It is not uncommon to do exactly what you are doing if you eat very little one day, you can make up for it on another day. To avoid this it may be helpful to realise that healthy eating and healthy eating habits can be very helpful for IBD and can help control symtoms and keep you in remission longer and appetite may not be the best to rely on.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can affect people's eating a lot because they link food with causing the symptoms, or the disease or eliminating some foods prevents the unpleasant symptoms being experienced. Food does not cause UC and is not responsible for causing the inflammation. However poor diets those high in refined processed carbohydrate and poor lifestyle habits smoking and alcohol ( which isn't great for diabetes as well) are not helpful in managing remission or symptoms. However often when you are able to slowly move into eating a healthy diet/ eating habits periods of remission can last longer.
There is no diet specific for UC. Dietary recommendations are to aim for a healthy diet, specific for the individual dependant on symtoms being experienced, often what we encourage for the whole population and those with diabetes. The foods and lifestyle habits helpful for diabetes are also helpful for UC, you just need to know how to use them in the form that is helpful for you.
Food changes are used to manage the symptoms ( pain, bloating, bowel frequency) of UC or during times of inflammation and can be helpful for some. This may be around fat, some fermentable carbohydrate foods ( lactose/fructose/fructans etc), pips, seeds or skins, soluble fibre. There are always individual foods that some will avoid specific to them.
This disease relies on medication to manage the inflammation, and I have seen when this has been established and working well, a healthy diet is well tolerated. When inflammation is not getting controlled it is far more tricky and you see food being manipulated much more to help control the symptoms.
I have also seen people who are following a very healthy diet , feeling very good in themselves without any GI symptoms even when significant inflammation is present, identified only by blood tests. It is the role of medication to be manipulated to manage this further and your specialist is important here.
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