Has anyone tried a VEGAN DIET?

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   Posted 12/13/2009 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
idea I know some people think. Crazy? But my daughter did a senior project on it and she was in the best health and energy of her life. She did yoga with it. I just am at the point where I have no faith or belief in the doctors anymore. I am realizing if you dont fight for yourself the doctors(most) not all dont help. Im going on 4 years of this pain and yes I know Im depressed from it. I already pretty much eat nothing. Only chicken,no milk ect. I know your body will detoxic in the beginning but I am desperte.
I have read alot of stories where people with chrons have had alot of remission with it and yoga combined. Im just not sure how my stomach will deal with vegatables and fruit? Its so touchy. I only take phenegran. Hydrocodone PRN, but usually tears my stomach up. I am at a loss at this point and my life is just flying buy. Everyday I wonder what it would feel like to feel human again?
If anyone has tried or done this, please any advice. Like how to start? How did you feel at first? How long did it take before you felt a diffrence? ect?
Thank You All for being there for me. You all have been a life line for me.....

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   Posted 12/13/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I tried a vegan diet the last time I had a flare and got really sick - my dad was reading all about the benefits (to everyone in general) about a plant-based diet and how it calms inflammation in the body. I wasn't really eating ANYTHING since I was so sick so it was easy to not eat meat or dairy and I decided to try it - I felt great (obv, after I got better) and kept with it for a while, at least 6 months. It was difficult to maintain in the sense that you need to plan your meals and bring food with you and you really can't eat out in restaurants unless it is vegan-friendly. You realize how much meat and dairy is in everything.

I was thinking about trying it again now since I am getting sick I think - but was also considering a liquid diet to calm my insides. If you are looking for recipes www.fatfreevegan.com has awesome ones - I would like to get into the whole vegan/yoga/ayurvedia lifestyle to see if that helps but it is difficult 1) because I am not feeling well now it's tough to have the energy and 2) I really like to go out and eat and drink and not have to nitpick over the menu. But I may try to embrace it for a while, anything to help at this point.

Hope you feel better today!! :)
32 yr old Female
Crohn's Colitis
DX 12/06
Currently on Remicade, trying to remember to take Multivitamin and Calcium, need to start taking Probiotics and Omega 3-6-9 and Vitamin D

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   Posted 12/13/2009 10:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Nebraskagirl -- I would try the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) if I were you. There are many books about it on Amazon. I also wouldn't write off your doctors completely ... there are certain situations that will come up where you will absolutely need a doctor -- for example, no diet can save you from an intestinal blockage caused by scar tissue. The maintenance of CD, I believe, starts with a healthy diet like the SCD.

+ 34 year old male
+ Crohn's Disease DX in 1997
+ Recently hospitalized because of ruptured small bowel; docs got it under control but have scheduled resection surgery for January 2010.
+ Taking Cipro (1000mg / day), Flagyl (1500mg / day), and Entocort (9mg / day) until surgery
+ SCD for past 10 years

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   Posted 12/13/2009 10:51 PM (GMT -7)   
If you are actively bleeding then I would not try it.
If you are going poop more then 15 times a day I would not try it.
But I would say if this is something that feels right to you then do it.

