Diet, food, drink, snacks…WHAT should we eat with colitis and WHY?
Ever since starting this website, it’s been amazing to see how many people truly want to treat their disease with their diet or more simply, by eating and drinking things that agree with their bodies. I think it’s great!
Much of what I do in terms of diet is based on the “Specific Carbohydrate Diet™” or SCD. And its been a pretty incredible journey to say the least. After 5 years of success, I’m happy as ever that my body has come back to life and hopefully you’ll feel the same very soon too!
Here’s an email I received in January from a UC’er who follows the site and diet, her name is Peg-
Adam, please encourage your readers to give at least 6 weeks or more to try a diet that will kill off the bad bacteria in the gut and get the body going to produce the good bacteria. UC is a sign that our body is screaming out to us for help. Healthy food, the right vitamins and good probiotics will start us on the right path for recovery. I have been in remission for several months and it’s a blessing that I am not obsessed of always thinking of where is the closest bathroom. Thanks again for being there for all of us suffering from UC. Peg
Adam and Family,Thank you for your website and your positive attitude. If it weren’t for you I don’t know how long it would have taken to find out about SCD (diet) for UC!My daughter has been on SCD since last year (just after she was diagnosed) and she is doing great, a fantastic girl, she is involved in school and sports. With Lialda and SCD she has the life everyone should have, no flares!Sincerest Gratitude,Karen
SCD has actually been around for several decades, but to most people it’s previously unknown. (It’s almost never talked about in the doctor’s office…and I think that’s a big mistake.)
I’d never heard of it either. Not a single doctor ever told me about treating my UC with diet. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ has actually been tested out for well over 45 years by two pretty spectacular people. Both Elaine Gottschall and Dr. Hass spent thousands of hours figuring out what works well and what does not in terms of foods. And I’m very grateful for all their hard work.
What’s great is that diet has worked for so many people who follow this site (including me) by healing and helping our UC symptoms. (If you can’t wait, you can learn about my UC/Diet eBooks )
Many UC’ers who use diet are amazed that their doctors never said anything to them about it. But there’s no reason for you to be angry or upset with your doctors, (actually, feel free to be pissed at them if it makes you feel better). The reality is drug companies and most health care system can’t profit when colitis patients begin to feel better on their own. It’s simple math at that point. If you don’t control your UC with medications…you don’t purchase medications. No rocket science needed here right…
If there was a way for lots of money to be made, and for drug companies as well as doctors to profit from diet changes, you definitely would have heard about this a long time ago, probably at your first doctor visit. When I started treating my symptoms with diet, I didn’t need all this “help” from the medical world anymore. I didn’t need to constantly be re-filling my prescriptions every month. Drug companies hate people like me, they don’t make a dime off people like me. Pretty cool right!
But there’s more, by moving away from medications and on with diet, I finally stopped worrying about medication side effects. It really frustrates the hell out of me when other UC’ers email their long list of side effects that their medications are inflicting on their body. Prednisone/Prednisolone is probably the worst in terms of side effects, but there’s a bunch of others that can contribute to the side effects that are so unfortunate.
“By Changing My Diet, I put my UC into remission,
and got OFF ALL MEDICATIONS.” -Adam
The Science behind this diet is pretty simple. I’ll try to explain it to you in simple terms. “Bad bacteria” in the colon are triggering the immune system to fight. And, that bad bacteria we create from certain foods we eat that isn’t fully digested(certain breads, wheat products, certain sugars for example, corn).
So, when we eliminate those “bad” foods that cause “bad bacteria growth” our immune systems don’t have to keep killing off invaders and attacking. That’s the idea.
It’s Pretty Simple.
Below is a list of some Good and Bad Foods:
(there is a long list of different meals/recipes in my 100 plus page eCookbook (which has been ordered by UC’ers and concerned family members worldwide) with easy to use instructions and ingredient lists)
- Chicken (baked, broiled, even off the BBQ if that’s all you have)
- Chicken soup (without noodles)
- Hamburger meat, along with most other meats (baked, broiled, off the grill)
- Eggs (many people can tolerate eggs very well, some people cannot, so don’t freak out if that’s you)
- Vegetables (a common misunderstanding is that vegetables are bad for people with UC. I eat veggies everyday and have for years since my diagnosis. There are times however, like if you are in an active flare where you may want to limit and/or cook veggies more than usual to easy the digestion process)
- Fruits (many people can handle some fruit in their diet, especially when symptoms have calmed down)
- Beer and most Alcohol
- Milk and most milk products
- Most processed foods (often there are all sorts of unknown ingredients/additives)
How about you? Where do you fit in terms of the lists above? Are some of the foods you eat in the “Bad” list? If so, you might want to consider making some changes to your diet, especially if colitis symptoms are out of control and active right now.
To read and learn more, I’d encourage you to learn more about the ebooks I’ve written. Along with my wife, I’ve written up all of the most common meals we prepare. I’ve outlined the meals I ate when I was coming out of a flare, as well as the foods I eat to stay in remission.
If you are looking for a change and willing to invest a little bit of time. And if you’re looking to get control back into your life and not having ulcerative colitis run you around, I think you’ll really enjoy my ebooks.
In good health,