Do you eat things like raspberries, blueberries, grapes, strawberries, etc? What I've read indicates that the small seeds in these can irritate the bowel. Is this the case for you?
I pretty much avoided fruit except for bananas and applesauce when I was flaring. Now that I'm in remission, I've eaten all of those (there not in season where I live yet, so are pricey!) fruits you mentioned and haven't had a problem. The issue with seeds and bowel irritation is critical for people with diverticulitis.
Do you eat meat? If so what kinds are 'okay' for you?
Yup. When I was flaring, I pretty much stuck to chicken and fish b/c red meat and pork just didn't sound appetizing. Now that I'm in remission I'm eating all meats and seem to not have a problem.
Do you consume dairy? If not, what, if anything, have you used to 'replace' it?
Yes. I even ate dairy when I was in a flare and didn't have any problems. I didn't have any for a week or so just to see if it made any difference and it didn't. As dairy is such a good source of protein and fat, I started eating it again b/c I was dropping weight so quickly.
And.....if anyone is on 6mp, have you ever had to go onto a neutr
openic diet because of it? If so, how did this conflict with your 'normal' diet?
I'm not on 6mp, so can't help you here.
Status: Remission since late May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa twice weekly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).