Some more about me:
I’m a lawyer; karate student and instructor; jujutsu student; and avid gardener.
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