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RobinByrd
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   Posted 3/14/2009 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm just curious about your experiences with popcorn.  It is by far my favorite snack food and I've had my husband ban all my popcorn stashes to the basement.  I love the stove popped popcorn with salt and popcorn butter/salt.  Yum! 
 
I am so craving popcorn...tell me I can eat it!!!!!
 
smurf  
: )  Robin
 
28 year old Mommy of an amazing 1 year old and Wife for 2 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
 
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!
 
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flchurchlady
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   Posted 3/14/2009 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah YOU CAN EAT IT!!! yeah  (in small quantities and chew it really well)


Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.


RobinByrd
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   Posted 3/14/2009 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
shocked    Small Quantities????    shocked
 
shakehead    That will be hard to do.
 
I seriously get the large popcorn at the movies and do not share...and I'm the one who leaves the theater to get the free refill of popcorn b/c it's that important.
 
Can I eat popcorn now?  Can I reclaim my stove popper and at least have four to six cups?! 
 
 
 
smhair    You know...I had my issues with the smurf (which have now been accepted/resolved), but now I have issues with the red faced hairy guy.  What is he doing?...sneezing?  Is he sick?  My hair on my head doesn't stand up when I sneeze or whatever it is he's doing.  Where would you use that?  Maybe if there's a comment about having a cold that involves the sniffles...but really...who made these? 
 
Then while we're on the topic why is there two fellows with sunglasses?  Really?  Why couldn't they have been more inovative?  We all know there are a slew of emotions and these Emoticons barely cover the basics...If I were technically saavy I would so deisgn different ones and submit them for usage.
 
smurf  
: )  Robin
 
28 year old Mommy of an amazing 1 year old and Wife for 2 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
 
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!
 
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vette guy
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   Posted 3/15/2009 12:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been told by many sources that those with an ileostomy should NEVER eat popcorn. Luckily, I was never really a fan of it. I've also been told the same thing about clams. Being that I love clam chowder that really does stink for me, though.

pepperann27
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   Posted 3/15/2009 1:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I have an ileostomy and I eat popcorn pretty rarely and I chew it really really good because I have gotten blocked from it before (NOT FUN!!) I still eat it sometimes though like if I go to a movie with a friend!
thanks, Dusti

Diagnosed with colonic inertia at 13 years old, had my colon removed.
Diagnosed with rectal inertia at 16 years old, had my rectum removed and had a jpouch made.
Diagnosed with small bowel inertia at 18 years old, and got an ileostomy wich I still have. I am 27 now.
If you want to know more, just ask me!
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Shaz032
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   Posted 3/15/2009 4:38 AM (GMT -6)   
You can eat popcorn... and peanuts... but I wouldn't eat 4 - 6 cupfuls right away lol Give yourself time to heal and start with small quantities :)
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Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 3/15/2009 5:46 AM (GMT -6)   

While I eat anything I want....I think it can be an individual thing!  My general rule is if it is an iffy food, small quantities and chew twice as much...Mushrooms, Shrimp/Clams, Popcorn and Nuts.

I'd definitely start with a cup for a while and SLOWLY increase the popcorn from there...only make small batches so you are not tempted!!


peggy113
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   Posted 3/15/2009 6:43 AM (GMT -6)   
My suggestion for the cravings of popcorn --- get the stuff that is like cheetos, only popcorn puffs. They are flavored with Butter and Salt or Cheese. They are very yummy and you can eat these UNLIMITED with no problems. Takes the cravings away without having to worry about a blockage! Be very careful with popcorn, esp early in the your "new" plumbing. Take a small handful and get the rest of it totally away from you so you won't be tempted.... I love it too, but only eat a very small portion when I do eat it. I love the popcorn puffs cuz I don't have to limit myself with them.
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


suebear
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   Posted 3/15/2009 6:48 AM (GMT -6)   

I remember eating popcorn with my ostomy and having no problems.  With any new and potential blockage food it's best to try them in small quantities first.  You can also purchase hulless popcorn, Pirates Booty, at Trader Joe's or health food stores.

Sue


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


summerstorm
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   Posted 3/15/2009 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
or you could, if you are home (i know this is gross) but spit the middle out after you eat the popcorn. When i eat pineapple i always spit out the stringy part, i do the same with oranges, cause that could casue blockages.
whats the deal with clams and shrimp?

LittleE
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   Posted 3/15/2009 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Robin- I too LOVE buttered pop corn (kettle corn and cheese popcorn too!!) and when I first tried eating it, I had a small bowl to make sure it wouldn't give me any problems. It never did, and now I sometimes eat about the equivalent of a whole bag of microwave popcorn in one sitting, and have Never had any problems! :)

My surgeon said that popcorn was totally fine to eat--the parts that we can't digest of it (the sharp little pieces) are usually helped through our intestines by all the white fluffy stuff that IS digested--Unlike something like oranges or spinach stems---hardly any of them is digested, and my surgeon said he had seen a lot of blockages from them...!

Try a cup or two, and enjoy!

emma12s
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   Posted 3/15/2009 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   

I, too, have been wanting to eat popcorn, so far though, I've been too afraid to try it--maybe tonight after reading all the above posts.  I hadn't been able to eat any corn at all for about the last 4 years, I have recently been eating corn several times with no issues.  The first time, I had to keep telling myself that it wasn't poison, that I could enjoy it (for so long I've tried to convince my brain that it was bad, so I wouldn't miss it!).

