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   Posted Yesterday 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I know this may be a bit of an odd question, but I have been wanting to eat mashed potatoes as a safe food and cannot figure out for the life of me what kind everyone is talking about when they say they're eating them...I assume said meal is sans milk and/or possibly butter. I just want to know how most of you make them while still eating a safe meal...I am STARVING and trying to find something to eat, and there they sit in the kitchen...
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone(down to 10 mg), pentasa, bentyl as needed, prilosec, tandem plus, humira, and good probiotics
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.

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   Posted Yesterday 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband makes some with real potatoes, soy milk, and a yogurt based butter (brummel and brown). I also have bought the instant ones in the pouch where you just add hot water or microwave. Those are pretty tasty and pretty safe. But the REAL ones in a resturant made w/ buttermilk or the instant ones with fake cheese or other fake flavorings would probably not be as safe.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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   Posted Yesterday 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Go for fresh potatoes not packaged (processed) ones...I usually put a little chicken broth and plain yogurt in mine along with fresh herbs usually chives.

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   Posted Yesterday 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Not quite answering your question...but...

I've read that "bone broths" are a great safe food. It's supposed to be quite nourishing. Just google it to find some easy recipes.

A couple weeks ago, I put a whole chicken (including the bones, skins, & liver) in a crockpit. I also threw in carrots, onion, parsley, & celery. It cooked away all day, and when I was ready to eat it, I strained out all the vegetables. Then I pureed the carrots, and added it back to the broth. I also added the chicken back in, but you could just freeze it to eat when you feel better. Anyhoo, when the broth cools, it's pretty gross looking because it's like a thick gelatin. But heat it up, and it's a great tasting (and pretty filling) broth. The pureed carrot makes it look a bit orange, but I didn't actually taste it. I didn't taste the liver either (it just kind of disintegrated during cooking). It freezes nice too. I just pulled some out tonight, and it was really good.

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   Posted Yesterday 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lmills, I find, depending on how lacose intolerant you may or may not be, that using a little bit of butter and salt to flavor your potatoes helps a lot. To make them fluffy you can substitute the milk for water. I feel that it makes them just as fluffy as the milk does. Chives are a good flavor adder as well as onion, garlic powder, chicken broth, or there is a vegetable seasoning made by club house that is so tasty and has no msg added that is made from all natural stuff. The seasoning might not be totally safe for some but it is sure darn good on meat, veggies and even eggs. :) hope this helps :)

Age:22/6"1'/146lb - Diagnosed: 2001 @ age 15 now 22
First time mom as of March 8th 2008
Past drugs: Pentasa, Flagyl, Budesonide, Prednisone, tons of Antibiotics, Didrocal, 6mp
Past herbal remedies and vitamins:Probiotics, Omega 3&6, Prenatal vitamins, B12, Calcium, iron, vit C, vit D, vit E, Selenium, mineral drops
Current drugs: Valtrex, Methotrexate as of October 2008
Problems:Fissure and Tags on rectum, blood clots, Chronic UTI's, Osteopenia, Ulcers in my decending Colon
No surgeries....yet. Gone through 5 G.I.'s found a 6th G.I. crossing my fingers
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   Posted Yesterday 11:52 PM (GMT -7)   
think mum did mash with lactose free milk for me wen i was sick,use to haf it with canned spag and ummmm carrot and parsnip all mixed in together reallly yummy snds weird but i loved it but spag prooly to spicy or watever for u atm,usually when im sick i ust haf chicken noodle soup...which i hate but yay for liquid diet aye
dx 17 aug 2007
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13 dec 2007 resection/temp illeostomy 14 feb 2008 temp illeostomy reversed 
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   Posted Yesterday 11:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't put milk or butter in mine, just sour cream and dill. I'm also a salt freak, so I add that too! Here's something I learned recently, boil the potatoes whole, not cut up. Supposedly it helps keep zinc and other good things in the potato and less leaches out during boiling. It takes a little bit longer, but not so much that its an inconvenience. And the more vitamins my gut has a chance to absorb, the better!
diagnosed w/Crohn's 11/06. 34f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. 150 mg Imuran, bentyl, entocort, vicodin as needed, Humira, metoprolol for orthostatic hypotension and heart palpitations. Bowel resection 9/07. Active disease back, darn it 8/08. 11 year old son with IBS-C, on Bentyl.

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   Posted Today 12:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes I'll even mash them with the skins on, it adds a nice flavor to it and more fibre...if you're gonna boil them whole then poking holes in them with a fork speeds up the cooking time.

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

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   Posted Today 5:10 AM (GMT -7)   
With the skins on rips my guts very bloody, but if you cannot use milk (I am not lactose intolerance, so I do use milk alot) I would say put boiled tators in the food processor.
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   Posted Today 5:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I just cooked the potatoes with milk and margerine. Tastes good. lol gail
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   Posted Today 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I like gachrons add milk and margarine or butter in my mash potatoes. I am lactose intolerant but that little bit doesn't hurt me at all. JMHO
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.

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   Posted Today 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
You can also get milk free margarine.
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   Posted Today 8:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you guys :) I will definitely be experimenting with these ideas!!
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone(down to 10 mg), pentasa, bentyl as needed, prilosec, tandem plus, humira, and good probiotics
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.

"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

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   Posted 12/14/2008 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
skip them. they are high glycemic. mashed potatoes made from sweet potatoes are better cos sweet potatoes have more nutrition. but if you MUST have potatoes, in any form, eat them sparingly, like only at the holidays. that is my advice, but i'm a bit extreme when it comes to diet.
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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
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   Posted 12/14/2008 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Here's another variation I tried. I took a potato, cubed into one in. cubes, half an onion, and a couple carrots and boil in water. Then remove all bad veggies. They get watered down so much and the potatos had a bit of flavor without making me feel sick at all. Just be sure to make the onion pieces BIG so you can remove them. The potatos were soft and tasted wonderful. Hope it helps.
27/f/CD. 4 CD related surgeries: 2 resections, 2 JP drains, 3 NG tubes, many absesses (including the one my most recent surgery scraped off my ovary) and fistulas.
Currently trying to figure out hip and knee joint pain.
Have lost in these surgeries: appendix, 8 in. intestine, R fallopian tube, gallbladder, 10 in. intestine
Crohns Dx'd: February 2008.
Pentasa (and much mental screaming)

Trying to hang in there until January so I'll have some insurance and can visit a rheumy, neuro, GI, primary, pain control, and possibly a shrink so I could stop crying and living in my own lil pity party. :-P

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