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farfrmnormal
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   Posted 4/1/2010 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all!

So, I have been struggling with my diet the last little while. Since going on Remicade my bowels have improved significantly and I can pretty much eat whatever I want (within reason of course). But, I can’t eat ANY veggies or fruit – it kills me. I find myself eating very heavy foods such as crackers, bread, and stuff that really isn’t that good for me (and not because of my Crohn’s, just because in general it’s not good for anyone). I have a stricture that I am waiting to have surgery on and I don’t want to cause an obstruction – I’m curious, what is everyone eating? How are you incorporating healthy foods into your diet? What are you eating for snacks?
- Diagnosed Nov 08' but undiagnosed for 13 years prior with no major problems
- First major flare Aug-Sep 09 - I attribute it to intolerance to meds and crappy GI
- Perianal abscess - EUA with drainage and Seton put in
- Meds: Remicade for life


Ashworthml
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   Posted 4/1/2010 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm alright with bananas and yoghurt, so they are my healthy snacks, can you not eat tinned fruits or is it all fruit you can't tolerate. As I can't eat fresh fruit except for bananas but i am alright with some tinned fruits such as peaches and pears. Other than that, there is not much healthy snacks I can eat either, would love to find some as atm I am living on a basic meal at night and banana and yoghurts usually for breakfast, and maybe a slice of toast at lunch time, although just lately I have tried gluten free crackers and cottage cheese which seem to be ok.
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Bowel resection 2005
medication: pentasa 500mg , Co-codomol 500mg/32mg codeine
loperamide 2mg (prn - take as many as 10-20 a day)
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Nanners
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   Posted 4/1/2010 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
When I had my strictures I found the low residue diet worked well for me. Its easy to chew and easy to digest. Good luck!
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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farfrmnormal
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   Posted 4/1/2010 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I can eat canned fruits however I find that the "juice" they are packed in is chalked full of sugar. I suppose I will just buy my fruit fresh and puree it into a smoothie and have that as a snack. I need something that is going to curb my appetite as well - I'm sooo hungry all the time.

I miss my red and green peppers - I used to eat those like they were going out of style.

Has anyone found they tolerate steamed veggies better?

Nanners - what is involved in a low residue diet?
- Diagnosed Nov 08' but undiagnosed for 13 years prior with no major problems
- First major flare Aug-Sep 09 - I attribute it to intolerance to meds and crappy GI
- Perianal abscess - EUA with drainage and Seton put in
- Meds: Remicade for life


BeeSting
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   Posted 4/1/2010 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I can eat all kind of fruits and vegetables as long as I use my juicer to separate the fibers from them. In this way I get really healthy antioxidants and vitamins from a mixed veggie/fruit drink. /Bee

What A Life
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   Posted 4/1/2010 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
One of my favorite healthy snacks (other than yogurt) is..... Take a couple flavored triscuit crackers (garlic, onion, etc) and place them on a baking sheet. Then, cut an applee into small, flat squares and place them on top of each triscuit. After this, take your favorite type of cheese and lay it over the top of the apple on the triscuit. Broil it for about 4 minutes until the cheese begins to melt into the apple, securing it to the cracker. You will be amazed at how simple and how good of a snack this is.... Good for you too! :-)
28 Y/O Male DXed Crohns in 2000.
Fistulotomy/Fistulectomy 2001
Been on many meds including Remicade.
Asacol and Pentasa on a when-needed basis as of recent
Current regimen: Diet and Exercise.


spookyh
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   Posted 4/1/2010 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
farfromnormal, look for fruit packed in water instead of syrup. Or you can just cook the fruit yourself. Cooked peaches, pears, and apples are tasty, healthy, and should digest okay for you. A very ripe banana (brown spots, no green on stem) is easier to digest then bananas that have no spots.

Although steamed veggies are probably more nutritious, you would likely handle the veggies better if you cook the crap out of them ;-). You could also puree them. I just had kabocha squash for the first time, and it was nice and smooth. A lot less fibrous then some squashes.

Yogurt is a favorite of mine. Also, I use butternut squash (you can run it through a food mill to remove all the fiber) to make a sort of pie filling (just no crust) that's quite tasty. Add some coconut oil to whatever you're eating (or eat it off the spoon). Many people find that it helps them feel more sated.
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
Current Meds: LDN, Pentasa, Effexor XR, Zyrtec
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin D, Calcium, Magnesium, Coconut Oil, Garlic Oil, CoQ10, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods


Howlyncat
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   Posted 4/1/2010 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I eat tons of yogurt and bananas....get my potassium from the bananas n i love yogurt
i can eat some veggies if cooked ..overcooked..lol...but not anything like sprouts..which um i love n turnip....
good luck
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Djin
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   Posted 4/1/2010 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Smoothies (banana, apple, pears, papaya - eventually grape when I'm brave enough!)

Yogurt with cereal...

Bananas with honey

ensure like drinks (with banana!)

