When in remission, can you eat regular food?

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   Posted 9/17/2007 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not in remission but I was just wondering if you all who are in remission can ever eat regular food. Do you ever get to eat a salad or a soda pop? I'm dying without my pop but I'm afraid to drink any with my guts acting up so much. I was just wondering if there is ever any hope to be semi-normal again.
Dx'd CD in August 2007 - 42-yr-old wife and mom
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   Posted 9/17/2007 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
In my experience, it's good news/bad news. When in remission, as I've been for several years now, I find I SEEM to tolerate a wider variety of foods with no ill effects. But eventually, the cheats catch up to me and I start to have problems again. I've come to the conclusion it's best to stay on a restricted, safe diet with only very occasional cheats for special times like holidays.
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   Posted 9/17/2007 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Even people without IBD tolerate some foods better that others. I can eat salad and drink cokes and they don't bother me, but that doesn't mean they won't bother you. I suggest adding things slowly and see how you feel. You just never know what will work for each person......

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   Posted 9/17/2007 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   

Well I been in remission for over 7 years and have been medication free. 

 Yes you can eat regular foods but you really need to be careful about the amounts that you eat. For example I love salad. But we all know with Crohn’s that it doesn’t love me. So what i do is either eat a small salad or just once or twice a week.
I won’t let my crohn’s control what I eat. I just try not to eat foods that I know that bother me too often


you may also relize that certin foods trigger your crohns if there is one food that bothers you i would try and stay away from that. Mine is Apples and the skins. So i jsut stopped eating apples.

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   Posted 9/17/2007 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi If your guts are acting up just stay on your safe foods for awhile you will get to eat better as you feel better. That's why I like low roughage it is safe for me and I now am better able to eat and enjoy life. I added foods as I felt better and a little at a time not a large amount of something to see how it worked on me. Some foods I couldn't eat I am now eating like I had an egg sub and it did not bother me butb I have waited 9 months to try it. .So it is a matter of feeling good and trying a little as small amounts go threw faster. After your jello and water try creamed soups and whipped potatoes and then white bread and tuna .Fish is good for me I find it easy to digest. Hope you feel better soon. lol gail

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   Posted 9/17/2007 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not in remission, but my Humira keeps me practically symptom free. I can eat just about anything and everything, though I did give up soda for health reasons more than anything. If I drink some, it just makes me gassy and uncomfortable.

Every person has different tolerances. I refuse to eat a limited diet just in case it affects me. It rarely does so I enjoy like and all the food it offers =) Sometimes popcorn bothers me and sometimes I can down an entire bag of the buttery goodness without a problem (or with minor discomfort that is worth it!).

WHen I'm flaring, I can't eat anything solid so I enjoy it while I can.

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   Posted 9/17/2007 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
So far the only thing I have found for certain that bothers me is salad. I have no known other issues but I'm afraid to try popcorn or unskinned apples or cucumber. I'm really new to all this so I figure it might take years to figure out what my diet will consist of.
Vicky / 47 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
Daughter (26) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor

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   Posted 9/17/2007 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a few trigger foods, mainly lettuce, raw veggies (steamed are fine), and popcorn. Other than that, I have no restrictions. I drink pop on a regular basis, etc. I just stay away from those few triggers.
Crohn's Disease for a year and counting
Imuran: 150mg
Humira: got 4 shots on 9/12, still technically waiting for approval from my insurance
Dicyclomine and hyoscamine for intestinal cramping and spasms
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   Posted 9/17/2007 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I am pretty much in remission, but I have had two resections and no longer can eat just anything I want. I have learned to eat what I CAN eat and avoid the troubling foods. Its very different for each of us.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 9/17/2007 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
While in TRUE remission (it's only happened once in the past five years), I can eat a car battery and be fine.  When in ALMOST remission, I still have to be careful.  Like JulieWith said, if I want a salad, I make sure to put some kind of protein and carb with it.  But just a bowl of lettuce??  No way, Jose.  And for all the other times, I just get this feeling of if I can eat something or not.  My gut is usually right (no pun intended!)

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   Posted 9/17/2007 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   
In full remission I can eat almost anything, but popcorn is the exception. I might as well be eating salted shards of glass. Salads and the other usual suspects can sometimes be a problem if I'm not careful, but in moderation I can generally tame those.

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   Posted 9/17/2007 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   
If you're in remission I recommend you eat a completely heatlhy diet, no pop and refined sugar, processed foods, fast-foods, ect. you eat junk, your body will be junk.

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   Posted 9/18/2007 12:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I was stupid, and I tried to eat some spinach that was on a piece of pizza earlier today. I've been feeling really good the past couple days after starting Humira, and I thought I could get away with it. Apparently not...I had some good runs to the bathroom...not all that enjoyable in a college dorm setting either.
Crohn's Disease for a year and counting
Imuran: 150mg
Humira: got 4 shots on 9/12, still technically waiting for approval from my insurance
Dicyclomine and hyoscamine for intestinal cramping and spasms
http://studentwebs.winona.edu/catraun4902 <--This link will be changing, but for now it works!

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   Posted 9/18/2007 12:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I enjoyed about 2 years of gut remission on Remicade. I could eat everything except Romaine lettuce. As my GI explained to me, people with normal guts can have issues with certain foods. People just sort of instinctively learn this and avoid those foods. Now that Remicade has stopped working for me, I am finding I need to be more and more careful. Hopefully, after I do my Humira loading dose I will be able to return to me carefree eating life style. I went over 20 years watching every morsel that went into my mouth. The last couple of years have been true bliss in terms of me diet. Hope you acheive gut remission soon!
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   Posted 9/18/2007 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I have to agree w/ what others have said about continuing to watch what you eat.I am able to tolerate many more foods since having a resection,but things like fried foods,some raw veggies,& highly processed foods always seem to have ill effects on me.I have had good results by changing my eating habits,not just for crohns,but my heart also.Take care!
Official Crohns DX-march 2004.Pentasa 4000mg,B12,Probiotics
         1 resection
Cardiomyopathy DX-may 2004.Coreg,Altace,Digitek,Lasix,Potassium,very low-sodium diet

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