As for the shrimp and clams, my surgeon cautioned me against those and mushrooms, saying those are actually the worst foods for blockages and other issues.  I had never heard that with my diverticulosis--and I ate lots of mushrooms and shrimp, I'm now wondering if those caused some of my attacks.  Anyway, now I've been eating all of those with absolutely no problems, I chew, chew, chew and drink lots of water.


peggy113
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   Posted 3/15/2009 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Sue --- Pirates Booty! I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds vaguely familiar. I think maybe I read about it on a post on this board before? Our nearest Trader Joe's is over an hour away... but we have a local store, maybe they would have it. I'll have to remember that name. Am I right that I read somewhere (here, maybe?) that it comes as carmel corn too? Can't remember.
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


suebear
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   Posted 3/15/2009 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   

Yes!  Pirates Booty comes in carmel, BBQ, white cheddar (my favorite), and veggie flavors. 

Sue


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 3/15/2009 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
YUMMMMMM...all the Pirates Booty are so tasty!! I was just going to mention the carmel one when I saw the last post...you beat me to it:)

Peggy, I can get them at my local store and they're in the organic section!

flchurchlady
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   Posted 3/15/2009 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I love Pirates Booty, too! They sell it in the healthy chip section at our grocery store.
Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.


peggy113
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   Posted 3/15/2009 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm stopping at Kroger tomorrow ---   cross your fingers that I find it!  We've been watching lots of movies lately.   Popcorn and a movie!

Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


nene205
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   Posted 3/15/2009 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I love, love popcorn too. I have been eating a few kernels, waiting to see if anything starts hurting, then eating a few more. In the past,one serving of popcorn to me was the whole bag! It is such a comfort food to me and I think I'll go eat a few more kernels.

flchurchlady
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   Posted 3/15/2009 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
So, Robin, did you have some popcorn yet?
Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.


annyb
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   Posted 3/16/2009 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Personally, I can not stand popcorn. I think it has more to do with working in a movie theatre for 8 years than to do with my disease. I suggest to EVERYONE - only eat movie theatre popcorn if you see it coming out of the popper as you walk in. And make sure they scoop that popcorn.

Now back to your regularly scheduled life...
Crohn's Disease - 29 years
Diagnosed at age 10 in 1979
1st ileosecal resection 1989
2nd colon resection 1993
Chronic "D" and arthritis
Chronic rectal stricture with colonoscopy every 3 months to dialate
Insomnia since 1980 - I love my ambien!
 
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RobinByrd
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   Posted 3/16/2009 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   

Guys, thank you so much for your advice and suggestions!  There are just some foods that I am terrified to try, and popcorn is one of them.

While at the store today I did get a bag of the puffed popcorn-wanna-be stuff.  They only had the Cheetos brand, so I got that in Butter...and it was DELICIOUS!!!  It did suit my craving...I ate almost the entire bag...now I can't eat dinner.  blush

For my carmel corn craving I get the Fit and Active carmel rice cakes...YUM!  My son and I chow down on those too...I think he's really more motivated to chomp his down b/c he gets to take his own piece from the bag. 

Anyway, I may try popcorn when I'm at the movies...and then I guess I'll get a child size and drink a huge cup of water or sneak in my own grape juice.  Hell...I may sneak in my puffed popcorn just so I can pig out like normal during the movie.

So far I've noticed that a lot of things do pass just fine...I was nervous about lettuce and raw/semi-raw veggies.  However, so far I've been good to go!  Tomorrow I'm going to have a meal of steamed broccoli and cauliflower...that should be alright, right?

Thanks again for all your responses!!!  I have really completely adapted and adjusted to the ileo, so the only fears I have really have to do with foods. 

You all are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  yeah

smurf  


: )  Robin
 
28 year old Mommy of an amazing 1 year old and Wife for 2 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
 
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!
 
"Your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open."  -Unknown


peggy113
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   Posted 3/16/2009 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Isn't that puffed corn, butter flavored stuff just awesome.  No worries about blockages, and yes, I too have sat down and eaten a whole bag of it.  I'm here to tell you that it is just awful if it gets stale, so you must eat the whole thing once you open it, right?!  I'm currently hooked on eating M&M's while we are watching movies here at home.  I just can't stop eating them!!!
 
Re: brocolli and cauli ....  be careful of the stems.  They are much more fiberous than the tops.  Try a little... test the waters so to speak before making a meal of it.  They are "gassy" veggies, but you probably know that.  Sometimes the gas is worth it.  You seem to be doing wonderfully.  One thing that I do when eating foods that can be potential problems... never eat only that food, and never eat it on an empty stomach.  You know about drinking fluids with them.  For example, tonight I had a small salad of romaine, spinach, radishes, carrots, zucchini but I ate some of my pasta and meat sauce (made from the leftover meatloaf I made!) first, and ate my salad with my meal.  That is always safe for me.  If I am eating a chef salad, I usually eat lots of crackers/bread/meat/cheese with the raw veggies and then just chew the Heck out of it.
 
Let us know how things go with your experiences.  You have a great attitude and you will do fine, probably teach us veterans a thing or two!
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


RobinByrd
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   Posted 3/17/2009 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   

Peggy...

Everything you suggested I do with the veggies I did the opposite...I ate lunch before reading your post!

I ate a huge bowl...I loaded them with spray butter, salt and one piece of cheese...I had an empty stomach...I did have a sandwich about half an hour prior (but not with)...and I scarfed it down.  Yum!  I did take Bean-O just before, so lets hope I'm not hurting too much!

I am so going to the store today to get at least two bags of the puffed popcorn!  I can't stand that I'm out already!  They're not too bad calorie-wise, so I have a feeling I will be oinking out frequently until I can't eat them anymore...that's just how I do things! 

I now have two food addictions...1) Flavor Ice!!!  2) Puffed Popcorn!!!

smurf
: )  Robin
 
28 year old Mommy of an amazing 1 year old and Wife for 2 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
 
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!
 
"Your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open."  -Unknown

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