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   Posted 1/28/2009 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
All i hear about is what i can't eat. I need help with the things i can eat. If anyone has any ideas or recipes that would be great. Thanks

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   Posted 1/28/2009 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Unfortunately it's trial and error, what you can eat may very likely differ from what others can eat, no one will be able to determine this for you because it's very individualistic....a step in the right direction is avoiding animal fats, caffeine, processed foods/beverages and fast-foods.

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

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   Posted 1/28/2009 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
PB4 suggestions are good to remember. Another thing that helps me, is I eat a low residue diet. You can google it to get diet ideas. But I always try to keep it easy to chew, easy to digest. But do avoid the items PB4 mentioned. Good luck!
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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 and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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   Posted 1/28/2009 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Also, you might try the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). There is a book called "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" by Elaine Gottschall, which explains the diet. There's also cook books written that are based on the SCD and information online if you care to google it.
Mom to 16 year old son diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, vit. C, calcium w/D3, a good multivitamin and SCD legal yogurt
Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Incorporate Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) recipes, too.

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   Posted 1/28/2009 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
When I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, my mom went out and bought all the books she could find. One I've found very helpful on eating is "the new eating right for a bad gut" by James Scala, Ph. D.

here's a list of some foods that the book says most people with IBD can eat without causing flare ups:

Cereal: oatmeal, cream of wheat, cornflakes, bran flakes, malt-o-meal, special K, product 19, cheerios
Dairy products: lactaid milk, low-fat and nonfat(skim) milk, yogurt, aged cheese, cottage and soft cheese, soy beverages
Eggs: only poached, soft boiled and hard boiled
meat: only lean and trimmed of fat, avoid red meats when possible
fish: tuna, swordfish, salmon, halibut, flounder (do not fry any)
shellfish: scalloped if broiled or poached
poultry: white meat, not fried, skin removed
vegetables: a lot to list, but makes sure you remove skins when possible and boil or steam them to break down the fiber matrices
fruit: peel them
Grains: boiled white and brown rice, breads and rolls without seeds. no seeds of any type.
Processed foods: canned fruit, apple sauce, canned vegetables, baked beans

hope this helps!

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   Posted 1/28/2009 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Everyone is different. I'm one of the crohnies who can eat anything without a problem. I think I am one of the exceptions. There is nothing I love more than a big green salad with fruit and seeds in it. For most on this board that is a big no no. People are often amazed to see me chowing down on a big salad and popcorn while getting my remicade infusion.

Remicade and 6MP

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   Posted 1/28/2009 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Jodi.... I am with you.... I am one helluva eater.... Doesnt phase me.
I am also fat. I wish I was a skinny Chronie!
28 Yrs
Newly diagnosed with Crohns

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   Posted 1/28/2009 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I could stand to lose 25 lbs, but I hate to exercise and I love junk food.

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   Posted 1/28/2009 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Being a starving 'skinny' Crohnie isn't a lot of fun though...Too bad there is no in between right?

It really is unique to the individual though. Try different foods and keep a diary of what hurts you and what doesn't. This might mean eating a lot of the same thing one day and seeing how it affects you the next.

Low residue diets seem to be pretty safe, and even more so if you can find one while cutting out things like gluten, wheat, sugars, fats, high lactose dairy, and so on.

I've found some improvement after limiting my sugar intake and staying away from gluten. Wheat is a no no for me as well..certain dairy products are all right like yogurt, kefir, farmer's cheese, and aged cheese in general.

You'll really just have to try and see though...
Best of luck to you.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 15 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

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   Posted 1/29/2009 5:12 AM (GMT -7)   
It's all trial and error for me.

Regular Member

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   Posted 1/29/2009 5:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, one thing that is killing me right now is home made pea soup cry I should have know better, but it was so good! Now, it is so bad ! shakehead
Asacol 1200 mg. 3 times daily, Rowasa enema AM & PM,
probiotics, lots of hope and prayers! 51 years old, diagnosed formally 10-06. If it doesn't kill ya, it'll only make you stronger!

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/29/2009 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I can pretty much eat everything--I regret somethings sometimes but I never know when something is going to hurt me...It gets confusing sometimes....
age 41,diagnosed with CD in 11/07, Rx Pentasa 4000mg and Remicade.

Regular Member

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   Posted 1/30/2009 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
My doc said i can eat whatever i want but i still keep fast-food and dairy products off my menu.
21 yrs old / diagnosed with croh's on sept 08 / just finish with prednisone / still on pentasa but it doesn't seem it's working =P 

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