@subdued- I've tried every diet I know. Right now I am on the "nothing but Gatorade and maybe some plain white rice if I am feeling okay" diet. And I would not call it mild flares. They are very bloody and violent. I honestly think my doctor is full of it when she talks about stress... I have had a very relaxing summer. I will try probiotics (after talking to my doctor) but I hear they are ludicrously expensive and I am a very poor college student. But I do understand trying to avoid medication. I just need to get out of this funk before I can lower my dosages.
I assumed that you said your flares were caused by stress and that they were mild, because that is what you said. If your doctor is wrong, then you should find a new doctor.
I've been there, when all I ate was white rice. Try adding a bit of turmeric powder (as much as you can tolerate the flavor) and butter (for flavor) to it. The turmeric should help calm the inflammation. I wouldn't be able to drink Gatorade. Sugars are pro-inflammatory.
Probiotics really are a must for many. I take them even when I'm not flaring.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Dx Colitis Dec 06 (also had IBS); Currently in remission
Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.
What works for me: Fecal transplantation, Probiotics, Anti-inflammatory foods, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, Vitamins, Lexapro (for stress).
Post Edited (subdued) : 8/21/2009 1:17:48 PM (GMT-6)