New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 31
   Posted 4/20/2009 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I know colitis is different for everyone but i was just curious about what COULD trigger someone (or even me!).
For me it's: Fried food, processed sugar (so candy),
and i am on this diet called the Makers Diet (there is a book) no pork, stay as natural as possible, no fried, etc. but my parents aren't strick about it (im only in highschool)
So what triggers you? Are you on a diet? 
Background info:
9 colazal (mylan) a day (3 in the morning, 3 in the afternoon, and 3 at night)
3 Iron a day (1 in the morning...)
Extra stuff: lots of probiotics (sustenex, culterelle, florastor one of each a day) 2 tumerics a day 1 fish oil a day  1 or more VSL#3 (probiotic) a day 1 scoop of Muscle Armor (has anti inflamatory stuff called juven) 1 or 2 Metamucil (cookie?) a day
For the Beatles fans: Its a "LONG AND WINDING ROAD" but you just gotta "LET IT BE" you may need some "HELP" but it will be worth it in "THE END"!!!!

Elite Member

Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30986
   Posted 4/20/2009 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Food won't trigger your flares, but it can exacerbate some symptoms while you're flaring.

There is a huge truth to eating with common sense...a well balanced diet.

I'm not on any specific diet.

My trigger for a flare is definitely deep emotional stress that's on a continual basis. Usually while being on maintenance meds. Christmas is not a good time for me because I'm usually fighting a cold or two before it arrives since the Fall.


*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 2nd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3 
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

Serenity Now
Veteran Member

Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2153
   Posted 4/20/2009 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
For me it's alcohol and stress/anxiety.

I just try to keep a balanced diet, nothing special for UC. While I was flaring, there were a lot of things I couldn't eat (mostly healthy things ironically enough) and I was losing weight like crazy plus I was feeling sorry for myself, so I was eating a very unbalanced diet (potato chips, chocolate, you name it!).
ack, 42, Vancouver BC
DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009.  Symptoms first began June 2008.
Current Meds: Ferrous Sulfate, plus various supplements
Previous Meds: Jan-Mar 2009: Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), stopped Mar14/09. 

Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 153
   Posted 4/20/2009 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
This particular flare was triggered by in increased amount of sorbitol (didn't realize it was an ingredient in a supplement I was taking). I know food doesn't necessarily START a flare, but I was never fully in remission to begin with. So the increase in sorbitol sent me in a downword sprial. The initial flare-up started almost a year ago and was triggered by emotional stress.
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006
Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
Medications: Canasa (helped the first flare when it was just proctitis); Rowasa enemas (did not help as the following colonoscopy confirmed pancolitis); Lialda (2 pills in the morning, 2 pills in the evening, soon to be 2 pills in the morning only once I'm off steriods); Prednisone; Protonix (only took while on prednisone); Remicade infusions, started at 5mg/kg (Aug 2008), increased to 7.5mg/kg (March 2009), increased to 10mg/kg and increased to every 6 weeks (April 2009) - 7 infusions so far, next infusion on 5/28 continuing every 6 weeks; Zyrtec-D (for allergies); Toprol (a generic form, 25 mg, for a rapid heart rate)
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex w/vitamin C, Iron supplements, Omega-3 Fish Oil (coated, not sure how much except one soft-gel daily), Aloe Vera supplement (two daily), Acidopholis
Diet: Spinach and Sunflower seed butter diet (starting 3/21/09) (will try again once I can eat normally again)
Current Status: April, 2009 - suffering another flare-up :(

Veteran Member

Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 765
   Posted 4/20/2009 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   

Dairy has a big effect on me. I stopped eating dairy for a while and then I started. With in 3 days I had mucus. I also believe I have problems with wheat. I’ve been trying to experiment with raw foods and in the process I gave up gluten products. Although I’m a bit worried about the weight loss I am shocked that I now wake up in the morning and don’t start sneezing everywhere. I’ve done that for most of my life.  I thought the sneezing was because I was asthmatic, and I thought it was genetic as my dad does the same. Maybe it is from wheat, or maybe its a genitc but wheat triggers it. I hope I am successful with this diet. But I find it had and at the moment, I am only on 50% raw foods this week, mainly because of my weight. I’m 5’1 and 105lb. Don’t want to lose any more.

Female 32 years old
Diganosed ulcerative colitis November 2007
Present medication- 1/2 X 500mg pentasa in the morrning= 250g pentasa (I reduced this to see how my diet will effect me) and 1 X250g Asacol every other evening
Diet- experimenting with raw foods diet. given up wheat and dairy, occasionly eat fish. Raw foods diet is 80% raw foods.
Other medical problems- Born with asthma- no medication taken for this.

Elite Member

Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 4/20/2009 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   

Here's a link that offers some good likely wouldn't hurt to follow them during remission times either...Research hasn't proven one way or the other exactly how diet may impact IBD but common sense is important, eating a diet high in inflammatory type foods likely will have some kind of negative effect on someone with inflammatory diseases (possibly even for arthritic people and other inflammatory conditions) so much still needs to be learned.  One thing seems to be common though, stay away from any foods you find bother you (flaring or not) there could be underlying food allergies or intolerances going on that may also exacerbate your symptoms.  There also seems to be some very common foods that have a negative effect on IBDers, seems from reading posts about diet here at HW for over 5 yrs now, popcorn and salad are 2 biggies that a lot of people have issues with but of course it's still very individual for everyone so everyone should do what's best for their circumstances.



My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

Veteran Member

Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 2204
   Posted 4/21/2009 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
My last flare, albeit a minor one, was caused by indulging in a combination of wheat (gluten), dairy and chocolate.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, l-glutamine, vitamin D and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free diet. Long-term remission with only minor blips.

New Member

Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 9
   Posted 4/21/2009 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Food no-no's for me:

Milk, Soda, fried foods, pork and onions. These are all somethin terrible for my colon!
Keep battling with positivity! Live your life!!
4 asacol 3x's daily
Canasa suppository nightly

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Friday, September 21, 2018 6:29 AM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 3,005,369 posts in 329,222 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 161773 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, Audreyli.
235 Guest(s), 2 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
cashlessclay, turtlepower