What's for Dinner? For those who wish to share meal ideas during nasty flares.

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   Posted 8/26/2010 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been totally flaring the last week or so. I am fairly strict about my diet when it comes to gluten and grains, sugar, processed food, but mostly when I'm flaring. I sort of go by how I'm feeling, but apparently, doesn't always work out well.

Brkfast: 1 gluten free waffle with a small dollop of real maple syrup, 1 banana, 1/3 c. of goat yogurt.

Lunch: 2 small chicken drumsticks with honey and spices, small red potatoes w/butter, brown rice pasta w/butter & parmesan.

Snack: strawberries, decaf espresso with honey. Mmmmm.

Dinner: more brown rice pasta with low acid tomato sauce and butter and parmesan cheese, big slice of cantaloupe, decaf. green tea.

Snack: 2 pancakes. I made those soaked whole wheat grain pancakes in the Maker's Diet (no pecans tho). Also had more cantaloupe.

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   Posted 8/27/2010 5:03 AM (GMT -6)   
when i'm not well, i eat scrambled egg and a slice of toast or boiled egg with solders. Other than that, i eat fish fingers with chips, fried egg and chips, french toast, chicken, duck and salmon. I tend to have to avoid all veggies and fruit. I can easily hoover down a greasy burger and fries or even popcorn but never fruit and veg.
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   Posted 8/27/2010 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
When I'm flaring, all I want is carbs, so I could never follow any of those diets.  Carbs are all that will settle my stomach...lots of toast, crackers, tortilla chips, chicken noodle soup, etc.  I'm jealous that you can have strawberries...that's one of those things I eat sometimes even though I know they will make me sick...just can't help it.  =)

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   Posted 8/27/2010 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to eat almost all carbs and no fruits or veggies but after my first resection and the CD in my duodenum settled down, I could tolerate many fruits and veggies again, so now I eat them everyday. I want to eat as much nutritious food as possible, so even if I can't eat blueberries or strawberries, I'll buy it in baby food if I have to or puree my own. I LOVE applesauce when flaring.

So far today I had Maker's Diet pancakes with 1/3 c. of frozen blueberries and maple syrup, applesauce, lunch was baked chicken and potatoes, dinner is homemade chicken vegetable soup. For snacks I had a handful of natural baked chips. I also had a decaf green tea with honey and a decaf espresso. I'm probably going to have a PB&J sandwich and a chamomile and cataloupe tonight too.

I'm pretty much pigging out cause I'm on prednisone again. Haha! Oh, and I snuck a gluten free chocolate wafer cookie. At least, I'm trying to stay with the healthier snacks. ;-)

I've been obstructed lately so I've been chewing my food extra long too. What a tedious task.

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   Posted 8/27/2010 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
well, when I'm not in a bad flare I can have anything except a huge serving of popcorn.
When I am flaring badly, I cannot have: coffee, milk, ice cream, yogurt, soft cheeses, popcorn, fried food, fruits and veg, beans., spicy food.. etc.

I pretty much live on watered down juice, mashed potatoes, broth from vegetable soup, and boost.

Mashed potatoes seem particularly comforting and easy on the stomach for me, and they are satisfying.

Its funny bc whenever I get really sick I crave Chinese food really bad! When I had to go to hospital for the first time when I was dx'd (worst flare to date- a doozy) al week I was dreaming about Chinese food and seafood chowder. Mostly the chinese. LOL
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   Posted 8/27/2010 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Haha, Tara28, that's so funny that you crave Chinese food. I've been craving General Tso's Chicken since I started flaring in the beginning of June. Makes me wonder if it has something to do with the salt content. Or maybe the intestines want MSG. smilewinkgrin

But when I get really sick, my food for flaring includes cereal, skim milk, ice cream, yogurt, (some) cheese, macaroni, Boost and eggs. Sometimes mashed potatoes. But other then that I can't really handle most food. Spent 2 weeks on that. Now feeling kinda better and moved onto frozen dinners. Not healthy, but my stomach doesn't complain so I'll go with it until I start being more adventurous again. yeah

The only thing that sucks is I can't eat meat during a flare and I really need the protien/B12...

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   Posted 8/28/2010 6:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't flare that badly any more, but when I used to -

lots of bananas - heated up and mushed with honey, banana smoothies with soymilk, banana juice
white fish and mashed sweet potato
homemade chicken soup with gluten free bread

I never found that anything doctors told me, or any specific diet really worked. It was more a process of trial and error, and I think everyone has to work out what is right for them....saying that I think sugar is pretty bad for most people when you are flaring.

Also I took slippery elm, tumeric juice, aloe vera juice, probiotics (sometimes) and lots of peppermint tea.
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   Posted 8/28/2010 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Heated bananas with honey sounds good. Do you fry them or put in the oven?
I was recently thinking about trying fried or baked plantains. I've never even had one before. Anyone try plantains? Know a good recipe?

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   Posted 8/28/2010 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband is Mexican and his family fries the plantains and then dips them in cinnamon and sugar. I tried them and they were tasty, but have alot of sugar, so I didn't eat too many.
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   Posted 8/28/2010 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Roni, plantains are the bomb!!!! I saute them with some brown sugar and cinnamon and a good margarine like Smart Balance or Olivio, just a little so they aren't greasy. They are awesome!!!! I usually eat low residue foods when I am flaring, grits, white toast, chicken noodle soup, saltines. I can eat cookies when I am flaring, like sugar cookies. I just have to stay away from anything with too much fat, spice or fiber. I quit carbonation all together and honestly, I don't think it has helped much at all except some bloating. When I feel like eating meats usually agree ok with me as long as they aren't fried. Fish and seafood agree with me too when my appetite picks up.
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   Posted 8/28/2010 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
When I crave Chinese food during a flare, I order Egg Drop Soup from a local restaurant (without the green onions, and without MSG).  It satisfies the Chinese food craving, and does not upset my stomach in the least.

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   Posted 8/28/2010 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I crave Chinese food sometimes too. I usually have rice, beef with veggies, bean sprouts, and I might have some chicken with sweet and sour sauce. I order from a place that doesn't use MSG and I use my own wheat free soya sauce.

This morning I had a banana & a whole wheat sourdough raisin apple cinnamon pita with org. peanut butter. :-) Yummy!
Then for lunch I had a sunflower seed butter bar and chicken rice veggie soup.

For dinner, I'm having Mediterranean chicken stuffed with goat cheese and spinach and a baked potato with butter. I might have corn bread too, depends how I'm feeling.
I wonder if corn bread will be okay...?

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   Posted 8/28/2010 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Food is my favorite subject. If I were rich, I'd have a full time chef (and nanny). lol. The chef can cook all food that is good for CD.

I will be picking up some plantains next time at the grocery store. Should I buy green or yellow ones?

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   Posted 8/28/2010 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm in college at the moment and cafeteria food is something I have to avoid (all our school cooks is fried foods. It bothered me last year before had CD and I'm not risking eating there again.)
Instead I have a stock of microwavable and frozen foods in my room.

Some foods that have really been a life saver when I'm really hungry have been mashed potatoes and sandwiches. Also some chicken broth and avocados with saltine crackers have been a big help.
As for sweets, i found that eating popsicles/sherbert while drinking water at the same time works out well. And rice krispie treats once in a while (if you can tolerate that much sugar). I sometimes miss my daily chocolate and ice cream but I'm getting used to this new diet. Hope these suggestions help :D

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   Posted 8/28/2010 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I also crave carbs when I'm ill and also eggs. My fave meal is spagetti bolognaise with wholemeal pasta and aduki beans.
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