Hi...primo would be the best value o/ optimum for maintenance. That could be every third night or every 4th night...depending on how it works for you. I used to try to once a week or beyond, but life always got in the way ... meaning some crisis/distress for me.
Emotions and how you value right or wrong can be very controlling. Once you ease up on that and "experiment" to find what works without believing that food will cause your flares will help a lot.
Have an egg at least once a day....I have it for breakfast with toast and coffee...can last me 7 hours if necessary.
The boost has lots of sugar and for some isn't a good substitute. There are high quality formulations out there...I cannot take whey products no matter if they're isolates...I have protein in food rather than supplements because the discomfort isn't agreeable for me.
Low fibre....hmmmm, well, that's subjective.
I want to explain something to you that might make sense. If you baby your colon too much, it will act like a baby and become very lazy. The colon is the fastest learning organ in the body and loves to have something else do its work. That's why many of us encourage fibre supplements....especially to those who tend to not eat enough fibre or even food for that matter.
The rhythm of the colon can go into spasms. That could be contributed to low fibre, high stress, inflammation, IBS, too much of a food that acts like a laxative or too much food that slows the colon. The goal is to find the balance so that the colon can start acting properly and not overreact to stuff like a spoiled brat.
Consistency is important, but forcing the colon to ease up om overreacting is necessary. I take antispasmodics (a lifesaver for me so that I can function without discomfort) and for the past while fibre supplements...awesome results.
I pretty much eat what I want, but do have food symptoms when I overdo...but that's expected and serves me right if I'm unconfortable. But it has never encouraged a flare nor made one worse to have me suffer longer, etc.
Once you learn to not micromanage and try different stuff, you'll not feel so limited.
I've been there...the first year I tended to cut out stuff that caused me discomfort and it was easier to function. healing took a while and I had lots of ups and downs learning the process.
My doc is awesome...same one for 20 years, and I trused him regarding the use of 5ASA oral/rectal. he also trusts me for finding out what can work for me.
So, there you have it.....take it for what it's worth....but please ease up on your rules. Common sense is a good thing....whether you are vegan, vegetarian or whatever.
I choose what I eat and can improve my choices. To venture to the grey areas is the most risk emotionally rather than physically.
*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/supplements; Probiotics....(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 !!!