Just A Little Fruit When Ulcerative Colitis Signs Come Up

Lately I have been getting much better at detecting signs and symptoms of my ulcerative colitis.  Now I should mention right away that I am medication free for about two weeks now, which I am so pumped about.  But I want to talk about eating habits, and in particular fruit within your diets.

I have always been a big advocate of fruit, especially since it can have such great sweetness.  I always have been drinking a home made morning smoothie almost everyday for quite some time now, about one and a half years.  What I am beginning to notice is that when I eat an extra large amount of fruit, lets say an entire freshly cut up pineapple(like I am known to do) there is always a chance that later on that day or the next day I can see how my stools will start to become less formed.  I am so happy that my ulcerative colitis symptoms are very close to remission, and I want to keep things that way.  But, I am afraid that excessive amounts of fruit are not great, and even may be getting the gut bacteria in my colon all riled up and out of control.

So, my solution to limiting fruits ability to act up in large amounts is pretty simple.  I have decided to limit my intake of fruit.  If on some days I notice that I am potentially starting to show signs of looser bowel movements or an extra time or two to the bathroom, I simply skip fruit for the next 24 hours and it seems to do the trick.  Nothing too scientific here, just doing some simple food elimination to help out my ulcerative colitis.  Let me know if you share this thought with yourself.

3 thoughts on “Just A Little Fruit When Ulcerative Colitis Signs Come Up”

  • I have UC and was diagnosed about 15 years ago…am off the medication now but i have recently realised that fruit too gives me cramps and makes me rush to the toilet. For example, I ate a plum and a slice on pineapple today in the space of about 5 mins and the effects of it was almost immediate. I feel like my symptoms get worse when i have sour fruits such as sour plums and apricots as well…even if i eat just a couple if fruits, it does cause a few symptoms…. does this effect any other people?

    • I get the same way with the fruit eating when I’m having active colitis symptoms. When I’m in remission though, the fruits that I can tolerate don’t seem to bother me at all. I can eat stuff like, mandarins, oranges, bananas, pineapple, and stuff like avocados too. I also have strawberries and blueberries with smoothies durig the day and that seems to be fine for me. But stuff like apricots are definitely not good for me, the same goes for grapes, I can’t eat them either.

  • I have been juicing for about 3 days now because I am going through a flare. I do a full cup of fresh veggie juice (carrots, celery, beets, tomatoes, spinach, leeks, cucumbers, parsley, jalapeno, cucumbers) which I juice and bottle early. Then I add a heaping load of frozen strawberries and a frozen banana, a cup of Almond milk unsweetened, and a tablespoon of organic honey. Sometimes I also include a probiotic drink like yakult.

    I have this for breakfast and lunch and then a light dinner like guacamole or salmon.

    Just my theory but when you limit the fruits and put in more veggies, it helps relieve some of the symptoms and allows your body to start healing. So far this has been the only way to achieve relief for me.

    Best of luck!

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