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abl
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   Posted 5/4/2008 9:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I am having a terrible time finding things to eat without being in pain. Has anyone tried drinking slimfast? I know it used to cause me terrible constipation but that would be a welcome problem these days! I just don't want to start something that is not good for the Crohn's. If anyone has any advice on it I would greatly appreciate it!
 
 
~Anna
 
30 years old~ Diagnosed in 2000 with Crohn's~ Currently taking 3000 mg Pentasa, Prednisone, and Bentyl.


Megera
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   Posted 5/4/2008 10:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I drink a lot of Ensure and I'm fine with it - it's sort of similar.
A friend of ours moved last year and left us all her groceries. In the stuff she left was a few containers of powdered slimfast stuff - I drank it without problems but it was before my guts were as bad as they are now.

If you're fine with regular milk or soy milk, I don't see why it would be a problem.
Current:
Dx: Crohn’s Ileitis as of 22/02/08
Rx: Salofalk 4g/day (26/02/08)
6mg Budesonide (for the next 6 weeks as of 04/04/08)

Discontinued meds:
Asacol 2.4g
Pentasa 4g


georgialady
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   Posted 5/4/2008 11:50 PM (GMT -7)   
abl--alot of crohns people are lacatose intolerate--so i don't know about the slim fast??when i first
started with crohns disease the gi had me on liquids for 6 weeks after a blockage was cleared-I
drank ensure with alittle frozen yogart flavor of your chose blended like a milk shake 3 times
aday then pureed soups in blended and then heated,soft scrambled eggs,soupy mashed potato's
chicken brouth,beef brouth and jello[plain]soft pasta noodles--hope this helps and yes gatorade
crohns -diabetes,highblood preasure, arthritis--chronic pain


FitzyK23
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   Posted 5/5/2008 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I drink slim fast at times but I use the powdered kind and soy milk blended w/ fun stuff like yogurt or banannas. I like it better than something out of a can.
26 Year old married female law student.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid.  For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn.  I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13.  I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium.  Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I alos take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.
 
 


sr5599
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   Posted 5/5/2008 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Slimfast makes a lactose free/gluten free variety that has helped me those times I know I need calories but can't handle food. The vanilla Boost has been ok too.
--40 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
--rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone
--stuck on methylprednisolone, tried Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--started Tysabri 3/21/08
--single mom to 10-year-old girl


pb4
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   Posted 5/5/2008 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
My sister used to take slimfast, she said it made her go to the bathroom alot and at the time she did not have IBS, she does now though...everyone's different, I hope you find success with it.

There are other ways to go if you're looking for a liquid diet type thing besides using slimfast (which as you know is to aid with weight loss), you could get a juicer and juice fruits and veggies, and there's ensure and other liquid diet supplements like that out there.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


gumby44
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   Posted 5/5/2008 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I like Carnation instant breakfast....I make it with Lactaid milk, add ice and a banana and make a smoothie out of it. I do believe the the Carnation mix is not lactose free, but with the lactaid milk, it doesn't seem to bother me. I didn't like the taste of the slimfast.
49 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
currently taking Pentasa- 8 250mg pills per day, Cipro 1 week/month, Metamucil, probiotics


sr5599
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   Posted 5/5/2008 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
yes, I joked with my mom, "It's not like I want to get slim ... fast!" Being concerned about losing weight myself (at a whopping 94 lbs) I checked the nutritional content of Slimfast versus Boost. They were pretty close nutritionally, but a few less calories and a little less protein (don't recall the exact difference but something like 10 vs 15). Since I use it as a supplement, I figure it's ok. I just need the extra calories and nutrition.
--40 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
--rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone
--stuck on methylprednisolone, tried Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--started Tysabri 3/21/08
--single mom to 10-year-old girl


FitzyK23
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   Posted 5/5/2008 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't think slim fast alone causes you to lose weight. It is using it in place of other meals that helps you lose weight because you are getting less calories while still getting all the nutrition and vitamens. I don't think anything in the slim fast alone will cause you to lose weight.
26 Year old married female law student.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid.  For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn.  I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13.  I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium.  Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I alos take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.
 
