Some simple dietary changes can be made to help limit the severity of colitis symptoms, such as cutting out or limiting the amount of fried foods and eating smaller portions more often, as opposed to large infrequent meals. These simple changes, along with other minor adjustments, can make living with the condition much easier.
Additional changes should include limiting the amount of dairy products consumed, as these can have a negative effect on colitis symptoms. High-fiber foods are also best avoided, as these can also contribute to the condition. Seeds, corn and nuts are all generally best avoided, for example.
Keeping a food diary is recommended by the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. This can be very helpful for identifying which foods help relive symptoms and which worsen their severity, as many sufferers may have different tolerances to certain food groups. Using the diary can then help remove troublesome foods from a diet while retaining the beneficial ones.
When working in conjunction with treatment and care, these small alterations and observations to diet can greatly reduce the frequency of flare ups, and also help to mitigate the severity of flare ups when they do occur. While diet changes cannot completely cure the condition, they can have a huge positive impact.