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   Posted 7/27/2010 10:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, Eating Food has become more of a hassle everyday. At times I dont eat anything at all. Lately I just been eating eggs, but MUST STOP because My Doctor told me I have High Cholesterol.
At age 8 My Mother Commited Suicide, So Since That Age I have Been eating "Junk and Un-healthy"" Food
I am Extremely Poor, So I Can't Afford buying food from the health store
Is There Anything I can Do?
Thank You, and God Bless

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   Posted 7/27/2010 11:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Fruit and veg should be fairly cheap. Try peeling some root vegetables and zapping them in the microwave; mashing them if need be.

I'm very, very sorry about your mother.
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   Posted 7/28/2010 3:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Don't know where you live but just a suggestion could you not try looking in the supermarkets just before they close in the reduced section, the food normally has a couple of days to left on it and they reduce fruit and veg as well, it will be fine to eat. My son used to do this all the time while at university as he didn't have very much money after paying all the normal bills

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   Posted 7/28/2010 5:48 AM (GMT -7)   
So sorry about your Mum.

Are you possibly eligible for a Food Assistance Card or assistance from a local Food Bank?

Can possibly your Dr. refer you to a Dietitian or does your Dr. have one on Staff? There is a wealth of Healthy Eating resources online. So many wonderful and easy recipes online too if you don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. Think Rachel Ray!

The economy has kicked my own food budget in the can for the past couple of years. I use coupons, I shop the sales, I scour the 50% off dent/ scratch can and box area of the store for staple goods and it isn't outdated product either. Store brands can be as good as name brand. As mentioned in another post I also buy reduced price fruits, veggies and meats if I know I am going to incorporate them in meals within 2 days.

You definitely don't need to shop at a Health Food Store. Just need to get creative with lean meat (chicken, turkey), whole grains, fruit and veggies, low fat cheese and milk from any store. Pasta and rice is a good filler upper, easy on the guts and cheap. Even some of Subway's sandwiches are very healthy. In College my daughter would get a healthy version foot long for $5 and that would be 2 meals for her. Or a lunch portion of a veggie Chinese meal for $5 and that was also 2 meals for her.
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   Posted 7/28/2010 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
If there are certain fruits and veggies that don't bother your gut, is there a local farmers market or even just a stand beside the road in your area where you could buy them?  Most farmers sell their produce cheaper than grocery stores and it's much fresher (more nutrients, tastes better and will store for longer).  I don't like spending money so I watch for sales at Meijer and then stock up on boneless skinless chicken breasts and pork loin and keep them in the freezer for a few months.  It's amazing how much price difference there is from their everyday price and the sales prices.   
Are you not eating because of pain/Crohn's or because of the cost of food (or both)?
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   Posted 7/28/2010 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Eat foods that are nutritious and promote healing. Cut out all processed food and sugar. You may consider cutting out dairy and wheat for a while and implement them one at a time over a couple of weeks.

Natural unprocessed foods are good for flares:
Bananas, unsweetened applesauce, red delicious apples (chewed well), well cooked veggies with butter, mashed potatoes, rice, white meat (chicken/turkey breast), hamburger, sourdough bread, decaf. green tea or chamomile with unpasturized honey. Probiotic yogurt may also be okay and helpful.

Try eating this way for at least 1 month and always when you flare.

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   Posted 7/28/2010 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Yay! Someone who is familiar with Meijer! Unfortunately Meijer is not a nationwide chain.
They have the BEST produce and fruit section at reasonable prices even when not in local season. Huge fan of Meijer and a former employee to boot. Even with Walmart being a dirty word in the Meijer dictionary, I have to say that they have a pretty decent produce section too
and excellent prices on groceries. I've never bought meat there though.

Farmers Markets are the best! The best part of Summer eating when everything is so fresh and local.
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   Posted 7/28/2010 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, have you thought about going to food banks that are sponsored by churches and community centers? It is growing season in the US and there is an abundance of produce available - just be creative. Be willing maybe to barter, exchange services for produce and food stuffs, bargain shop and watch for sales. Most grocery chains now have web sites that you can go and watch for specials. Buy a bit extra and freeze for the future if you have freezer space. Lots of willing moms, neighbors and community knowledge out there for people to teach others and provide caring and nurturing for others.

It is a bit harder to cook for yourself when you don't feel well but soups are easily digested and might be tolerated a bit better than starches, and meats. Agree with others-there are food stamp programs as well as work study programs for students, some people work in restaurants and get to eat one meal a day in the restaurant for free.

If you called some of your surrounding community churches there are often families that would be more than delighted to set an extra plate or provide assistance for someone. Call and talk to the senior pastor, they can point you in the right direction. Develop relationships with your neighbors- they can be of great assistance in this time of your life. Remember -this is just a phase in life, not forever. Unique problems call for creative solutions. Reaching out is scary but you are starting to look for answers - and to achieve different results one must do different things - so you are on the right track! Take care and be blessed.
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   Posted 7/28/2010 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
it's a myth that high cholesterol is from cholesterol containing foods. Your body manufactures cholesterol from carbs. Most inexpensive food, and easy on the gut food is high in carbs.

I would advise no starch, no sugar, and as far as cost, try frozen veg, and cheap fruit like apples. Lots of veg are cheap :)
Soluble fiber can decrease your LDL's (bad) by 23%. Foods high in soluble fiber include oatmeal and beans, both very cheap and very filling.

Nuts, including peanuts, have also been shown to reduce cholesterol bc of their "good fat". You can get a HUGE bag of peanuts for about $2.99, and they're very fillling from all the fat.

I'm very sorry about your mom- I couldn't imagine losing mine at such an early age.
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Rifampin 600mg daily, and Clarithromycin 2 tabs daily
and Cipralex 10mg/day for anxiety.
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5g pharmaceutical grade Omega 3's, 1000IU's Vitamin D3 daily
2 Perianal fistulas, and 1 more suspected. Crohn's only at end of colon, cecum. Remi, Asacol, Salofalk, Imuran, Humira did nada. Built immunity to long-term Cipro use, which also induced panic attacks.

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   Posted 7/28/2010 9:15 PM (GMT -7)   
PBJ is good and cheap.
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   Posted 7/31/2010 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
green lentils are cheap and and a good source of iron, i find them easy to digest and they make a lovely dahl which is one of the only things i can manage to eat amongst a severe flare (veeerry forfilling and tastey :). certain spices like cinnamon, turmeric, coriander, ginger and fennel you can add to dahl can also be benificial for the digestion system but be careful not to add to much as it can then do to much of the job if you no what i mean :). note= when uing turmeric if using fresh make sure its bright orange as it the chemical in the pigment which will help medicinally.

19 years old
dxd 2010 with chrons had illness three years bfor dxd
pentasa didnt work, chrones in ileum and small inrestine
now on beudenofalk only been on them for 2 weeks still waiting for effects

Post Edited (sugar-dumplin) : 7/31/2010 5:44:51 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/31/2010 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, sorry to hear about your troubles. I am not sure where you are from, however around my area there are a lot of farmers markets and such right now. They have very good prices and fresh foods which would be easy for you to steam. Also, for now you could make one whole egg and one egg white to help with the cholesterol issue. Lastly, when my tummy is really bad cherrios or oatmeal work well (and the generic brands are normally just as tasty as the name brand. I get my oatmeal from a local bulk food store.
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