What not to eat when flaring?

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Mia @;------
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   Posted 10/2/2008 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys, i've only managed to keep down one bowl of soup in two days, lets hope it stays down!
But i wanted to ask you all, when flaring what foods do you avoid and what foods are safe?
Diagnosed in 2001,
Since then i have flared seven times, each time taking 40mg of pred for a month to manage the flare.
Currently on Asacol 6 tabs a day
Wanting an alternative, maybe enemas???

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   Posted 10/2/2008 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
If you do a search, you'll find a lot of threads on this topic. Everyone will give slightly different answers and some will say food makes no difference.

Nutritous soups and broths are a great choice when you're flaring. I also eat very tender white meat of chicken or turkey, soft-cooked veggies, applesauce, very ripe bananas, nut butters. I would avoid gluten, dairy, raw fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds.

Have you talked to your doc about the vomiting? You want to make sure you don't get dehydrated. Pedialyte would probably be the best choice. You may also want to look into Absorb Plus, a nutrition drink mix formulated specifically for IBDers.
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 10/2/2008 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I am in the worst flare ever and cant seem to eat anything but chicken soup and even that doesnt sometimes agree with me. I am trying the spinach and sunflower seed idea i read recently here. everyone seems to eat whatever appeals to them, each disease is so different.

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   Posted 10/2/2008 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, everybody is different depending on their digestive system. I can eat salads and fresh fruit galore and others can't. In fact when I am flaring that is the only thing I can really handle.
Dx:  UC Proctitis 2006 
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence. 
Started Meds:  Apr 9 08 500mg 5ASA (salofalk) to ease flare, tapering, stopped. 
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
 Added: tumeric and probiotics.

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   Posted 10/2/2008 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I do best on low fiber, and for some reason I can always tolerate spicy or bad food (like fast food).
Be careful about eating the same food all the time, my naturopath tells me that is bad for your gut. He tells me not to eat the same food but every four days. I've achieved remission following all his advice.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years, usually 3 pills 2x day. Use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free diet, also none of the other foods tested sensitive to (cow's milk, soy, tomato, egg white, others)
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years! 
Replete probiotic. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for anemia.

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   Posted 10/2/2008 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I do well eating Rice Crispies w/ soy milk, and for some strange reason, any type of corn chip: Tortilla chips, Fritos, doritos...never understood that. I also make my own banana bread, which helps with my sweet tooth. Do try to get enough nutrients though, and drink lots of water. If you really can't eat much, I'd suggest drinking Gatorade or some other sports drink that replenishes your body.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort enema, Prednisone (down to 10mg...yay!)

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   Posted 10/2/2008 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
For me, it really depends on the day. I consider myself to be constantly flaring (at least for the past year or so) with "good days" and "really bad days". On the good days, I can eat almost anything and have minimal problems.. Granted I might still have a few extra bathroom trips, but I love food and just don't feel like avoiding my favorite things ALL the time.
On bad days, sometimes I don't feel like eating anything at all and no matter what I eat, it's going to hurt. I could eat the blandest thing in the world and it would still feel like hydrochloric acid going through me. So on days like that I either don't eat if I really can't stomach it (which is not good advice) or I eat chicken soup. I try to keep foods it on the softer side when I'm feeling really sick because if it looks like it could hurt coming out, it probably will.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Sulfasalizine 3000mg/day


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   Posted 10/3/2008 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
     Low fiber diet works best while flaring.  I was advised by my nutritionist to sprinkle Red Mill GROUND flaxseed on top of my cereal in the mornings.  Make sure it is ground to a powder, not any seeds.  Rice krispies with soy milk works for me.  That is my breakfast while in a flare.
     Try to eat salmon, it does wonders for the gut.  I purchase the fresh salmon and since my family turn their noses up on it, I can usually get three meals out of one pound of it for myself.  I sprinkle Mrs Dash (no salt) table blend with a tad of olive oil and bake at 350 degrees for about half an hour or until done.  For side dishes I usually have a small baked sweet potato and cooked carrrots sweetened with honey.  I use Smart Balance on the potato..no butter.
     Lunch usually consists of some tuna or chicken soup, low salt.  For snacks I eat either a few graham crackers with green tea or some no salt saltines. 
      Notice I am extremely careful with the salt intake as I have high blood pressure and the prednisone can really make the BP go up.  I take a water pill while on pred too with my BP meds.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Still flaring.   Afraid that I am pred dependant.  Back on Pred 40 mgm for five days, then taper.  Other meds...Colazal, 6MP, Nexium, Cort enemas, Canasa suppository, Benicar, Toprol xl, water pill.
Calcium, Probiotic, Flaxseed oil capsule, multivitamin with Iron
Also have osteoporosis and high blood pressure
Remicade NOT an option. Not a candidate for surgery yet..says surgeon.

Mia @;------
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   Posted 10/3/2008 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your helpful replies!
I went in to see my GI today, and i've been put on the long dreaded prednisolone again, but i left my flare get so bad this is the only way to resolve it for now... Next time i wont disregard my symptoms as blips again... He wanted to keep me in and put me on the drip because of the continous vomitting. However i wwanted to avoid that, so we agreed to see how i go for the weekend and then decide!
So fari have kept down my first meal in a few day, i had some fish fingers and mashed potatoes, kept bland with glasses of water, as my doc sed i was quite dehydrayted!
Fingers crossed things look up from now on.
Diagnosed in 2001,
Since then i have flared seven times, each time taking 40mg of pred for a month to manage the flare.
Currently on Asacol 6 tabs a day
Wanting an alternative, maybe enemas???

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