Why can't I eat healthy?!?

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   Posted 9/15/2009 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm never going to lose this weight. I gained the weight on prednisone from my last flare. Kept it on for 6 years. Finally got serious about losing it, went on a high-protein diet, and it flared back up. So I've been eating not-so-healthy foods, but it's depressing me. I seem to only be able to eat spaghettios. eyes So today I had tilapia (fish) and zucchini (cooked to a mushy state). Thirty minutes later, I started having the pain. How will I ever lose this weight if I can't eat healthy? The CD is in the colon, so being in a flare doesn't cause weight loss for me. I was doing so well going to the gym daily, but now I'm too tired and weak to even go. sad Stupid as it sounds, I'm tempted to just keep eating the healthy food and get the weight off, then worry about the crohn's. But with 80 more pounds to lose (I lost 30 before the flare got bad enough to stop), it could take months. Which could do a lot of damage. But I'm SO freakin sick and tired of being fat. cry
Stephanie, 29, married for 10 wonderful years and mommy to two awesome toddlers
dx with Crohn's 4/2003, in remission from 11/2003 to 7/2009
omeprazole 40mg, zoloft 100mg, apriso 1500mg, dicyclomine 3/day
dx with bipolar II 8/2009, still trying to figure it out

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   Posted 9/15/2009 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Stephanie, my recommendation is for you to work out what you can eat and start from there. Quite frankly, I think that it might be a good idea to stop thinking about "healthy" and "unhealthy", and just work out what foods you can tolerate and not tolerate, and focus on eating those until your symptoms improve enough for you to start integrating other foods into your diet again.

When I'm ill, my blender and food processor are my best tools, diet-wise. Here are some ideas:

* puree fruit and milk (or milk alternative) into a smoothie. Either drink straight, or freeze. Banana, peanut butter and milk is lovely!
* cook vegetables until mushy, then puree
* boil a chicken / chicken bones and make stock. Skim off fat; drink the stock; and maybe start integrating the chicken meat off the boiled bones once your gut can tolerate small amounts of solids. You can also boil some vegetables in the stock, and then puree veg and stock to make a smooth soup.

Some other protein foods you might also like to try:

* miso
* avocado
* boiled or poached eggs, mashed if necessary
* baked custard - eggs and milk / milk alternative; and a little sugar / honey if desired.
* little jars of baby food (check ingredients to make sure the ingredients are ok for your gut)

All the best,

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   Posted 9/15/2009 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Ivy's got the idea. If you are up for a diet, why not try the SCD? I've lost weight on that and it might even be good for your Crohn's.

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   Posted 9/15/2009 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Or do portion control. Eat the "unhealthy" food you tolerate but in a small enough amount you aren't getting overloaded w/ calories. Also, it could just be that your body isn't used to some of the food you are trying and that once it has it a few times you could digest it. Start to slowly integrate fiber and proteins - don't do it all at once. And in the meantime really watch your sugar and fat intake.
27 Year old married female.  Graduated law school this year and waiting for results of the bar exam.  Start a new job sometime in September.  Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 

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   Posted 9/15/2009 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear chrisnsteph1022, Many of us cannot tolerate certain types of fiber, as was posted you will have to try and find what works and what doesnt. Also my docs are actually happy that I am over weight, should things not go well you will have some reserve.  No one wants to be overweight but I would keep the fat and dump(so to speak) the crohns if I could. Best wishes, and prayers- mike

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   Posted 9/15/2009 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Did you remove the seeds from the zukes? If not, that could have been the problem.

Also, you may want to try running your cooked fruit and veggies through a food mill. It removes any fibrous pieces, skins, and seeds. It makes everything as soft and smooth as baby food.

You can make an account at someplace like fitday.com. Enter in what your activities are each day, as well as your sex, height, and weight goal. It will calculate how many calories you should eat a day to meet that weight goal (I think they generally say to eat 500 calories less per day then the energy you expend to lose a 1 pound per week). Enter all the foods you eat each day to keep track of your calories, as well as to keep track of nutritional values.
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Current Meds: Humira since 7/08, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, B-Complex, Vitamins D, E, & K, Calcium, Magnesium, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods

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   Posted 9/15/2009 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Well first of all hello! Before i make any suggestions to you...i just want you to first forgive...yourself..oh please don't be so hard on yourself..sometimes you have to remember...that having extra weight on you when you have Crohn's can actually be a lifesaver...you might feel tired..but i think...exercise..you need to get up and do it..stop waiting..it will make you feel proud of yourself and give you the extra push you need to return back to the gym the next day..or take a walk..once you feel a bit better..from a little exercise..you will on your own..want to push back on certain foods...but just go easy on yourself!


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   Posted 9/16/2009 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the advice. I have a professional nutritionist I'm working with, and though he's had clients before with crohn's, he says just eat what I can tolerate for now until I get better. But last flare, that was 6 months (short, compared to others, but a long time to put off a diet). Being overweight has killed my self-esteem and heightened my depression. I was feeling so much better when I went to the gym daily, until the crohn's flared up. I really do need to start going again. Maybe I'll just bite the bullet and go today.

I have not tried removing the seeds. I should try that. I love zucchini. I tried skipping the eggs this morning for breakfast and had multi-grain waffles instead. So far, so good. We'll see how the day goes on.
Stephanie, 29, married for 10 wonderful years and mommy to two awesome toddlers
dx with Crohn's 4/2003, in remission from 11/2003 to 7/2009
omeprazole 40mg, zoloft 100mg, apriso 1500mg, dicyclomine 3/day
dx with bipolar II 8/2009, re-diagnosed with bipolar I 9/09, titrating up to 150mg lamictal

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   Posted 9/16/2009 7:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry Stephanie, i know what its like. Doc has me on a diet too. If it taste good, I cant have it. thats about it, and I still could use some weight loss. I dont know why its so hard to lose.
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   Posted 9/16/2009 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Definetly make sure anything you eat veggie or fruit wise is without the seeds and peels. Those two things do me in all the time. I think Ivy's idea is great too. Maybe if you are feeling poorly for the gym you can get outside and walk for a bit. I can't really do alot exercise because of my Fibro and Osteoarthritis, but walking helps alot. I am not fat, but a little fluffier lately, but I consider this my safe weight, because if I get sick it will just fall off me really quickly.

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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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   Posted 9/16/2009 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh, the zucchini wasn't peeled either! Duh! I suppose I was really asking for it there!!
Stephanie, 29, married for 10 wonderful years and mommy to two awesome toddlers
dx with Crohn's 4/2003, in remission from 11/2003 to 7/2009
omeprazole 40mg, zoloft 100mg, apriso 1500mg, dicyclomine 3/day
dx with bipolar II 8/2009, re-diagnosed with bipolar I 9/09, titrating up to 150mg lamictal

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