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   Posted 3/8/2009 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
My doc thinks that my stomach is emptying slowly, and I've noticed with red meat that it seems to sit in my stomach for hours. So I've decided that I'm going to cut out the red meat and see how it goes. I'm not willing to get rid of chicken, or fish, but I'm going to see how it goes without the meat.

Are any of you vegetarians? What kinds of things do you eat that make up for the iron in meats?

Also, I've heard that soy isn't good for CD....anyone heard anything about that?

31 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05
Currently on Humira, Prilosec, Effexor, Calcium, Vit D, sublingual B12

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 3/8/2009 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
heme iron tablets (vegetable iron) will easily cover your bases! no side effects like regular iron. I use a food based brand, so it really does come from veggies.

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   Posted 3/8/2009 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I've been a vegetarian since I was 8! And I was diagnosed w/ Crohn's when I was 12 (I'm 23 now). I haven't had any trouble w/ soy although my sister has a sensitivity to it... she also has Crohn's & is a vegetarian.

You can get iron from a lot of enriched foods (cereals, pasta) as well as beans, lentils, asparagus, pumpkin seeds, or molasses. I've had problems with iron deficiency anemia when my Crohn's flares, but when I'm in remission (and my body's actually absorbing the nutrients from what I eat), I have no problem getting enough iron.

Another tip is to cook with cast iron cookware b/c the iron leaches into your food. My sister lived at a house for awhile that had all cast iron skillets and pots, and she said that was the one time when she didn't struggle with anemia. So, that's an option too.
23 years old
Diagnosed at age 12
No surgeries; tried Prednisone, Immuran, CDP571, Remicade, Entocort, liquid diets, alternative therapies
Currently: Humira, supplemental nutrition

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   Posted 3/8/2009 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I have noticed my inability to digest meat, especially the fatter meats, while it does slow down the intestines, it does make me hurt! I stick with chicken and turkey.
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