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rivky323
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   Posted 4/7/2008 11:43 PM (GMT -7)   
my daughter was just diagnosed with crohn's disease. We haven't figured out yet which foods are good for her and which aren't. What's the best foods for her to eat now, how long should she stick to it. What about carbs, each web site says something else. what about sugar, yes or no? If she's not lactose intolerant can she have diary products? we're going away for the weekend and she's very nervous about the food there. what if she eats something wrong and has lots of pain. Can she have bread or bagels or pizza? I have lots of questions but no answers, She was in the hospital now for 12 days and each dr. and nurse told her something different to eat or to stay away from. Where do i start from and how?

sickmomof2
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   Posted 4/8/2008 2:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, I will tell you how I did it. I was diagnosed wehn I was 15 and I was my drs first pt with CD so he had no help for me. I know its rough to say but what I did was Whenever I tried something if it caused me pain or increased any of my symptoms I knew not to eat that anymore. I keep a list so that I will know and never forget. For I can't eat peanuts or popcorn, but I can drink caffiene and ice cream, but I can't drink a glass of milk. I hope I helped you in some way. Don't give up on seeking help and information, I would suggest helping her find a support group of some sort, I am now 28 and this is the first time I have ever tried something like this and I think it is going to be beneficail for me.

Good Luck!

homeschoolmom
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   Posted 4/8/2008 4:31 AM (GMT -7)   

unfortunately sickmomof2 is right.  There isn't any formula for this DD.  I was first diagnosed in 1978 with UC (I think that it was Crohn's not UC) and back then they put me on this horrible diet.  All meats broiled, for lunch plain turkey breast sandwiches, all vegetables were pureed ect....  From what I remember it didn't do much good.  Over the years I have had too many flares to count and came to realize some foods bother me and some don't (most of the time).  I can't eat nuts, most vegetables bother me (forget corn and fresh tomatoes), I can drink coffee and soda doesn't bother me (usually makes me feel better?) What it comes down to is trial and error....but, I do find that if I eat when I am stressed everything bothers me.  I am a high stress person, so alot of the time I don't eat, or don't eat too much at one sitting.  Small amounts of food here and there throughout the day helps. 

I am sorry to hear about your daughter, this is a diease I wouldn't wish on anyone.  My prayers are with you and your family. 


Diagnosed 1972 with UC (12 years old); many flares over the years
1994 had my son and became very ill; took 4 years to get the correct diagnosis.
 
PCP diagnosed with IBS and was down 70lbs. by the time I insisted on seeing a specialist.
 
1997 Diagnosed  with Fistulizing Crohn's
 
1998 had 1ft. of small intestine removed including terminal illieum, have had constant diarrhea since.
 
Currently taking imuran, prilosec, synthroid, zoloft, xanax & B12


Alexandra32
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   Posted 4/8/2008 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   

I completely cured my crohn's with diet alone and without the use of any drugs. All I did was change my diet to the diet in the  book "Breaking the Vicious Cycle".  

In 9/07 I had surgery for two rectal fistuals in which ctons where installed. Six months prior to having the surgery for my fistuals, I was experiencing explosive watery D 4-7 times a day, and when it wasn't D, my bowel movements consisted of 70% white mucus and also blood. I also had bloating and pain.  During the surgery, the doc did a colonoscopy and took a biopsy which came back positive for crohns.

After the surgery, the GI wanted me to go on drugs like pentasa and 6mp to try to put the crohns into remission. I did not want to be a slave to drugs for the rest of my life, so after doing a lot of research,  I came across the book "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.  This diet was developed by this doctor for her daughter. The daughter was cured of her crohns.

I started this diet 11/1/2007 and I followed it to the absolute letter without any exceptions. And you know what? Within three weeks after starting this strict diet, all my D was completely gone and my bowel movements were back to normal. I still had some white mucus in the BMs but no more blood or D. Also I all my pain and bloating had vanished also.  NOTHING. I felt great for the first time in 6 months 

 By the middle of Jan 2008, all the mucus had completely vanished and my BMs were completely 100% normal like they use to be before I developed this crohns.  All my crohns symptoms were completely gone exccept for one, my fistulas.  

