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Chronicallyill
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   Posted 12/12/2008 10:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys, I have always wondered what other chrons and colitis patients ate on a regular basis. Also wondered how everyone copes with the foods they crave most? I find that I have the worst time with gluten and trying to stay away from it is like a drug addicted staying away from drugs. I do know everyone is different in their food choices but it would be nice to hear from others what their diets are like due to their conditions. :) Hope all is well and would love all the feed back I can get. Happy holidays.
Age:22/6"1'/146lb - Diagnosed: 2001 @ age 15 now 22
First time mom as of March 8th 2008
Past drugs: Pentasa, Flagyl, Budesonide, Prednisone, tons of Antibiotics, Didrocal, 6mp
Past herbal remedies and vitamins:Probiotics, Omega 3&6, Prenatal vitamins, B12, Calcium, iron, vit C, vit D, vit E, Selenium, mineral drops
Current drugs: Valtrex, Methotrexate as of October 2008
Problems:Fissure and Tags on rectum, blood clots, Chronic UTI's, Osteopenia, Ulcers in my decending Colon
No surgeries....yet. Gone through 5 G.I.'s found a 6th G.I. crossing my fingers
Procedures: 4 colonoscopies, 1 upper endoscopy, 2 barium swallows, 1 biopsy of the fissure and tag (chron's affected)


pb4
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   Posted 12/12/2008 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Easy...I eat only natural food, meat, fruits and veggies, nothing out of a can, nothing processed...processed foods/beverages, fast-foods, animal fats, caffiene, refined sugar, artificial sweetners are known to exacerbate IBD symptoms. I shope the outer perimeter of the grocery store where mainly the good old healthy/natural food is.

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


eva124
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   Posted 12/12/2008 10:33 PM (GMT -7)   
the thing i crave most would be fizzy energry drinks which are really bad for me coz they haf caffine in them etc and i always end up going nuts on them like every couple of weeks,basically my diet when im in a flare like im in atm really depends on how sick i am,usually i go for plain food any flaovour bad lol so mash taties,hot chips cooked in the oven,soup, jelly and weatmeal bread.when my tum is going good pasta etc like spag bol and meats like stir fry with safe sauces (not sweet chili) oj watered dwn usually bot 80% water 20% oj,and maybe a milk product once a week but not on a empty stomach.Anytihng im unsure of i usually have soemthing sfae before to line my tum.Pineapple is bad and i find sausages rolls from bakery's are bad for me.oh and lettuce baddddd :( also i usually go nuts on curries once every few weeks :( and aclchol aswell i try stay away frm which is dumb coz im 21 :( but oh well.
dx 17 aug 2007
21 yrs old
13 dec 2007 resection/temp illeostomy 14 feb 2008 temp illeostomy reversed 
150mg azamun
3000mg pentasa


Chronicallyill
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   Posted 12/12/2008 10:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Ya my biggest problem is stayin away from things that have flour in them. The worst is when my bf makes pb and j's. Mmmmmm. I just want to eat them to. As well as waffles with syrup. Double whammy. I think I am sensitive to just about everything and that is what i wonder about others. I know that sugars, yeasts, salts, red meats, sauces, dressings, condiments, dairy, wheat, lots of ruffage, and eggs are definite killers in the food department, which sometimes makes me feel as though there are no other choices out there for food. Especially when it comes to family gatherings. Grrrrrr. Food is way to darn good. :( :) I feel as if I am a pretty lazy person because I cant seem to get off my but and work hard enough to get better. I feel addicted to food and wish that it tasted like crap because that would just make it easier.
Age:22/6"1'/146lb - Diagnosed: 2001 @ age 15 now 22
First time mom as of March 8th 2008
Past drugs: Pentasa, Flagyl, Budesonide, Prednisone, tons of Antibiotics, Didrocal, 6mp
Past herbal remedies and vitamins:Probiotics, Omega 3&6, Prenatal vitamins, B12, Calcium, iron, vit C, vit D, vit E, Selenium, mineral drops
Current drugs: Valtrex, Methotrexate as of October 2008
Problems:Fissure and Tags on rectum, blood clots, Chronic UTI's, Osteopenia, Ulcers in my decending Colon
No surgeries....yet. Gone through 5 G.I.'s found a 6th G.I. crossing my fingers
Procedures: 4 colonoscopies, 1 upper endoscopy, 2 barium swallows, 1 biopsy of the fissure and tag (chron's affected)


