I also have colitis-the microscopic form. I do understand what you mean about finding that balance of the right fiber and exercise.
As for exercise, do what you can such as upper body. Take the time to look at the demos of the different exercises and try them. If you can even just pick out a few, that's a big step towards building muscle.
Has your doctor put you on meds for the flareups or made suggestions for the gas? I take Phasyme (or the generic version), OTC, for the gas and it helps with the cramping. Depending upon the severity of the flareup, 8 weeks of pepto bismal can control it. If it doesn't respond, I have used Entocort. Talk to your doctor about what OTC's can be used in conjunction with your meds.
I've been dealing with this for about 4 years and a lot of it has been trial and error. Take the fiber suggestions with a grain of salt. It's calculated for the average person with the parameters given in the fitness plan.
So, don't quit. If you're using the tracker to develop your menues, don't be afraid to switch things around. Just make sure you're taking good vitamin supplements to make up for the minerals you don't get if you have to cut back on veggies.
It may seem overwhelming at times, I know. Sometimes I whimper with how sore I can get (you know what I mean). All we can do is take it a day at a time and try different things. Journaling can help track what helps or not.
Hang in there,
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