Guess what? They were healing too!  Prior to this diet, the fistuals would drain pus and blood and would be painful, but since being on the diet, the pus has stoped and the skin has started to heal up around the ctons.  Matter of fact, three weeks ago, the surgeon took out of the ctons and that fistula has healed completely on it's own and has closed. Yesterday I was at the surgeons office and he was amazed at how I was healing and he wants to take the last remaining cton out because that fistula is also healing on it's own. I owe this all to the diet alone.

This diet is not for everyone becuase you need a lot of dedication and motivation to stick to it. You have to follow it to the absolute letter or IT WILL NOT WORK. If you cheat and pick and choose what you want to eat, it will not work and your are just wasting your time.

This diet is a major life style change to the way Americans are use to eating.  With this diet, there is no more milk, no more food or drinks with sugar, no more potatoes or rice, no more bread of any kind, no more fast foods like McDonalds or pizza. You have to eliminate all processed foods and starches from your diet. All you are basically allowed to eat are l fruits and vegatables, all natural meats (no processed meats like bologna, et), fish, eggs, home made yogurt, etc.  Here is a list of legal and not legal foods

http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/legal/legal_illegal_a-c.htm

I strongly suggest you get the book and read it.  If your daughter is in the early stages of crohns like I was, it could work for her as it worked for me and save her from a life of suffering as it saved me.

 


Diagnosed with mild Crohn's 9/2007
Small inflamation in small intestine, small inflamation in colon.
Several rectal fistulas since 2006 


Crohn'snme
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   Posted 4/8/2008 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I kept a food diary and could tell what was bothering me based upon what I ate.

Food no no's for me:

Any dairy, nuts, seeds, peanut butter, sugar, hard foods, celery, popcorn, I could go on and on.

TheDocFox
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   Posted 4/8/2008 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I have to agree with everyone else. Unfortunately there are no hard and fast rules. I was diagnosed 15 years ago and still come across foods that don't work well with me. For example, I can drink milk (one of my best friends with CD cannot), but she can eat green peppers and those put me in the hospital (and no it's not an allergic reaction).
So the best you can do is just keep a log of what works and what doesn't. Generally speaking, foods that are harder to digest (milk, corn, wheat, etc) can exacerbate the symptoms, but again, it's different for everyone. Keep a log. Shy away from those that don't play well with others, and stick to what you can.
As far as diet goes..CD by itself limits the nutrients you receive from the foods you eat. You can only do the best you can do. Some people take daily vitamins, some just deal with the deficiencies. But again, it goes back to what can she/can't she eat. Good luck!!

Dustin
-DocFox

Crohn's for 11 years. It sucks, but darnit, at least we get some GOOD drugs ;)

Had the resection..
Had all the meds there are..
Currently on Remicade..
EMT to help other people with it :)


Melissa H
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   Posted 4/8/2008 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I am newly diagnosed and my diet has definitely been difficult to nail down. I've learned that everyone is different! It really helped me to keep a food and symptom diary. I would track what I'd eat and how I felt. It confused me though because I learned later not to trust that what I just ate caused the symptoms. Like "I had pizza last Friday and was fine, now this Friday it made me sick"??? Then I realized that it might not have been the pizza necessarily, but something I had eaten the day before. You see what I mean? So it's important to keep the diary going for a while to check everything.

Also, I learned about the Anti-fungal diet, which is a very strict diet, but I think beneficial for CD. I haven't completely followed it, but I've cut out the things that I can live without! Then, google "low fiber low residue diet" and those are good guidelines for when you are flaring. For me, I have learned that anything greasy or heavily buttered, spicy, nuts, raw vegetables, anything breaded, tomato based dishes, popcorn (big no-no), processed foods, strong cheese (such as blue, or alfredo sauce), and sugar are all triggers. Oh, and I'm trying trying to eat gluten-free too! I am okay with dairy and coffee - I also eat yogurt everyday (with live cultures). When I am feeling very weak and I am sure that my body isn't getting the nutrients I need, I will drink Ensure. I don't know if it's really helping me, but I am able to get it down when I can't eat anything else.

