What foods are you allowed to eat if you have colitis?

    The doctor has given a list of what not to eat, but my son is just overwhelmed with a list like that. He needs to know what he CAN eat.

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    Drink plenty of fluids. Water is best, but fluids with added sodium and potassium (electrolytes) may be beneficial as well. Try drinking broth or watered-down fruit juice. Avoid beverages that are high in sugar or contain alcohol or caffeine, such as coffee, tea and colas, which may aggravate your symptoms.
    Choose soft, easy-to-digest foods. These include applesauce, bananas and rice. Avoid high-fiber foods such as beans, nuts and vegetables. If you feel like your symptoms are improving, slowly add high-fiber foods back to your diet.
    Try eating several small meals, rather than a few large meals. Space meals throughout the day instead of eating two or three large ones.
    Avoid irritating foods. Stay away from spicy, fatty or fried foods and any other foods that make your symptoms worse.
    Anything that's not on the list.
    The list the doctor provided is a recommended list of foods to avoid. Each person with colitis reacts differently to the listed foods. It's more trial by eating to find out which foods he can handle and which ones he can't. For my brother, the foods he has to avoid are nuts, popcorn, rice and anything with lactose in it. He can eat all other foods but can only tolerate cheeses and ricotta in very tiny amounts. This is something your son is just going to have to feel his way through. It's best he just avoid the very high risk items like dairy and alcohol. Once he gets his colitis under control, he may be able to go back to foods that once bothered him and consume small quantities.

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