So what's your "indulgence"?

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Miss J
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   Posted 3/22/2009 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
I was naughty last night.  Here I am in the middle of a flare, having experienced non-stop pain for over six weeks, and I decided to throw caution to the wind and consume something that normally wreaks havoc on my innards even if I'm not flaring.  I enjoyed two glasses of a nice Shiraz.  The odd thing is that I haven't had a negative physical reaction to it yet, but I don't plan on repeating it any time soon- the remaining wine will be used exclusively for cooking.  The emotional benefit from enjoying something I really like has really helped the depression from the vicious cycle of a severe flareup.
So what's your indulgence?  Do you have horrible reactions to spicy food, but sneak in Thai every now and then to satisfy a craving?  Do you normally abstain from outdoors activities during a flare because of the lack of a toilet, yet once in a while go for a hike in the wilderness (with a roll of TP in your pack, of course)?  Share your story!   smilewinkgrin  

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   Posted 3/22/2009 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm really really good about staying on my diet--and have been for 10 years--except for having nonfat hot chocolate three times a week at Barnes & Noble. Somehow, herbal tea (which is what I usually drink) just doesn't cut it. I'm always cold, even here in the balmy south, and I have them make the hot chocolate so hot that the staff calls it "magma" or "Raiders of the Lost Ark face-melting" hot chocolate. It's probably terrible for me physically, but it means the world to me, psychologically. So I try not to feel too guilty about it.

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   Posted 3/22/2009 1:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Indulgence is eating a cookie now and then. everyone else at my house eats them. That is comfort food to me.

The other thing I love to do is go on long bike rides. We're talking 150 k. I can stop out in the wooded country side and go slow compared to my old days, but I get the sunshine and the freedom and the exercise.

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   Posted 3/22/2009 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
My indulgence is chocolate.  Its horrible really. I work in a gormet candy store, so really chocolate is part of my daily bad :(

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Miss J
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   Posted 3/22/2009 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Ohhh, Mag, I know what you mean! I can go weeks without chocolate, then BAM, I've gotta have it or I'll go nuts. I'd probably weigh twice as much if I worked in a gourmet candy store, lol.

I used to work in a store that had a popcorn machine and coffee brewer- the two things that seem to irritate my intestines the most! Being trapped there for 40 hours per week, being indundated by the wonderful aroma of freshly brewed coffee and just-made butter popcorn...ohhh man it was miserable during a flareup! :-)

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   Posted 3/22/2009 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   

I love super thick chocolate malted milkshakes from really good premium ice cream with whipped cream on top... sometimes I pay for it and sometimes I dont and can never know which it will be.. it gets to the point where when everything makes you sick, you say what the hell i will enjoy if for a little while..

:) tongue

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   Posted 3/22/2009 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
...For lunch I had 2 hot dogs (sabrett) wrapped in whole wheat bread with ill effect yet.

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   Posted 3/22/2009 10:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I just ate a cheeseburger with sauteed onions and lettuce..or rather I had it with my ketchup. I don't feel ill though...
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
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Prednisone 10 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and Align probiotics given to me by my GI.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
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   Posted 3/23/2009 11:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 32.
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   Posted 3/23/2009 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, new here!

My indulgence is spicy italian subway wraps with cheese and mayo. (I can't eat dairy,gluten,yeast,or egg). Its always been my favorite sub but yeast is the worst for me so I switched to a wrap. Mostly I eat it because it is a favorite activity of my daughter and I. Its our special girls time, and we keep such a super healthy diet at home it tastes so amazing to her. She loves it so much, and so do I. But, I pay for it........everytime.

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   Posted 3/23/2009 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
//>.>\\'.... My indulgence isn't really a specific food (I try to avoid those because I know I'll be in a world of hurt later... every now and then, I give in to temptation, but it ends up bothering me so much afterwards that I can't remember how good what I ate was)...

Anyway.... my indulgences are more along the lines of... overeating.... Good foods that taste too good that don't give me any pain... It's very easy to just eat and eat and eat.... :(... and then, I feel awful afterwards... That problem, I've found, is a lot harder to control than the temptation to eat a food I know is bad for me....
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

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   Posted 3/23/2009 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I think my indulgent foods are italian foods. I don't get too bad of problems from it, but I think its because I only do it on the rare occasion. Last Friday I ate cheese enchiladas with no problems. But I think I just got lucky:)
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   Posted 3/23/2009 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Shiraz is my favorite wine. I've quit drinking because of crohns but like to have a glass on occasion. My indulgence is Maria's pizza!!!  I feel like the tin man from Wizard of Oz the next day because it flares my arthritis everytime but I couldn't imagine never having it again. Its a small place in Indianapolis that's been around for over 50 years. They use meunster cheese instead of mozzerella and their secret homemade sausage. There is a piece of heaven in every bite!!!!! I may be in pain tomorrow now that I mentioned it. lol.

Crohns 30 years. Ileostomy for 15 years. Symptom free for 14 years until 8 months ago. Now on Remicade and iron. Feeling much better!
God Bless. Tony

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   Posted 3/23/2009 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Mine for some unknown reaon is a Big Mac
Literally I have a Mac Attack to get one in and
Then wow do I pay when it attacks back..........
But I love it when I am induldging

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   Posted 3/23/2009 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Buffalo chicken tenders with some bleu cheese.... It sounds and taste so good, but I pay for it later... cry

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   Posted 3/23/2009 7:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Letsdance! Welcome to the Forum!
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