It's a process, but you and your daughter will figure it out! While traveling, she should be able to order bland items at a restaurant, just to be on the safe side...I'll usually get white rice and baked chicken or a baked potato - something along those lines. Also, if there are snacks that you know she can eat okay now, bring some with you. I like to keep rice cakes on hand, and there is a cracker I buy often called "Nut Thins". They are really good! I also carry a tea from Traditional Medicinals called "Eaters Digest", which really seems to soothe my tummy when it is hurting.

Homeschoolmom had a good point about the stress, I've found that to be true for me. Also, what she suggested about several small meals throughout the day is good advice too :)

Blessings to you and your family!
30 year old wifey and mom to 3 little girls, 2 dogs, and 2 ratties and working full-time outside of the home...nap anyone?
 
Suffered with symptoms for 12 years, dx Crohn's-Colitis 11/2007.  Taking Asacol, Omeprazol, Rowasa, Bentyl. Flaring non-stop, but trying to avoid steriods, argh. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


rivky323
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   Posted 4/8/2008 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for your input and help. She did find that chocolate and peanuts hurt her stomach. But today she had baked apple with walnuts and honey and immediately her stomach hurt her. Does that mean that she should try each one of these ing. separately? What should she eat if she just wants to snack on something, any ideas?

Crohn'snme
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   Posted 4/8/2008 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I can eat bananas, saltines, some protien bars. No nuts, walnuts would do me in. I also try to chew completely. No sugar for me either. I snack little and eat meals instead. Eggs are good for me. Is she flaring? If she is I would go bland. I tend to eat alot of the same foods. Boring but safe.

Aimee =)
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   Posted 4/8/2008 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I even found that I can eat things sometimes and not othertimes. Somedays I can't tolerate milk products, coffee, nuts, popcorn, fresh veggies, red meat, etc while other days I can eat it all in moderation. So odd!

Since I'm a big food lover, I try it all at various times depending upon how I'm feeling. Right now, with the miracle that is Humira, I can eat anything without major problems. Even movie theater popcorn and raw nuts - I just watch how much I eat.

I've only completely given up on soda.

On bad days, I stick to brown things. Pasta, mashed potatos, rice, etc. I lived on mac and cheese (the powdered cheese) for about a month. Ramen noodles worked okay. Anything mushy. Course, they are all incredibly unhealthy and caused me to gain weight but they worked!

When I'm flaring, I can only do liquids - and just barely that, even. Chicken broth and boost.

Sadly, this disease is trial and error. I don't have diarrhea but instead extreme pain and blockages. I have to look for things that won't "get stuck" and not so much what will send me running to the bathroom.

toilnaa
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   Posted 4/8/2008 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm very sorry to hear about your daughter. I recently attended a forum and a nutritionist with Crohn's was one of the speakers. Tracie Dalessandro is a registered dietician who has written a great book, What to Eat with IBD, that outlines the best and worst foods for Crohn's patients.

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rivky323
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   Posted 4/8/2008 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
my daughter is not flaring bec. she was just released from the hospital and is on 5 diff. meds right now but she still can't figure out what's good for her. i hope that just bec. she had a bad case now for the very first time it doesn't mean that she'll get it often and bad from now on.

EMom
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   Posted 4/9/2008 4:57 AM (GMT -7)   
rivky323 said...
Thanks everyone for your input and help. She did find that chocolate and peanuts hurt her stomach. But today she had baked apple with walnuts and honey and immediately her stomach hurt her. Does that mean that she should try each one of these ing. separately? What should she eat if she just wants to snack on something, any ideas?


Don't give up on honey yet! It is high in many good things--natural probiotics, natural anti-fungal, natural antibiotic properties--just to name a few. As a family of four, we go through 5 lbs. of honey a week!

