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sirenshooter
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   Posted 8/12/2009 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm interested in trying that raw foods diet, but I don't know what all it entails. Also, reading your guys' posts, I feel like my bowel is muuuch less food sensitive. I eat spicy chicken and tacos all the time (til now, I've mostly stopped just as a precaution that it might matter more than it shows or something) and I'm just fine. So I'm wondering if a diet change will really help me? I'm eating healthier as it is, but I'm skeptical. So do you think it will help me? And what does one eat on this diet, and for how long? confused
19yr old female diagnosed with UC (pancolitis) in 2005 at age 15
125mg Azathioprine 1xday / 1 Mesalamine enema every night /
2000mg Fish Oil 1xday / 500mg Turmeric 3xday /
450mg Boswellia 1xday / 400IU Vitamin E 1xday
Arthritis in both knees
Also: asthma, acid reflux, and Reynaud's Syndrome


notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 8/12/2009 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
raw food means nothing cooked. People who eat "raw" tend to eat a lot of veggies, a lot of smoothies and blended veggie/fruit drinks, lots of dehydrated foods, nothing processed, nothing canned or premade. It's very hard to eat raw all the time. I did try the SCD diet and it was hard enough to eat no carbs but raw is even harder. You can't eat cookies but you can eat things like macaroons if they aren't cooked. Dehydrating is cooked at a low temp, not sure why that is considered acceptable. Yogurt is even considered cooked because the milk is heated *i think*. Some cheeses and nuts are raw but you have to look for them specifically. fermented foods are usually raw.
 
Dietary changes never helped me too much. I eat mostly what I want to with the exception of sugars, I keep them to a minimum. If i were feeling bad, I know I owuld go back on my health food kick (even though it doesn't help).
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
May 09: Off Canasa, taking Asacol (9/day)
Back on Canasa every other night + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
Reducing to 6 Asacol/day + Canasa + Probiotics + Iron - So far so good!!! -SPOKE TOO SOON! Back to 9/day...


quincy
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   Posted 8/13/2009 12:39 AM (GMT -6)   
OR....If you don't have any food-related issues, then why not just add raw foods to your already diet?

Food won't make you flare, but adding raw foods will just expand your food/nutrient intake. Seems more logical to me.

q
*Heather* Status: ...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas every 2nd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x 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....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


blueclassring
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   Posted 8/13/2009 1:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm on the SCD.  Difficult to follow, no but I am tempted to have foods I shouldn't be eating.  Then I pay with the mucus and the other consequences.  It is difficult when 95% of the foods out there aren't good for my bowels.  What a disease! 
Pharmacist as of 6/12/2009.
Diagnosed 8/99. Suffered for almost 10 years. I am currently on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and am nearing remission. I feel fantastic! I have lossed so many years to this disease.

MED-FREE!!!

Doc wanted to put me on 6-mp or Remicade, but I refused to take the medications! Currently on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.  I'm in remission and life is like it always should have been.


Hellokitty
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   Posted 8/13/2009 6:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi ElephantPipe


I have been doing the raw foods diet for 7 weeks and feel fantastic. I to prove it I climbed ben laurs in scotland which was a 3000 foot hill. My BMs are great. Alot of people think that you have to be 100% raw or 100% vegan. This is not true you can have some cooked foods. i can guide you how to do this diet and there are people on my other form that can teach you how to eat a raw foods diet. i can promise you that your BM will be better and I can promise you that you will feel energetic. Un less you have a fructose intolerance than you can eat fruit.

The main point about the raw foods diet is that you have to do what is right for you. That means if you eat some meat than thats ok or if you eat some goats cheese that is ok. The main point is if you want to heal UC it has to be 80% to 90% raw.

At the present I am still taking meds but I dont feel the need to I just don't have the confidence to come off until ive been on raw foods for 3 months, but again it is what you choose to do. So you can continue taking your meds while on the diet.

A lot of people say the raw foods diet is bad for you. But I can not see any scientific evidence to prove this. In fact I have found the opposite. It’s a really interesting experience I can not describe it unless you try it.