eva124
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   Posted 12/12/2008 11:47 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL i totally agree!!! my mum is trying to get me to buy other things other than food lol coz on the weekends i tend to buy the bad stuff coz i dont haf work and i dnt mind crapping constantly :s so shes like when u want to buy KFC or the bottle of energy drink buy soemthing for ur self like a necklace or wat ever,my boyfriend has a iron stomach he can eat anything and be fine its the most frustrating thing ever! As for finding out wat u can eat or not my nutritionist pointed out that if u had bad D the bacteria in ur intestines that help break dwn certain foods wont be there so u myte b only able to handle very plain stuff and like after a few gud days haf a small amount of somethingu think is bad and see hw it goes and write dwn wat u had or mke a nte to remember and if its al good sweet i usually go for 3 strikes then ur out....thou soemtimes it can onyl tke one like that darn sweet chilli sauce which is reallly yum but really bad :( annnnddd alchol....thou some things i cant live wit out....like my energy drinks.....think its one of the hardest thing for this disase esp if a food person
dx 17 aug 2007
21 yrs old
13 dec 2007 resection/temp illeostomy 14 feb 2008 temp illeostomy reversed 
150mg azamun
3000mg pentasa


gachrons
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   Posted 12/13/2008 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I have corn flakes with a banana and toast with jelly for breakfast .Dinner maybe a peanut butter sanwich or whatever I feel like making like tuna sandwich on white. Supper is a variety of things I guess on one day I might have macaroni with hamburg,or fish baked with potatoes and a can of peas and carrots,or chicken balls with sauce and rice. I guess not much help for you as I eat glueton. Food crave for me is sweets and so I eat them .I stay on low roughage diet and so I allow myself the other things that some go without. I also crave chips sometimes so I eat them they don't seem to bother me. What do you eat? lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


Nanners
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   Posted 12/13/2008 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
All of us are different in what we can eat.  I stick with a low residue diet.  I eat no red meat at all.  I eat alot of fish, turkey and chicken.  I unlike most folks can eat beans without any problems.  Thats lucky for me becuz I am married to mexican so eat alot of beans and rice.  I eat tortillas, bread no problem.  I have also learned to watch what I eat very closely and I think within time you will too.  Always getting sick by eating something I know I shouldn't got old after awhile.  I got tired of feeling like poop, that I finally gave up and started watching my diet more closely.  Some folks do the SCD or Makers Diet, but not all (including me) can handle that strict of diet.  I have modified my diet to what I can eat and stick pretty strictly to it.  Good luck!

Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.


spookyh
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   Posted 12/13/2008 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
My diet is very limited right now since I only started the SC diet 2 weeks ago. But here's what I've been eating:

Homemade yogurt with honey for breakfast.

Applesauce (or pearsauce), banana, & cheesecake for lunch.

Scrambled eggs with cheese for a snack.

Dinner might be chicken soup, fish, roast beef, or a hamburger (I use an egg souffle for the bun). Carrots or zucchini are my vegetables. Desert is homemade jello.

I also drink apple cider and grape juice. Can't wait to add almond butter next month!

westat
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   Posted 12/13/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I will use today as an example.
I had Special K with a little maple sugar and soy milk. (I am allergic to milk)
Lunch was homemade milk free rice pudding, though I usually have a sandwich or something
Snack was a couple of slices of canned peaces.
For supper I am having potatoes, mashed carrots and broiled haddock.
I eat alot of broiled chicken or roast turkey or beef and potatoes and rice.
I just started eating some cooked fruits and veggies this weekend.
I also drink a couple of ensure a day to help with lost nutrition.
Dx with Crohn's in 1997 after 5 years of worsening symptoms.
Resection a few months after dx after 1 month on TPN and IV steroids.
Resection October 2008.
Also have severe asthma.

Tried: Pentasa, Cholestyramine

Presently taking: now on 45 mg prednisone, Tylenol 3, Cipro, Flagyl, probiotics, calcium, B12.
For asthma I take Advair 500, singulair, arieus


Ann Ireland
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   Posted 12/13/2008 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
This is a MEGGA problem for me now in the last four years.

