Wednesday, November 12, 2008 wendi dunlap, Community Member, asks

Q: why can't I eat any solid food

I'm new to colitis and the meds are not working been on them two months if any thing its worse. the only intake of food i can handle is instant breakfast 3 x a day. I beginning to lose weight fast. I can't have a meal with any one any more. The holidays are coming and I won't watch people eat when I cannot eat any thing on the table.

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Elizabeth Roberts, Health Guide
11/13/08 2:24pm

Hi Wendy,


I've been where you are and can tell you there is hope. If you've been on your medication for two months without any improvement at all I think you need to talk to your doctor again and change to another drug. It can take some time for the colitis medications to work (usually 4-8 weeks) so if you're not seeing improvement then it's time to try something else.


Re: food. Have you tried a low residue diet? You can read about it in my share posts on this site or from Jennifer Rackley's share posts as well. When you're in a flare-up you want to be kind to the gut and not make it work too hard. This means limiting foods that are hard to digest or that have a lot of fiber - like whole wheat, red meat, legumes, corn, nuts, fast food, preservatives, etc.


Easy to digest foods that I suggest you try include:

white bread - lightly toasted with just a touch of margarine

white rice - naked, with just a bit of salt and maybe a little olive oil for taste

yogurt - find the natural kind without high fructose corn syrup, etc.



baked chicken breast

baked white fish


It's boring, yes, but giving your gut time to heal is important. Diet is a very important part of getting your colitis under control and you're the one who will have to get control of it. I also recommend you look into doing an Elimination diet - again, you can read my share posts on this.


It takes time and patience and perseverance to learn how you will be able to live with colitis. Plus, you have to actually accept that you have it and that your life has changed and will change even more. Everyone is different in how we react to this but once you figure it out you can live a good decent life.


Good luck to you,


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By wendi dunlap, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/26/11, First Published: 11/12/08