Hi. I'm new to this. I was just doing some research on UC (Ulcerative Colitis) and I came across this link, and figured I might add a few bits in - maybe give others some hope.
I was diagnosed with UC at the age of 5, I'm 30 now. It was a long battle - some times years would go by without any symptoms - since I reached grade 12 I had a flare up almost every year - weird enough normally around winter. It is very painful to have a flare up - staying in bed not being able to go out - 10-15 bowel movements perday...horrible pains in the stomach.
Here are some things that helped me along the way.
I agree with everyone's comments here on this forum. When you have a flare up, please remove any raw veggies, raw fruits from your diet. This will make things worse. Remove diary. Now yogurt is great especially homemade yogurt because that contains no preservatives or sugars. Take that 3 times a day. If you can eat fish 2-3 times a week that would be great too or a time released fish oil pill if you can find one. Limit your chicken intake because that causes acid in your body (1-2 times a week is ok). Steam all veggies and fruits. Do not drink any alcohol, or caffeinated drinks. You want to drink juice? - then get a juicer and juice your veggies (one carrot, 4oz of cabbage - hard to digest but sooo good for you, spinach, and one pomegranate).
Keep up the exercise because apparently the intestines have a mind of their own like our brain, and during exercise the intestines also produce insulin and insulin helps in digesting, and heals the gut.
Kefir is great too I heard but I need to learn how to make it. Make sure you have a support group. My wife is wonderful to me when I have a flare up, very supportive. Remember to smile, and have a sense of humour about this whole fiasco. The diet might seem hard at first, but it's only to get you over this minor hill then it's back to your normal self.
Keeping this in mind, please remove as much fatty foods from your diet like french fries burgers etc. NO NUTS EVER AGAIN - WAAY TOO BAD FOR CD AND UC PEOPLE - PLEASE. If you must drink milk, don't drink cow milk - our bodies haven't evolved yet to digest it yet - instead drink So Good Soy Milk - or better yet unpasturized Goat Milk. I know you guys work out here hence the site name, so the fat content in Goat Milk might make you turn your head, but for UC and CD it is great because of all the pro/prebiotics and oligosaccharides.
Find a vitamin that contains Calcium with Vitamin D. Vitamin D must be 1000 IU per day. That's why North Americans (northern countries like Canadians) and any country that gets less sun have a high chance in UC and CD because Vitamin D (UVB rays) help the body feel better and less diarrhea. Southerners have a lower rate of UC and CD because their diet also contains Cabbage (healing vegetable). Careful, Cabbage causes a lot of gas and is hard to digest, so build your self up, don't gobble it up thinking your superman you'll pay for it in the end.
It is good to have your Whey Protien, but be careful, depending on the stage of your UC or CD it could make things better or worse.
Follow your Dr.'s advice and medicine, but add this on and it will help. I learned all this the hard way - trial and error but I figure that maybe now I can help some one else with my knowledge about this condition. Remember, you're not alone, what like 1 in 8 people have this condition so don't worry. Breath, relax, and don't let these things bring you down (advise I should tell myself).
I hope this helps, I know I was going all over the place, but I needed to write down everything that was coming to me.