Trying a Vegan Diet

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ellelit
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   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!

garylouisville
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   Posted 8/7/2014 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck on your journey. I have always kind of thought in the back of my head that anti-inflammatory diets and foods were nothing but a crock. Your system likes what it likes and that's all there is to it. Hopefully you have found what your system likes or doesn't like.
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imagardener2
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   Posted 8/7/2014 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I was a vegetarian when UC came to stay in my gut, not a vegan, but I was extremely healthy. I ate no meat, did eat dairy, it did not keep UC from moving in. I had to start eating meat because it was one of the few foods that did not aggravate my gut, still is.

One thing I'd say be careful of is eating too much insoluble fiber while being vegan. You say you have few symptoms so maybe fiber won't cause problems. Before I got UC I tended toward the constipation side, probably due to eating wheat which has been out of my diet for a couple years now.

I loved being vegetarian and if UC went away would gladly go back.
Current diet=modified Paleo+potatoes+dairy, no fruit or seafood (IBS),low fiber
In remission April 2010 after 10 years of UC with no remission ever
gluten-free (bleeding stopped) and dairy-free (less gas) started remission path+food diary
current meds: (9)Balsalazide daily+probiotic "Pearls" (Primadophilus reuterii)
only as needed (rarely): VSL#3, melamine enema

Jonny_Murray
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   Posted 8/7/2014 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I am also started a Vegan diet a few weeks ago and my experience has been similar to yours. I am eating mainly raw and I feel great. No bloating or tiredness after meals and lots of delicious fresh food. Raw salads, lots of green smoothies, fruit, steam veg and nuts and seeds.

I have also done a lot of research and have draw the conclusion that humans natural diet should be 100% plant based. I base this on a number of factors including human digestive physiology and different acid/alkaline foods. Red meat for example is a very acid forming which suggest to me it is not an ideal food for humans. I strongly recommend an excellent book - The China Study - the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted. Well worth a read if you are interested in the role of diet in human health.

garylouisville
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   Posted 8/7/2014 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I guess that flies in the face of those who think we should all eat like cavemen.
Pentasa (500mg) 2 pills X 2; VSL 1 pill X 2; Prescrip Assist Probiotic 1 pill X 2; Lactobacillus Rhamnosus 1 pill X 2; Grape seed extract 400mg X 2; 1 Vitamin D3 5000 IU; DAO as needed due to dietary histamine intolerance

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Bacon Girl
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   Posted 8/7/2014 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
good luck!! i hope you keep felling well!!

i was diagnosed as a vegan (raw vegan mainly) so i changed my diet to scd/paleo and was able to improve my blood work and gain weight. it doesn't keep me in remission since i need medication, but it does help with symptoms.
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Diet: meat, eggs, fermented everything, and small amount of fiber (less than 2 cups per day).
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TroubledTurds
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   Posted 8/7/2014 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
hope you continue to find success - I'm sure the cows will agree :-)

Old Mike
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   Posted 8/7/2014 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Seems like I notice in some cases where people do a radical switch in diet they improve.
This I might suspect also makes for a dramatic switch in gut bacteria,amounts,types.
Just an observation.
Old Mike

garylouisville
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   Posted 8/7/2014 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I have noticed this also. Whatever diet you had before UC just try the opposite.
Pentasa (500mg) 2 pills X 2; VSL 1 pill X 2; Prescrip Assist Probiotic 1 pill X 2; Lactobacillus Rhamnosus 1 pill X 2; Grape seed extract 400mg X 2; 1 Vitamin D3 5000 IU; DAO as needed due to dietary histamine intolerance

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Old Mike
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   Posted 8/7/2014 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
My problem is I eat a bit of everything,but probably heavy on meat.
I have gone on a no red meat no dairy diet,no effect.
SCD with a lot of meat no grains, no effect except to loose weight. Dam I even stopped beer at the time.
Don't think I have done vegan,might be worth a shot.
Old Mike

garylouisville
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   Posted 8/7/2014 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Same with me. I ate (and still do) a wide variety of things. Although, just before coming down with UC I was probably eating more healthy than I ever had in my whole life. I wasn't a fanatic about it though. I really don't think in my case that pre-UC diet had anything to do with my disease.
Pentasa (500mg) 2 pills X 2; VSL 1 pill X 2; Prescrip Assist Probiotic 1 pill X 2; Lactobacillus Rhamnosus 1 pill X 2; Grape seed extract 400mg X 2; 1 Vitamin D3 5000 IU; DAO as needed due to dietary histamine intolerance

Gave me trouble: Robinul; Zymactive, Renew Life Probiotic 80 billion, Florastor

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 8/7/2014 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
That's great. I am happy it helps you and I Hope you don't have to start imuran. Would be great to have a clear colon for your scope and get the OK from your GI. I ate almost nothing last time I was flaring and that helped my symptoms a lot, haha. The less I eat, the less I poop. I think If i were vegan, I would eat less because there are less options, that in itself would probably help things a little bit.
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