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Starting paleo while in the middle of an Ulcerative Colitis flare... bad idea?

Answered on October 30, 2013
Created October 04, 2013 at 4:26 AM

I have ulcerative colitis, and I started paleo a few days ago... I know it is *very* early in the game, but I am seeing a lot of what I eat in the toilet. I am nervous that a lot of the fresh veggies are just too rough on me.

I am following an autoimmune protocol to cut out eggs, nuts, and nightshades.

Just wondering if anyone has any experience with starting paleo while in the midst of an ulcerative colitis or Crohn's flare up.

Thanks!

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on October 05, 2013
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Thank you for being honest... it can be really demotivating reading stuff on Paleo and Whole30 websites where people say they are cured by eating this way, and then I see no improvement... I know it takes time.

Thank you the advice and book recommendation!

Do you follow the autoimmune protocol?

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on October 05, 2013
at 04:14 AM

Thanks for the recommendations and encouragement!

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on October 05, 2013
at 03:12 AM

actually, this year has been my worst year with UC. before that, I had 1 hospital stay from 2011-2012. BUT I have gained weight so I consider that a success. not sure if it's from paleo or my medicine helping.

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Did you have the same amount in a given timeframe of hospital stays pre-paleo ? Point being - is it helping ?

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on October 30, 2013
at 05:54 PM

@steph925 My son has crohn's and we began a major diet change in the middle of a flare. This is what I would do (just gleaning from our experience).....for 2-3 days cut back to smoothies, organic applesauce, easy to digest cooked veggies, etc. Baked sweet potatoes are easy to digest. You can make some pretty calorie packed smoothies with the full fat coconut milk, sunbutter, bananas, and ice. It is yummy too. Just go easy for a few days and let your system settle down. Then, slowly add in....expanding the cooked vegetables and cooked fruits (except for bananas, they can be raw) and add in some fish and white meat. Wait until you are symptom free to add in raw veggies and fruits. We have seen great success on the AIP, but my son got worse before he got better.

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on October 05, 2013
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I'd look at the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) or GAPS (gut and psychology syndrome) for UC, as these are both specifically designed for gut healing.

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on October 05, 2013
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I have UC and have been following paleo since august 2012. I started it during a flare, too. my biggest advice is to cut down fiber much as you can. cook the crap out of your veggies if you are going to eat them and ALWAYS peel them. I eat as much meat as I want to get a lot of protein, fat, and calories

I still haven't found remission and have had about 6 hospitals stays since I started paleo unfortunately. i am on prednisone and Imuran right now (and again haha). diet is like an ant to this disease and I NEVER cheat. ever. i'd suggest reading Fiber Menace, too.

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on October 05, 2013
at 04:15 AM

Thank you for being honest... it can be really demotivating reading stuff on Paleo and Whole30 websites where people say they are cured by eating this way, and then I see no improvement... I know it takes time.

Thank you the advice and book recommendation!

Do you follow the autoimmune protocol?

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on October 05, 2013
at 02:58 AM

Did you have the same amount in a given timeframe of hospital stays pre-paleo ? Point being - is it helping ?

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on October 04, 2013
at 04:37 PM

I feel your pain. I few years ago, had a number of weeks of nearly everything going "straight through" me.. it was way before I'd even heard of paleo. I cut out wheat & grains & raw veggies .. problems went away and I went back to my SAD. :(

I recommend dialing back on the veggies...especially if you;re eating any of them raw. Try to limit yourself to the few veggies (cooked; sautéed or steamed) that you tolerate better. Chopped sauteed spinach w/ a bit lemon I have found to be pretty mild.... raw broc for me is a killer.

My wife did a very strict AIP & pretty much only ate wild salmon & spinach & romanine for a LONG time about 5 years ago. Same as you...no eggs, no nuts, no nightshades. She also did fish oil & other supplements per her alternative medicine MD. Great improvement. Don't bail on paleo, modify & test.

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on October 05, 2013
at 04:14 AM

Thanks for the recommendations and encouragement!

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on October 04, 2013
at 10:15 AM

The excess iron and PUFA will probably not do you much good.

Removing allergens will be beneficial however (grains, legumes, milk). I have a friend with crohns that does best on a fiberless low-meat diet with 2-3L of milk, so response can be very individual.

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on October 04, 2013
at 05:17 AM

Don't have that condition, I wonder if you can get by with pureed veggies in soups? That would avoid the roughness. How about a non tomato based gazpacho? Ultimately I believe that Paleo will help you get relief from your Colitis. It has cleared up my wife's digestive issues, especially egg sensitivities and has done wonders for my weight control and muscle building.

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