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   Posted 11/10/2008 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi as a new member of the group just wondered is there a list of foods that many of you folks who have suffered with this condition for some time have found to be a complete no no for this condition and are known to trigger an flair.
Thanks Geoff

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 11/10/2008 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Everyone is different, you'll find!
Mine are iceberg lettuce, some tomato sauces (Pizza Hut, ugh), hard liquor, fresh spinach & big salads
And, apparently, gluten.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete probiotic first, then Forte pills. 
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.

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   Posted 11/10/2008 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Salads/veggies are a definite no-no for me.
Diagnosed with UC 3/2008
10mg Prednisone
75mg 6-MP
Calcium + Vit D
Entocort 9mg daily
800mg Asacol 3X daily

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   Posted 11/10/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I avoid dairy, spicy foods, real fatty or greasy things, raw fruits and veggies especially iceburg lettuce (but I have no trouble with Romaine lettuce) and corn, seeds/nuts, malt beverages and if I do drink, I do so in moderation.
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   Posted 11/10/2008 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to HW! I have found this disease to be different for everyone. What one person may be able to eat another may not. I have just accepted the fact that I have UC and I am going to enjoy each day that I have on this good earth. So, I suppose what I am saying is that I am not going to worry anymore what I can or cannot eat - I just eat what I want and go w/ the flo - no pun intended LOL!

Diagnosised 8/25/08 GRRR
Started flare mid-May/feeling better but still flaring
Canasa 2x a day
Multi Enzyme
Mega Probiotic
Fiber Wafer
Nictotine Patch
Fish Oil Pill
Multi Vitamin

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 11/10/2008 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Where do I start-
Ice cream, salad greens, all raw vegetables, raw fruits, fried foods.

I love fruit and salads--- this is the hardest to give up. Today I ate canned peaches and pears. So far, so good
Jackie, 43

Pancolitis, DX Jan. 07

Lexapro, colazal 3x3, Sythroid, Protonix, Rowasa suspension

10 infusions of Remicade- doesn't work
tried 6MP - taken off because of health concerns

Prednisone and Levaquin added- October 30th

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 11/10/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
everyone is so different.
the best thing you can do regarding food is to keep a food journal. it takes a lot of time but is really worth it.
list what you eat, meds you take, how you're feeling, what your BMs etc are like and whatever else you think is relevant.
i was able to eliminate foods that i never would have thought to be irritating but they were to me.

good luck!
29, happily married, stay at home mom to 3 year old son and new baby boy.
currently: possibly in a post-childbirth flare but not bad yet.
UC (probably pancolitis, but no c-scope yet), dx'd June 2006, started having major symptoms sometime in Jan 2006, about 3 months after childbirth. 2nd flare (minor) may 2007.

-Prednisone 8/28/06-2/28/07. and again may '07, 8 week course.
-Prayer! asacol, probio, ground psyllium husk, folic acid, cal-mag

may you live all the days of your life.

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 11/10/2008 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Foods are not the cause of flares, although they can be irritating and a factor/variable to an already existing problem. It an immune response that causes all the damage. Food allergies, spicy foods, undigestibles like insoluble fibers can all play a part. I second hekela's post above about the food diary. Only then will you be able to isolate your comfort foods from those that may potentially cause you discomfort.

I eat anything I can get my hands on when I'm in remission EXCEPT: Popcorn and lactose.

When flaring I consult my food diary and revert to my highly-digestible low sugar low starch foods that agree with me for the length of the flare. You don't wanna wait until a flare to find out a food that your body doesn't like... The diary is well worth the effort to achieve/maintain remission.
Diagnosed w/ Ulcerative Colitis in 1995
32 years old
Living med free  
Currently in remission  

New Member

Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 11/11/2008 12:00 AM (GMT -6)   
coffee, sugars of any kind, alcohol, pop, too much milk.. you know, all the normal stuff you used to have.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 11/11/2008 12:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Food was never a huge problem for me but when I am flaring I do stay away from lactose of ANY kind, lettuce, peanut butter, cereals with a high fiber content, and I guess I avoiding going to a restaurant for a big dinner. I must agree though, food doesn't cause a flare and everyone is different!
19 year old college student diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 16
Remission since January/April 2006
400mg Asacol 2x, 10mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD

"If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"
Maya Angelou

New Member

Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 11/11/2008 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for your input, it at least gives me an idea based on you folks experiences to start at least to understand foods that can irritate my condition.
Much appreciated

Veteran Member

Date Joined Nov 2005
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   Posted 11/12/2008 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Tomatoes are the food that cause me the most discomfort.



Regular Member

Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 11/12/2008 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
For some reason Chinese food, whether I make stir fry at home or get it at from a restaurant, is a real problem for me. 
Potato...  Female, 58, dx 11/07 mild left sided ulcerative colitis (50 cm)
asacol 3 3x a day, cortenema (generic) every third night rowasa
culturelle, benefiber wafers metamucil wafers, activia yogurt, spinach & sunflower diet, primadophilus reuteri, Centrum, Vitamin E 400 mg
omeprazole 2xday, oxazepam when needed, lomotil or ImodiumAD when needed
Yoga, meditation, The Work by Byron Katie, exercise at least 5 days a week

Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 55
   Posted 11/16/2008 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
fried n oily foods
raw vegs n fruits
sugary stuffs
spicy foods

Veteran Member

Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 11/17/2008 11:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Candy bars are the only thing I've really found that seem to affect me much....I probably shouldn't eat those anyway. =)
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops

Regular Member

Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 183
   Posted 11/18/2008 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
If I never had remission yet, how can I see what's make me flare?

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 179
   Posted 11/18/2008 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
fried foods, as so many other have said.
Winni, 25

Diagnosed UC july 2006.
medications: colazal 9 daily, 6mp 75 mg, canasa 1,000mg 2x daily
supplements:calcium, aloe gel, pro-biotics, bee propolis, omega 3 oil, kombucha, metamucil fiber wafers.
osteopenia from all this prednisone.

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