, cook veggies till they are basically mush.  I have been religious w/ my diet and meds and feel I am headed towards remission.  I started flaring last May/diagnosised 8/25/08.
This is such a crazy disease - one never knows.
Diagnosised 8/25/08 GRRR
Currently Flaring GRRR
Multi Enzyme
Mega Probiotic
Fiber Wafer
Nictotine Patch

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   Posted 9/24/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Princesa, Thanks so much for all the book recommendations! I'll check them out for sure.
CHristine, and Gigi thanks for the meal recommendations!

I've always been semi conscious of my meals (I strongly believe now that all of my previous "mysterious" stomach pains and hospital visits were because of UC all along ...) and I try to eat healthy... I haven't had any red meat or pork since I was 13 (I'm about to turn 31) and I eat lots of vegetables... I'm going to check with my naturopath to see if I can go on a diet that will keep the UC at bay (maybe).
In the meantime, I'm on my second week of Rowasa, about to start Canasa in suppository form (lame!)

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   Posted 9/24/2008 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI doctor told me to avoid red meat, dairy, greasy and spicy foods. I have found I also need to avoid raw vegetables, apple juice, and seeds. I found the book "What to eat with IBD" helpful.
- female 41, diagnosed ulcerative colitis Feb 2005
- just got off prednisone after a 5month taper from 80mg down to 0mg!!
- currently 6-MP/mercaptopurine/purinethol 75 mg, asacol/mesalamine 4800mg (4 pills x 3 times day), Canasa 1000mg nightly
- VSL#3, Benefiber, multivitamin, chewable calcium, fish oil, biotin, sometimes iron pills

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   Posted 9/24/2008 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   



Go to the post titled "bland diet" which was posted a few days ago. I posted some info on there in regards to a diet given to me by a naturopathic doc. It really helped and I ended up achieving remission with the help of supplements as well. Just remember, everyone is different, but I was definitely pretty sick when I tried it.



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

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