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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 1/12/2008 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
As the new year begins I began groaning and rolling my eyes as I heard each family member, friend, and coworker talk about the new diet they were trying.  I purposely skip all the makers diet/SCD diet posts on here.  I was adament that my safe foods were starchy white carbs.  My one vice was sugar.  They were things I could eat without feeling sick.  But at 5'7", 130 lbs.  I seemed to have a kind of bigger belly than the rest of my body.  I also thought I was bloated.  I blamed some dairy that I might have ate or the gassy feeling I had from crohns, or if it was that time of the month I blamed that.  My husband, to my dismay, just started the South Beach Diet.  I was upset because he cooks dinner when because I am in school and I work.  I couldn't imagine my crohns surviving sans carbs and gasp, with more vegetables.  He assured me that I could eat whatever I wanted in front of him and he would be fine.  That if i needed him to he would make me a seperate meal. 
But, the food that he is making, despite only being on phase one looks delicous.  Tons of fresh veggies that he bakes or steams until they are soft.  None of my staple potato and rice combos.  No bread.  Healthy cuts of meat and fish.  I have been eating the same dinner as him for about a week now.
Begrudgingly, I started to read the book.  I couldn't believe how despite being "skinny" so much of the book applied to me.  Specifically the sugar highs and crashes, bloating and gas, eating making me hungrier, never consuming enough liquids, eating carbs straight instead of pairing with a protein to slow absorbtion and raise my blood sugar slower and therefore lower it slower.  I was enthralled.  Despite me being the number one opposer, I decided to try bits and pieces of the diet.
I am adding protein to my yogurt breakfast.  A slice of sandwhich meat or something.  Maybe an egg.  I am drinking tons of water.  I have cut back (not cut out) my carbs.  I try to eat healthier carbs.  I am trying to eat less processed foods and more fresh foods.  No more canned or frozen veggies.  Less sauces and more olive oil and spice- meditaranian style.  I am also in a good space crohns wise so I feel safe experimenting with these veggies etc.
I now have to say that after only one week, despite the fact that I have my period, my stomach looks flatter than ever.  I have lost at least 4 pounds although I was not trying at all to lose weight.  I haven't exercised this week but plan to today or tomorrow.
Here is why I post: I was any low carb/low sugar diet's number one opposer.  I was SO sick of hearing about everyone elses diet.  And then I read the book and tried it a little bit.  And it is working.  And I am impressed.  And I wanted to just remind you to never say never.  I am slowly trying to make some lifestyle changes without being too drastic.  I still have my dannon yogurt despite the sugar.  But next time Im at whole foods I might try plain unsweetened yogurt w/ fresh fruit and honey.  You don't have to deprive yourself.  You don't have to stop everything.  Just little changes and being more consientous to what you put in your body makes a HUGE difference.  I must concede that fact.
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!

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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 739
   Posted 1/12/2008 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Your post has been so helpful to me. I think I am at the point where u were, where hearing about these diets was getting on ur nerves. But I'm weird, because I find myself reading ALL the diet posts. Mayb its some form of me punishing or trying to brain wash myself n2 going thru with it.
Cutting out the red meat isn't that big of a deal bc I don't eat much of it any way. And I love chicken and some fish like talapia and whiting. Its the cutting out the carbs,sugar, and gluten that I can't handle.
I'm a bread and pasta eater, and I was going to just try and modify, mayb add things to my diet like the flax oils and probiotics (whatever those are lol I'm not quite sure yet), but I wonder what would b the point if cutting the carbs is the most important part.
25 y/o female- crohns disease since 14
Ileostomy pending-very worried
Tried asacol,pentasa,prednisone,remicade,6mp,azasan, no avail
Seatons placed
Worst year ever!

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear....."
Where does mine come from?!

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Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 1/12/2008 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Fitzky :)

You should add a good probiotic daily (remission or not) it helps loads with keeping the gut flora balanced, since we as IBDers tend to have bacterial overgrowth and that mainly stems from over-eating high sugar foods, sugar feeds on bacteria and that's where alot if not most of the bloating stems from (not to mention excessive gas).

I cut refined sugar, processed foods, caffeine, animal fats and fast-foods out of my diet a long time ago and I have to say for a 40yr old woman, I have a very nice, flat and toned stomach (I also exercise regularly) exercise alone doesn't help with toning muscles, it's true when they say you are what you eat...

I used to eat alot of chocolate cake (I bake an amazing one) and low and behold I walked around with a chocolate cake ass and shortbread cookie thighs until I realized that you really are what you eat.

And the more better changes you make the even better your overall health becomes.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 18
   Posted 1/12/2008 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
You're absolutely right. Eat what works for you, but you start with what y ou like. I eat lots of protein and a decent amount of dairy, yogurt and cheese. London broil, chicken and fish works good, as long as I don't have a lot of ingredients in it it, it works for me.
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