Hi everyone. I am so thankful I found this site. I am newly diagnosed (a week on Monday). I am feeling so lost at this point since my appt with the GI is not for another week. The pain that sent me to the DR that startedall the testing is subsiding. I am still suffering from diarrhea which is slightly bloody. Family dr has me on a prednisone pack to get me over to the GI.
I am finally able to eat again but am wondering what in the world should I eat. Should I just eat nutrious food as I can since I lost 18 pounds during this last episode? Is there anything I should avoid. I have completly given up pop since the caffiene and carbonation really seem to bother me. Problem is I am SICK of water. I do love iced tea and bought some that is decaf. My question is about artificial sweetners. I can not stand full sugar. Does the artifical sweetners seem to have a negative effect on UC?
How in the world do you even begin to understand where to begin with all of this? Seems like everything I am reading is that I should avoid just about everything that I normally eat.
I love eggs? What about the pro's and con's of eggs? The protein seems to keep me going. I also eat banana's and peeled apples and applesauce (no sugar added kind).
I just don't know what to eat and how to manage it with a husband and daughter. How do I cook for them and me?
Other than the prednisone pack I have not been started on any medication until I can get further testing (colonoscopy) from a GI. Any advice for a newbie that won't have any answers until at least the 21st?
You might try water with lemon or lime or mixed half and half with natural fruit juices. Caffeine free teas are fine. Carbonated drinks are often a problem because of the sugar and increased gas. Your best sweetener choice is natural stevia, although oddly enough it seems now that the old saccharin we were taught to avoid is actually a much safer artifial sweetener than aspartame which is in most diet drinks. Do a search on "dangers of aspartame" and you'll see it causes all kinds of problems. Sugar alcohols (xylitol, etc.) often give even non-IBDers gut problems and should be avoided.
There's nothing wrong with eggs so long as you have no allergies to them. They are a good source of protein. My cholesterol actually got much better when I started eating eggs as part of a low carb diet. Well ripened bananas and applesauce are excellent choices for easy digestion, too. Baked apples would be easier to digest than raw.
I generally cook my own food and add other side dish choices for my husband or let him do his own cooking.
Where do you begin? In the first couple of years since my diagnosis, I read everything I could get my hands on - books and Web sites - for IBD. I experimented and kept a food journal while my doctors tried different medications. It's a process and it's going to take time, but eventually you'll learn what works for you.
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.