Liquid Diets during flares

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   Posted 1/8/2009 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a co-worker who has colitis. She said that during flares she goes on a liquid diet smoothies etc. I have found that I agree with her but when I try that that the prednisone really makes me crazier. Kinda like drinking tons of coffee on an empty stomach. Any suggestions of what I can do? She mentioned blending all my food up.
Female Currently Breastfeeding (All my meds are approved by the doc. for breastfeeding but they still make me nervous)
In a flare since beginning of December 08
Left-sided colitis diagnosed at age 28 in 2001
Asacol 4 pills 3 times per day
Hydrocortisone and Rowasa Enemas as needed
20mg and tapering for my flare
Prenatal vitamins

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 1/8/2009 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't support it except maybe for a day that you're really nauseated and not wanting to eat solid food. More so for one with vomitting/diarrhea type of situation when it causes so much discomfort in the stomach. But, that wouldn't be UC related.

Are you not able to eat at all?
You could do smoothies in between your regular meals to keep up your energy, etc.
*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 twice daily); flaring since Dec 22, tapered every 2nd nite (Jan 3)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate).... @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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   Posted 1/8/2009 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Making shakes, smoothies and pureed soups helps make foods easier for a compromised digestive system to break down and digest. However, if you truly want to let the bowel rest and heal, you want to look into predigested meal supplements like Absorb Plus which was developed specifically for IBDers.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Long-term remission with only minor blips.

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 1/8/2009 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Fruit, or dairy shakes or smoothies -- It sounds good, but I could not tolerate those things when I'm flaring. Pureed soup, that might be a good idea. Low fiber is best for me.
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 powder at first, now Forte pills. Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 

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