I would ditto the recommendation of Alexandra32 who recommended reading "Breaking the Vicious Cycle". Also "The Maker's Diet" by Jordan Rubin. Both are written by folks who have lived through this DD. These two diets are somewhat similar in that they remove all processes foods and bad carbs from the diet. Many people have had success following one or the other of these diets, but as another thread here points out, they don't work for everyone.

I don't think you said how old your daughter is. My son just turned 16 and was diagnosed nearly a year ago now. Like your daughter, he was scared at first about what to eat and what not to eat. I think the book and its guidelines gave him a lot of comfort. We follow the Maker's Diet (MD) but have now incorporated aspects of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) from "Breaking the Vicious Cycle". We have decided to exclude dairy with the exception of high-quality yogurt, so in that respect we are not following the MD precisely. The SCD offers more snack choices in the long run, I believe, but we don't make them that often.

As you mentioned, traveling does present challenges. When possible, we take a loaded cooler along to avoid stopping at fast food joints. Also, my son has learned that he no longer can order the typical "kid food" off menus (like pizza, chicken fingers, etc.), but rather now chooses more adult choices like grilled salmon or a well-done steak. It has taken a while for him to figure this all out, though.

We found snacks to be the most difficult challenge at first. Thankfully, I've learned lots here on this website and through the books and now have many snack choices. The yogurt smoothie in the MD book is a favorite. Also peanut butter and honey on spelt or sprouted organic toast is also a favorite. Thankfully, once you really follow this diet you lose the craving for the bad carbs (sugar, flour, etc.) and are very satisfied with the new options.

I hope this helps a tiny bit and welcome to the forum! I'm glad your daughter is not flaring!
EMom
Mother to 16 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium w/D3 and a good multivitamin.
Started The Maker's Diet in early September.


homeschoolmom
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   Posted 4/9/2008 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I admire those of you who are brave enough to try the MD or "Breaking the Vicious cycle".  For me, most of the "legal" foods are foods that would either put me in the bathroom for a whole day or make me sick as a dog.  I believe that this D is very unpredictable...everyone responds differently to different foods, stress etc..  I have dealt with this D for 36 years now and no diet has helped me in the least.  I am glad to know that it has helped others, but for me every day can be as different as day and night.  With these exceptions:  NEVER FOODS: (unless I am willing to pay the price) nuts, popcorn, corn, fresh fruits, uncooked veggies, salads, milk & ice cream mad .  Then there are foods that may not bother me today, but next week the same food may make me so sick I can't leave home?!  That is why, for me I have decided that there must be more to it than the foods I am eating.  For me it seems to mostly be related to my anxiety level that day.  That said, I think everyone has to experiment to figure out what their triggers are.  Lately I just don't eat when I know I am stressed about something or if I have to eat I eat very little here and there all day long (I call it grazing).
Diagnosed 1972 with UC (12 years old); many flares over the years
1994 had my son and became very ill; took 4 years to get the correct diagnosis.
 
PCP diagnosed with IBS and was down 70lbs. by the time I insisted on seeing a specialist.
 
1997 Diagnosed  with Fistulizing Crohn's
 
1998 had 1ft. of small intestine removed including terminal illieum, have had constant diarrhea since.
 
Currently taking imuran, prilosec, synthroid, zoloft, xanax & B12


rivky323
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   Posted 4/9/2008 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you again for your help. My daughter is 15 and is trying to be good and brave with learning how to deal with her illness. We always welcome any help, ideas or suggestions that anyone might have.
I have another question: While my daughter is on all these meds. shouldn't she be clear of pain/flairs? Would certain food that are not so good for her not trigger pain if she's all these ani-inflammatory drugs and still on anti-biotics?

Aimee =)
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   Posted 4/9/2008 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
rivky323 said...
Thank you again for your help. My daughter is 15 and is trying to be good and brave with learning how to deal with her illness. We always welcome any help, ideas or suggestions that anyone might have.
I have another question: While my daughter is on all these meds. shouldn't she be clear of pain/flairs? Would certain food that are not so good for her not trigger pain if she's all these ani-inflammatory drugs and still on anti-biotics?
 