I have no interest in food at ALL! I eat the wrong foods and most food I am now allergic to.
the usual ones we all know.
I drink 'fortisip' about two/three times a day which is a fortified drink in UK, bit sickly and sweet though.
I also have complan occassionally.
Would love to find a food that I really like and is good for me.
If I stay very plain and off sugars etc, I do better.
But its a bland ole way to say the least.
Cranberry juice is nice for me as is limited apple juice.
Because of my other difficulties eating is actually exhausting too, chewing....! that is.
I can go all day without noticing I havent eaten and then will have a wee dizzy spell which will remind me and I go for a chunk of choc, a small chunk but better than collapsing on face and getting a broken nose.
xxann
Ann Ireland

Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS) Severely Deaf, Pes Cavus, scoliolis, Hiatus hernia, diverticular disease, neuromuscular disorder, movement disorder, recently dxed as drug induced 2008 Crohns Disease 1996,Hypothyroidism 1998, Raynauds 2006, Sjogrens 2008, Chronic Muscle Myopaythy 2008, spine in very, very bad way dx 2008
Irish, not an illness!

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Osprey101
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   Posted 12/13/2008 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   
SCD for one year on the 19th.

Breakfast (today): bacon and eggs! Normally: SCD yogurt with blueberries, a sliced banana, and honey.

Lunch: Typically chicken with roasted cauliflower or similar.

Dinner: Beef, chicken, fish- often with some sort of low-sugar vegetables.

Snacks: Trader Joe's nut mixes; most recently, I have developed the ability to consume as many cashews as I want. String cheese from "Fresh and Easy."

NostraHistoria
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   Posted 12/13/2008 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Chicken and rice. Period.
27m - Dx January 2005 and given 80mg Prednisone to taper off and 12 tablets of Asacol
Normal medication: 12 tablets of Asacol daily


jamief
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   Posted 12/13/2008 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I tend to stay away from roughage. Salads do me in so I steer clear of them. I can't nuts either, but I handle peanut butter alright. Dairy products are kinda funny with me, I can have yogurt and I handle cheese alright, but you put a glass of milk in front of me and just the thought alone makes my whole body sigh. I haven't eaten real ice cream in years. It's a little crazy, all the things that are good for me hurt me and all the bad stuff usual settles well.
 
 
Thought I'd drop this in here, a food diary helps alot when figuring out what you can and can't handle! Goodluck!

Post Edited (jamief) : 12/13/2008 3:57:49 PM (GMT-7)


Chronicallyill
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   Posted 12/15/2008 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all your guys input. Would love to know how everyone gets by everyday when it comes to cravings and how you shut them out. I am addicted to bread, like I said and can't seem to give it up.
Age:22/6"1'/146lb - Diagnosed: 2001 @ age 15 now 22
First time mom as of March 8th 2008
Past drugs: Pentasa, Flagyl, Budesonide, Prednisone, tons of Antibiotics, Didrocal, 6mp
Past herbal remedies and vitamins:Probiotics, Omega 3&6, Prenatal vitamins, B12, Calcium, iron, vit C, vit D, vit E, Selenium, mineral drops
Current drugs: Valtrex, Methotrexate as of October 2008
Problems:Fissure and Tags on rectum, blood clots, Chronic UTI's, Osteopenia, Ulcers in my decending Colon
No surgeries....yet. Gone through 5 G.I.'s found a 6th G.I. crossing my fingers
Procedures: 4 colonoscopies, 1 upper endoscopy, 2 barium swallows, 1 biopsy of the fissure and tag (chron's affected)


westat
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Total Posts : 167
   Posted 12/15/2008 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I seem to be addicted to bread too. I just can never seem to get enough!!
I wish I didn't get cravings. I tend to grab a cup of tea, I drink many flavors to add variety, when I can't get over my cravings. It helps most times.

Of course just getting down to 40mg of pred is not helping the appetite much either.
Dx with Crohn's in 1997 after 5 years of worsening symptoms.
Resection a few months after dx after 1 month on TPN and IV steroids.
Resection October 2008.
Also have severe asthma.

Tried: Pentasa, Cholestyramine

Presently taking: now on 45 mg prednisone, Tylenol 3, Cipro, Flagyl, probiotics, calcium, B12.
For asthma I take Advair 500, singulair, arieus


catpower
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   Posted 12/15/2008 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I am addicted to bread and carbs -- rarely do they hurt my stomach. So, I eat a lot of pasta served different ways. I also love potatoes. Things that bother me are nuts, seeds, veggies/fruits with skin -- I guess roughage. I just had some carrot cake yesterday and I have suffering ever since, so I guess I have to scratch that off of my list of foods I can eat.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease; Meds: Entocort & Asacol; female in late 20s.


mj8dokken
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   Posted 12/15/2008 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm pretty bad with food since I eat whatever I want, unless I'm sick and then its oatmeal, mac and cheese and jello for me.

The real reason I am posting is I noticed that you had a baby on March 8th ChronicallyIll and that's my birthday! It's a great day to have a birthday because it's right between Christmas and summer so it gives you something to look forward to in the first few months of the year. :)

Congrats!


Bad flare May '06 resulted in CD diagnosis
 
Asacol: 4800 mg/day; Entocort: 9mg/day; Metronidazol
Started seeing a Naturopath-Castor Oil Packs, Liquid B Complex, Floragen, Ribes Nigrum, Herbal GI, Chlorella
 
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mg384
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   Posted 12/15/2008 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm pretty bad with foiod. I'm lactose intolerant BUT have found that anything made with lowfat or 1% milk is fine. I CRAVE fresh bread, and sugar. I tend to eat a lot of ground or baked meat stuff that's super easy to digest cause with the 2 resections things don't have time to dissolve and since my intestines aren't as wide as a normal person's I tend to have a lot of minor blockages.
I LOVE salads, fruits/nuts and steaks but they are a HUGE NO NO.

It's ironic that when I wasn't sick I ate so healthy but since being sick I can't.

Would love to be able to drink Ensures, and SLimFast but they don't sit well and like a lot of other things come back up LOL

When I was in the hospital for a flair up one of the new nurses actualy got MAD at me and told me that if I only ate the jarred BABY FOOD, I'd be fine. ugg
Living with CD since 1994
Resections in 1998 & 2002
Allergic to most CD meds so only steriods and resections are options.
Take K-Lor 3x's, nexium 2x's, vicodine daily and B-12 per month.
Havee acute myopic macular degeneration, retinal pigmentosia, RA, joint fusion and chronic low energy.


spookyh
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   Posted 12/15/2008 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Chronicallyill said...
Thanks for all your guys input. Would love to know how everyone gets by everyday when it comes to cravings and how you shut them out. I am addicted to bread, like I said and can't seem to give it up.


I just ignore my cravings, I guess. I used to be a terrible junk food junkie. But I know that stuff like sugar and gluten are bad for me. Plus the fear of obstructions and surgery motivates me to eat healthy.

You could find a substitution. If you want to remove gluten, make/buy bread and crackers made without wheat flour. If you want to avoid grains altogether, there are a lot of good nut flour breads and whatnot. The other night, I used a souffle bread for my hamburger bun, and also used it for my grilled cheese.

pb4
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   Posted 12/15/2008 11:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Osprey101 said...
SCD for one year on the 19th.

Breakfast (today): bacon and eggs! Normally: SCD yogurt with blueberries, a sliced banana, and honey.

Lunch: Typically chicken with roasted cauliflower or similar.

Dinner: Beef, chicken, fish- often with some sort of low-sugar vegetables.

Snacks: Trader Joe's nut mixes; most recently, I have developed the ability to consume as many cashews as I want. String cheese from "Fresh and Easy."
Really, bacon? on the SCD? I'm not familiar with the diet but someone one said that I seem to eat close to it, but bacon is major animal fat which can exacerbate IBD symptoms and I definitely don't eat animal fat nor do I eat any refined sugar or anything processed or caffeine...I don't think I eat close to the SCD granted I don't know what all is allowed but when I read bacon on your list I was kinda taken back by it LOL.
 
:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


spookyh
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   Posted 12/16/2008 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
You can have bacon once a week, and it has to be cooked until crispy. Which disappoints me, because I like my bacon moist and meaty.

Becoming undone
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   Posted 12/16/2008 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
seems like I've been eating baby rice cereal for ever...with the costo soy milk...nothing seems to soothe my stomach better (and isn't too carb loaded when I'm sugar sensitive due to high prednisone).

But what do I crave and eat if I can and pay for later? Fresh fruits and veggies. LOVE oranges...in season too...but I want a HAPPY holiday season and that doesn't include hours in the bathroom...so until then....baby food it is

Chronicallyill
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   Posted 12/16/2008 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow becoming undone, I wouldn't be able to stomach the baby food. I feed my 9 month some right now. It smells good but tastes so blah :(. Right now I am binging on everything and anything. I figure I my as well do it now. Starting January I am going on a liquid diet for 2 months straight. Binging will make me sick and more appt to want to just drink ensure. I have to keep in contact with my dietitician for awhile. It will be so expensive and I am hoping it will work and I hope i have the strength to make healthy choices after I am done. Like no more bread or dairy forever :(

My doctor and I are planning for me to get better so I can get pregnant in June or July. My first pregnancy was really uncontrolled and dangerous, with an extreme flare and blood clots in my lungs. I also hope that doing this liquid diet will help prep my body for pregnancy. Lots of people think I am crazy putting my body through this again, but Im not worried. One more child and I am done. I would like to just get it over and done with. I really dont want my daughter to be an only child :(.

The methotrexate that I am on orally at the moment has stopped being as effective and my doctor is switching me out to metotrexate IM. Hopefully that works. Not sure what they will put me on when i get pregnant. I will probably just have to be very careful with my food choices I guess?
Age:22/6"1'/146lb - Diagnosed: 2001 @ age 15 now 22
First time mom as of March 8th 2008
Past drugs: Pentasa, Flagyl, Budesonide, Prednisone, tons of Antibiotics, Didrocal, 6mp
Past herbal remedies and vitamins:Probiotics, Omega 3&6, Prenatal vitamins, B12, Calcium, iron, vit C, vit D, vit E, Selenium, mineral drops
Current drugs: Valtrex, Methotrexate as of October 2008
Problems:Fissure and Tags on rectum, blood clots, Chronic UTI's, Osteopenia, Ulcers in my decending Colon
No surgeries....yet. Gone through 5 G.I.'s found a 6th G.I. crossing my fingers
Procedures: 4 colonoscopies, 1 upper endoscopy, 2 barium swallows, 1 biopsy of the fissure and tag (chron's affected)


Osprey101
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   Posted 12/16/2008 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, bacon. :)

Last night was steak (which is rare for us) with mushrooms cooked in "Niman Ranch" bacon. (I don't support the factory-farmed stuff if I can possibly help it.)

Oddly, I *did* have some signs of problems last night with nuts; for the first time ever, I tried the nuts from "Fresh and Easy," and I got the hiccups and gas production, same as I do with turmeric. But it ended within 5 minutes, unlike with turmeric where it can last two hours and cause a great deal of pain.

The nuts weren't the problem; I've eaten the same combination from other companies with no ill effects, so it must be something else in there. The label just lists oils- the only odd one is "may have rice oil." But I've consumed rice by the spoonful from "Chipotle" with no ill effects, so I'm mystified. I need to run some iodine tests tonight.

Chronicallyill
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   Posted 12/16/2008 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Anyone have any suggestion that i might have missed through the posts to suppress my cravings for bread and other bad foods?

Age:22/6"1'/146lb - Diagnosed: 2001 @ age 15 now 22
First time mom as of March 8th 2008
Past drugs: Pentasa, Flagyl, Budesonide, Prednisone, tons of Antibiotics, Didrocal, 6mp
Past herbal remedies and vitamins:Probiotics, Omega 3&6, Prenatal vitamins, B12, Calcium, iron, vit C, vit D, vit E, Selenium, mineral drops
Current drugs: Valtrex, Methotrexate as of October 2008
Problems:Fissure and Tags on rectum, blood clots, Chronic UTI's, Osteopenia, Ulcers in my decending Colon
No surgeries....yet. Gone through 5 G.I.'s found a 6th G.I. crossing my fingers
Procedures: 4 colonoscopies, 1 upper endoscopy, 2 barium swallows, 1 biopsy of the fissure and tag (chron's affected)

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