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Regime that has helped UCer remain med free

Thanks to Tiffany L

I noticed a post by Tiffany that I thought would help and encourage other UCers; I'm pleased she has sent me such an indepth report on her Colitis regime. Apart from giving us ideas that we may not have tried, it also gives Colitis sufferers an insight into finding a regime that works.

Around 85% of Tiffany's diet is within the SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) boundaries along with some supplements. Like many UCers she tends to eat similar foods most of the time, although there's a wide enough selection to change things and keep it interesting (and healthy).

Personally, I believe having a positive attitude (and some courage) is a great help when trying different diets - otherwise, it can be easy to become despondent when certains things don't work. Fortunately Tiffany believed 100% that she could heal herself naturally.

She decided to research and try different diets when she began flaring on completion of a course of steroids and her medical insurance ran out. Starting with the Paleo (Paleolithic) diet (also referred to as the caveman diet or hunter-gatherer diet) which showed some improvements but Tiffany admits she cheated on the diet on occasions such as eating out etc.

A few weeks later Tiffany discovered SCD which resonated with her so she decided to try it and stick to it more strictly. She skipped the initial 'chicken broth' stage and with elimination she eventually remained on a diet of only banana pancakes, chicken, kale, provolone cheese and tomato sauce for 3 months. I think most UCers can relate to sticking to one diet for weeks on end in an effort to stay away from Colitis symptoms!

Although Tiffany had been improving there were still symptoms of blood and urgency which meant frequent visits to the toilet. Around 3 months after starting the SCD she found out about supplements and tried Slippery Elm which worked well and quickly.

Once things had settled Tiffany was confident enough to try other foods and supplements. She is now at a point where she can tell within 4 to 5 days whether something is going to work or not, and is lucky enough to be able to cheat on the diet occasionally. Interestingly she has realised that after sticking to her diet for so long, the cravings have gone. I agree with this and can honestly say I no longer think about many of the foods I thought I couldn't live without.

For the first couple of weeks when eliminating sugar and wheat Tiffany had withdrawals symptoms which made her feel ill, but she saw this as a challenge and a way of her body telling her it was eliminating poisons. I think this is a nice way to visualise what's happening and a good way to help turn some of the negative feelings associated with Colitis into something positive. I used to do a similar thing when I had a cold, when I knew I felt ill because my body was dealing with the virus. I often think we can be too quick to ask the Doctor for drugs when the body is naturally fighting diseases (of course, this doesn't work for all symptoms!).

Tiffany wisely points out that it's easy to become discouraged when using diet to ease Colitis because it can take such a long time. Sometimes things don't work which can send you back a few paces. In my website I've pointed out that you shouldn't think too far ahead when looking for a diet that works. It can take a long time but surely it's worth it if the results are good?

With the SCD it's predicted that it could take a year to regain your health and it's also recommended that you stick with it for a further year after. Actually, as UCers, we probably have to accept that if we're lucky enough to find a diet that works, we're probably going to have to stay fairly close to it for the rest of our lives. This can sound quite extreme, but if it's a healthier diet then it's probably not such a bad thing.

It's worth mentioning that Tiffany writes a blog about her war on Ulcerative Colitis - you can read it here.

The regime is below:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Other
  • Fresh Squeezed orange juice
  • a juicer is a good investment
  • Apricot Scones
  • Recipe
  • Muffin Omelet
  • I use a quiche recipe but cook in it a muffin tin for 20-25 min
  • instead onions I use onion powder
  • instead of milk I use almond milk or coconut cream
  • Quiche Recipe
  • Almon Milk Recipe
  • Ground beef 100g
  • I grind my own meat in a food processor so I know what cut it is...need to watch the fat intake!
  • Recipe
  • Cheddar cheese 50g
  • good quality and buy a block...the grated stuff has something on it that can irritate
  • Lettuce
  • Salmon burger
  • recipe is on the same page as the scone recipe
  • Recipe
  • I top my salmon with a date tapenade
  • blend 8 dates, 10 olives, 2 tsp capers, 6 sundried tomatoes, oil - measure it by eye. I guess the amounts, but this sauce is so yum over the salmon!
  • Butternut Squash Mash
  • Recipe
  • Dessert Macadamia Brownies
  • I leave out the macadamias and add extra cacao powder - measure it by eye
  • Recipe
  • Morning Snack
  • Hemp hearts with almond milk and raw honey
  • Honey covered Walnuts (50g)
  • Afternoon Snack
  • Pistachios (50g)
  • Carrot/apple/ginger juice
Supplements Exercise Recommended Reading
  • Powdered slippery elm
  • Hemp Oil
  • Serrapeptase
  • CoQ10
  • Digestive enzyme
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Ferro Food by Standard Process
  • VM-100 Liquid Multivitamin
  • Probiotic
  • either VSL #3 or Garden of Life
  • Regular exercise
  • Gym work
  • Legs, abs, and chin ups. I workout with heavier weights - 6 to 9 reps
  • Cardio
  • boxing/Muay Thai or a stunt class
  • The Enzyme Factor
  • by Dr Hiromi Shinya
  • Breaking the Vicious Cycle
  • by Dr Elaine Gottachall
Notes

Lately Tiffany has been eating the diet above everyday and has found it easier to make big batches of each item then freeze it.

Powdered Slippery Elm was the first supplement taken and a difference was noticed within 2 days.

Hemp Oil was started about 2 months ago and has made a huge difference. It's also a good alternative to fish oil which can be harmful whilst in a flare.

Serrapeptase is an enzyme derived from the silkworm, it is used to break down the wall of their cocoons. Japanese scientists thought it could be used to break down dead tissue such as that found from ulceration. IBD is one of a list of conditions that it has shown to help.

CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q-10) is a naturally occurring fat soluble antioxidant which appears within almost every cell in the body.

Digestive enzymes may improve nutrient malabsorption that is often associated with IBD.

VM-100 liquid multi-vitamin is taken as opposed to tablets/pills because Tiffany feels it absorbs quickly since it doesn't have to broken down by the body.