food to avoid?

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memmie 23
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   Posted 10/15/2008 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
i have been reading up aot on the net about uc and all the foods to try and avoid, i found a site and it was saying uc sufferers should have alot of fruit/veg in their diet. All the things it was telling me to avoid, i eat regular with no trouble. eg/.... spicy food (occasional), fizzy drinks, sweet things, alcohol.. all that i can handle but when it comes to the fruit and veg it encourages us to eat, im in terriable pain afterward and milk ooouuccchhhh. I know everyone is different but does anybody else really suffer after fruit/veg. Im interested in knowing what food people have to stay clear from. thanks
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   Posted 10/15/2008 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Everybody is different, I live on fruits and veggies during a flare, but others can't handle them. IMO, the best thing is to eat the healthiest that your digestive system will allow you to in order to keep your immune system strong.
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 10/15/2008 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
If you're in terrible pain after milk, then you may be lactose intolerant...I found out I was severely lactose intolerant when my GI tested me for it, the symptoms of lactose intolerance are easily masked by IBD symptoms, so it's a good idea for every IBDer to get checked from time to time since lactose intolerance can commonly go hand in hand with having IBD and it seems to come and go as well...although I'm combating my lactose issues with an excellent probiotic daily that specifically aids with lactose intolerance, vaginal health, high cholesterol and it has guaranteed intestinal release so it's aiding with my IBS and my crohn's colitis.

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   Posted 10/16/2008 12:31 AM (GMT -6)   
You should try keeping a food diary. It helps. Its surprising how many GI docs don't recommend this.

Try lactose-free milk. Its really sweet and $$ but it sure beats what reg milk does. I have grown used to it.

I limit carbonated drinks, anything I see in my stool after a BM, refined sugars and starches, easy on yeast-based products, no seeds.

I try and eat fruits and veggies as much I can digest. A digestive enzyme with cellulase helps with the fibres of veggies.

Theres alot of contradicting info about what too eat for UC, so best bet is to avoid it if it hurts or causes irregularities.

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   Posted 10/16/2008 6:18 AM (GMT -6)   
If you suffer from bloating then fizzy drinks will obviously make things much worse.
Not all veg is the same - consider trying corgette and butternut squash they never give me problems I think are a gentle food.
I would try to eat 'healthier' as veg has a lot of vitamins, minerals - flavanoids anti-oxidants and other stuff all seems to be linked to improving symptoms in experiments with mice though if you have symptoms when eating something try something else.
The same goes for veg - consider trying fresh jiuces to get some goodness with less chance of reacting to it.

Currently in no mans land between flare and remission

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   Posted 10/16/2008 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
For me, coffee (reg or decaf) can upset my stomach/colon and make me have to go, I have found it doesn't necessarily matter if it has caffeine or not. Also if I eat a lot of citrus it affects me the same way. I looove to eat mineola's (super juicy like an orange, but better) in the winter.

I think it's the acidity in both that trigger these responses in me. Every now and then I can enjoy either and be fine but if I start thinking I am ok and indulging then I pay for it.

I can eat hot wings, salad's, fruit, drink margarita's and milk (not all together = ) and be fine.

It all depends on each of us.
Beth, 33 ~ hoping to taper pred successfully, wish me luck!
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07.  Flare May 08 (from aspirin?).
UC dx'd 03/00 Proctosigmoiditis; Pancolitis since 09/07
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd 09/07. Close to remission since 9/08.
Prednisone 5mg/2.5mg alt days 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Tekturna 300mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.  Do you have edema? If so, check your blood protien level!

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   Posted 10/16/2008 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
If you're flaring, you want to make sure you're cooking your vegetables and fruits to break down the tough fiber matrix. You should avoid peels and seeds and anything raw.
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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