so its back to no antibiotics after a few weird days...still strong on scd diet and more and more concluding that even things considered ok on diet like too much fruit or too much anything causes some days that feel like setbacks..or something or things eaten out that you do not know may have some things that upset our delicate balance..

still feeling if we tweak diet enough many of us can be off the antibiotics almost all the time..maybe cutting down to less per day,or less antibiotic in a week,month and so on..

imodium definetly i find is necessary in the mix as well..we can take up to 8 a day safely i understand...

ate something or things yesterday while in la for day that caused me some issues starting at night(not sure what exactly)going a lot more often..

but today or tonight quite good i have to conclude the above for now..
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I consider "diets" as starting points, and we need to tailor them to our own needs. I dislike the notion of a "rule book" to follow of good and bad foods. Since we are individuals, we will have individual tolerances. Best to relax restrictions to your own tolerance levels (in order to maximize your variety and nutrition), and restrict foods that specifically are troublesome to you. I think the most difficult (and frustrating) thing, is the fact that tolerances can change in the same person. Plus, I imagine food combinations may play a role in tolerances...

So, I shoot for an overall feeling of health and wellbeing, rather than a specific bowel function. It has worked pretty well for me. Too well, since I have a hard time keeping weight off! However, I have not struggled with chronic pouchitis or SIBO, just occasional symptoms. Just shows that we are all different.

As for the Imodium; you can safely take much more than 8 per day, but studies failed to show any further benefit after that amount. The more you take, the more you risk side effects (like drowsiness or obstruction).

Jan Smiler
Check out the university of mass IBD diet
It is very similar to what I eat and so far I'm doing good on it. Based on SCD with new additions

barrister,allykat.. yeh more good news on diet..with u.of mass..ibd-aid can either of you gee me a rundown on the additions to searching have not found lists as i have had in dcd book..i understand oats are allowed..does that mean like oatmeal?or is there a gluten free one..

i and others who are sure diet is the way to avoid or cut down on our drug use could use a better detailed description of what one can or cannot have as different from scd..

is there a way of getting it from umass?

would appreciate more ibd-aid details..

would be lovely if there was possibility of adding some things to diet like oatmeal..

thank you...barrister have you tried umass yet added on to scd? have to admit i am a little hesitant as i am doing fairly antibiotics..i would love to cut down how often i go but not sure add ons will get me that..i will need also to better understand why those gluten free grains for example do not feed bad bacteria..advantage i suppose is increasing what one can one could of course add one at a time to see but need to review it first ...possibly since scd they have been better able to differentiate between offending carbs?is that the idea?
maybe i will try to speak to someone at umass to get better understanding...

most importantly is clearly good things are happening with diet not drugs being able to control pouchitis and sibo..this is a big breakthrough and maybe the best news we could hope for..its not as easy as popping a pill but so much better if we can do it in this natural way..
I don't know or really understand the thinking behind the diet. Some of the breads they allow, like the banana bread, are made with almond flour and honey, while others like the corn bread are made with white flour and sugar. I do not have a degree in the culinary arts and sciences and therefore cannot answer the question of why all the breads are not made with almond or some other nut flour. It seems to me that white flour and sugar are unnecessary ingredients in some of the recipes, but there may be reasons for them having to do with culinary science and baking of the bread. I really do not know. These are good questions for UMass.

I have not tried the UMass diet, because what I am doing right now is working. I am basically on a diet with no processed carbs and sugar free and also taking a hi potency probiotic with every meal and it is working. I am off antibiotics for 2 weeks now.
winter wish,

The article you have posted is about the UMass diet which is discussed above in this thread and in other threads. The banana bread recipe and other recipes I mentioned are all from this diet. The questions I raised in this thread are in relation to this diet and the recipes posted on the UMass website. Not sure if you read the rest of this thread, but this is what we have been talking about.

If you cull through the recipes carefully you will see that there is not so much continuity as far as cooking breads go.....and I am not sure why. I have experimented with the banana bread recipe using different gluten free flours, but the almond flour is substantially lower in carbs than oat or sorghum flours are. We are talking more than half the carbs.
CT Barrister: If I am understanding you correctly, you were wondering why some of the recipes would include wheat flour and grains etc. My reading of this site is that the IBD Anti Inflammatory Diet (IBD AID) recipes are found only in the IBD section of the website. The other RECIPE section is for just regular 'healthy eating'.
I had some communication with one of the authors who told me that bean flours, almond flours and coconut flours are ok as well as oats. This is my understanding anyway.

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