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   Posted 9/2/2011 4:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, hope you are doing ok! Just wondering what do you have for breakfast?  My main problem is coffee, I love it, but it seems to be bothering me lately... I tried decaf, filter luck.  Problem with coffee is I don't like it black, and if I put milk in it it bothers me. It gives me cramps.  I tried tea, but to tell you the truth I don't like it very much.  Chamomille is out of the question....I hate it.  I also eat a toast or a slice of bread with butter and some honey before I go to work.  But when I wake up, I just have to drink something hot.  You think I could try hot cocoa?  Chocolate generally bothers me, but what doesn't lately.....
I was just wondering what could be a really nice Crohns friendly breakfast.
too hot today in Athens

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   Posted 9/2/2011 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried your decaf coffee with Lactaid milk (lactose free) or soy milk?  Lots of people are lactose intolerant but tolerate the lactose free milk very well.  It's what I use on my cereal.  Looks like you are looking for a quick breakfast since you mention toast and honey.  I find Rice Krispies cereal helpful.  Not only do I tolerate it well, cereal is vitamin fortified and I am able to absorb some of the nutrients easier than a multivitamin.  My favorite, however, is a cheese omelet.  English muffins are also good.   I personally don't drink coffee as I became "coffeed out" in college and could never go back to it. 

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   Posted 9/2/2011 5:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I am the same, don't like to drink coffee black and can't have the usual cream and sugar. I like to heat up half a cup of rice milk, ( the kind w/out sugar and other additives, Rice Dream,) and then pour in coffee to fill up the cup. My husband even likes it that way so must not be too bad. I've tried coconut milk but an unattractive oil slick forms before you can drink it. Don't know what I would do without my coffee, hope you find a way to enjoy yours :)

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   Posted 9/2/2011 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not a coffee drinker, and I don't typically like hot beverages unless it is really cold outside.

Have you tried using non-dairy creamers or soy-based creams instead of milk?

Personally, I always go to the scrambled eggs and cheese as a favorite.

Recently & frequently, I eat 2 slices of toast, a serving of yogurt, and 16oz of water each morning for breakfast.
Crohn's Disease for 22 years
Diagnosed in Feb 1989 at age 14

1 Resection: 4" at TI + 24" of jejunum - June 2011
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   Posted 9/2/2011 6:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I am a tea drinker, but I like a little milk in it. I use lactaid milk and for the little bit that I use, I have no issue with it. I use it in cereal too. I don't like it to drink straight, but the chocolate version is the best chocolate milk I have ever had.

I don't always eat breakfast, but english muffins are one thing I eat without too much trouble. I toast them a bit, then add a slice of cheese on each side and toast again. The cheese gets all melted and a bit brown, yum! It adds a bit of protein and some calories, is quick and I can take it with me if I am in a hurry.

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   Posted 9/2/2011 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   
yassu! i'd rather be a little warm in Athens than a little cold in Montreal! lucky you! my boyfriend is greek and i completely know about the type of breakfasts you have (soooo crohn's unfriendly!)

first- bread and honey ferments in the intestine and creates alot of gas (so best only to have honey with tea).

second- i drink coffee when i know im having a good day because it doesnt irritate me; however, in your case you need to find a tea that suits you, there are hundreds out there (my favorite tisane is floral).

my advice for you is to do the eliminating process so that you know which specific foods are bothering you. for me, cheese is completely out of the question BUT non-salted feta and greek yoghurts are amazing.

my Crohn's friendly breakfast is: fruits, tuna sandwich (or egg) and yoghurt. its so filling and good.

good luck!!!
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Resection in 2005
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   Posted 9/3/2011 2:07 AM (GMT -7)   
You could try plain hot water, which is surprisingly invigorating and good for you, or hot water with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice.

If you want a hint of caffeine you could try green tea, or white tea.

Your gut might appreciate some mint tea (try spearmint if usual mint is too strong), or ginger tea, or parsley tea. All are nice, and soothing.

I think just keep experimenting. There are zillions of teas out there: you could try one a day for months, and still have ones left to try.

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   Posted 9/3/2011 2:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Also, warm milk or milk-substitute with some sort of sweetener - maple syrup, agave, whatever - can be nice.
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   Posted 9/3/2011 6:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I never drank coffee. I was a tea person. But after years of 'herbal' teas, I got so so tired of the fruit infusions. My favorite discovery has been 'red tea' or rooibos. It's a caffeine-free African tea that's deep, rich, and strong, and they're now making it in all kinds of flavors (like vanilla almond--or even strawberry chocolate). When I'm cold at night, especially in the winter, rooibos warms me up and feels substantial (unlike your usual fruit infusions or--ugh--chamomile, that taste kind of weak and watery and un-tealike). Try it!

