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My latest remission regime - more raw fruit and veg

Well, here's my latest regime has changed slightly from my previous regime. I've tried to make my protocol healthier by adding more raw vegetables and fruit.

The regime below seemed to help keep a flare that started on Jan 1st at a mild level, with fewer symptoms than other flare-ups. I was able to take less mesalazine during this flare and it also subsided in less time than usual - 4 weeks when the average is around 6 weeks.

I'm hoping this is mostly down to the supplements and diet regime that I'm following, although I'm not naive enough to discount the meds, they also helped of course.

The reason the flare up started was due to a virus that I picked up in December, which eventually turned into flu in January, affecting my immune system and bringing on the colitis symptoms. My diary tells me that the majority of the past few flares occurred around the time I had a virus, and normally in Autumn or Winter.

It will be interesting to see if maintenance with probiotics has an effect on whether future viruses contribute to a flare-up or not! I'm hoping that keeping the colon bacteria balanced prevents viruses from taking hold in the digestive system. Update: After some time, I can't say whether the probiotics helped or not - perhaps they are good for part of a remission regime, but if I'm truthful, I am unable to tell if they had an effect.

I also started taking glutamine during this flare-up, but I'm not sure it has done anything - perhaps it contributed to the reason the flare stayed mild, or maybe it didn't? Very difficult to say, and something I will only know as I gather more data from my diary over time.

It's worth noting that I didn't use the regime in a full flare-up - I'd been doing it before the mild flare-up which it may have helped keep mild. There may be parts of it that aren't suitable during a flare for some UCers e.g. there's a lot of fibre in the raw fruit and veg which can cause issues for some.

So, onto my regime...

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Constant theme
  • Gluten & wheat free bread (toasted) with grass fed butter and marmite
  • Gluten / wheat free bread (toasted) with grass fed butter and marmite
  • Some salt and vinegar rice snacks
  • Gluten / wheat free pasta or white rice
  • carrots
  • spinach
  • avocado
  • with:
  • Chicken (2 days per week)
  • Beef (2 days per week)
  • Fish (2 days per week)
  • Smoothie
  • Water
  • I drink filtered water thoughout the day
  • Organic fruit, veg and meat only
  • I go for a half hour run twice a week
  • After running I take 2 x 500mg L-Glutamine capsules, 1 x multi mineral capsule
  • I try to go for a walk on days I don't jog
Supplements Juice - after lunch Supplements Foods Avoided
  • Before breakfast:
  • 1/3 sachet of VSL#3
  • 5g of Glutamine powder
  • After breakfast:
  • 1 x 1000mg Ultimate Omega (by Nordic Naturals)
  • 1 x 500mg Boswellia (by Maple Life Sciences) - NOT TAKEN CONTINUALLY - TAKEN FOR 6 WEEKS, THEN A BREAK FOR A WHILE
  • I make a juice based on the one drunk by the UCer in the film 'Super Juice Me':
  • 1/2 head of red cabbage
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 a cucumber
  • I am asked a lot about this particular juice, so here's the actual juice used in the film:
  • 1/2 head of red cabbage
  • 2 apple
  • Approx. 5" cucumber
  • A knob of ginger
  • With Dinner:
  • Himilayan pink salt
  • After Dinner:
  • 1 x 500mg Boswellia (by Maple Life Sciences) - NOT TAKEN CONTINUALLY - TAKEN FOR 6 WEEKS, THEN A BREAK FOR A WHILE
  • Dairy (except grass fed butter)
  • Sugar
  • Wheat
  • Gluten
  • Fried food
  • Processed food
  • Junk food
  • Cooking oils
  • Coffee or tea
  • Wholemeal/grain
  • Nitrates & nitrites in food
Notes

Here's my diary chart for January - the virus that took hold on 1st Jan produced mucus immediately and blood within 3 days.

I believe the urgency that I normally experience was held at bay by the Pentasa suppositories - I'd previously used them once, at the end of my last flare, so this is the first time I've used them as a part of my protocol from early in a flare.

Colitis normally spreads further along the colon for me, but this time it got as far as the top of the sigmoid colon but no further - I had no symptoms (pains, aches, cramps) higher than that area. I'm putting this down to the oral supplements and diet e.g. red cabbage juice. Oral mesalazine takes about 4 to 6 weeks to start working properly for me (I started taking them 6th Jan), and I usually have to take 6x400mg to see results - as opposed to the 3x400mg I took this time.