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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 8/21/2009 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
ok so i am soooostarting to think i need to switch up my diet. Tips Please? confused
Things i know i get sick on- nono  - nuts, seeds, spicy things, and cheese. ( yes im lactose)
So therefore.... i eat carbs carbs carbs...yet still big time D !!!!!
I tried ALOT of meds so this is why i think its food problems and not to sound gross but in the toilet i can see alot of undigested food ( sorry guys is disgusting i know but were in this together)
so what else is there to do?? what kind of diets are good for me?? ihope im not a gluten free girl!!! that would suck big time!!!
                                            Please add to this to help me out
p.s does anyone get D and stomach cramps in the middle of the night as much as i do??i get NOOOO sleep so i have to starve myself before i go to bed...  
crohns is the worst aint it?? mad
     Diagnosed Aug 2007 of Crohn's disease
   Currently Taking 6mp/lialda
no more remicade
        panic/anxiety attacks...i have xanex but afraid to take it
          Fistulas make me mad!!

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Date Joined Nov 2005
Total Posts : 319
   Posted 8/21/2009 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   

Diet is so individual.  I also eat a ton of carbs, chicken and fish.  Boring!

I aso cramp up every night, I am up at least every 2 hours so I also try not to eat too late or in the evening.  I find it only makes a super small difference though ;o(

I hope people can give you some good tips...

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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 768
   Posted 8/21/2009 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
So rice and bananas are good slower downers. I think diet has a huge effect. Sometimes wheat is bad for people and doesn't matter if its ground fine or not. Too much sugar can make me sick real fast, artificial sweeteners included.

When I am really bad I go for yogaurt blended into cottage cheese curds (Some reason not too bad with the lactose intolerance I also have) Some honey and say blended blueberries on top. That's a dessert for me Mild on the guts as it goes thru.

Also home made custard with eggs, yogart, honey and pumpkin with spices that make it taste like pumpkin pie.

I go for chicken and fish also. Easy to digest.

Hope you find somethings that work for you. I quite like the SD diet and that's where I got the recipes I use, from a book called "Stopping the Vicious Cycle"

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 8/21/2009 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
If you look up in our resources thread, there are various posts about diets for Crohns. I personally live on a low residue diet. It works good for ME.

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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 8/21/2009 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I spent a long time playing with my diet and now have identified a diet where I get virtually no crohn's symptoms. It's very similar to the diet Wolfgang Lutz describes in the book Life Without Bread. I eat all meat, coconut oil, brocoli, cauliflower, aruglia, egg whites and zucchini (peeled and seeded). It's really boring, but it totally works! I was on teh SCD for quite a while but eliminated problems foods and wound up with the above list. I hope that I will be able to add foods over time. I use a lot of vitamin supplements.

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 8/21/2009 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
A lot of the symptoms are due to bacterial growth. Most of the troublesome bacteria consume undigested food, particularly carbohydrates. We digest about 80 - 90% of the carbs we eat and a lot of food additives (guar gum, carageenan, locust bean gum - gums generally and some sugars and sugar alcohols - xylitol for example) are not digested by us at all and the gut bacteria thrive on them. Since you are not digesting your food at all, you are likely intolerant of something in your diet. Intolerance causes inflammation and that prevents digestion. The SCD diet is a good place to start - it was developed specifically to help people with Crohn's. The diet is not an easy fix, but do you really want the meds and side effects that go with them? As ryan_jordan said, there may be other foods that you react to that are allowed by the SCD diet. It takes trial and error to find the bad foods, but you seem to have found some already. For some info on SCD, see: PecanBread which is kid oriented, but has all the needed info. Unfortunately, the main SCD web site is reported as a malware distribution site currently, so I can't recommend going there.

You cannot continue to pass your food undigested. Quite apart from the D and stomach cramps, you are starved for many basic nutrients and longer term malnutrition has many bad complications.

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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 8/21/2009 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on the SCD diet for I guess about 3 weeks or so now. I feel pretty good and am doing better than I thought I would. I make my own yogurt which I love! I am tapering off of Prednisone so until I am off of it I won't know for sure which foods bother me. (other than the ones I already know). But alot of carbs do bother my tummy.
Diagnosed with CD 3 years ago.  Refused to take meds until recently started Colazal. 
 Currently on Prednisone 40mg. Tapering down, now on 20mg.
Colazal 3xday, Antioxidant strips
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 36
   Posted 8/24/2009 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
thank you everyone so much ill deff try out your tips!
     Diagnosed Aug 2007 of Crohn's disease
   Currently Taking 6mp/lialda
no more remicade
        panic/anxiety attacks...i have xanex but afraid to take it
          Fistulas make me mad!!

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