What medications is your husband taking? Prednisone is notorious for causing increased appetite and craving for salty foods. This leads to water retention and weight gain.
As far as diet, most of us have found it helpful to keep a food diary. Over the course of several months, we can identify which foods really cause us problems this way. It varies widely. Some find that eliminating dairy, gluten or other products helps them. Others of us find that food isn't really a big issue. Most of us do limit high-fiber foods (such as whole grains, raw or steamed fruits and veggies), high-fat and highly spiced foods when we're flaring. When in remission, I eat whatever I want, although I do try to limit the fat intake for general health reasons.
Be aware that food doesn't cause UC or even flares. When in a flare, some foods may increase the symptoms however. Also remember it's a chronic disease and has flares with lots of symptoms and remissions where there are little or no symptoms. That contributes to the difficulty in knowing what is really working.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
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Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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