A muffin on a good day! :)
Male, 35 (lovely family of wife and two daughters)
Diagnosed in nov/94 - Started with Prednisone, followed by Pentasa, entocort, flagyl, Imuran, Cipro, etc.
Blockage (popcorn!!) - First Surgery 2001 (no ressection)
Severe bleedind - 2003 - Stopped by 60mg of Prednisone
Stricture leading to a ressection in Dec/2008 - Second Surgery
Now on Remicade + 100 75mg Imuran + Iron (doc said i'm in remission, but I'm not sure at all)
 


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 4/1/2010 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I am shocked a crohnie can eat triscuits and apples.

I use juicing alot but I make sure I am going to be home within three hours after it.
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Celey
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   Posted 4/1/2010 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been drinking this juice lately... V8 Fusion juice... It's made with fruits and vegetables and it tastes surprisingly delicious... *It comes in a variety of flavors... my favorite is the Peach Mango flavor* It's very healthy... It has no artificial preservatives, no high fructose corn syrup.... One whole bottle amounts to one full serving of vegetables and one full serving of fruits... If you drink one bottle, you get in about 600 calories... *There's a light version, too*

I really, really like this juice... it's so good... and it makes me feel good, too... :)

Hmm... What else? Regular crackers (saltine or no salt, whichever you prefer)... Helps with nausea...
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PV
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   Posted 4/1/2010 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
My hubby doesn't have a stricture, but when he flares, I put him on a low-residue diet, so that no roughage irritates his bowels. Plain pasta, chicken, yogurt, white rice, white bread, plain white bagel, chicken noodle soup (no veggies). I give him a thoroughly baked potato sometimes as well (he doesn't eat the skin). I also give him saltine crackers. If he's able to tolerate cheese (when his tummy is off, sometimes it gives him gas), I give him aged cheddar cheese. I sometimes thoroughly cook (in a slow cooker), some asian pears - but only if he is not having problems with gas. Also, if he isn't having problems with gas, I give him ripe bananas. And of course, the low fiber kind of vanilla ensure. Oh, and juice box jello.

For a snack, when he's on a low residue diet, he usually has a bottle of ensure, or saltine crackers, or jello, or a banana, or one of those microwave in the can campbell's soups that is just like chicken noodle, except you can drink it from the can.

I know, not the most appetizing of menus, but I count my husband fortunate if he can actually eat even that, because when he flares, he basically can't tolerate anything, not even that. I think as with anything else, you just adjust to your new menu over time.

PV
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Diagnosed March 2003 Ulcerative Proctitis
Diagnosed March 2008 Crohn's & C-diff, hospitalized 45 days
Crohn's in Remission since June 2008
C-diff recurrence Sep 2009
Reactive Arthritis Nov 2009
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Osteopenia of spine (Mar 2010)
Canasa (1gm), Lialda (4.8 gms), Remicade (8 weeks)
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Grandpato2
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   Posted 4/2/2010 12:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Spooky hurst the last time I checked pears had very little seeds? Something crunches and is very hard?
Male, 54 years old with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks,5-asa Asacol, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. 5-asa Salofalk, Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.


spookyh
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   Posted 4/2/2010 1:02 AM (GMT -6)   
There are seeds in the core, just like an apple. But there aren't any seed in the part you eat.
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
Current Meds: LDN, Pentasa, Effexor XR, Zyrtec
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin D, Calcium, Magnesium, Coconut Oil, Garlic Oil, CoQ10, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods


What A Life
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   Posted 4/2/2010 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Really? Apples don't bother me too much as long as the skin is off it. However; after the apple comes out of the oven it's nice and soft, so I think that has something to do with being able to digest more easily. I don't eat apples by themselves though. Another fruit other people have problem with and I don't is grapefruit. I get the pre-cut grapefruit pieces in light syrup at the store. Buy them by the boatload at Costco and have one almost every morning.
28 Y/O Male DXed Crohns in 2000.
Fistulotomy/Fistulectomy 2001
Been on many meds including Remicade.
Asacol and Pentasa on a when-needed basis as of recent
Current regimen: Diet and Exercise.


Nanners
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   Posted 4/2/2010 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
What a life, Navy was questioning the Triscuit I think more than the apple. I can eat the apple without the peel, but those triscuits really mess with me and I am in remission.

For snacks, I really love fruit smoothies. Easy to digest for most and very tasty. Hugs~
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Djin
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   Posted 4/6/2010 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
 
 
Triscuits are bad? I do not eat it often, but........  makes sense!
 
The problem is not having it alone. I could have called other food guilty and not catch this one! I'm going to pay atention now.
 
Apples (in smoothies for me) are not guilty! 
 
