Low Fiber/Low Residue Diet???

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Ohkeedokee
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   Posted 8/2/2010 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
My GI states I need to be on a low fiber/low residue diet for my Crohns which goes completely against my diabetic diet.  I am at a loss looking up this type of diet online.  Basically, no veggies (unless totally mush), no fiber or grains.... so how does a person eat healthy on this type of diet?  Anyone?
I try and supplement all day long with protein shakes... just a wee bit boring ugh.
I am sure I'm not the only one in this situation and look forward to any input from the forum!
Have a great day!

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ivy6
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   Posted 8/2/2010 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, it's tricky, isn't it. Would it help if you got yourself in to see a dietitian? They might be the best people to advise on these complicated issues.

I'll admit that I don't know enough about the diabetic diet, but here are some ideas that *might* help?

* smoothies - make with peeled or soft fruits (e.g. peeled pears), milk / milk substitute, and maybe a bit of yoghurt. Bananas are nice too, but I'm guessing they're too high g.i.?
* jellies / jello - make with real gelatine and fruit juice. No sugar.
* soups. Lots of soups. Make with home-made stock and lots of chopped-up legal vegetables, or puree into smoothness.
* lean meat and peeled root vegetables. Maybe avoid potatoes, but perhaps suede, pumpkin, turnip, things like that will be all right for you?

Sorry I can't give you more expert advice. Please do think about that dietitian.

Ivy.
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WriterMum
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   Posted 8/3/2010 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Ivy. I would definitely ask for a dietician. You should be able to get referred to one who would know how to combine your 2 needs. In your case it is essential that you get the balance. Hopefully someone here who has the same issue can share their experience. Good luck.
45 years old. Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's in April 2005. Hiatus hernia diagnosed in 2008. Had Crohn's under control until March last year when I had a major flare up and ended up in hospital. Diagnosis is now CD and IBS. Getting it under control again.
Currently taking: Salofalk 2000 mg, Calcium and Vitamin D, Matamucil, Yogurt for probiotics, Pregnancy Vitamins for iron etc., Salofalk suppositories as needed.

Nanners
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   Posted 8/3/2010 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Okeedokee!  I follow a low residue diet all the time.  As this diet works best for me.  The thing to remember is easy to chew, easy to digest.  I eat alot of fish, chicken and turkey.  Yes veggies should be cooked to mush.  I disagree with Ivy though as potato's are a good source of postassium, just don't eat the peels.  I can eat various fruits, but once again avoid the peels and seeds.  I think talking to a dietician is a great idea.  You can also google the low residue diet and get some ideas of things you can eat and those to avoid until you can meet with the dietician.  Its not as bad as you would expect.  Hugs!
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Ohkeedokee
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   Posted 8/5/2010 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
  • smilewinkgrin  Thanks for all the replies!  Yes its time to get a little more inventive with what I'm eating... I have met with a dietician a few months ago, she gave some pointers but I find more info on the web and forums like this.  I know I need to get more fruits and veggies in my diet even if they are canned., and I must start on a good multi-vitamin since my diet lacks so much nutritionally.  I'll keep working on it.  My staples day to day are protein shakes, chicken (made a thousand ways), fish and yogurts.  Have any of you had problems with milk products like ICE CREAM (can't seem to live without it in the summer lol)  So far it hasn't given me any problems.... ahhhh Edy's Slow Churned is to die for! lol
  • Stay cool and be well!
  • How do you make the font bigger?????? I can barely read what I wrote lol 

I tried to fix the font without much success, sorry!

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Nanners
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   Posted 8/5/2010 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I can eat some ice cream and some cheeses, but milk and I are not friends at all. I can have a tad of lactose free milk so you might try that. You will learn to move around this diet and make different things with the fish, chicken and turkey etc. I never thought I would be one who would eat almost the same thing everyday, but thats what works best to keep me feeling better, so if it works why fix it, huh?? Good luck!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease 
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"*

Roni
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   Posted 8/5/2010 10:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I had insulin dependent gestational diabetes twice, so I have a good idea of what would be okay or not for both diabetes and CD.
When I had diabetes while pregnant and flaring, I pretty much ate the exact same things every day.

I had white sourdough bread every day. It is low res and excellent for diabetes and crohns. It's easy to digest and doesn't cause the blood sugar levels to spike like regular white bread. Some think it's even better for diabetics than whole grain. I ate organic peanut butter and jam sweetened with grape juice instead of sugar. I ate old cheddar cheese too.
I switched to whole grain brown rice pasta, which is also easy to digest and good for diabetes.
I ate white meats (chicken breast, fish, turkey breast) and took nearly all sugar out of my diet and had honey instead. I even made my own cranberry sauce with honey instead of sugar.
I ate all kinds of veggies and fruits, but when obstructed or flaring so badly, I ate pureed veggies and soft mushy fruit like applesauce and bananas.
When I ate celery, I pulled off all the strings.

And I counted my carbs. Approx 30g. of carbs per meal and 15g per snack is what they recommended. You should have a protein and a vegetable with every meal.

It is tough to be so strict with the diabetes and CD, but it can be done with lots of variety. You may want to check out the Maker's Diet, which is good for both blood sugar levels and CD. It has lots of fibre in tho, so you may have to modify it based on how you feel at the time. When flaring, well cooked veggies and less acidic fruit are excellent.

I stop drinking coffee while flaring and switch to green tea and chamomile with honey.

I only follow a low res/low fibre diet when I'm obstructed of flaring very badly. Otherwise, I can eat more fibre. I generally eat the same way even today.

I'd love to hear how things work out for you. Best wishes!
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