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josef Dieckman
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   Posted 9/26/2009 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Having Crohns, my body does not absorb nutrients like a normal person......right?
So................anyone here with Crohns ever juiced? What is your exprience with it?
Also, I am wanted to begin working out...muscle building....but if my body cant use food like it is supposed to, then I wonder if I am going to be doing myself any good. Can anyone tell me there experience with this also?
Colon Bowel
Diagnosed with CD: November 2003
Probably had it long before that.
Currently taking: Not what I asked for.
Cant eat: I can eat anything.
Crohn's Wishlist: I would like a minor resection surgery...you know...just to see what it's all about and so I can say I had one.

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   Posted 9/26/2009 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I bought a juicer at Christmas. It is good for you I know, but a real hassle and it gave me horrible indigestion. You might try borrowing one from a friend first to see if it would do that to you. I don't think it could hurt you.

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   Posted 9/27/2009 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I wish there was a kitchen rental space for the stuff I use rarely and I also wish there were medical transports for when I get stranded at the hospital.
I juice but in all honesty it does not help all that much.  And it was a pain to clean.

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   Posted 9/27/2009 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Borrowing one from a friend as tangela suggested is a great idea! We have an Omega and use it a lot (it's not hard to clean, either!). Especially through the cold and flu season. Our experience has been amazing! We have found that if anyone in the family feels as if they might have a cold coming on, we crank up our veggie juice consumption focusing on adding greens to the mix. A shot of that and early to bed often results in no cold symptoms the next day. It is great!!! Also, my son would rather drink his veggies than eat them...

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   Posted 9/27/2009 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
i have the same juicer emom has. it rocks. easy to use and clean. the only problem is that have to cut up the veggies/fruit to make them fit.

the only problem with juicing is that you dont get the fiber, but then that is the big thing that bothers us with crohns so here is the exception to the rule.

they can be expensive, so it is not a wise investment if you dont use it often.

be careful with juicing. start off slow. too much too soon and it will liquefy your bowels. so proceed with caution.

if you want to build muscle, you need to eat carbs. you wont gain much muscle mass eating low carb. it physically cannot happen (i know, i tried for over a year despite what i read - i had to prove it to myself). dont worry about protein shakes and all that garbage. most of it is just hype and gimmicks and you arent trying to be a professional body builder, so dont worry about supplements (especially the ones in the big tub = waste of money). try to get a 40/30/30 ratio of carb to protein to fat. eat like 3-4 small meals per day plus snacks. you want to focus on quality foods - whole grains, beans and legumes, lean meat, etc. stay off the processed foods cos those are just calories and gaining muscle is more than just calorie intake. but you want to boost your calorie intake to like 3,000 - 4,000 calories/day, depending on how often and how much you work out. imho, stick with weights as you can build muscle faster and burn more fat doing anaerobic exercise (weights) vs aerobic (running). and eat good fats - like coconut oil and yogurt. snacks should be nuts and veggies and fruit. drink a lot of water (not gatorade or fruit juice or vitamin water, etc).
Crazy Harry

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
med free as of 10/31/07

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   Posted 9/27/2009 9:21 PM (GMT -7)   
General Colon Bowel! Hilarious name!

Anyway, I too have a juicer which has come in extremely handy. Like you, my body wasn't absorbing nutrients, and eating raw fruits and veggies was wwaaayyy out of the question. The juicer I have is the Breville Juice Fountain Elite. It's great! It juicing everything from ginger, to apples (with skins), to beets, etc. When I first started juicing my poo was the color of my juice drinks. It still happens every now and then!. I can now digest raw fruits and veggies but still make plenty of juice drinks as it is much easier than eating everything raw!

The juicer especially comes in handy when I feel like I'm getting sick! I juice tons of ginger, which fights off the sickness! It's crazy spicy, and will make your pores open up, but will help fight off/kill any virus that is trying to invade your body! It has helped my family members out too when they were also getting sick (we have all learned to deal with the spicy ginger drink).

In my opinion, I think it is GREAT that you are working out. I jumped back on my bike three weeks after being hospitalized for almost two weeks attached to TPN. It has been as important to me as my meds. Exercising will help calm your mind, and will definitely help your body! Think of it as "killing your Crohn's" by sweating it out of your body. That's what I think anyway! The only frustrating aspect I had to deal with while working out is that my body wasn't nearly as strong as I expected it to be (I was getting destroyed in group bike rides/races). Once I accepted that, and realized that it was going to take me time, I changed my mindset. I think working out is a definite MUST!! Just listen to your body and don't overdue it!

I hope everything works out for you!! Take care!!

josef Dieckman
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   Posted 9/28/2009 5:35 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks for all the great replies!

General Colon Bowel
Diagnosed with CD: November 2003
Probably had it long before that.
Currently taking: Not what I asked for.
Cant eat: I can eat anything.
Crohn's Wishlist: I would like a minor resection surgery...you know...just to see what it's all about and so I can say I had one.

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