Does Fasting Help?

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   Posted 3/2/2008 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I am going through a flare and was wondering if it is "ok" to fast for breakfast and lunch but then eat a small dinner (of low residual foods)?

I speak to my doc on Tuesday and am going to get some peptamin (thanx Writer!) but need something to help me out until then. Any and all comments would help! :-)
Battling w/ CD for 2 years...
Osteopenia in the spine caused by prednisone
Currently on Remicade

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   Posted 3/2/2008 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I am not a believer in fasting but that is my opinion.  I do not think it is a healthy way to deal with your CD.  Others may have better advice.
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   Posted 3/2/2008 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't think it is a good idea to fast to help with a flare either.  Maybe drink Ensure or Boost as a meal for breakfast and lunch instead.  When my Crohn's was really bad and I was working, I could not eat anything for breakfast or lunch at all or I'd be in the bathroom all day.  I am a teacher, so it is not possible to be in the bathroom many times a day. I'd just skip those meals and wait for dinner.  I am not saying it is a good or healthy thing to do at all, but I felt I had to with my work situation.  On the weekends, I would just eat and know I'd be in the bathroom all day.   

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   Posted 3/2/2008 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
The way I deal with it is to not eat until I get to work. That way, when the run to the bathroom starts, at least I am not in my car. I would keep to liquids or very soft easy to digest foods. I tend to do the bland, full liquid diet with some slight changes. I seem to be able to tolerate rice, pasta, fish, mashed potato, and some chicken. So I make lots of custard and pudding with lactaid milk and end up packing a small cooler that I can keep under my desk with my food for the day. I find if I don't eat all day, I end up eating things I shouldn't just because I'm starving, and then I've really messed myself up.

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 3/2/2008 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't eat my first actual meal until suppertime, I have a fruit smoothy with yogurt and chamomile tea (first thing in the am when I get up) before supper and then in the early eve after supper I snack on one or 2 snacks, it's all in how you condition yourself...for most of my life I've never really eaten food for breakfast it started during my teen years.

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   Posted 3/2/2008 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so much for your advice! =-)
Battling w/ CD for 2 years...
Osteopenia in the spine caused by prednisone
Currently on Remicade

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   Posted 3/2/2008 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I think potatoqun has a good idea with drinking Ensure or Boost for breakfast and lunch, if you can't stomach regular food. (They aren't very different from Peptamen.) I don't know about you, but I have a really hard time concentrating if I skip meals entirely, and not getting the nutrients isn't a good thing either with Crohn's.
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