Need help with my diet

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   Posted 2/26/2008 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so confused...I thought I was doing well only having about 2-3 loose bms a day for the last 2 weeks (still on pentasa and entocort now since Sept. 2007)  I was brave and added a bit of brocolli some coffee and then I had a severe pain in my left side and now the diarrhea that is explosive.  Ok so I guess I over did it but I felt so good.  I really need a nutritionist or diet person to tell me what to eat.  I have no idea!  Did anyone find a nutritionist helpful?  If not, then is the makers diet done when you are still in a flare?  How do you eat salads and fruit without getting more diarrhea???
Thanks for your help.

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   Posted 2/26/2008 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chris,
I bought this good cookbook its called How to Cook For Crohn's and Colitis. Its by Brenda Rosher. There are 200 healthy recipes in this book.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
My Internest doctor has me on Lisnopril-HTCZ and Folic Acid. Diagnosed
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   Posted 2/26/2008 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for the book idea. I am so clueless about what to eat. I know things made with corn starch really kick up my crohns. I just don't get why some days are worse than others. I am ordering the book now.

Thanks agin!! I really don't know what else to do. The doctor said eat whatever you want. I know that isn't a good idea either!!
Thanks so much

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   Posted 2/26/2008 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry for the problems nikki! I feel your pain, I love broccoli, or at least I used to. And coffee, mmmmm Starbucks. I've been saving money though, no more lattes! People on here have great ideas for what works and doesn't but the best advice I got was to keep track of everything for awhile. What works for one person might not work at all for another person. And Yankee Candle has a great coffee scent, it almost makes up for not brewing it myself!
diagnosed 11/06, solving the mystery of years of on/off abdominal pain. No more "it's just a virus". 33f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. 150 mg Imuran, bowel resection 9/07. Tapered off entocort 1/08 and feeling the effects with fatigue, pain, D.

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   Posted 2/26/2008 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
My daughter love broccoli, eats tons of it. But only if it is cooked to the point of limpness.
Coffee can be rough on the gut.

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   Posted 2/26/2008 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree, what works for one, won't work for all. But I would also recommend another book that I find very helpful. "Cooking Well for the Unwell", by Eileen Behan. She is a dietian and has sections that cover just about all the different stages that we might go through with this, or any, disease. I actually have 2 copies because I found that I was lending it out so much that I never had it when I wanted it for myself. I got it from Amazon as a used book for about $4. She really goes into what you need nutrition wise at different stages and why, in simple to understand terms. And then there are recipes for each section. It just helps to broaden my selection of food choices when I am not feeling well and seem to just repeat the same "safe" foods over and over.

As far as my "safe" foods, I call it my white food diet. Fish, pasta, potato, bread, custard, eggs, tapioca, chicken, broth..... you get the point. Soft, bland and really plain!

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 2/26/2008 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
hi chris,
I would be happy to send you the diet I am following. I've been on it for 4 weeks now. Basically it's the makers diet. My primary reason for doing it was similar to what you describe. I wanted to have some sort of guide to planning a healthy diet. I'd be happy to send you my spreadsheet which outlines what you can eat in each of the first two, two week phases and the final 3rd maintenance phase. I've just moved into the third phase, and am a little frustrated with how the book leaves a lot of things unanswered in regards to what is "allowed" and what is not. That being said, I've found it to be a great way to organize and track what I am eating. You can click on the little envelope under my name on the left to send me an email. Also, i too agree, that what works for one, may not work for all, but it's worth a shot!
-Male, age 31
-Diagnosed with Crohn's 2002 - 5 surgeries for peri-rectal abscess in 2002-2003
-Started Makers Diet 26 Jan 08
-currently on prednisone taper after landing myself in the ER with a partial obstruction

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   Posted 3/1/2008 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't been able to eat broccoli or cauliflower in years. I've always been able to drink coffee but the last 3 weeks--no way. Anyway, i'd like to suggest the book Eating Right for a Bad Gut by James Scala. Very helpful! Also, Super Healing Foods is a great resource--one of my favorites to help me with the many side effects we deal with.
23 years with moderate Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; pentasa

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   Posted 3/1/2008 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Lots of people have acheived remission and other noticeable results with The Maker's Diet.
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