Makers Diet & Bloating

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 1/15/2008 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Just wondering about this whole makers diet stuff. It sounds great and i'm going to start it very soon. I've already cut out all processed foods, started eating more fruit and taking probiotics and it's made a huge difference already. No more D at all.

But my question is - will the makers diet also help with all the bloating i have. My tummy becomes severely bloated no matter what i eat.(and my diet is v.healthy) And i have that distended feeling nearly all of the time. Only if i stop eating for a whole day does the uncomfortable bloating stop.

I was informed by another member that this could be caused by a stricture. So i just wonder is there any way it will heal itself or do i need medication also as i am only taking Questran at the moment.

I am having some tests done at the end of the month so i might get some answers as to what's causing the bloating (it doesn't make sense because my disease is pretty much under control apart from the bloating and distended feeling). But if anybody knows whether the Makers diet will help with the bloating i'd love to hear from you.

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 1/15/2008 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   
If followed to the T, the MD should help with bloating because of all the naturally occurring probiotics and digestive enzymes (from fresh fruits and veggies) you are introducing to your gut. In addition, by eliminating the bad carbs (sugar, flour, starches, etc.), you are no longer feeding the bad bacteria, therefore that "fermentation process" of the bad guys in the gut is no longer taking place. Be sure to read the book, though, as it has great information on how to get started the right way.

Personally, I think digestive enzyme supplements are important, too. I've taken them for about 10 years for reasons other than CD and can't imagine not using them. When my son was diagnosed w/CD and I read the different diets, it became clear to me that there is benefit in taking them for Crohn's, as well. The book explains this well. Our fresh food sources--even high quality organics--are deficient in these critical, naturally occurring enzymes.

Also, a probiotic supplement will additionally help with bloating. Don't be surprised if, after starting probiotics, you initially feel possibly a bit MORE bloated. This is normal according to all the literature, due to a die off of the bad bacteria in the gut. Thankfully it should only last two to three days, from what I've read.

I don't know about your stricture question... Good luck to you!
Mother to 15 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium w/D3 and a good multivitamin.
Started The Maker's Diet in early September.

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 1/15/2008 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
My daughter has a stricture which causes bloating when Crohn's is active. But when it is in remission, then there is no bloating.
However, we have found out that some foods, like fish and spinach, cause her to become bloated. We don't know why, and it's not a long list. So she just stays away from those foods. (She's not that upset about staying away from spinach and most fish is contaminated anyway.)
I'm pretty sure I read a post on HW that said VSL #3, a probiotic, caused them to bloat. I don't know whether this was temporary, or not.
I hope your tests at the end of the month measure your sed rate and CRP, to be sure you are in remission. You can have low amounts of both and still have active Crohn's, but at least they are less invasive that SBFT or  colonoscopy.

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   Posted 1/15/2008 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
my stricture is in the rectum area. but i dont have bloating. in fact, it all went away once i started the maker's diet. i agree with emom that digestive enzymes are key. depending on what i eat, i take 1-3 with each meal. if i eat out, i take 3, sometimes another one later if i really question the food and my decision to eat it.

bloating is caused basically by food fermenting in your gut. what causes fermentation? basically carbs. if you cut out grains and junk food and sugar, most of it should subside rather quickly as the bad bacteria which feeds off this stuff is getting killed off by lack of their preferred food supply. dont get me wrong, you can eat grains on this diet and it does encourage it. sprouted is preferred, but i find i am fine with a little here and there, however i do best when they are kept to a minimum, sprouted or not. vegetables do have some carbs, but these are good carbs. fiber is also fermentable, so if you have bloating that could be causing it. you would need to find out which foods contain fermentable fiber (look on wikipedia) and also scrutinize your fiber supplement, if you are taking one.

if i ever feel or appear bloated it is immediately after a meal. but that is expected. how much depends on the size of the meal. as your body digests the food, it subsides and you get your six pack back (or what is left of it anyway).
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 1/15/2008 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I eat a sourdough rye bread almost daily. Sometimes I'll eat sourdough pitas too, although not very often because the whole wheat ones still bother me. I find I can tolerate whole wheat alot better if it's been soaked overnight.

I like to make the whole wheat pancakes (blueberry pecan recipe in MD), except I don't put in the blueberries or pecans. The pancakes puff right up almost like an english muffin and they're great with butter and honey or org. peanut butter and strawberries.

best wishes,

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