Really, more than anything, what I want is to go to Dairy Queen with my 3 year old and join her in enjoying ice cream. That's part of summer, right? Ice cream with your children? Will I ever get to experience that again?
You've hit on why so many people would rather remove their colon than use diet modification (I'm not dissing them for doing this, I can understand the decision). Food is such an emotionally charged factor in our lives. Sharing food with our family and friends makes us feel happy, makes us feel like we bond together in a very basic way. It's very primal.
I can answer your question with "Yes". Yes, you will be able to eat ice cream again, if your recovery is like mine or other peoples. I've been able to eat many, many foods that 3 years ago would just set my gut off. Can I eat ice cream every day? No. Chocolate? Not every day but now and then is fine.
What diet modification has shown me is that there are other foods that are better for me than the Standard American Diet based on pasta, bread and dairy. You are actually helping your family to better health by lowering (not eliminating) their intake of these three foods. It has nothing to do with UC in their case, it's a healthier way to eat and they will avoid obesity, diabetes and many other diseases.
InSoFla found an enzyme pill Gluten Relief that lets her eat gluten and dairy with no bad results. You could try this as long as you don't go overboard adding these back into your daily diet.
So much of our food enjoyment is emotional and we probably can't even remember why because it starts in childhood. Of course the fat and sugar high of ice cream blended with happy memories is a winning combination. Make new memories with your family using foods that are good for you and them. There are a lot of good recipes such as carrot cake (or cupcakes) made with nut butters. And maybe coconut milk based ice cream is a possibility as suggested.
Every now and then a small Haagen-Daz is my buddy and I'm still in remission
Current diet=SCD+Paleo modified (some fruit+dairy OK now)
In remission April 2010 after 10 years of UC with no remission ever
Jan 2010 began SpecCarbDiet (modified to remove dairy, fruit & juices,)
Gluten-free=bleeding stopped in 3 days, 95% remission in 5.5 months on SCD
(9)Balsalazide+(2)Citrucel, mesalamine enema as needed (1) VSL#3 nightly
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