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  • Veg*n with Crohns or Ulcerative Colitis?

    Profile photo of luckystarjenna

    Over a year ago

    So… once again I’ve been having digestive troubles. But this time they’ve gotten more serious and the doctor is pretty sure it’s either crohns or ulcerative colitis. She kept talking about diets and stuff that might help, in addition to medicine, but they all seemed meat-ish, which I am totally not okay with. I was just wondering if anyone here has Crohns or ulcerative colitis and how they cope. (I’m going to have a colonoscopy on Monday to be diagnosed for sure.)
    Thanks!

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  • Profile photo of nomeatnodairynoprob1em

    Over a year ago

    I know a vegan who developed ulcerative colitis.
    She asked doctors if a colectomy would end the pain and bleeding; they said yes and that was it.
    She had a colectomy with virtually no research into alternative treatments.

    I’m very much looking forward to someone finding out what actually causes this disorder.
    Send me a message if you’d be interested in trying to figure out if you perhaps have something in common with her that may have triggered the disorder.

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  • Profile photo of hakred

    Over a year ago

    Ulcerative colitis: “Learning to avoid food triggers may give you better control of your disease and allow you greater freedom to enjoy an active life. Despite the fact there is no scientific proof, many people with ulcerative colitis have found that one or more of the following foods can trigger their GI symptoms:

    alcohol
    caffeine
    carbonated beverages
    dairy products, if lactose intolerant
    dried beans, peas, and legumes
    dried fruits, berries, fruits with pulp or seeds
    foods containing sulfur or sulfate
    foods high in fiber, including whole-grain products
    hot sauce, pepper
    meats
    nuts, crunchy nut butters
    popcorn
    products containing sorbitol (sugar-free gum and candies)
    raw vegetables
    refined sugar
    seeds
    spicy foods, sauces”

    Crohns disease: “The foods that trigger symptoms differ for each person with Crohn’s disease. To know which foods to leave out of your diet plan, you’ll need to determine which foods, if any, trigger yours. Many people with Crohn’s disease find that the foods on the following list aggravate symptoms during disease flares. So it’s possible that at least some of these listed foods will trigger your symptoms:

    alcohol (mixed drinks, beer, wine)
    butter, mayonnaise, margarine, oils
    carbonated beverages
    coffee, tea, chocolate
    corn husks
    dairy products (if lactose intolerant)
    fatty foods (fried foods)
    foods high in fiber
    gas-producing foods (lentils, beans, legumes, cabbage, broccoli, onions)
    nuts and seeds (peanut butter, other nut butters)
    raw fruits
    raw vegetables
    red meat and pork
    spicy foods
    whole grains and bran”

    One of my vegan friends suffers from ulcerative colitis and mostly avoids spicy foods, as well as a friend of mine who isn’t veg*n. As far as I know, avoiding spicy foods keeps it mostly under control for them.. but I can’t tell you from personal experience as I have not been diagnosed with either. If you can find out what is causing flare ups or symptoms, perhaps you will also be able to keep it more under control. Best of luck, @luckystarjenna! :)

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