Ive only been doing this a short time but so far I have had very little mucus and no blood. All my bms are formed and I go once or twice a day. It has also cured some women’s problems I was having.

Paul Nison will help anyone with UC learn about a raw food diet. Or if you want to ask some experienced people on how to get on a raw food diet visit this web page. Ive met people with UC and chrones. They helped me through the beginning. At first I was lacking confidence in these foods but now im really feeling strong about it. They also encouraged me through the detox stage. You will go through that if you do SCD or the raw foods. I have found so many people using raw foods to cure their illness, like diabetes, cancer, hiv (doesnt cure hiv it boosts the immunity so you get sick less often)all sorts, im surprised really .

Also the raw diet is not about having no carbs. i get my carbs from sprouted grains or fruits. Carbohdrate is important and your body needs this to make glucose. If you don't have this your body goes into ketosis. bananas are packed with carbs and so is buck wheat groats. Read superinfinities post about low carb is stupid.
 
Well its up to you its your choice you make. the raw food support line can help you if you want it and if you don't than its also your desision. for me Im interested and I wanted to try it so i am. but make sure your always doing the right thing for yourself, and don't be put off if somone says you sholdent do it. Try for yourself then you know and if its not right for you then stop doing it. never feel under any pressure.

As for how long sorry- well thats up to you agian. paul nison has been doing it for 10 years, alot of the people on the forum have been doing it for a couple of years. I have met one who has been doing it for 23 years. The the real truth is that we have a desease which food does effect. We for some reason have developed food intoleraces to complex carbs and refind foods. You can elleminate these foods from your diet. We did not start out eating refind foods. However raw foods or scd diet what ever you do if you go back to eating refind foods the colitis will come back.  Its the truth


Female 32 years old
 
Diganosed ulcerative colitis November 2007
Present medication-  500mg pentasa,  250 mg  asacol (every evening)
Diet- Back on the raw foods.
 
Other medical problems- Born with asthma- no medication taken for this.
dyslexia- found out that many people with learning difficulties also have food sensitivity
 
www.rawfoodsupport.com

Post Edited (Hellokitty) : 8/13/2009 6:29:40 AM (GMT-6)


fruitgirl
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   Posted 8/13/2009 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
ElephantPipe, I seem to be like you. I can eat spicy stuff and suffer no ill consequences...I had some REALLY spciy Pad Thai last week and nothing happened, other than having my nose drip while I ate it and burny feeling lips for a few hours afterward! I do get some loose poop if I OD on grape tomatoes or cherries or something of the sort, but who wouldn't? That has NOTHING to do with my UC...that's just my system acting normally. MSG and artificial sweetners have always given my explosive D, so I avoid them even more carefully now.

My belief with diet and how it does/doesn't affect UC is if that if one has underlying food sensitivities, it will be even more important to be aware of them and eat appropriately.
Status: Remission since May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Apriso (4 0.375g pills ONCE!! daily), mesalamine enema twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).


sirenshooter
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   Posted 8/13/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Alright, thanks everybody, especially hellokitty. fruitgirl and notsosicklygirl both made me think as well. I think I will just continue to add more raw foods and just keep watching what I'm eating. I have cut down on some of the bad things and already eat fruit for lunch (when I can) and a salad with dinner. I think the fruit for lunch thing will work even better at school as I'm too broke to buy lunch and fruit is easy to take with you. Thanks again =)
19yr old female diagnosed with UC (pancolitis) in 2005 at age 15
125mg Azathioprine 1xday / 1 Mesalamine enema every night /
2000mg Fish Oil 1xday / 500mg Turmeric 3xday /
450mg Boswellia 1xday / 400IU Vitamin E 1xday
Arthritis in both knees
Also: asthma, acid reflux, and Reynaud's Syndrome


Hellokitty
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   Posted 8/13/2009 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
ElephantPipe


Glad to help. I stated by being 50% raw and worked up. This does help with detox. If you go 100% you will feel really crappy for a wile. Its good that your eating the fruit on its own. If I don't do this I get bloated. I do have to be careful, but yea it seems to work so far. It also does help with arthritis, asthma, and acid reflux, so most of your conditions- but with the acid reflux it is really important to eat fruit on its own. I used to get that as well and then I realized it was because I was eating my fruit after I ate my sandwich. when i stopped doing that it went away.