P.S. you can get alot of info on common diets such as SCD or makers diet from your local library or interlibrary loan....
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   Posted 12/14/2009 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I am in remission and I can tell you I would get sick off a vegan diet. I personally live on a low residue diet and it works well for me, in a flae or in remission. Good luck!
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   Posted 12/14/2009 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think it's a good idea to go off animal protein. Crohn's patients appear, perhaps more so than other people, to benefit from high animal protein diets. The SCD diet certainly includes a lot of animal protein.
If you look at the Healing Crow link, it suggests that a Paleolithic diet might benefit most people - a diet stricter than SCD, and higher in animal protein and fats: http://www.healingcrow.com/dietsmain/dietsmain.html
The SCD diet is not necessarily a low carbohydrate diet, because it allows specific carbohydrates like, for instance, in some vegetables and honey. However, for many people it ends up by being a low carbohydrate diet because they have cut out so much, like grains and starches and sugar.
However, the Dr. Wolfgang Lutz claims to have cured Crohn's a low carbohydrate diets. 
No matter how you look at it - SCD vs Maker's Diet vs Paleo Diet vs Lutz diet - they all share one thing in common. They all focus on INCLUDING meat.
Daughter (22) Dx'd Crohn's 3/06. Misdiagnosed for two years, including by top pediatric Crohn's specialist as stress. No symptoms for the past two years. Recent colonoscopy shows stricture gone but still two spots of inflammation in TI. Used LDN to taper off Entocort. Was on Entocort since April 06. Never had D. 4.5 mg LDN, SCD multivit, homemade yogurt, 5000IU vit D3, 500 mg calcium, 27 mg iron, monthly B12 shots, daily oral B12 1000. SCD diet modified to include potatoes and rice. 

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   Posted 12/14/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I've seen a few blogs around from people who seem to be controlling their CD by consuming a high raw vegan diet... This totally puzzles me cause I'd be in so much pain if I tried that. Right now I mostly stick to low residue, cooked-to-mush veggies and some easily digestable animal products. I guess if you eased into it your body could get used to it and benefit but it would be quite the transitional period for me at least!
It just seems like it might be really rough on already damaged guts
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erythema nodosum
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   Posted 12/14/2009 10:14 PM (GMT -7)   
When I already had Crohn's symptoms (endless diarrhea, for one thing) and hadn't yet been diagnosed, I went on a totally vegan diet for 18 months, after my husband had a heart attack. It didn't help my symptoms one bit (but it did let me know that I probably wasn't lactose intolerant, since my symptoms didn't improve when I cut out dairy). Then we added no-fat dairy products--and that didn't change anything, either. Finally put seafood back in, which gave me a little more energy, but had no effect on my symptoms. I don't know how anybody with CD can get good results from a high-fiber vegan diet. As with sickandlucky, that would just about kill me!

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   Posted 11/27/2017 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I became VEGAN with my older daughter for the last 3 months.
Had 2 ER visits with excruiating pain and blockages.


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   Posted 11/27/2017 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
There is A LOT to learn about foods and Crohn's.

Here's a little bit about what we found was helpful with diet --

Vegan allows a lot of things that don't help when you have Crohn's such as junk food, raw food, and fruit...and no protein.

We learned -- no fruit or sugar of any kind, because infections love sugars and Crohn's folks want to get rid of infections.

Only cooked veg -- to the point of being mushy (this breaks down the fibers in the veg). That way the body can access the nutrients in the food without the pain of digesting fiber.

A bit of protein daily helps your body rebuild -- chicken, turkey, sardines ... smile

Hope this helps!
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Post Edited (LeslieB) : 11/27/2017 1:21:20 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/27/2017 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   
My son (21) started a vegan diet two months ago (very early I know) and so far feels wonderful. His GI doctor is in favor of it because the digestion of meat can impact Crohn's? I am a little concerned about it because there are so many unknowns (as noted in this forum) but he has read many studies (not sure how scientific) about Japanese crohnies staying in a long remission with their vegan diets? One downside for him is he lost 10 pounds and is at 6"2 and 141 pounds he is already too thin. I guess the verdict is still out for him (for now!). Meanwhile I am busy trying to find foods I can feed him...!

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   Posted 11/27/2017 7:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Betty Suse, I know your son was on Remicade, I believe. Is he still on Remicade?
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   Posted 11/28/2017 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
He is still on remicade along with a small dosage of methotrexate (1 time per week), folic acid,probiotic, Vitamin B12 and colistepol.

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   Posted 12/1/2017 1:20 AM (GMT -7)   
wow, ya never know when an old post can come back to the top! ;o) my list for a vegan diet is:


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