Well, I've been trying out the spinach/sunflower diet for about a month now. I 've been doing the recommended 1 can a day plus a few handfuls of sunflower/pumpkin seeds. The first couple of weeks, I saw no reduction in symptoms, but my poop was an interesting green color, and very leafy :) Looked like a plant in my toilet. During this time, I've continued to eat low-residue, started taking a magnesium supplement, and have been tapering off of prednisone. Throughout the time I've been doing the spinach/sunflower diet, I've had some unpredictable bouts of D and painful gas cramping, maybe once or twice a week. Aside from those events I was doing much better for a week, but as I continued my pred taper, my symptoms started returning. I will continue to eat spinach, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, but I believe that this experiment is destined to not be the godsend I was hoping for.
I would like to thank Cfromutah for putting his idea out there for everyone. From what I've read, the people it has helped are doing really well, and I am a little jealous that they have found something that helps them without needing meds. I will continue my search for the magic remission trigger for myself...
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ UC in May '06
Meds & supplements:
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort, Prednisone ( 2.5mg/day, back up to 7.5mg), flaxseed oil, L-glutamine, magnesium, and vit B-12.
Tried the spinach/sunflower diet. Saw some relief in symptoms after 1 month, but symptoms returned with the taper off prednisone.
Next up - experimental and trial drugs.