Low Residue Diet

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   Posted 3/2/2009 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I am currently in the first few days of trying a low residue diet after a TERRIBLE flare up.  So far so good, but I am eating the same things over and over.  Is there any pre-packaged foods/snacks that you all have had luck with eating while staying in the guidelines for this diet?

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   Posted 3/2/2009 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Can you tolerate dairy? I really liked grabbing a container of yogurt or pudding for a snack. I also ate frozen pancakes, waffles, and french toast - heated of course. I could tolerate applesauce and cooked fruits - you can get those in lunch size snack packs.
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   Posted 3/3/2009 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I eat pizza with cheese and pepperaroni,frozen things like macaroni,dishes ...I pick out any peppers or anything that is not low roughage or too spicy for me. Frozen lasagna is good and just buy some stuff and take out what you think is not low roughage .Most of the frozen meals are good just stay away from corn and make sure the veggies are well cooked...I do jellies instead of jams, good luck and let us know how it goes, and I stay away from whole wheat as much as I can ... lol gail
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   Posted 3/3/2009 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I live on a low residue diet. But I do not eat any type of prepackaged stuff as it has too many preservatives and they seem to upset my gut alot. That is one thing with this diet, you do tend to eat alot of the same things. I don't eat any red meat at all, its too hard for my system to digest. I eat alot of chicken, fish and turkey. Sorry I am not of more help.

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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 and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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   Posted 3/3/2009 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
the only thing i have been really able to tolerate is cheese. I actually found a list on web md of things that u can eat and those that rmore likely to cause flare up. I love milk but i cant tolerate it. onions,mashed potatoes dont even agree with me .it is really hard for me because i just found out about a month ago and the meds that they put me on r not even working so they r changing them friday ,i have a knot in my left side that is extremely painful ,i am having an ultrasound done . i have immunological disorder to so i really dont know what is causing what..i was told that yogurts active cultures and the benifits of probiotics what do u think

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   Posted 3/3/2009 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
It really is an individual thing. When I am flaring I live on my "white food" diet. Fish, mashed potato, pasta, cheese, pudding, tapioca, chicken, eggs...., but other people can tolerate salad and veggies. You really need to start out slowly and keep a food diary. Make a note of how you feel after eating everything and if something bothers you, wait a day or two, try it again, and if you react, then strike it off your list until you are feeling better.

There are several books out there with suggestions for what to eat. Personally I go by a book called "Cooking Well for the Unwell" by Eileen Behan. She is a registered Dietitian and the book has sections for all types of different dietary needs not just low residue. It has sections for clear liquid, full liquid, adding extra protein and other categories we may never need. She explains the whys and hows of all the different needs and includes recipes. What I like is that I tend to get into a rut when I am flaring because it is easier to just eat the same old same old. When I go through the recipes, it makes me think of other things to include in my diet. Things like sweet potato shakes and adding baby food to up the protein content. I actually like the book so much, I have 2 copies. I was always loaning my copy out and never had it when I needed it. I got both of mine from amazon as used library books for about $4, well worth it.

I hope you can get a combo of meds that start working for you soon and that you can be on the road to feeling better.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 3/3/2009 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I live on low residue too (actually always have, when I was a kid I said the "texture" in other foods made me feel bad). I'm heavy on the dairy and people make fun of me for only eating a few things, but it works.

For prepackaged foods I like: frozen mac and cheese, fetuccini alfredo, some swedish meatballs, turkey medallions with gravy. I also will buy the natural frozen grilled chicken strips and add those to things at home for a quick meal. I eat a lot of scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, white breads/rolls, baked meats w/ white breading or simple sauces, pastas (I strain red sauce to get the onions and things out), grilled cheese, lean turkey (I can do gravy YUM), bagels, white rice, peanut butter toast... I use a lot of tortillas to wrap up grilled chicken or something else with some cheese ... The frozen waffles/pancakes is a good idea too.
Hoping to stay in remission after the birth of a healthy baby girl. On Pentasa during my pregnancy, went med-free 2 months to nurse (stupid), but back on Pentasa and still nursing.