Sadly, it depends. When I am on Humira (and previously Remicade), I am symptom free. Only towards the end of my 2 weeks period before my next injection, or when very stressed out, do I have any symptoms seep back in.
 
I am able to eat just about anything - BUT - I did figure out the hard way that I must have a lot of scar tissue in one area so some foods, in excess, just aren't going to easily pass through. When on a diet kick a couple of months ago, I ate too many fresh veggies and fruits in one day. Had an acute blockage and ended up on Vicodin the whole next day until it passed through.
 
So, that is why I can do just about anything in small quantities while on the meds.
 
It seems that for me, I'm either really good or really bad. If the meds are working, you'd never know I have a chronic disease. If they aren't working, I'm not eating anything solid at all.
 
It seems that others rarely get "as good" as I feel when my meds work and constantly struggle with their disease despite medication.
 
I hope that once her colon calms down, and the meds start to work, that your daughter will find herself symptom free while on them.

EMom
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   Posted 4/9/2008 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Unfortunately, drugs (nor anything else) do not necessarily guarantee remission and/or absence of pain. From what I've read, it takes from 3 to 6 months for certain drugs to really kick in and do their thing, while others, if they are going to work for you act more quickly. I think the main thing is to remember ALL of this takes time; figuring out what to eat and what not to eat, and figuring out what drugs will and will not work for your daughter. It seems to be "trial and error" on all fronts. At least that's how our pediatric GI explained it to us.

It's so hard as a parent because we want instant results and relief for our child. Very hard...

You might want to make another post and ask specifically about the drug(s) she's on. Folks are very knowledgeable here about the different drugs available, but won't necessarily see your question about her medicine under this thread about food.
EMom
Mother to 16 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium w/D3 and a good multivitamin.
Started The Maker's Diet in early September.


kim123
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   Posted 4/9/2008 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter. I have 2 daughters myself, one almost 15, so I can imagine how you feel. While everyone is different, I think it prudent to at least try some of the good suggestions offered here. While some have not been helped with a diet change, there are many, including myself, that have. I whole-heartedly feel that what we eat is a big factor in our health issues today. Way too many chemicals/artificial junk/sugar in processed foods, mycotoxins (fungal poisons) in grains (wheat and corn) and peanuts, and use of antibiotics, in my mind, can be triggers to these diseases.

One telltale clue that your daughter's CD could be a fungal problem, was when you mentioned she was on antibiotics. There is a fungal etiology to IBD. Antibiotics are fungal poisons. They kill the bad, as well as the good bacteria in the gut.They allow yeast to proliferate. Fungus can penetrate cells/tissues and do lots of damage, especially in the gut. Fungus is a systemic problem. You may want to ask your doctor about taking probiotics as well, to restore the good bacteria. Maybe investigate the SCD that was mentioned or an antifungal diet. Both diets will starve the fungus, if it is an issue. I had UC for 8 years, eventually experimented with an antifungal diet, and within 2 weeks, practically all my symptoms (pain/bloating/mucus/bleeding) were gone. I would recommend checking out www.knowthecause.com if you want to investigate the fungal issue. Look under FAQ for an antifungal diet, and other info on fungus. Don't just throw in the towel and think that there is no hope. There is!! Don't leave any bases uncovered. You may need to experiment with a few things, but you'll find the right thing for your daughter. Bless you both.

Alexandra32
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   Posted 4/10/2008 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree 100% with Kim123 about antibiotics causing crohns. That is what I feel caused my crohns.  I was taking antibiotics every day for 4 years as was given to me by a dermatologist for an acne problem.  Then all of a sudden out of the blue, I started having explosive D 3, 4  or more times a day, and then two rectal fistulas and it progressed from there.  Prior to me taking those antibiotics I had never had a problem in my life with foods or D.  Lucky for me I found that SCD diet in the book "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" and now I am 95% cured of all my symptoms, and without the use of any drugs what so ever.  I have no more D, no more mucus, no more blood in my stools, no more pain, no more nothing.  I feel like I did prior to getting this dam awfull crohns.  One of my fistulas has already healed on its own, and I have one more fistula left to go, and it is almost healed also. Then I will be 100% done with this crohns, and I hope for ever.  I plan on staying on this diet for ever and I have no desires to go back to eating processed food again.   
 