BTW, rooibos tea is what Mma Ramotswe of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency is always drinking and serving in the novels. It's one of the mainstays of her life, and she's always wondering why Europeans and Americans would drink anything else.

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   Posted 9/3/2011 6:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Kicks cereal and almond milk when I feel crappy and coffee and p nut butter crackers when I feel ok .
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   Posted 9/4/2011 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   
hi there!

Have you tried Red bush tea? It doesn't need milk and I am a huge fan. Peppermint also helps to settle my stomach, as does Verbena tea but I've only ever seen that on sale in France.

have you tried making porridge or oatmeal in the mornings if you want something hot? I make mine 40g oats, a cup and half of water and 2 teaspoons of honey. I find it really settles my stomach: not all Crohn's sufferers can have soluble fibre but it works well for me.

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   Posted 9/4/2011 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
For coffee I would be loast without it. I use to use xtra milk and sugar but I weened myself off both esp when you are limited to clear liquids you know if you want your java you need to do without. for many years I was not lactose intolerant now I am. I find it weird that if I use soy milk (when I was a baby I was allergic to milk and was on soy all the time) I feel as though my esophagus is breaking out in hives I use to use that for a while I do use non dairy creamer (which odly enough has soy in it but it doesnt bother me then again I only use about 0.5 tsp in the 1st cup of the day (I warm up the cup 1 or 2 more times thru the day by adding more java but not more creamer).

I typically do not eat breakfast my belly symptoms are typically crampy upon waking then painful the later in the night it gets. The things I will eat are english muffins toasted with a small amount of margarine (I sadly am allergic to peanut butter as well as other tree nuts now a days too and have oral allergy syndrome so my foods are extra limited) I also at times will have a scrambled egg (leave the milk out and use pam or other spray canola oil for the pan). Fried eggs sometimes sit okay with me other times based on how I cook an egg with give me lots of gas. One of my favorites is cream of wheat (made with just water) Another fav are plain bagels with butter sprinkle a little cinnamon and sugar on it at times to change up the flavor (would get cin rais ones but allergic to grapes and rasins never went well with my belly anyway)

I have the egg pan they sell at lots of grocery stores and kitchen stores that when you make the egg (fried or scrambled) it is just slightly larger than an english muffin or just about bagel size I will cook that up and place the egg on the muffin or bagel with s thin slice of heam (they sell these small single serving packs at safeway for $0.99 and in it are about 10 really thin slices so instead od 1 serving for me its about 10. then I will get extra sharp cheddar and slice a really thin piece (cheddar is 1 of the low lactose cheeses and most days it is one I can tolerate just fine with no reactions.)

Hope this helps a little
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987

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   Posted 9/4/2011 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
A warning to everyone who is into red teas: they can interfere with the actions of medications, especially chemotherapy drugs.

In other words, if you're on methotrexate (or are being treated for cancer generally), DON'T DRINK IT. And it would probably be a good idea to ask a number of professionals whether you should be drinking it at all while you are on any sort of medication.

This warning extends to toiletries with red tea in them. It's a real problem.

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   Posted 9/7/2011 4:13 AM (GMT -7)   
You are all so kind, thanks so much for your replies! 
Can you eat things like cornflakes or porridge when you have narrowing in the TI?  I would love some cornflakes for breakfast, I ate them everyday before being diagnosed, but now I'm afraid.
I see many of you eat eggs for breakfast, here in Greece we are not used to it, I'm not saying it's not good or healthy, but sometimes it just has to do with the way you grow up! For example we eat scrambled eggs for lunch or sometimes dinner.  But then again, in Greece the most common breakfast is a cup of coffee and a cigarrette unfortunately.....
Thanks again, love you all!

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   Posted 9/7/2011 4:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I love my coffee too, but it doesn't always like me. I live for the artificial coffe creamer. I am not lactose intolerant, but it seems to work better for me with the coffee. I keep about 4 jars of the Coffeemate in my cupboard because I use it in my cake decorating icing - it is shelf stable and makes for nicely creamy icing without the milk!
i also found decaf versus regular was the same for me. I did find the some brands of coffee were less irritating. For some reason Dunkin Donuts and Tin Hortons coffee are better and I brew them at home now.
Still holding on with just Pentasa! Doc says most of my problems are side effects of my resection ('90) and my disease is doing GREAT and no sign of a repeat fistula. Meds now to control the lack of TI and happy to be out and about.

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   Posted 9/7/2011 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Home made probiotic yogurt and frozen (low carb) mixed fruit with cinnomin and vanilla extract for sweetness. Yummm

Eggs and meat on the weekend for sustained energy but again low carb

Weak starbuck's extra bold coffee
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