 


abl
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   Posted 5/5/2008 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so much for the great advice! I could actually stand to lose weight and had tried Ensure but it had more calories and fat. Slimfast has more fiber and I am a little bit worried about that.
 
gumby44~ The Carnation breakfast thing you make sounds really good! I am going to try that.
 
Thank you all again! I appreciate your replies so much!
~Anna
 
30 years old~ Diagnosed in 2000 with Crohn's~ Currently taking 3000 mg Pentasa, Prednisone, and Bentyl.


sjkly
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   Posted 5/5/2008 3:27 PM (GMT -7)   
My problem with slimfast is the amount of sugar in it. I don't neccessarrily think that is healthy regardless of the nutrition.
Sj

abl
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   Posted 5/5/2008 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Sj~

I agree that the sugar isn't healthy but I haven't been able to eat much of anything that's healthy because it gives me terrible D. It seems like when I eat junk food and other things that pretty much have no nutritional value I feel better as far as my stomach goes. Do you have any suggestions about what I could eat or drink that would be better for the crohn's when it's active? I am really at a loss right now as far as nutrition is concerned and I am actually gaining weight beacause junk food is easier on my stomach and also comforting to me. I am definitely an emotional eater!
~Anna
 
30 years old~ Diagnosed in 2000 with Crohn's~ Currently taking 3000 mg Pentasa, Prednisone, and Bentyl.


Illini
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   Posted 5/5/2008 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Right now I'm using Nutren. It's a medical food/meal replacement made by Nestle. It has less sugar than Ensure but is higher in fat... it's supposed to help you gain weight but it has had the opposite effect on me, I've lost several pounds. My doc thought that all the sugar in Ensure could cause bloating and thought I should stay away from it. I didn't have a problem with Ensure, but I have tried Slimfast in the past and it made me bloated and gassy.

As far as easy foods... what about low-fat yogurt or applesauce for a somewhat healthy snack?
July 2007 Drug-Induced Liver Injury
January 2008 Crohn's Ileitis
Currently trying...
Enteral Nutrition, SCD, Omega-3 (Fish and Flax Oil), Folic Acid, Probiotics, Vitamin E, Psyllium


abl
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   Posted 5/5/2008 11:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Illini,

Where do you buy the Nutren? I did Slimfast today and didn't feel so good. I think it did cause bloating. I'm guessing your from IL? I am too! :)
~Anna
 
30 years old~ Diagnosed in 2000 with Crohn's~ Currently taking 3000 mg Pentasa, Prednisone, and Bentyl.


Illini
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   Posted 5/6/2008 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I live in Champaign so there aren't a lot of options, but when I was visiting my family in Miami they could buy it from a pharmacy at a local hospital. Lately I buy Nutren 1.5 online from Ebay, after shipping it's about $30 for a 24-can case. If you are interested send me an e-mail and I'l give you a link. There is a 1, 1.5, or 2 calorie/ml version.

I don't get stomach upset or gas from it--probably I have less gas. But at first I felt a little queasy after drinking Nutren 1.5 straight, so I had to dilute it. Now I don't have any problems. They make a version with fiber but I don't recommend it.


July 2007 Drug-Induced Liver Injury
January 2008 Crohn's Ileitis
Currently trying...
Enteral Nutrition, SCD, Omega-3 (Fish and Flax Oil), Folic Acid, Probiotics, Vitamin E, Psyllium

Post Edited (Illini) : 5/6/2008 6:53:02 AM (GMT-6)


CrohnnieMan
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   Posted 9/2/2008 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
abl-
I have had flares over the past few days and found that I can handle Cream of Potato soup. I take a condensed can and mix it with a half can of milk and heat to a boil on the stove. If milk bothers you, you could try lactose free milk/soy milk instead. The soup is filling and hasn't flared up pain bothered me a whole lot. Just don't know about the diarrhea yet as I haven't had to really go in over a day...
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