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MAG102886
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   Posted 4/6/2010 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I was just wondering if anyone has started eating mostly or all organic since being diagnosed and if it has helped with your Crohns at all.  This friday my boyfriend and I are going on a shopping trip for food.... I plan to start going mostly organic...minus fruits and veggies for now because it's just way to expensive.  I'm not doing it specifically to try to help my stomach but just to be healthier in general and have less processed junk in my body.  Thoughts?
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.
 

Dagger
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   Posted 4/6/2010 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
My friend's teenage daughter was recently diagnosed with Crohn's. Her teenager is second generation organic and they eat lots of vegetables. My body would go into shock whenever I ate at their house, it wasn't used to such healthy food but boy could they cook.

It can't hurt.

Since you can't afford to go all organic, look online for a list of the best and worst fruits and veggies. Some fruits/veggies have a lot of pesticides and others have only a tiny bit. If you can buy some organics, it makes sense to get the ones that make a difference. If I remember correctly, it is recommended to always get organic apples and strawberries but conventional broccoli and bananas are pretty low in pesticide residue.

PV
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   Posted 4/6/2010 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't buy "organic" vegetables or fruits, or the new fad organic snacks etc. However, I do buy "organic" chicken, beef, and milk - mainly because it is only in the organic kind, that you can get non-antibiotic fed meat. I get the organic milk again for the same reason (no growth hormone, no antibiotics, and is also been pasteurized in a way that eliminates the MAP bacteria). Those are the things that I buy organics for.

PV
Husband with Crohn's
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
Currently c-diff free
Osteopenia of spine (Mar 2010)
Canasa (1gm), Lialda (4.8 gms), Remicade (8 weeks)
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Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 4/6/2010 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
It's okay if you don't buy everything organic...it is very expensive:(

Here's a tip a learned a few years back: DON'T buy any fruit/veggie who's sku number starts with an '8' (on the little tag)...8's are genetically modified and not good for you AT ALL. I did just read an article that blames GM foods for many of the auto-immune diseases...interesting read, but I don't think is was very scientific! BUT it is a fact that the GM foods are modified with chemicals/pesticides in them...YUK...so they can withstand any mass spraying, less man hours, etc..

Any number that starts with a 9 is organic and a 4 is non GM. Buying your milk from a local farmer who doesn't use pesticides/hormones/antibiotics is a great way to help your local farmer...I've got some of the tastiest milk, ice cream and butter right down the road!

Good luck...going organic/healthy doesn't happen overnight (took me 5 years) but your body WILL thank you!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008


spookyh
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   Posted 4/6/2010 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I buy organic milk, grass fed beef, wild caught fish, and try to get as much organic produce as I can (apples, pears, squash, carrots). Eventually I'd like to go all organic, but right now, not everything I eat is available that way, or it's too much money (like organic berries). It's a good start though!
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


MAG102886
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   Posted 4/6/2010 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for the ideas. I don't plan on buying milk, I never drank the stuff anyways...but I was going to try almond milk.  I have had soy milk before (silk milk) I only really eat it mixed in with oatmeal.  The meat is a big thing for me, I only eat chicken and seafood, I don't think I've ever seen organic seafood?  I actually read an article that said the best fruit over all for your body is kiwi, I never would have thought that, but I love it.  My favorite fruits are berries (black/rasp/straw) go figure...the most expensive ;-)
I figured to save on veggies I would start going to farmers markets, it may not be organic but it's cheaper and fresh. 
 
I actually work in a grocery store and I get 10% off everything that is store brand and they pretty much have a store brand variety of everything, so that will help out some.
 
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.
 

CrazyHarry
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   Posted 4/6/2010 9:00 PM (GMT -7)   
oh man i cannot hype organic food enough and what it did for me with crohn's! i was facing a colectomy and having an ostomy 4 years ago. i started the makers diet, which had me eating organic and shunning sugars and processed foods and high glycemic foods and it saved my colon and radically changed my life for the better. my body is so used to eating organic food that i get sick and physically ill if i stray too much for too long. i have never felt better once going organic. every one needs to do this. it is so worth the money.
Crazy Harry

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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
med free as of 10/31/07


spookyh
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   Posted 4/6/2010 10:34 PM (GMT -7)   
The most important fruits/veggies to buy organic (due to major contamination) are:
* Apples
* Bell Peppers
* Celery
* Cherries
* Imported Grapes
* Nectarines
* Peaches
* Pears
* Potatoes
* Red Raspberries
* Spinach
* Strawberries

The safest non-organic fruits/veggies are:
* Asparagus
* Avocados
* Bananas
* Broccoli
* Cauliflower
* Corn
* Kiwi
* Mangos
* Onions
* Papaya
* Pineapples
* Peas

Source: http://www.naturalhealthezine.com/most-important-organic-fruits-vegetables-to-buy/
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


spookyh
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   Posted 4/6/2010 10:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, and MAG102886, for seafood you're mainly looking for wild caught (vs. farm raised). I keep an eye on the ads and stock up on wild salmon when it's on sale.
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


lamb61
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   Posted 4/7/2010 3:42 AM (GMT -7)   
When you start going to the farm markets ask if they are organic. Some of them will even have signs posted. I know the butcher we use raises & sells organic beef, buffalo & chicken --- they don't like eating or feeding their family pesticides.
 


CrazyHarry
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   Posted 4/7/2010 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
most papaya is genetically modified, especially the ones from hawaii.

on the sticker on your produce, those numbers are key. if it is a 4 digit number it is conventional produce. if it is a 5 digit number beginning with 9 it is organic. if it is a 5 digit number beginning with 8 it is genetically modified. dont worry about the actual numbers except if it is a 5 digit code, then the first number (8 or 9) becomes important.

farm raised fish has higher PCB levels than wild caught. also farm raised salmon has to be colored with artificial dyes to make it pink/orange. it is synonymous to margarine being colored yellow so you'll associate it with butter as it is a butter substitute (both items are actually gray until colored).
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
med free as of 10/31/07

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