A starch-centered diet brings almost overnight relief from colitis and IBS. While stress is a factor and makes it worse, what you eat can make a difference. A family member who had a lifelong issue like this finally realized what things were the worst culprits--for them: anything in the cole family like brocolli, collards, cabbage. When this family member has a bad bout, they only eat rice and sweet potatoes until things calm down enough to start introducing other foods. The sweet potatoes have a type of fiber (soluble) that coats the lining of the stomach and colon.
"Fatty foods with low fiber content, alcohol, caffeinated and decaffeinated beverages, and irritating foods, such as peppers, raw onions, cucumbers, green peppers, radishes, and fruit juices, and medications are the leading causes of stomach distress.
Avoiding the wrong foods and beverages, and eating foods that are non-irritating will bring quick and long -lasting relief. High-fat, low-fiber foods have been associated with an increased incidence of ulcers world wide.
Coffee, even decaffeinated coffee, caffeinated colas, sometimes strong tea, and alcoholic beverages are the most common substances that can inflame the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and the whole intestinal tract. Use of alcohol and tobacco have been associated with esophageal cancer.
Although raw onions, cucumbers, radishes, and green peppers are very irritating for many people, they cause less trouble when cooked. With onions, cooking boils off a toxic oil that provokes the distress. Fruit juices, especially citrus, pineapple, and apple will cause distress. Rarely will the whole fruit cause trouble. Hot peppers (chili, black, white, green, yellow and red) and products containing peppers, such as kim chi and Mexican salsa sauces, can “burn” the lining of the esophagus and cause almost immediate discomfort in many people."
But I strongly suggest that you discuss this with your Dietitian and in the meantime, keep a detailed diary of what you eat and any symptoms you may have, and the time of your symptoms to help your Dietitian help you.
Have you worked with a Registered Dietitian? If not, I would ask your doctor for a referral. That way, you can work with someone to develop an eating plan that ensures you are getting proper nutrition.
"I hear ya! The only leafy greens that I can have now are extremely rare, small portions of cooked radish or beet greens. I can still tolerate rutabaga, brussels sprouts, and occasional small amounts of well-cooked kohlrabi or cabbage, but broccoli / cauliflower / turnips are all out of the question. Lots of other fruits and veggies are out because of oral allergy syndrome, but I can still have peeled / cooked apples and pears, and raw or cooked berries. I have to make sure to keep eating a wide variety of high fibre plant foods (at least 30 different plants each week), make my own yogurt, and enjoy a variety of whole grains --- for an average of 45-50g of fibre per day. It can be a challenge keeping up with the changes in what my body will tolerate, but I try to look at it as an ongoing fun experiment to try different foods and preparations. Hopefully you can find some joy in the challenge of keeping up with your body's changes, too!"
For my variety of plants, a typical week will include: wheat (hard red, soft white, kamut, durum, spelt), rye, oats, barley, millet, sorghum, buckwheat, flaxseed, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews, macadamia nuts, peanuts, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, apples, pears, tangerines, plums, sour cherries, lemon, pumpkin, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, potatoes, rutabaga, mushrooms, leeks, onions, shallots, kohlrabi, sauerkraut, carrots, sugar snap peas, brussels sprouts, and sometimes small well-cooked portions of lentils, chickpeas, black beans, or kidney beans.
My body generally will tolerate rice (brown or white), wild rice, and quinoa but I don't particularly enjoy them, so don't include them very often!
I don't do well with typical yeast breads, but am fine with my own slow-fermented sourdough - and I grind all of my own grains for true wholegrain flours.
All of the fruits and vegetables need to be cooked - although I can enjoy some raw berries and small amounts of fermented or pickled versions. Nuts and seeds need to be roasted or soaked; grains need to be roasted, or soaked and cooked, or ground and baked; and legumes need to be soaked and really well cooked.
I also can easily tolerate most junk foods, but they really aren't my favourites, and I rarely am in the mood for them. My main "junk food" is Mr. Christie Arrowroot biscuits --- which will always calm my guts down when they decide that there is something else that they don't like ;-)
It really does feel "unfair" that I can easily tolerate all of the unhealthy junk foods that I don't particularly like - but am left whimpering in the fetal position by healthy foods that I love (I can't even begin to tell you how much I miss salads and broccoli). It is just the way my body works, though, so I try to have fun finding new vegetables and fruits to try, and experimenting with new preparations. It takes a while to adjust every time a new food gets added to the "ouch" list, but I still manage to eat a diet that includes all necessary nutrients (vitamins / minerals / electrolytes / fibre - along with the proteins and fats) and have it be something that I eagerly anticipate and actively enjoy.
I suspect that there are a lot of folks like us out there - and that many of them have given up on even trying to find healthy options, since it is easier and so much less painful to just go with the heavily processed stuff that doesn't hurt. It does take time and effort and the willingness to have some painful experimental results to create a diet that is healthy for ourselves - but it really is worth it!
Sir Terry Pratchett: "Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good."
Anyone else have digestive issues that makes eating some healthy foods impossible? I have IBS. I cannot eat any kind of salad greens at all. Not even spinach, which I love. But every time I eat it, I end up curled up in a ball in pain. Same with any kind of raw veggies. Even most raw fruits. But I can eat canned fruit and veggies (except spinach, even canned spinach hurts me). It does make things a little harder for me. I don’t understand why I can eat any junk food I want and be fine but lots of healthy stuff makes me sick. I’m also allergic to eggs so can’t have those either. Also cheese and milk makes me sick too. I’m just glad I can have most canned foods!