Thankx Navy, Nanners. 
Male, 35 (lovely family of wife and two daughters)
Diagnosed in nov/94 - Started with Prednisone, followed by Pentasa, entocort, flagyl, Imuran, Cipro, etc.
Blockage (popcorn!!) - First Surgery 2001 (no ressection)
Severe bleedind - 2003 - Stopped by 60mg of Prednisone
Stricture leading to a ressection in Dec/2008 - Second Surgery
Now on Remicade + 100 75mg Imuran + Iron (doc said i'm in remission, but I'm not sure at all)
 


Easier2Run
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   Posted 4/6/2010 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm the type of patient that gets all the weird side effects from meds. Things always seem to work opposite on me. I've been trying for years to find a diet that made me feel good, and go figure, it was full out vegetarian! I feel so much better! My pain has significantly decreased, along with the bloating and the amount of BM. Don't get me wrong here, I still have diarrhea, but its way more infrequent. I told my doctor about this and he just shook his head. He said, well usually vegetarian is the worst thing you could do, but If it works for you stick to it!
-Heather, 24 yrs. old
____________

- Crohns disease since 1995, officially diagnosed in 2003.

- Bowel resection in Dec. 07, Crohns reoccurred July 08.

- Medications - Entocort 9mg, Humira, Pentasa 2000mg, Bentyl 20 mg, Lexapro 20mg, Wellbutrin SR 150mg, Trazadone 25mg


MAG102886
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   Posted 4/6/2010 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Jello, pudding, yogurt, smoothies.
 
I also find myself eating a ton of carbs because they are my safe foods.
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 23 years old now.
Surgeries:3 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed, 3 Abscess Cleanings, Fistula Repair
Current Meds: Methorexate, Vitamin B12 (injections), Nexium.
Next Surgery: None.
 

farfrmnormal
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   Posted 4/7/2010 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I hear ya on the carbs and that is what I'm trying to avoid because I am gaining weight and I don't want to. I am always hungry because of the carb over load in my diet.

I think I will try some veggies that don't have skin on them. I had broccoli and asparagus on the weekend and seemed to fair ok.

Triscuts? WOW - I haven't touched those things in ages. They really mess me up.

My rule of thumb for picking foods is if the food item has more than 12-15% of my daily fiber intake I don't eat it.
- Diagnosed Nov 08' but undiagnosed for 13 years prior with no major problems
- First major flare Aug-Sep 09 - I attribute it to intolerance to meds and crappy GI
- Perianal abscess - EUA with drainage and Seton put in
- Meds: Remicade for life


misspriss82
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   Posted 4/7/2010 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
veggie wise, I always find that cooked zucchini and squash are best for me! The only fruit that really hurts me is pineapple, its truly the worst fruit for my tummy!

for snacks I like to eat popcicles (I pretend its ice cream and that works for me and also don't be alarmed if anything changes "color" b/c of the dye in the popcicles, I once thought I threw up blood!), saltines, baked cheetos, fruit roll ups
27y/o, diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at 25 y/o
2000 units of Vitamin D
1500 Units of Calcium
60mg of 6-MP once daily since Feb. 2010
 
(previously on prednisone & asacol)


SaraOnThisSite
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   Posted 4/7/2010 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I hear ya on the carbs as well! It's just so safe and comforting on my tummy, and I know it won't hurt me. But I'm trying to just be really good with portion control cause of the darn weight.

The baked apple, cheese and triscuit snack sounds really yummy. I'm def going to have to try to make that one day :)

I recently got a list of lower fiber veggies and other foods from a nutritionist. The zuchinni is okay, and I had cooked green beans the other day and they were all right on my stomach too. It's hard eating healthy and crohns healthy at the same time!
 
25 year old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in 2002 after being misdiagnosed with Lyme Disease for a year.  Have been on Prednisone, Asacol, Entocort, and Remicade in the past.
 
Currently on 100 50 mg of Mercaptopurine.  Just got put back on Asacol and Entocort.  I hate swallowing pills.  Just got out of a 5 day hospital stay.  Have to be put on 2 antibiotics and (cry) 40 mg of Prednisone.  And I really really don't want to.
 


sgirl
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   Posted 4/7/2010 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
bananas, yogurt, jello (when I remember to make it) I can handle cooked peas pretty well. I need to try the smoothies. I want to lose weight and that seems to be the best option for me (I've been in a mild flare for the past month and a bad flare the month before, but only lost a couple pounds total, guess that could be a good thing in a way...) I can't wait for the strawberries i'm getting this weekend mmmmm
Diagnosed with UC in February 2009.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis December 2009.
Flaring since October 2008
Possible Rheumatoid Arthritis

Medication: Pentasa 6x daily, Imuran 50 mg, multivitamin, Vit B12 1 g, omeprazole. Sulfasalazine


SaraOnThisSite
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   Posted 4/7/2010 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   
mmmmm i want some strawberries.....yum!
 
25 year old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in 2002 after being misdiagnosed with Lyme Disease for a year.  Have been on Prednisone, Asacol, Entocort, and Remicade in the past.
 
Currently on 100 50 mg of Mercaptopurine.  Just got put back on Asacol and Entocort.  I hate swallowing pills.  Just got out of a 5 day hospital stay.  Have to be put on 2 antibiotics and (cry) 40 mg of Prednisone.  And I really really don't want to.
 

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