Weight Watchers and Crohn's

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fan4iu
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   Posted 12/27/2007 11:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wondering if anyone has had success with Weight Watchers and Crohn's?  Two years ago, I joined, and over one year lost about 30 pounds, reaching my goal weight.  Around the same time, I started having increased bloody D, and was diagnosed with Crohn's last Feb.  Since then, I have been on Prednisone twice, and have gained all the weight back, and then some! :(  Next week, I will finally taper off the last of the Pred, and would like to go back to Weight Watchers, since this is the only weight loss plan that has ever worked for me.  I'm concerned though, that all the whole wheat carbs, and focus on veggies and fiber is actually bad for my Crohn's.  Maybe it was just a coincidence that I started to flare during that time, but I'm nervous because I want to stay in remission!   Anyone have any advice on low points foods that won't give my tummy trouble?  I really need to lose some of this weight! 
Thanks!
 

ProfCrohny
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   Posted 12/28/2007 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I need to lose my prednisone weight, too. My goal is to eat a lot of proteins and cut out the carbs...which is really hard with GI problems. I'm also eating veggies, but only veggies that have been overcooked and are very soft. Amy's frozen meals are good. They're also really high in sodium, which I guess we need when we're going off of prednisone. I like Amy's Indian meals the best. I also have been eating whole wheat pasta when I want carbs, but I cut the portion size in half. My problem is that I am still craving sweets and carbs since going off of prednisone, so I think the best way to handle that is to cut simple carbs and sweets out completely until the craving go away. It's hard, but it worked in the past when I quit smoking.
Female, 30. Diagnosed August 2007 with Crohn's Colitis. Asacol 400 mg 12 x day. Canasa, Cortifoam, just finished Prednisone (tapered from 60 mg). Orthotricyclin Lo, Calcium, Trinity (probiotics), and multivitamin.


HuskerFan
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   Posted 12/28/2007 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
You can go to Sparkpeople.com ...which is a free website for tracking your weight, etc. This one measures calorie intake..and other items you want. But if you focus more on what you can eat with Crohns and sticking to a certain calorie intake...I think you will be fine.

I gained 30 pounds when I took steriods...and I will tell you I have had a hard time loosing the weight. It seems the close I get to being off the darn pills for a year the easier it gets for me.

This is what I do anyway...and it does work.
Mis-diagnosed for two years--doctors thought I had RA!

Fistua surgeries in Sept 2006,Dec 2006 and Aug 2007
Centon placed in fistula track during last surgery..permanent open wound
Finally diagnosed w/CD & Fistulizing Disease in Jan 2007
Currently taking Remicade since May 2007


chroniemomx2
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   Posted 12/28/2007 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I have used ww and it didn't cause any crohns problems for me. Good luck!

stkitt
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   Posted 12/28/2007 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey there,

I think I own stock in WW........lol.  You can count the points and choose your foods.  They have several variations of the meal plans now so I sure would go back if it worked for  you before. :)

Good Luck.

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CrazyHarry
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   Posted 12/28/2007 10:23 PM (GMT -7)   
if you look at the stats, weight watchers doesnt really work. it emphasizes a high carbohydrate, low fat diet. studies show that this type of eating, modeled after the USDA food pyramid, actually encourages obesity, not to mention scores of other chronic illnesses like type 2 diabetes. their food resembles "normal" food cos it is made with and laced with chemicals, additives, and synthetic ingredients. these are not good for you. they arent natural. you need whole foods - real food, to get proper nutrition and nourishment. i am sorry to break it to you, but weight loss and good health cannot be found in a shake, a bar, or a pill.

plus this is a yo yo diet. think about it - once you reach your goal on the diet, you stop eating their special foods and no longer follow their directions. you resume your prior eating habits. then some time down the road you realize that you have put on more weight than when you started weight watchers! like most diets, it doesnt teach life long eating habits. and if it does, most dont stick to them, at least not well enough to get healthy.

i am sure i have opened the flood gates on this one. i dont agree with weight watchers one bit. nice idea, but come on, they are making a ton of money off you by brainwashing you into thinking the only way to get healthy and lose weight is to eat their brand of food. you can lose weight and become healthy by eating properly. that means more fruits, vegetables, legumes, lean meat, organic foods if you can afford it, and stop eating processed and refined foods and a lot of grains/carbs. you also need to adopt basic eating habits, like eat when you are hungry and stop eating when you are full. it really is that simple but it may seem hard cos you have to break bad habits.

and do you really want to be counting calories your whole life? low fat is bogus (generally speaking). avocados, loaded with healthy fat, is good for you. diary (ie milk) needs fat in order for your body to absorb and utilize vitamins A and D as they are fat soluble vitamins. the solution is to eat the right fats and avoid the bad fats - like trans fat. the majority of artery plaque is actually from monounsaturated fat (ie olive oil) and trans fat, not saturated fat. i can go on but i dont want to write a book here. research this on your own and you'll see.
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


Dixie
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   Posted 12/29/2007 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I thought Olive oil was good for you and the heart?
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stkitt
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   Posted 12/29/2007 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey there Crazy Harry,

Let's agree to disagree on Weight Watchers or whatever meal plan members choose.  It is all about what works for each member and this is a sharing of ideas.

You have not opened up "Flood Gates" as this is a support forum and everyone is entitled to post as long as they respect the other members of the community.

Thank you kindly for your input.

Kitt


 
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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 12/29/2007 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Weight watchers points system is designed to have you eatting real food from the get go, so you don't have to alter your lifestyle too much. Yes you can have the prepackaged stuff but this is really about taking very good care of yourself. The point is to make healthy food choices and exercise. One thing I have found helpful is an polar heart rate moniter that counts how many cals you burn. That way you know you are creating weight loss by eatting less cals then you burn.
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Dancerpeg
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   Posted 12/30/2007 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
fan4iu
Hi, I dont' have crohn's I'm on this forum because I'm looking for answer and support for my husband. I think WW is a good program. I've lost 30 lbs with it and I execised. I do have type 2 diabetes and got it under control with using WW. You need to do what's work for you. Well I hope this work for you..
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