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   Posted 3/3/2009 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your responses! It's so nice to talk with and read about other people who truly understand how I feel. Since Saturday (after the ER), I have been on 20mg of Prednisone, and my regular 2400mg of Asacol. I go to the Dr on Thursday and he'll hopefully ween me off the prednisone. I don't know if it's the meds, or the diet yet but, so far I have done really well eating white bread, frozen waffles, saltines, flat ginger ale, Juicy Juice (watered down), V8 Splash, Perdue breaded chicken strips baked in the oven, scrambled eggs, american cheese slices, and canned peaches (which I have loved since birth, so that's OK). I've been counting my fiber intake as well, and keeping under it 10g. So far, so good. No gas, bloating, or farts! YAY!

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   Posted 3/4/2009 3:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I found Van's gluten free, dairy and egg free frozen waffles (everything else I eat I try to eat warm and
not frozen or pre-packaged) good to take with me. Although they are best fresh.

i found a cherry butter at whole foods (good antioxidants?) that cost a fortune but i use that on the
waffles as it is sweet and thought it would help with laxation again.

I take scrambled egg whites cooked in a bit of olive oil in a thermos each am with the waffles and eat
slowly during the day.

I invested in those stanley thermoses one can get at target and though it is a pain, having those with
me means I can be out and about longer during the day as I really need to eat every 2 hours or so.

, ginger mollasses cookies ( in refrigerator section of whole foods) l0 gr sugar and 3 of protein and gluten
some dairy and egg) don't bother my stomach. they are extremely satisfying, chewy and large. cookies are
my downfall but these are satisfying enough to just eat one (really) my husband loves them too. you can chew
them slowly til they turn to liquid and they do not taste like other gluten free products. I also have begun to take Cambell's tomato juice,
bolthouse veggie juice and was taking bolthouse strawberry banana smoothie (juices hurt my stomach)
but these help with laxation until it appeared that either the strawberry or the sugar in them began to make
my papules on my tongue hurt and stick out white.

i don't know what to do about the whole nightshade (yes or no) thing or yes or no to baked potato or
sweet potato. that stuff drives me nuts. how to know?

Again, because a long stricture meant low stool output for me, although I had eliminated dairy, I began
to take tapioca containers along and they do not hurt my stomach.

Motts no sugar added applesauce works (the little cups don't need refrigeration) but organic whole foods is too heavy and hurts my stomach.--even the one with the apricots added. the Motts is just more liquidy. Be
sure not to get the one with high fructose corn syrup.

I also had for the first time in plastic little containers also diced peaches in their juice with no harm.
I chew really really carefully.

I was trying lundberg rice cakes with hummus but got scared that it was too much fibre. Anyone know
if that is so? I can tolerate cedar's hummus but not sabra or any of the others. Sometimes i keep
white rice cakes (the tiny thin ones) in the car and just use them to dip into the humus if I am out
and hungry)

There is a great great recipie book that not only tells about Crohn's and UC but gives recipies for
low residue, lactose intolerance, low fat, and vegetarian as well as ideas for after surgery. I got
it in the library and it is white cover with picture of food on it. Will try to get name and send it out.
It is also on sale at Amazon.

I make soup from trader joe box vegetarian broth and add a can of pumpkin and a bay leaf, ginger
and cook it up. add a bit of brown sugar and add really well cooked rice noodles to it and bring
that along in a thermos or have at home to eat while i am making dinner.

soft white fishes really work well for me.

macumber turnips and rutabegas (easy to get in new england) boiled together or separately and
then mashed with smart balance or just salt or even plain are soft and yummy --really!! they go
down easy. Just peel and dice and boil. leave some water in the pot when you mash them up
and reheat as necessary.

I get thirsty a lot and was drinking whole foods' chicken soup but found the chicken was too heavy
and the soup made me gassy so finally stopped (after about a year) I figured since chicken soup
was on the Gottshall diet (and it tasted good and the carrots were so well cooked...I ate it. I realize
that variety is important and a bit of something (like the diary for ex.) hopefully is not harmful, as
long as i don't get into a rut (which I was doing--eating the same things every day for lunch and
breakfast and dinner)

any suggestions for getting greens in safely with a long stricture? scared might get stuck or something. also someone mentioned peanut butter. can smooth peanut butter go through a stricture? any other ideas for
healthy foods that will go through a long stricture and not cause more inflammation? Thanks

on pentassa and 500 mg of cipro and great vitamens
thanks and good luck ll!
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