If you have any questions the raw food line will be happy to answer,


Female 32 years old
 
Diganosed ulcerative colitis November 2007
Present medication-  500mg pentasa,  250 mg  asacol (every evening)
Diet- Back on the raw foods.
 
Other medical problems- Born with asthma- no medication taken for this.
dyslexia- found out that many people with learning difficulties also have food sensitivity
 
www.rawfoodsupport.com

Post Edited (Hellokitty) : 8/13/2009 3:14:15 PM (GMT-6)


sirenshooter
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   Posted 8/13/2009 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I always eat fruit on it's own. And I stopped eating the canned kind.
Thanks =)
19yr old female diagnosed with UC (pancolitis) in 2005 at age 15
125mg Azathioprine 1xday / 1 Mesalamine enema every night /
2000mg Fish Oil 1xday / 500mg Turmeric 3xday /
450mg Boswellia 1xday / 400IU Vitamin E 1xday
Arthritis in both knees
Also: asthma, acid reflux, and Reynaud's Syndrome


Hellokitty
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   Posted 8/14/2009 5:44 AM (GMT -6)   
This has brought me into an amazing remmision- its like when I was young and I was walking down the street and I wasent thinking I had uc. That is what is happening. i feel normal and not worried about if there is a loo arouond. And you should see my morrning BMs. Ive never had bms like it. So formed, no cow patties. they look better than my husbands at the moment.

I ran out of asacol and havent used it this week. no change. 1- 2 bms a day no blood or mucus. I feel like Im in a real remmision. waiting for the prescrtion though.
Female 32 years old
 
Diganosed ulcerative colitis November 2007
Present medication-  500mg pentasa,  250 mg  asacol (every evening)
Diet- Back on the raw foods.
 
Other medical problems- Born with asthma- no medication taken for this.
dyslexia- found out that many people with learning difficulties also have food sensitivity
 

sirenshooter
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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 2011
   Posted 8/14/2009 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not to the diarrhea stage again yet, was constipated and now I thiiiink the Rowasa might be starting to help a bit.
19yr old female diagnosed with UC (pancolitis) in 2005 at age 15
125mg Azathioprine 1xday / 1 Mesalamine enema every night /
2000mg Fish Oil 1xday / 500mg Turmeric 3xday /
450mg Boswellia 1xday / 400IU Vitamin E 1xday
Arthritis in both knees
Also: asthma, acid reflux, and Reynaud's Syndrome


Hellokitty
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 765
   Posted 8/15/2009 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Great your not to the D stage yet. Start going raw now gradudally as you are doing. you can really save you self some agony. I wish I new about this raw thing 2 yeas ago. Once you get to D stage it alot harder. Ive only had one majour flare, thats when I started to look for alternatives. Im hoping I can help my self.

look on Paul Nisons web page its great. He is always helpful to people with IBD. hes a bit aginst alot of fruit, but for me thats what works so thats what I do. Some people worry about things like potassium, but your body knows what to do with it. I had mine checked and it was fine.

Here was my questions about going raw when I first started.

- does raw food hurt your gut
-how do you maintain weight (crushial for me) im at 106lbs
-what about too much potassium
-how much does everyone eat and what do you eat.

If interested and if you want to take this further then all these are anserwed on the page in my signature. Good luck what ever you keep doing.
Female 32 years old
 
Diganosed ulcerative colitis November 2007
Present medication-  500mg pentasa,  250 mg  asacol (every evening)
Diet- Back on the raw foods.
 
Other medical problems- Born with asthma- no medication taken for this.
dyslexia- found out that many people with learning difficulties also have food sensitivity
 

pb4
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Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 8/15/2009 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
You're likely to do better with a raw food diet especially if it means you'll no longer be eating anything processed, many don't realize that processed foods are chalk full of preservatives and msg's that actually exacerbate symptoms, carrageenan is especially bad for that too, so don't ever believe that particuolar foods won't harm you because they definitely can and do have an impact on how successfuly you can keep your disease under control.

:)


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