How many calories do you eat each day?

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   Posted 8/11/2008 9:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Someone's comment in another post made me stop and think; how many calories do you guys eat each day?  I'm currently 5'5" and 128 pounds, and I feel that I'm at a comfortable weight.  But I've been told that the average woman should take in 2000 calories a day.  There's no way I could eat 2000 a day.  way too much.  So I just wanted to know, what is your calorie goal per day?  Do you usually meet it?  I know it will depend on metabolism and what people are trying to achieve, but I was just curious.  Also, I feel like I've fried my metabolism since I was diagnosed.  has that happened to anyone else?
diagnosed: Crohn's Aug 2005
other set-backs: Vasculitis Aug 2006, Sub-total Colectomy (10 inches of colon left) Feb 2007, Ogilivie's Syndrome Mar 2007, Pulmonary Embolism Sept 2007, Collapsed lung Oct 2007, Recto/Vaginal fistula Nov 2007
drugs: Imuran, Remicade, Prednisone, Fentanyl, Warfarin, Flagyl, Cipro, Celexa, Ferrous Gluconate, Acidopholous

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   Posted 8/12/2008 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't count calories, I just try to eat what I can, which isn't always that much. I would consider myself a light eater. My family always says I eat like a bird. Most days, I don't eat much after lunch, just not hungry.
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 8/12/2008 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
NOt sure what my calorie intake per day is - I excercise a lot (run, yoga, etc) so i wouldnt be surprised if i meet the 2000 calories a day as i need the extra energy plus i love my sweets!
I am 5'4" and normally (well at least for the last 10 years) my weight was always around 110-112. Since being dx'd &on all the meds i think my metabolism has definitely been wacked
I am now up to 115, which doesnt seem like a lot but it feels like a lot for me. It seems to all go to my tummy too, My stomach just always looks swollen & i can tell my pants/skirts are tight in that area. It kind of looks like I'm 3-4 mths preggers at all times!
I blame the Crohns......:)

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   Posted 8/12/2008 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I was told by doctors and nutritionists that you are supposed to consume approximately 1500 calories a day if you want to maintain your weight. Those who work out may need a bit more. Those who want to lose weight should eat less. 2000 calories sounds like a lot to me but it all depends on a person's body size, height and weight. 

32-year-old female diagnosed with CD in 2001.
Currently taking Pentasa 1g x 4 times daily. Started Remicade July 2008.

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   Posted 8/12/2008 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow I am a tank. I am always hungry. I could do 2000 calories no problem. Granted I am a 6 foot tall woman who use to work out several hours a day. Never really scaled back my eatting after getting injured. But my GI says my body is in hording mode.
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   Posted 8/12/2008 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   
This is a great question! I've been desperately trying to gain weight, and the most I seem to be able to take in is 1800 - 2000 calories. So frustrating! There are calorie requirement calculators on the net, not sure how accurate they are. I'm a 5'9" man and they say I need about 1800 calories to maintain. So, I'm really trying to eat 2000 but I find it a challenge without eating sugar, gluten and dairy.
Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: 75 mg 6MP. 10mg prednisone (trying to taper). Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion).

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   Posted 8/12/2008 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't even want to know! I'm currently putting away at least 2000 calories a day.

For weight loss, I was trying to aim between 1200-1500 (what Sparkpeople told me I should eat at my height/weight/weight loss goals). As long as you're maintaining weight and have sustained energy, I'm sure whatever you're eating is fine.

I don't worry about calories unless I'm trying to lose weight. Which I need to focus on doing! =)

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   Posted 8/12/2008 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
The on line calculators say I need about 2300 calories per day to maintain my docs number is a little lower. I am 5'7 and currently 216 after a 60 lb weight loss. I have been averaging about 1300 calories a day since going on plaq and off prednison which is why I have lost 9 lbs in the 41/2 weeks since my last Rhuemy appointment (she is going to kill me). My job is semi physical so it ups my calorie requirements a bit as does the fact I live on the third floor of a building with no elevator and have a dog on prednisone.
By the way with many resteraunt breakfasts containing 1200 calories and some of the salads just as much, many of us are getting far more calories then we think we are.

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   Posted 8/12/2008 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
im lucky to get 1000 calories a day, most of the time i just get through with a piece of PB toast and an ensure because if i try and eat anything substantial i just throw it up anyways. so i know how hard it can be to get the recommended daily intake, especially when nothing stays in/down.
diagnosed with Crohns since 2004
Hospitalized often for colon rest and TPN
Have been on 6MP, flagyl, cipro, prednisone, remicade (3 1/2 years).
Now trying Humira every two weeks.

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   Posted 8/12/2008 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I consume a lot of calories most of the time, at least 2,000 a day when I am not sick. If I eat a "normal diet" I lose weight really fast. Last week I was on vacation at a retreat and had no access to food other than that which was prepared communally and was too busy most days to snack. Eating three good meals a day, with no snacking I lost in excess of five pounds in a week.

When I have a flare, I can drop 20 pounds in less than a month. I used to carry 10 pounds over my ideal body weight and that pleased my docs because I do lose it so fast. Since my last surgery and complications in 2005, I am under my ideal weight and will probably not gain it back, primarily because I am careful now about fat because of mal-absorption issues. I know I have cholestyramine when I need it, but I don't like the side-effects so I try to minimize its use and rely on maintaining a low fat diet. Not great for gaining weight.

30+ years living with Crohn's.

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   Posted 8/13/2008 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I think I eat well over 2,000 a day.  They told me at the gym one time that, based on my body fat %, that I could only eat 1,500 a day to maintain and I laughed at them.  I work out 5 days a week, arthritis permitting, so I burn a lot.  I am almost 5'10'' and am at 148 lbs (I'm female).  I've been down to 120 at my sickest, and up to 158 at my heaviest, so I am very comfortable where I am.  If I don't eat often, my stomach hurts (and then it hurts after I eat too).  =) 

Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 

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   Posted 8/13/2008 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks everyone. this has been very enlightening! I think what I gleaned the most was 'why worry about it because it will mostly likely fluctuate again anyways'. ha! no, really, this was very helpful. and good luck to all of us on our weight stability!

diagnosed: Crohn's Aug 2005
other set-backs: Vasculitis Aug 2006, Sub-total Colectomy (10 inches of colon left) Feb 2007, Ogilivie's Syndrome Mar 2007, Pulmonary Embolism Sept 2007, Collapsed lung Oct 2007, Recto/Vaginal fistula Nov 2007
drugs: Imuran, Remicade, Prednisone, Fentanyl, Warfarin, Flagyl, Cipro, Celexa, Ferrous Gluconate, Acidopholous

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