Had been in my first flare for almost a year. Was working with my GI and he was trying lots of different drugs. And high doses of Pred. Went to a gluten free diet and that helped. Found the spinach sunflower seed thread on here, read if and figured since it was helping other I would give it a try. I ate once can of spinach a day and about 7 handfuls of sunflowers seeds. Also snacked on baby carots ( maybe 3 handfuls a day) Noticed improvement after about 1 week. Now 40 days later, am pretty much symptom free. This diet took me where drugs couldn't. Am still on the drugs but the doc is tapering the pred. and he and I have talked about down the road, soon, on trying to taper off some of the other meds.
I eat half a can of spinach a day now and about 5 handfulls of sunflower seeds. Still eat a couple handfuls a day of baby carrots. I ran into something that didn't agree with me last week, so I upped the spinach back to a full can a day. almost back to normal again, and when I get there will back it off to a half a can a day again.
38 yr old male, NE Ohio, diagnosed Aug 2008, but been with symptom since Nov 2007
30 mg pred, 9 balsalazide, rowesa nightly, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera tabs
Following gluten free diet
as well as spinach/sunflower regime
**down to 25 mg of pred 12/25/08 **down to 20mg of pred 1/7/09**down to 17.5 mg 1/22/09
MED CHANGE: 1/13/09-- 4 Lialda, 2 Pamine Forte, 1 Florajen3 probiotic, 2 Aloe Vera tabs, Rowesa every other night, 20 mg of Pred, Lomotil as needed, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol