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mtgman
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   Posted 2/24/2009 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
ok i need some help...I've lost 25 lbs during this flare pretty quickly.  I'm super weak and tired and even though the after effects are not too fun I need to eat more...caloricly denser foods.
 
Any suggestions for high calorie foods to eat.  I need a lot more calories...I'm starting to look sickly thin...
 
thanks!!!!!
 
I got a large milkshake at Culvers today...looked up the calories online just now...almost 900 calories!!  woohoo!

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   Posted 2/24/2009 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Talk to a dietician. When I last got out of the hospital they gave me a sheet with tips. It said things like add cream to dishes, use whole milk and real butter ... For some reason I can only remember the dairy parts.
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   Posted 2/24/2009 9:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Here's a repeat of what I posted in a different thread :)

I used to drink Scandishakes when I was sick and needed calories. They're little packets of powder that you can mix with whatever you want. I used to make milkshakes out of them (creamy and delicious!!!), but if dairy bothers you, you can use water, juice, etc. One envelope = 440 calories. Here's a link to some info:

http://www.axcan.com/scandishake_us.php?lang=1

spookyh
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   Posted 2/24/2009 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, and can you tolerate avocado? That's pretty good for weight gain. How about coconut oil? Not only will you gain weight, but it's got a lot of anti-viral and anti-fungal properties.

How is your cholesterol? I tend to run high, so when I was eating high fat to gain weight, it was out of sight. So you might need to be careful.

mtgman
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   Posted 2/24/2009 9:44 PM (GMT -7)   
great ideas! thanks!! cholesterol is fine...right now i just need the calories and energy...i mean it would be easy to do- junk food, fast food etc...but that would be awful. i love the shake idea and the avocados...i love guacamole...it's not too fibreous (sp?) though is it...i've been trying to avoid vegetables.

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   Posted 2/24/2009 11:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Avocados can sometimes be fibrous, but it's supposed to be pretty easily digested. You would probably want to try just a little to see how it goes over with you. Cooking it would help, but I'm not sure how it tastes cooked. Someone suggested to me that you can put it in meatloaf or meat patties.

How about yogurt, if you can find some that's not low-fat? I make homemade yogurt, and always use whole milk for the added calories. Last time, I made it with half and half so I could use it to make ice cream. Over 300 calories for half a cup! And of course all that fat makes for creamy ice cream :) There's a recipe for a weight-gain smoothie at the following link. It's from the Specific Carbohydrate diet, but there's no reason why you couldn't try it (as long as the ingredients agree with you). Instead of SCD yogurt, just use the most calories ridden one you can find. It also says olives are high calorie, but if you're like me, olives do not work with active crohn's.

http://www.pecanbread.com/new/gainweight.html

Also, you could try taking some digestive enzymes with each meal. It can help break your food down better, making it more easily absorbed, which in turn gives you weight gain. Someone told me this was a turning point for them in gaining weight. I take one that has a little bit of all the major enzymes in it. It would probably be a good idea to at least take some lactase if you're going to eat a lot of dairy, since that tends to be bothersome for crohnies.

Scrambled eggs with lots of cheese. One of my favorites, and pretty easy on the stomach.

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Julie1014
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   Posted 2/25/2009 3:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Could you tolerate a supplemental drink such as Ensure Plus? It has 350 Calories and 11 grams of fat. Maybe if you added a couple of these drinks a day in addition to foods? Are you currently on a liquid diet? What are your symptoms? Blessings, Julie
Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2006, Fibromyalgia November 2008
Asacol 3 times a day, Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks, Prednisone 10 mg, Miralax,  Prevacid 30mg, Vit B12, Vitamin D, Slow-FE (Iron), Hydrocortisone enemas
Imuran stopped 9/8/08 (possible Pancreatitis)
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


mtgman
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   Posted 2/25/2009 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks again Spooky!
Julie- i will try the other ensure...i'm kind of a freak about taste so once i found i could tolerate the regualr choco. ones i've been sticking to them...but for an extra 100 calories i'll give the others a shot.
i was on a liquid diet for a week or so...went to the er...contrast ct showed no stricture (still not 100% sure) so doc said eating is fine...just monitor etc...
current symptoms:
urgency (with or without actually going)
terrible cramping pain while going (sometimes it hurts so bad i actually puke)
blood
loose stool
major weight loss (25 lbs or so)
very tired and weak
thanks for your suggestion!

