Hey, everyone...I am (was) a bit overweight Crohnie too. I hear what you are all saying about
the exercise and joint thing!
Last fall I was also diagnosed with Diabetes. In a way it was a blessing because it made me go to yet another nutritionist! Actually, I had been to 6 nuritionist but nobody really helped. You can ask your G.I. or regular M.D. to refer you to a nutritionist and the insurance company should cover it...more than likely. Ask them to cover more than one time! Some insurance company will cover gym time if your Nutritionist can work it out! Be DIRECT and tell them what you want! Don't go to a nutritionist that doesn't understand what your going through. Ask for another one! Your trying to be PREVENTIVE and they are their to help!
The nutritionist had her work cut out for her with me because what was is good for Crohns (carbs) isn't good for Diabetes (veges and fiber) ...and vis versa. She was a young girl who really gave a crap! FINALLy! It was a challenge for her and she really wanted to help! I really cried the first week trying to figure out how to eat! Taking my blood every day made me accountable though and watching my numbers fall was incentive. Going back to see her ...she did more homework and we've just been working together.
Anyway, I can't exercise much either because of all the joint stuff and back surgery when I was younger. I try to walk though. Honestly, there are days I don't feel like moving a muscle and the thought of even getting out...exhausts me. Most important..you gotta get back up and keep trying...
Bottom line...move as much as possible! Mostly, had to cut back on food portion size. Putting veges back into my diet has been difficult to digest however..But I found if I cook them down it helps and I think before I was always eating toooo much at one time. Just habit and comfort thing.
I have 45-55 grams of carbs per meal : break, lunch, dinner. Don't skip carbs or go super drastic because you really NEED them.... if you can't do this right away..work toward it.
Then snack 10 a.m., 3 in the afternoon , right before bed...I have 15 grams of carbs. Haven't really counted much else ..like fat, protein..a little to overwhelming. With these carbs I usually mix whatever. It's remarkable how it just drips off you! Not super fast...but pretty fast. I'm not hungry and actually feel alittle like I eat ALL the time. You can't skip snacks or meals..during the holidays it was a challenge but now, back on schedule and feeling good. Swelling in my fingers and joints go down right away. I try to avoid wheat..not because of an allergy (don't know whether or not I'm allergic)...just a sucky way to use my carbs. It's all about balance. Mostly, what everybody's been screaming for years. Once you get into the groove and find food that work..it's soooo easy.