Chuck, to determine what foods I could eat I took two approaches -
- slowly eliminated types of foods, 1 per week, until symptoms got better
- started with a base of turkey only (and vitamin supplements), and added 1 type of food per week until I had symptoms
The first approach I took ~5 years ago, and spent 4 months "testing" my diet. I found that I was very sensitive to wheat/gluten, and somewhat less sensitive to sugar ... reducing sugar intake and going gluten free decreased my symptoms from ~20 bloody bathroom visits per day (anemia was bad enough that I couldn't walk up the stairs) to ~5 with only infrequent blood.
The second approach I started about
8 months ago when I decided to figure out if I could decrease eliminate my symptoms further. The approach seemed simple - start with one food (ground turkey + multi-vitamins), then add back in a single food (or food type) for 1 week or until symptoms flared up ... if I flared I'd take the food out until my symptoms subsided, if not I'd keep it in. Within a week of starting my test, my symptoms disappeared entirely, so I continued the test (note, I wasn't "flaring" real bad at the time - 5-6X per day with minor blood). First week was wheat (instant flare), then bananas (flare), then other fruits (flare), vegetables (no prob), eggs (no prob), red meat (no prob), etc. I did this for 3 months, until I found that I could eat all meats, almost any vegetables, a small amount of nuts, and no fruits (I cheat and have a couple berries once in a while). Basically Atkins diet.
While ridiculously restrictive, this second approach had the advantage of providing a concrete answer (as opposed to the first elimination approach, or just keeping a food diary, both of which keep you guessing).
This doesn't mean diet would work for you though. Everyone here is an advocate of their own approach. Some will say that the best approach is take lots of meds, others will say they've 'cured' their UC via diet or other natural treatments. I tend to fall into the second category, but I don't discount the notion that the condition is different for everyone, and that diet may not play a role for many sufferers.
Best wishes to you!
Post Edited (LuckyLindy) : 7/17/2009 9:37:24 AM (GMT-6)