I was diagnosed with UC in November of 2009 after being sick with bloody diarrhea for 2 months. I was put on Lialda, prednisone and mesamaline. When I asked the GI doctor I was seeing at the time about food, he told me diet has nothing to do with UC. I kept suffering and kept seeing the doctor every 3 weeks or so. Sad to say but the doctor was guarantee his pay by asking me to schedule follow up appointments after every 3 weeks or so. I changed my GI doctor in January 2011. The very first visit after examining my reports and history, he asked to get off dairy for 6 weeks to see how I do. The very first week I started to feel better and the trips to the bathroom reduced. The doctor prescribed Lialda, prednisone and Canasa. I have been in remission since February of 2011. I have been off prednisone since July 2011. I have been to the GI doctor probably only once after being off prednisone. I was always a vegetarian and becoming vegan has helped with the UC. I have no complaints as I only have 2 or 3 trips to the bathroom every morning. I also attended Dr. John McDougall’s 5 day program in Santa Rosa, CA in April 2012. Dr. McDougall’s plant based and starch based diet has helped me reduce weight and I feel energetic. I don’t feel fatigue as I used to before I started the McDougall diet. The diet also has no added oil and sugar. “Fix the food, fix the problem” says Dr. McDougall. What I learned through this process that you have to get to know your body well as to what food or activity suits you and follow accordingly. I have been very fortunate that I work in my family business and schedule my work around my health schedule. And I also have a very supportive husband which is huge for me as all my family is back in India.
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