Spinach and other leafy Greens

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starrnr
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   Posted 7/12/2007 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been slowly adding leafy greens (salad stuff in particular) and other vegies back into my diet the last couple of months. What a joy it's been to finally be able to eat "crunchy" vegies and not feel ill.

Which brings me to this. I've been doing really well until I ate a fresh spinach salad yesterday and today. I don't put crazy dressings on my salads and kept these really simple. Mind you, I didn't get sick, but holy smokes did my insides let me know they weren't happy!!! tongue Only the spinach has given me this reaction (lots of noise, gas, real stinky bm's). The other greens/vegies haven't bothered me at all.

For the first time in over a year, it's been a pleasure to eat almost normally... I'm bummed about the spinach.

Any thoughts?
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roads63
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   Posted 7/12/2007 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
congrad's combo's leafs, mabe there is a substitute forspinach

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   Posted 7/13/2007 6:11 AM (GMT -7)   
starrnr,

Raw veggies are particularly hard on a lot of IBSers guts. Some say its the digestion of the fibers in the food. I'm not sure exactly why but I also have a hard time with raw veggies. I can handle it in moderation but too much of it will leave me miserable. Also spinach is a food high in fiber and your symptoms sound like that could be it also. Do you take fiber supplements or introduce high fiber foods? Sometimes if you have too much and not used to it, you would have the reaction that you did.

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   Posted 7/13/2007 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had to follow a Low Residue Diet since my colon cancer, resection, temp colostomy reversal, etc. - 8 years ago. I know that Iceberg lettuce is permitted with this diet and that might provide the crunchiness you miss. It's not as beneficial (vitamin wise) as say a fresh spinach salad but it might fill this void with you. Perhaps you could enjoy a wedge of Iceberg, drizzled with dressing and sprinkled with a little bit of cheese.

The newer, more popular baby greens salads restaurants serve, especially with nuts and dried fruit, are a big no-no for me. Way to much fiber. I pay for these salads later.

I can however tolerate a Caesar Salad though - Romaine lettuce seems to agree with me.

Good luck to you!

starrnr
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   Posted 7/13/2007 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Des, I forgot how much more fiber there is in spinach than lettuce and I don't do well with alot of fiber all at once. That totally explains it. Uh duh... tongue

I don't do supplements as that just makes things worse for me; I try and get my fiber in my food. I was just excited to eat raw spinach and it backfired, big time! Ah well, I guess my spinach will be cooked, for now. (Blech!!!) I've been really careful and guess I just need to remember my portions.

Marsky, thanks for the suggestion. I love iceberg wedges w/blue cheese, but it's really hard on my system so it's a rare treat for me.

Thanks!
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Keriamon
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   Posted 7/13/2007 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Mustard.  If you can tolerate yellow mustard, put a little bit on your cooked spinach, turnip greens or mustard greens.  It gives them some flavor.  Only way I'll eat my cooked greens.  I put a friend in school onto it and now even my husband always does it.  Just something my family does for some reason (probably because it tastes better, lol). 
 
My mother also likes the Old Glory canned spinnach.  Now that she will eat plain because it's flavored with bacon or something.  Supposed to be very tasty, their line of veggies. 

starrnr
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   Posted 7/13/2007 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Keri - what a great idea. I'll try it on my greens. It's funny, I love 'southern' greens, but don't really like cooked spinach. Go figure. Thanks for the suggestion!
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SnowyLynne
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   Posted 7/13/2007 1:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I love spinach & salads If I don't over do it i'm fine.
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Keriamon
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   Posted 7/13/2007 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
My mother is the same way--she prefers turnip greens over spinach. Me, I can't tell the difference. Maybe could if I sat down and ate them side-by-side for a comparison, but once you put the mustard on, they really do all taste alike, lol.

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   Posted 7/13/2007 11:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Good gracious, I hated raw spinach ever since my mother used to force it upon me every day as a child. I don't care how cool Popeye was, I was repulsed.

That being said, I just had a mixed green salad with some baby spinach in it tonight. Wasn't half bad, LOL. Okay, so I went to the bathroom four times after dinner. But I'm going to have great biceps by tomorrow morning!
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   Posted 7/14/2007 10:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Once you put mustard on anything it tastes the same. LOL. I hated spinach as a child cause it always seemed to have grit in it. Now I could eat it every night, cooked usually with a little butter and grated parmesan cheese on it. It is really good that way.

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   Posted 7/14/2007 11:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I like to saute my leafy greens with garlic and olive oil, or in fake butter. I eat them as a side dish with (mixed into) my mashed potatoes or rice. Collard greens are super yummy with garlic and oil. Throwing a few pieces of spinach into pasta is really yummy as well. It doesn't take much to cook either (most leafy greens), they shrink down to almost nothing in just a few minutes.
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starrnr
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   Posted 7/16/2007 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Lil...that also sounds yummy...hmmm, gonna have to get some greens now! Actually, there is a fabulous BBQ place up here that has the absolute best greens as a side dish. Guess I'm going to have to arm-twist the other half to take me there this weekend!

Btw, I toss fresh spinach into my pasta sauce as well -- that I can eat no problem!

Thanks guys for the tips - you've been a great help.
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   Posted 7/19/2007 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I just jumped onto this forum and am here to say hi Starrnr! I don't know why I keep hanging around at the CD site when I should probably hang out here. hugs, B
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