Posted 8/7/2014 2:05 PM (GMT -6)
Hello, I was diagnosed with UC in fall of 2012, although I suspect I have had this disease for much longer than that. I know that this disease is individualized, largely genetic and "supposedly" not attributed to any dietary factors.
Over the last couple of years, I have been experimenting with different diets in the hope that I could prolong remission and reduce the actual inflammation. I've tried FODMAPS, SCD (briefly), Paleo, Low Carb and Clean eating diet.
Then about two months ago, my GI told me I would have to go on Imuran, in addition to the Asacol I'm already taking. I did a bunch of research about the side effects, and deicided that drug was not something I was interested in, particularly because I wasn't having any symptoms.
So I looked back at my previous efforts and saw a common thread - animal products! Now, I did pretty extensive research on anti-inflammatory food and the one thing that always seems to pop up was meat.
Now, I'm a carnivore from WAY back - like I would bbq beef fat just because it's awesome lol. so to give up my staple was something that seemed drastic, but something I felt I needed to do. I went cold turkey (or tofurkey!) and have been 6 weeks vegan.
Now, I realize that is a VERY short period of time, but I just wanted to let you know how I am personally feeling. No bloating, no pain, no urgency, no D, just big, glorious fluffy poops about 3-4 times per day. my energy is through the roof, my skin is glowing and I feel just awesome.
So I met with my GI yesterday to check up on my progress with the Imuran, and he was quite concerned that I did not start those meds. but he kept saying how good I looked lol. I told him about my lifestyle change and he was very sceptical. One of the things that he said that struck me the most was that diet can help to alieviate the SYMPTOMS, but they don't usually reduce inflammation or the actual occurrence of the disease.
He agreed to monitor me with this diet over the next 6 months with a colonoscopy scheduled for December and a MRI in November. my inflammation markers are still showing as elevated, too.
Just a glimpse into my own experience. I'm being a healthy vegan, not eating much processed food and I plan to stick with it for the duration of this trial. if at the end of the year my inflammation has not gone down and my scope doens't show improvement, I will heed my doctor's advice. I'm not sure if I will return to eating meat as I just feel so darn good!
Anyhow, any feedback from those who have tried Veganism would be great. just looking for some support - not trying to convert anyone!