Suggested lunch foods

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   Posted 7/16/2009 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm in work and I've just had lunch, now I'm in agony :(

I can't really go home because I've already had the last few days off, and my boss has had "a word" with me a couple of times about the number of sick days I've taken.

So I was hoping you guys could maybe help.. Could you suggest some easy lunch foods I could bring in as a packed lunch?

White bread seems to be good, and eggs I guess (as these were on my colonoscopy prep diet), but is mayo ok? I know diets are individual to the sufferer, but maybe you'll have some ideas as to generally "safe" and tolerable foods.

Thank you for reading.

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   Posted 7/16/2009 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I eat sandwiches just about everyday at work. Those or soup seems to work best for me while at work. I seem to be able to eat other things for lunch on the weekends no problem. But while at work I tend to stay with safer foods, better safe than sorry, I figure:)
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   Posted 7/16/2009 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
*subway: grilled chicken with a little Italian on flat bread and nothing else on it. its bland but its ok for me.
*sandwiches: all i can do is turkey with a little mayo on white.
*soup: chicken noodle....
*ramin noodles: i dont know how/why but they dont make me sick. toss the packet and add ya own flava. lol
*thai: rice dishes with no spice and steamed veggies
just a few i have found so far. i hope to get some new ideas from this post toooo.

P.S. try them at home first so you cant mess your work day up. tongue
diagnosed with crohn's 6-15-09 at age 23.

asacol: 400mg. 3 3X a day
prednisone: 10mg. 3 in the morning

multivitamin, cal/mag, probiotic, fish oil, vitamin C, digestive enzymes, rice protein. looking into l-glutamine next

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   Posted 7/16/2009 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
- Turkey cold cuts sandwiches with mayo and dijon mustard to give it more taste
- Chicken noodles soup
- Chicken salad sandwich with white bread
- Chicken wraps but not too stuffed
- Thai express: rice with lil pieces of chicken (non-spicy if it helps)
- Add bananas for break time

I say try to keep it light and make smaller portions. Save half of your lunch for an hour or two later for better digestion.
26 years old
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Bowel resection in Dec. 2006
Pentasa 4000mg

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   Posted 7/16/2009 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I eat my lunch food all throughout my day when possible. pretzels in the morning, a banana or apple sauce and soup at noon and then something sweet like vanillia wafers or dry cereal later in the day. When I work I try my best to eliminate caffeine and only do decaf tea. That is the hardest part for me and I do admit at the end of the day sometimes I will have a cup of coffee because I know I am almost done with the day.

I also do yougurt, turkey wraps, chicken and rice

good luck
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Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Asacol, folic acid, and Enalapril, Have been flaring on and off since August.
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   Posted 7/16/2009 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Sandwiches are also my safe lunch food. Also a safe fruit, apple sauce or a banana works well for me. Wraps are also okay, as long as I don't add too much rich dressings or anything.

I feel for ya, I used to work in offices where I couldn't get up from my desk (PBX operator), so if lunch didn't agree with me it was an issue. Sometimes I would skip lunch on days I knew were bad. Thankfully I don't work anymore, so I'm able to eat without that worry. But I still will usually stick to a sandwich.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06, and Health Anxiety/OCD 12/08 Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL, and Celexa.

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   Posted 7/16/2009 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
For years in offices, I ate the same lunch every single day: 6-10 bland crackers (Saltines or Table Water Biscuits or Matzoh crackers--or one plain toasted bagel), each topped with a small square of lowfat American cheese; a few very simple cookies (Stella D'Oro Anisette Biscotti, vanilla wafers, or simple vanilla-cream-filled sandwich cookies; and a big mug of herbal or decaffeinated tea). I ate very slowly, while reading something distracting. That usually worked pretty well for me. I kept teabags and a dry snack (like pretzels or crackers) in my desk drawer, to get me through the rest of the day.

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   Posted 7/16/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
One meal a day right after work. I pack it ALL in there(plus some). Might not be healthy but it is what I am used to.
SCD since 01, remission since 01, occasional random junk food breaks :)
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   Posted 7/17/2009 5:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the suggestions, I'll give them a go :)
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