I was always been a big bleeder, but for some reason just before I started the diet I had stopped bleeding; however, I do know that I had blood loss that I could not see, because my doc told me I would need a blood transfusion when I was recently in the hospital (before the diet).
If you're bleeding, you'll definitely want to stick to the sunflower butter and NOT the seeds. The butter is kinder on your digestion. And do not eat fresh spinach if you're very inflamed - it will really tear you up. Eat the canned or frozen. I preferred the frozen for taste reasons. Also, if you buy frozen CHOPPED spinach, you'll have an easier time breaking it down because its already in smaller pieces. I'm going to post a little recipe that I've used that's a tasty way to eat spinach every day. This is my lunch:
2 10oz packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry of liquid
1/2 onion, chopped and sauteed in 1 tbsp butter
10oz can cream of celery soup
1 1/2 cup sharp cheese cheese, shredded
1/4 tsp black pepper
flour tortillas - small burrito size
Mix the first five ingredients in a bowl. Spread about 1/3 cup of the mixture on half of a tortilla. Fold the tortilla over and place on a griddle that's been generously sprayed with cooking spray. Cook until the bottom is golden brown and crispy. Spray the top of the quesadilla with cooking spray, flip it over, and cook the other side until golden brown and crispy. Remove from griddle, cut in half, and serve immediately.
I usually make two quesadillas each day, and the spinach mixture lasts me for about 3-4 days. Just keep it in a tupperware container in the fridge.
I should also mention that since I was flaring pretty good when I started this, I also did a low-residue diet. The spinach was really the only non-low-residue food I was eating. I think this helped me heal faster than it would if I was eating whatever I wanted.
I hope this info helps you!
EDIT: Just wanted to add that the first two weeks on the diet were not pleasant. I had increased D and at one point I saw a tiny bit of blood (which really freaked me out), but I stuck to it and all is well now.
Katie, 30. Chicago 'burbs.
DX: Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08)
Current Treament: Asacol 1200 MG 2X daily, Iron 325 MG 2X daily, Zoloft 50 MG daily, Multivitamin.
Diet/Exercise: Spinach/sunflower and low-residue. Yoga, walking, cardio.
Previous Treatment: Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema.
Status: Heading to remission???