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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/17/2009 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone,
I am a newbie to this forum - actually stumbled upon it by accident.  I have a question about diets.
I am currently at least 30 pounds over weight and I am trying to find a balance on how to eat properly. I would love to lose the weight in a natural way (no supplements) but I have tried weight watchers with some sucess only to gain some of it back.
I have read so many conflicting reports on what to eat that I am just eating what I want which is not good. Plus, I have a kosher lifestyle which makes some food choices difficult at times.
Hope my rant wasn't too confusing.
Thanks for your help.

Regular Member

Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 128
   Posted 6/17/2009 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you heard of the Makers Diet? That's a kosher protocol based on a doc. who cured himself of crohn's using the diet and HSO Probiotics. THere are some people on this forum who have had success with it, and I'm about to start it myself.
I am a pre-30yr. old who has been diagnosed with Crohn's for 14 years.  Symptoms change from cramping and weight loss to severe anemia with fatigue and diarrhea. 
100mg mecaptopurine, 20mg Prednisone, 500mg Metronidazole 3x daily, Darvocet for dessert.

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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 990
   Posted 6/17/2009 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm here to ditto what ExJohnson said. The Maker's Diet (book by same title by Jordan Rubin) is a great choice for you. Many tenets are similar to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (book: "Breaking the Vicious Cycle", by Elaine Gottshcall). You can definitely lose weight the healthy way on these diets! One important thing to remember; the good fats (i.e., virgin coconut oil) are crucial to weight loss. Seems counter intuitive, but it's true! They also really help curb your cravings when you are giving up all the junk in our standard American diet... Good luck!
Mom to 17 year old son diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, vit. C, calcium, vit. 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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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 6/17/2009 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I just want to add one caveat to Ex-Johnson's post. There is "NO" cure for Crohns, this doctor was able to stop his symptoms, but was not cured by this diet.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
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.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 1201
   Posted 6/17/2009 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think anyone who has been diagnosed with any disease can ever say they have been "cured". I'm sure it is always lurking somewhere, even though it may never manifest itself again. Could one say they are healed?

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 6/17/2009 9:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I think "remission" is the best term for being symptom free from a disease.

As for diets, the above mentioned or something like Atkins our South Beach are good. Cutting carbs seems to not only be good for losing weight, but also good for healing the gut. Also, you can use a site like to track your calories. You figure out how many calories your body needs to function based on age/height/activity level. Then you need to deduct approximately 500 calories a day in order to lose a pound a week.
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Current Meds: Humira since 7/08, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, B-Complex, Vitamins D, E, & K, Calcium, Magnesium, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods

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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 674
   Posted 6/17/2009 10:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Ive been on Weight Watchers for over 4 years (on and off), Ive had great success with the program, I lost 45lbs in a little over 5 months when I was in highschool. However, it seems like once I get down about 20-30 pounds I start to flare up....Im really not sure why...I think it might have to do with the huge increase of fruits and veggies that I eat when I follow the program.  Ive never really exercised while doing it, but I have just recently joined a gym and go 3-4 times a week for an hour each time, and dont eat AS MUCH fruits/veggies as I have in the past. Also, most if not all of the fruits that I eat I blend into a smoothie so my body can digest it a little easier, no yogurt (doesnt agree with me) just ice, a little bit of water, and whatever fruits I choose, more like a slushie consistancy Im losing the weight much slower then before, but it is coming off at a rate that is to be expected for what my body is able to handle, between 1-2 pounds a week, which is a good rate to lose anyways.
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Imuran 50mg, Vitamin B12 (injection), D, and C tablets. Fish Oil Tablets, Cats Claw, Slippery Elm, and Reishi.

Regular Member

Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 385
   Posted 6/17/2009 11:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I am in remission with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. Thousands of us across the world have used it to put UC, Chrons, Diverticultis, and IBS into remission. Those other diets are similar as well. Which ever path you take, good luck!!
Pharmacist as of 6/12/2009.
Diagnosed 8/99. Suffered for almost 10 years. I am currently on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and am nearing remission. I feel fantastic! I have lossed so many years to this disease.


Doc wanted to put me on 6-mp or Remicade, but I refused to take the medications! Currently on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.  I'm in remission and life is like it always should have been.

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