I saw in one of the earlier replies than one of you was wondering about my progress - I'm doing GREAT!! I started the diet on 9/31, and it took about 1 1/2 months to feel completely better. I guess I shouldn't say completely, because I do still have occasional tummy rumblings (very rarely though). Every day I have a normal morning poop and sometimes another later on (which may look a bit thinner). Its been slow and steady improvement and I feel like I am 99% normal. I can eat a lot more foods than I could before, and I'm still eating the sunflower butter and spinach. I do about 2 tablespoons of sunflower butter and about 1/2 cup of cooked spinach each day. I still avoid the really hard raw vegetables, milk, and fried food (don't want to push my luck just yet, but I have every intention of trying them at some point).
I have absolutely no blood, no diarrhea, and no urgency. I am living a normal life again. I hope that gives you the encouragement you need. Keep in mind that I didn't see any improvement AT ALL until the third week. In fact, the first two weeks were worse than usual.
Good luck - I'll try to check in more often to see how you're all doing!
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: Spinach/sunflower and low-residue.
Previous Treatment: Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema.
Status: Heading to remission???