Tricks you know to gain weight?

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LauryLu
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   Posted 5/28/2009 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I have Crohn's and within the last 10 years have maintained a low weight of 96-100 at height of just 5'5. I have tried Boost, Ensure, Carnation - all of which I cannot handle. I try and eat high calorie food but these are the type of things that bother my gut. I have quite a large appetite but I guess because I have had a bal-resection and my food runs through me pretty quickly most of the time, I tend not to capture the nutrients from the food. So I was wondering if anyone has a special meal replacement powder or shake that they make to help keep weight up?
Age: 26 Female
Diagnosed at 6 with Crohn's
Bal-resection at 15
Plenty trials of steriods, anti-biotics, Asacol, Pentasa, Immuran, Remicade.

Admitted for severe flare 12/2008
Avoided surgery once again - 1 ft diseased, narrowed lower intenstine found
treated with high does steriod/antibiotics - currently weaning off Prednisone

started Humira 12/14/08 (and not liking it so far)

started making SCD 24 hr fermented yogurt and have noticed a big difference!

Want to get off Humira and try LDN


tall girl
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   Posted 5/28/2009 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't know if you can handle or have tried weight gainers like True Mass. My husband (who does not have cronh's) drinks this stuff to keep his weight up. He is naturally very skinny. He also lifts weights to keep the calories from turning to fat. Maybe you could try a protien weight gainer like that with a very light work out. You should of course ask your doc before taking anything including this stuff. Good luck!
25/ Female DXed Crohn's 1/09
Many diet restictions

Entecort, Tramadol (for pain), Zantac, Fish Oil, Probiotics
just stopped Pentasa after 1 month

Still confused and sometimes angry/frustrated

However I am learning to laugh at all this more often


crohnielass
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   Posted 5/28/2009 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi i too struggle with weight gain i had resection in jan also a temp stoma so everything i eat and drink goes through pretty quick. i eat anything fattening that i can tolerate  like bread, pate,cheese,potato. also add milk powder to soups i was taking ensure but not that keen on the taste (a bit sickley )the only thing that gave me some weight was when i was on remicade but sadly not on it now due to reaction. Bev x

ivy6
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   Posted 5/28/2009 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Me, I would start by thinking in terms of nutrition rather than weight gain: lots of pureed vegetable soups, fruit juice, baked custards, rice, steamed white meat, things like that, instead of foods that are high in fat, sugar and additives.

You said that foods like Boost run straight through you, so I am am wondering if perhaps you have a milk or lactose intolerance. You might have more success by trying a supplement that does not contain milk products, and by switching to soy or rice milk, or goat's milk if you can handle that.

You can also buy a tasteless powder called Polycose that is high in energy and a few essential vitamins / minerals. You can add it to hot drinks, mashed potato, casseroles, soup, whatever, to increase the calorie content of whatever you're eating.

All the best,

Ivy.
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dt19&99
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   Posted 5/28/2009 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
As far as the weight gainer shakes I prefer the GNC Weight Gain 2200... At a full serving (three scoops) it has like 2200 calories and 50 or 60 grams of protien. I normallyjust go with 1 scoop at a time (approx 600 cals and 20 grams of protien) and seems to work pretty well for me. This shake is the one I've found with more calories per grams of protien; I believe I get enough protien in my diet and if I ingest 50+ grams in a shake at one time it just goes right through me.

ivy6
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   Posted 5/28/2009 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
ps. Could you please shorten your signature so it is less than ten lines long, Laury? Long sigs take up a lot of server space and end up costing Admin money... which is a huge strain on him, when you consider that this site is free.

Thanks,

Ivy.
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Post Edited (ivy6) : 5/28/2009 4:07:43 PM (GMT-6)


Zanne
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   Posted 5/28/2009 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Try looking for a book called "Cooking Well for the Unwell" by Eileen Behan. She has a section in it about making every bite count calorie wise. She is an RD and her book has sections on basically every situation we encounter as CDer's. I have found it very helpful. I don't think it is still in print, but I got a used copy from Amazon for about $4.
Suzanne

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.....


lenagirl
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   Posted 5/30/2009 1:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I have similar issues and one thing that I've found helpful when I need to gain weight is yogurt-based smoothies. I use homemade SCD yogurt with whole milk. I'll blend about 1/2-1 c. of yogurt with some fruit and a tablespoon or so of honey, depending on how sweet the fruit I'm using is. My favorite is half a ripe banana and handful each of frozen strawberries and blueberries, but you could use whatever fruit you can tolerate (I've found that using jars of fruit baby food like blueberry or peach works well when I'm really flaring and having problems with roughage/fiber, since they're strained).

