Losing weight when you have Crohns. HELP?

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Aimee =)
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   Posted 5/15/2008 11:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so frustrated.
I lost a boatload of weight last year thanks to a major flare - kept it off until things at work a few months ago got so stressful that I used food to comfort myself. I'm up 20 pounds now.
Any diet "regular" people use relies on unprocessed fresh fruits and veggies. They get stuck. I can do teensy amounts and that's it. I guess I have lots of scar tissue? 15 baby carrots caused an acute blockage a couple of months ago.
Obviously things like rice, pasta, and bread are easy for me to digest but BAD for the waistline.
If you've lost weight dealing with this disease, how did you do it?

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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/15/2008 11:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I use Weight Watchers online. I like the flex plan because it allows me to eat the foods I can tolerate. A big part of my weight issue was portion control. Doing WW I also learned I could tolerate some foods I didn't think I could. I just dropped 30lbs.

I also cook my veggies til they're mush. Mashed cauliflower and carrots are so yummy! :)

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   Posted 5/16/2008 12:12 AM (GMT -6)   

I need to lose weight also as the prednisone plus quitting smoking has put on the weight like there is no tomorrow. I am also finding it very difficult because for some reason I have a powerful craving for junk and sugar all of the time. Also I don’t have enough energy to get through the day let alone exercise. I feel horrible and fat at the moment.

Robin each day I try again and try to stick with healthy protein like egg, fish, chicken, basmati rice, rice pasta at dinner but I too cant think of many foods to provide variety.

I have bought those fruit puree’s for snacks.

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   Posted 5/16/2008 12:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Pred is the pits. I was on and off it a long time. My GI wants me to go back on it now, but I'm refusing.

Brig, I know how hard it is. Even though I've technically been in remission for a long time, I still live with chronic diarrhea because of all of my surgeries, I don't absorb magnesium and B12 properly, and I'm always tired from this.

I have to say that one of the best things I did for myself was to start walking. At first it was just a quick 5 minute walk and as my stamina built up, so did my walking time.

I'll go through my food journals and post some things here. I eat a lot of lean chicken, salmon, shrimp, eggs, ground turkey and turkey breast, yogurt. I reduced my portion sizes greatly, I eliminated butter, mayo, and a lot of full fat items.

I also quit smoking - congrats to you, we're doing a great thing for our bodies!

I've been craving junk and sugar a lot lately - I think that's because I am flaring. I'm trying to start my day with eggs to stave off the cravings for junk.

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   Posted 5/16/2008 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I really feel my best when I'm doing Weight Watchers. I was on WW all last year just about and I didn't have one Crohn's flare.
I felt great and had no problems. (Knock on wood) I sorta slacked on WW when the holidays came around and I haven't gone
back. Well last week I went into a big flare and now just trying to get it all back under control.
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