How do you decide when/if to expand your diet

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   Posted 6/16/2008 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I was very sick with Crohn's complicated by Salmonella for close to a year, but I have been feeling dramatically better the past couple of months. In the process of trying to get well, I restricted my diet. I didn't follow Maker's or SCD exactly, but I restricted fats, esp fried food, avoided processed food, raw veggies, nuts, corn, and eat very little gluten. I have found that I can eat fresh fruit again, and I can eat limited lowfat cheese. I am afraid to jinks myself, but I almost feel like I am in remission. I don't know if my limited diet was responsible for me feeling better, or if the disease is just doing better on its own. I can't decide whether or not to try expanding my diet, or to enjoy feeling well and leave well enough alone! I would love to hear from some of you experienced Crohnnies out there on how you made these decisions. There are a ton of foods I really miss, but I'm terrified of backsliding into feeling so ill all over again. Any insight/ advice would be greatly appreciated!
49 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
currently taking Pentasa- 8 250mg pills per day, Cipro 1 week/month, Metamucil, probiotics

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   Posted 6/16/2008 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
My best advice is baby steps. Don't over do it and introduce foods gradually in small amounts until you know if your gut will tolerate or not. It took me years and I mean years to fully be able to eat most anything. I followed a low residue diet for 10 plus years before I had the courage to introduce new foods. Currently, I'm able to eat most anything. But high fiber foods will give me a problem if I over do it.

Good luck!

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   Posted 6/16/2008 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with lamb61. Go slowly. I would pick one new food and eat one small serving a few times during a week. If I had no problems with that I would eat that same food several days in a row. If I had no problem with that I would concide it a safe food wait a week and add one more. That might be a little slower than some people would go though.

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   Posted 6/16/2008 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
even water for tea i use bottled water ,,Glaceau is a good brand for the vitamin water i like the xxx, sobe has a good cherry i think,, the (rice?) bread from health food store, seems better if slightly toasted, the nongluten pretzel is also good 

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   Posted 6/16/2008 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
years and years of testing,some foods i can tell right off the bat then fasting for a bit to calm it down. Everyone seems to be different but once u find the right combos its well worth it. Alot of foods are similar in what they are made up of so common sense usually can cover alot of things, good luck :)
SCD since 01, remission since 01, occasional Arby's breaks :)

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   Posted 6/16/2008 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I agree slow is better and yes I would sure enjoy that feel good feeling your having. I am stil ldoing low residue and might forever because it just wasn't worth the pain. I ate whole wheat bread yesterday because that was pretty much all that was here and as soon as it hit my stomach I could feel a wee little pain so no good for me. Try very small amounts too that way you sure break in gradual. lol gail

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   Posted 6/17/2008 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the advice. It is impossible for me to figure out if the restricted diet is responsible for me feeling better, or if it is completely unrelated. I guess I'll experiment slowly and find out!
49 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
currently taking Pentasa- 8 250mg pills per day, Cipro 1 week/month, Metamucil, probiotics

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   Posted 6/17/2008 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I would do as everyone recommended above. Go very slowly and keep a food diary of what does and doesnt agree with you. I like gachrons, find its just better for me to stay on my low residue diet. That way I have more good days than bad. JMHO
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 6/17/2008 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm in the same boat. Had a resection and gallbladder removal in April. I've been on a low-residue diet for what seems like forever, so I'm very reluctant to change.

I have been experimenting a little at a time with some raw fruit and salad. Gonna keep a food diary and see how it goes.

Good luck.
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