I would like to add a couple more things. I also love processed/fast/fatty food and still eat some in moderation! When really flaring - lots of blood and mucous - my NP told me to do the low fiber/low residue diet for a while when starting the meds. I honestly think the one thing that helped me most was Align probiotic. Many on here take other probiotics - I found Align to work for me. In three weeks my diarrhea stopped almost entirely although I still had some other symptoms.
I am not typical - because I am a senior - 69. I believe I cannot eat some of the things like others because of my IBS. For instance salmon makes me very sick and it is so good for most people. I do not have latose intolerance so a lot of my diet is cheese, lowfat milk, ice cream and yogurt. The promethius tests showed I do not have celiac disease and have no problems with gluten but I do have problems with whole wheat anything - I eat WHITE! See, what works for one does not work for everyone.
I typically eat white bread with natural peanut butter for breakfast, 1/2 banana once in a while (bananas do not digest for me well), maybe lowfat turkey (without preservatives) for lunch on roll or white bread with natural applesauce. Dinner tonight is going to be a turkey leg (shared with hubby), canned spinach and little stuffing (I love it). I do not eat raw anything. When out to dinner I eat small steak or white fish broiled, baked potato and roll or bread - rarely eat veggies. I make a lowfat pizza and spaghetti once in a while.
Just to show you what works for me. Keep a journal and you will see what you can or can't eat and how it affects you. When I wake up in the morning with nausea I have probably eaten something really full of fat or preservatives. (and maybe too much sugar) I only eat Stevia for sweeneter and sugar.
Senior - diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
Allergic to all mesalamines including rectal meds, etc.
Prednisone for about 4 months - tried 6 MP with no help.
Rectal meds only made bleeding, etc. worse.
No prescriptions as of yesterday! Hoping for best and possibly adding other supplements. Now treating only with Imodium and Pepto Bismal and below....
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.