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Brad P
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   Posted 3/6/2010 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I strongly suspect a candida infection (and SIBO) in my bowels that may be aggravating my Crohn's. To help battle candida, I have to greatly reduce carbs and sugars. The shakes I drink now to try and gain weight are high in sugars/carbs. I am trying to find a shake high in protein/fat but low in carbs/sugars that is still high in calories. Any suggestions?

Despite an average intake of 2000 calories a day, I am loosing weight. It is a brutal struggle especially if candida and bacteria are causing malabsorption.
CD since Fall 1987
Small Bowel Cancer - Sept 2008
Surgery to remove tumor - Oct 1st, 2008
Chemo - Dec 2008 to May 2009
Jan 2010 - NED

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   Posted 3/6/2010 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Brad,

I just brought my hubby home from hospital yesterday after his 4th resection. He spent 16 days in the hospital. He developed an ileus postop and then severe diarrhea and is down to 142 lbs ( he is 6 feet tall).

Working with his GI physician and the Registered Dietician it was decided to use the Ensure + and a product called Enlive Therpeutic Nutrition Drink. My hubby prefers the taste of the Ensure and that product has a higher protein content and less sugar. For the time being he is staying away from lactose and will try adding it back into his diet in 2-3 months.

Also as they suspect he has dumping syndrome now as he has lost more then a total of 100 cm of his distal ileum. He is using Metamucil to help him put bulk in his diet.

It has been recommend that he take in 2450 - 2500 calories daily to gain weight.

Hope this helps you in some small way. Good luck and I know every person is different as this is truly a unique disease.

Gentle Hugs,


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   Posted 3/7/2010 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
there are dietary cleanses and diets for candidia. look those up and see if they seem doable to you. cutting out grains and sugars will help, but wont necessarily "cure" you. vegetable carbs are good, but sugar and grain based carbs are bad. you will need to limit your fruit content too.

for a good shake, just use a protein powder (egg white or whey), add some good fat like coconut oil or flax seed oil, and a lot of fruit, like blueberries (i know, i already said to limit your fruit though). you can add raw eggs and raw cream too to up the fat and protein content. vanilla extract helps to add flavor. get a chocolate flavor protein powder and add cocoa powder. stevia helps too to add some flavor. have a few of these each day to up your calorie count. oh, raw colostrum or yogurt is good too, using that in place of say water or almond milk.

the lack of carbs will make it harder for you to put on weight, but you can still keep your calorie count up by eating more fat and protein, which you'll need to do if eating low carb to prevent muscle wasting. this should at least help you maintain your weight.

animal based protein is much better than vegetable based protein as it is much more bioavailable.
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
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   Posted 3/7/2010 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
You could try this formula, which is 55% fat and only 28% carbohydrate: http://abbottnutrition.com/Products/pulmocare . Although it is made specifically for patients with pulmonary issues, there's no reason I can see that you couldn't use it for other purposes.

That said, sugar consumption shouldn't cause or worsen small bowel bacterial overgrowth. It is caused by conditions (Crohn's, for example) that slow motility in the small intestine and therefore make it a more hospitable environment to bacteria.

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   Posted 3/8/2010 3:06 AM (GMT -6)   
You might try the Atkins shakes, made for diabetics and people on the Atkins diet, if you don't want to make your own drinks.

I feel a whole lot more the way I do now than I did a little while ago.
Crohn's Dx April 2006. Pentasa and Entocort EC

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   Posted 3/8/2010 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
The only zero sugar and zero carb protein powder I know of is called ISOPURE (vanilla). You can find it at GNC or Vitamin Shoppe.
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