Diet and UC – I’m Recoverying From My Second Flare

Here's a photo of me and my kitty, Oyster - who I found about a month after being diagnosed. We spent many almost happy days together on the bathroom floor!

Here’s a photo of me and my kitty, Oyster – who I found about a month after being diagnosed. We spent many almost happy days together on the bathroom floor!

Introduction:

I have been following the SCD and GAPS diet since April 2010. I’m in a good place now, though not yet in remission.

Some more about me:

I’m a lawyer; karate student and instructor; jujutsu student; and avid gardener.

Symptoms:

2-3 loose BMs per day.
That’s it! No blood, no pain, no urgency.

Diet and UC – I’m Recoverying From My Second Flare

I’ve had UC since mid-2009, and have written a couple of stories on this site about my two flares. The first one lasted almost two years. The most recent one started in Feb 2013, and is largely under control. But this post isn’t about that, it is about my most recent visit to my naturopath and GAPS practitioner.

I’ve been following SCD and then GAPS diet religiously since I started it in April 2010, apart from the last 6 months before my most recent flare, though I was still mostly good.

As the current flare ramped up, and I didn’t have any success getting it under control by doing the intro diet again, I decided I needed some help and decided to see if I could find a GAPS practitioner and discovered a naturopath. She is awesome. Despite just having had a baby when I first called her, she fitted me in very soon after, and gave me lots of advice by email in between.

She is just back from a UC masterclass and called me straight away to say that she has some awesome new info about diet and supplements. So I thought I’d share. These are the basic recommendations (they are not all GAPS/SCD legal):

– reduce animal protein (no more than 90g red meat/chicken twice a week)
– no more than 1 cup of stock per day
– increase seafood (at least 100g at least 4 times per week)
– increase plant based protein (quinoa, chia seeds) – combine proteins for best absorption
– foods to soothe the colonic mucosa (flax seeds, psyllium seeds (not husks!), chia seeds) – flax seeds should be bought whole and ground at home
– lots of antioxidants – red and black quinoa, brightly coloured fruit and veg, veg juices, fresh greens

I also have a list of supplements:
– FOS (fructooligosaccharides) – SCD/GAPS illegal – it is a long chain sugar that feeds gut bacteria
– Lactulose – SCD/GAPS illegal – another long chain sugar to feed bacteria
– fermented cod liver oil – among other things, for vitamin D
– active turmeric – anti-inflammatory
– boswellia complex – anti-inflammatory

I’ve got a huge list of references that support the recommendations (tiny font and in image format, so I can’t copy and paste it – I’m in the process of typing them all out, and seeing if I can find them online – I’ll can provide the list when I have finished if people are interested).

She is also recommending that I get blood tests for inflammatory markers every 3-6 months.

I only started this 4 days ago, and have successfully added 3 tsp of flax seeds over the first 3 days, and started chia today. It’s impossible to say whether it is doing any good, but it hasn’t done any apparent harm.

My goal is to get off all of the medications once I’m in remission, which hopefully isn’t far away!

Medications / Supplements

I’m currently on 125mg azathioprine and 2 x 2g mesalazine per day.
I’ve just finished phasing off prednisone.
I’m also taking:
– 2 x 5g l-glutamine
– 2 x 1tsp magnesium citrate

written by Catherine

submitted in the colitis venting area

6 Responses to Diet and UC – I’m Recoverying From My Second Flare

  1. Adam November 3, 2013 at 5:53 am #

    Hey Catherine, Great to hear from you again, and congrats on all the progress you’re making! (And thanks for sharing a picture of you and your cat!!::))

    Best to you,

    Adam

  2. Andy November 3, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    Interesting story!

    You might want to check that magnesium supplement, well known cause of soft stools. I can only tolerate a very small amount.

    Andy

  3. Tim November 3, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    Magnesium citrate !! It’s a laxative typically prescribed prior to a colonoscopy, Why would you take that on a daily basis ??

  4. Catherine
    Catherine Radley November 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    Thanks, Tim and Andy – I’m on the magnesium citrate for bone density; I’ve been on 50mg of prednisone for about 4 months this year (and 10 months in 2009-10) and my last bone density scan showed some degeneration, putting me at the bottom of the acceptable range for my age. I did phase it in, starting at 1/8 tsp per day, and didn’t notice any negative effects. Though I am coming off it now I have finished the pred (yay! hate being on that stuff).

  5. Rene Schmidt November 5, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Hi Catherine, can you PLEASE share the contact details (e-mail and anything else that’s available) of the SCD and/or GAPS practitioner with me??? x

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