Dr. Bhatt - Your first question is a good one! I have suffered from this disease for 8 years, and I still don't know which foods to avoid. What you could eat today, you may not be able to eat tomorrow.However, I started keeping a food diary, which helped me identify my "trigger" foods. For me that is high fat items, and certain complex carbohydrates - potoates, sweet potatoes, bread, pastas.Excercise does not bother me. I excercise regularly, and it seems to help control my diarrhea. Of course, I make sure I do not eat before I excecise, otherwise I have a problem, because eating seems to overstimulate my peristalsis. I have a bowel movement almost without fail after I eat a meal.Welcome to the board. I hope you find some answers to your questions, here!