If you are active on all the IC social media sites, you have quickly discovered about million different opinions about what you should do diet-wise to help your IC. It is a controversial topic but if you stop and take a moment, you will realize the reason for all the controversy. No two IC patients are alike and just as with all IC treatments, no two IC patients respond the same way to anything.
When I attend my Local Support Group meetings, we go around the room and ask each person to talk a little about their IC, where they are, what treatments they are following, diet etc. No two people in the room are doing the same thing. That's because no two things work for each of us.
While much more is understood than ever before about IC and the effect diet has on helping improve our symptoms, it is still something we need to understand much more about. Thus, you will often see arguments erupt online over what people "should" be doing with their diet. People swearing they've found the diet that works and that everyone should follow because it works for them.
I have seen so much controversy over diet online recently and this is totally unnecessary. There are many options regarding what diet to try. Many different diet modifications that work for some, while other changes work for others.
Here's the thing. There is no one, perfect solution. But there ARE modifications that can help. We just have to be willing to do the work to find the one that works for us.
I am not taking a stand on a particular Diet. I will leave that to each individual to figure out for themselves. But what I do encourage every IC patient to do - get educated. READ all you can about Diet changes that are recommended. If someone has found something that works for them and you wish to try it, do so but with caution and research before you do so.
Doing an elimination diet is difficult but generally proves important and worthwhile to most IC patients. Eliminating a lot of the foods that are traditionally known to be bothersome is a good starting place. Do your research. Once you've done the elimination diet, if you notice improvement in your symptoms, then you can VERY SLOWLY begin to try foods, one at a time, to see if they are a trigger for you. This takes time, patience, dedication and a real commitment to figuring out your personal trigger foods.
If you are looking for a place to START your Diet journey, the ICA is the best place to go for information and resources. Here are several links to the ICA website on Diet.