This diet is not for everyone, but for people newlly diagnosed, it is worth reading the book and giving it a try. It saved me from a life of suffering and being a slave to drugs, maybe it will help your daughter.    
Diagnosed with mild Crohn's 9/2007
Small inflamation in small intestine, small inflamation in colon.
Several rectal fistulas since 2006 


butterfat
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   Posted 4/10/2008 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   

I just wanted to add a comment about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.  I notice that several people say "Oh, I could never eat the foods on that diet."  Things like raw fruits and vegetables, nuts, etc.  But one thing I would point out is that in the early stages of SCD, we don't eat any of those more "advanced" foods.  We start with broth, soft pureed vegetables, eggs, tender leans meats and fish, and homemade yogurt, etc.  Once the intestines heal many people are gradually able to introduce more fruits and vegetables, and the almond flour baked goods.  But some people still find there are many of those things that they personally can't handle.  They can still follow the SCD, it is very modify-able.  I have had times when my diet has been very limited due to a stricture, but I could still follow the SCD.

Even if people have no interest in following the SCD, I would still recommend trying the homemade yogurt.  I am convinced that the probiotics (good bacteria) in the yogurt could help many people with Crohn's.

good luck :-)

Amber


Diagnosed with Crohn's disease 11/05
SCD since 12/05
Asacol 12 x 400mg per day
fish oil, green tea extract, bee propolis, coconut oil, ginger


Aimee =)
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   Posted 4/10/2008 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I also think my Crohns is traced back to antibotic use!

I struggled with pilonidal cysts and they kept me on often high doses of Flagyl and other nasty antibiotics. Shortly after surgery to remove them, the Crohns popped up.

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   Posted 4/11/2008 11:55 AM (GMT -7)   

I know it's different for everyone, but I'll tell you what works for me.  When I was first diagnosed, I cut out all caffiene, spicy foods, and really fibrous foods, because I noticed they were causing problems.  It's just in the last 6 months that I have really started paying attention to the foods I am eating and the reactions I get from them.  I started a food journal to help.  Foods that I avoid now - dairy (except for yogurt, some cheeses, and butter - I can have goat's milk though), beans, broccolli, cauliflower, bell peppers, onions, gluten, caffiene, sugar, popcorn, anything that has a lot of preservatives in it (like salad bars and Subway), fried foods, alcohol.  I recently found out I am also soy intolerant, so that cuts out most processed foods.

By the time I realized all of the foods that were effecting me, someone mentioned the Maker's Diet to me.  After reading the book, I realized that it sort of coincides with what I am already eating, so I am now trying that.  If you do a search on this board you will see what it is all about, but basically now I only eat organic meats, fruits, and veggies.  The only drinks I have are raw milk, water and tea.  We are actually looking into getting a reverse osmosis filtration system for our tap water.  I only eat spelt or sprouted bread. It's a very difficult lifestyle change, but I feel great.


Crohn's Colitis
Currently taking Asacol and Prednisone
Recently started the Maker's Diet


gachrons
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   Posted 4/11/2008 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi A good place to start with diet is a low roughage diet.I found it helped me to start eating without guessing and worrying everything I ate and to remember things I should't. I refuse to eat nuts ,popcorn, seeds, raw veggies or hard friuts,corn .I cook my veggies until very soft and don't eat alot of meats like steak or chops but when I do I only eat a little. Several small meals too can be good and yes chew foods well. Hope your daughter feels better soon. Hopefully she will benefit from those of us that have learned by many days of suffering and did not have our good friends here to help. Best Wishes. lol gail
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