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   Posted 2/25/2009 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I am so sorry you are going through this..... Ensure Plus comes in Chocolate. I looked up Ensure and Ensure Plus for you to see if there is a big difference.....

Ensure: 250 calories, 6 grams of fat

Ensure Plus: 350 calories, 11 grams of fat

Also, do you have a local health food store? They might be able to suggest a high calorie drink to incorporate with your foods.
Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2006, Fibromyalgia November 2008
Asacol 3 times a day, Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks, Prednisone 10 mg, Miralax,  Prevacid 30mg, Vit B12, Vitamin D, Slow-FE (Iron), Hydrocortisone enemas
Imuran stopped 9/8/08 (possible Pancreatitis)
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


spookyh
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   Posted 2/25/2009 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Ensure also makes a juice called Enlive. I remember drinking the peach flavored one in the hospital and it was really good, much better than the ensure. One serving is 300 calories.

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   Posted 2/25/2009 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I also was put on Ensure to gain weight. I was also told to eat peanut butter and macadamia nuts if my stomach could handle it. I hope you feel better soon!
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease; Meds: Entocort & Asacol; female in late 20s.


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   Posted 2/25/2009 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
All you need is to live in Louisiana for a while. Get some good cajun cooking.All the food is high calorie. You may be just as sick but you wont look like it.
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hsmom
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   Posted 2/25/2009 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
ensure plus has a much better taste than regular in my opinion. Especially the chocolate!!

mtgman
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   Posted 2/25/2009 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
haha- you all are awesome!! thanks so much!!!!!
i just got a large milkshake at baskin robbins...ready for this...
1200 calories!!!! hahahahahaha
(i bought some lactaid also!!)

spookyh
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   Posted 2/25/2009 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Good idea on the lactaid wink. My dad, who also has crohn's, always has to have one before eating dairy products. I never used to have lactose problems, but I think I started developing an intolerance this last year.

Since peanuts are a legume, they can be harder to digest. The two easiest nuts are pecans and almonds. You can buy almond butter in most "healthy" type grocery stores (Trader Joes, Sprouts, Whole Foods). The pecan butter you have to make yourself, but it's very easy. Just throw the pecans in a food processor and they turn to butter in no time. I use it to make pecan butter "brownies" (only 4 ingredients: pecan butter, honey, eggs, and baking soda). One little brownie is close to 200 calories, so they're a good friend of mine.

Honey is easier on your body than sugar, and is also full of carbs. You could try drizzling that on some of your food too. Or just eat a big spoon of it smilewinkgrin.

mtgman
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   Posted 2/25/2009 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
that's funny about the almond butter and honey...we have plenty of both here. my wife actually brought me in spoonfuls of honey last weekend when i could barely get out of bed...i'm not super lactose intolerant, but i figure if i'm going to be putting that much in my body it certainly couldn't hurt. do you know where they sell the Enlive?

spookyh
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   Posted 2/25/2009 9:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, honey absorbs through the intestine right after the stomach, so it's a good source of quick energy. Some people even like to mix it with a nut butter. I need to try this, it sounds tasty.

I don't know where to get Enlive locally. Maybe you can ask a pharmacy if they can special order it in? A long time ago, a pharmacy special ordered the Scandishakes for me, but I don't know if that's a common practice. Otherwise, I'd just look online.

I recently (like in the last 3 weeks) sold more than a case of vanilla scandishakes on ebay, since I can't used them with my diet. Too bad I didn't know you were local then!

mtgman
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   Posted 2/25/2009 10:34 PM (GMT -7)   
haha. no biggie. i'll look online and if that doesn't work i'll try the pharmacy route. thanks once again!
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