It packs in a fair amount of calories and protein without the additives that are in many meal replacements and protein supplements (some of which can be irritants in the gut), and I'm getting fruit in a very digestible form and extra good bacteria, plus it just tastes delicious and I can switch up the ingredients to tons of flavors.
And making it yourself means it's not pricey like many of those shakes you buy.

If you find a protein powder that doesn't bother you, you could also add that for an even more nutrient-dense shake. But my GI does say that I have trouble tolerating or absorbing things like Ensure probably because they are so unnaturally nutrient-dense, so I haven't experimented with that. If you wanted higher protein content you could drip the yogurt (and just use lower fat milk if you don't want to add more fat along with the extra protein).

janicea
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   Posted 5/30/2009 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
ice cream.
strictures, crohn's, adhesions, endo. fighting Pyoderma G.
just started on LDN cream (working!) ~ allergic to pentasa and 5ASA's. I'm taking Boswellia Serrata (works!) Just came off Xifaxan. Making 24 hour yogurt (FUN!) Using Olive leaf liquid extract for candida, using silver sulfadiazine (new to me) on PG.


78SilvAnniv
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   Posted 5/30/2009 8:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I bought a bag of Myoplex something-or-other (soy protein?) from GNC. I chose the vanilla flavor and I mix a scoop in all of my glasses of milk. I also found that taking immodium tablets and a probiotic have helped to slow transit and firm up my BMs.
heidi
I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
 
Crohn's and UC are pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry......I'd much rather laugh.
2001 Dx'd with UC.  No remission.  No improvement with Remicade.  5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon.  Dx changed to Crohn's.  Remission for 8-9wks after surgery, symptoms returned after resuming 6MP.  Changed maintenance med to Methotrexate (MTX) and had great results with IM injections.  Nausea and symptoms returning with oral MTX.  Switched back to IM injections and am slowly improving.


wanthealth
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   Posted 6/1/2009 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   
LauryLu
I use a product called Resource Breeze by the makers of Boost. It has 250 calories and taste like a fruit drink. No milk. I didn't tolerate any of the drinks you listed but this one seems to be ok.
Moodindigo

sammies
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   Posted 6/1/2009 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Zanne said...
Try looking for a book called "Cooking Well for the Unwell" by Eileen Behan. She has a section in it about making every bite count calorie wise. She is an RD and her book has sections on basically every situation we encounter as CDer's. I have found it very helpful. I don't think it is still in print, but I got a used copy from Amazon for about $4.


This book has been SUCH a help to me since my surgery! Just this minute I have Behan's pear bread pudding in the oven for a late breakfast. Last night, I made her sausage, apple, squash dish. While I'm slowly putting the weight on, she's helped me to 1-think of foods to eat in dfferent combinations (I was stuck on chix broth) and 2-explains so well how foods work and why we might not want to or can't eat. This was especiallly effective when I just couldn't eat when I got home. I have to substitute a lot of canned items for her fresh.

She has a lot of quick ideas for adding calories or protein or whatever it is you need. I got the book on amazon.

Having my mom cook with and for me really has helped me. Even if you feel totally well, having someone help create a few meals for the freezer could be a help b/c the food is already there and you may be more likely to eat.

Finally, the small, frequent meals/snacks are truly helping me.

Good luck!
24+ years with Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; ileostomy and proctocolectomy; propranolol and xanax; been on a ton of crohn's meds; praying to get through each day.


Zanne
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   Posted 6/1/2009 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Sammies,

I am so glad the book has helped you. I love it. I tend to get in a rut of the same old safe foods, and it really does help to make me think of things that are more interesting, yet still safe. Plus I understand how it all works better and all the various different situations we get into are easier. (Low fiber, Clear liquids, Full liquids, More protein, Extra calories). I actually have 2 books because I never had my copy when I wanted it, I was loaning it out all the time.
Suzanne

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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