I altered my diet cuz I know that refined sugar, artificial sweetners, caffeine, animal fats, processed foods/beverages and fast-foods can all aggrivate/exacerbate IBD symptoms and overall are just not healthy so that's why I've taken them out of my diet, and I have to say for myself I've noticed I have better looking stools (formation, size and such) since doing so, and I have more energy and just feel all around better, I'm able to sleep great everynight, my weight stays stable too so it's been well worth it, even my skin looks amzaing compared to how it looked when I especially ate alot of sugar and junky foods/beverages.
I completely agree with you. I really enjoy healthier foods a lot more than I enjoy processed stuff; however, with our disease, what foods are left? I mean if you take out processed foods than you mostly have veggies, which are very hard on us...so what do you eat? I am curious to know what keeps you with a stable weight, doesn't flare your symptoms and keeps you with better looking stools...
As for trying things, yes I know that it's individual but I never know what is truly causing my symptoms. I mean, sure I could speculate, but I never really know. And, as far as with UC, if the same thing bothers most, there's a good chance that it's going to cause a problem for me too. I have been trying to see if taking the popcorn out of my diet would help, but I still had symptoms. I kinda have symptoms no matter what -- it feels like --so it's hard to know what is causing it, because they don't really go away :( .
My UC either is characterized by very very bad constipation or very bad diarrhea, so I never know what is causing what...it's frustrating...as far as with the diet sodas, they actually make my stomach start moving, it's probably the caffeine, so I kinda wonder if that's a good thing...because at least I am not constipated, but then I get the other problem of the dia and that isn't good either. My GI pretty much is treating the symptoms...saying ok, if you're constipated, take a lax and if you have dia either let it run or take and immodium...I don't feel that is a good solution though...and yes I am on Asacol...I just want to do everything I can diet-wise also.
Thanks for all the feedback though!!!
27 year old female diagnosed with UC at age 22.
On Asacol 3x's daily.