what can i eat that wont hurt me just got diagnosed with crohn's today

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   Posted 9/25/2007 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
sad what can i eat that wont hurt me just got diagnosed with crohn's today

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   Posted 9/25/2007 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
unfortunaly(sp?) you are going to find out by keeping a log of what you eat and how you feel afterwards. with this diesase it's a trial and error . keep in mind that it might take a few weeks to figure out what you can/can't eat and drink.
also, there might be days where the food and drink you eat might be okay and the next day it won't. that's one of the frustrating things about this DD.
38 yrs old male. dx with cd of ileum June 2006.
3 feet of large intestine and 1 1/2 feet of small intestine removed because of complications from diverticulitis (fall '03) i.e. hartman's surgery(starting to wonder if i was misdiagonized and was actually CD)
med. : 100mg imuran ,remicade Dec.06 every 6 weeks
 arthritis in fingers and knees

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   Posted 9/25/2007 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   
what will aggravate symptoms: sugar, processed foods, fast foods, whole grains.

Stick to a more natural diet. Try cooking and pureeing your veggies, if you are flaring badly. You can also try the Maker's diet. It's about eating a very natural diet along with easily digestible grains and dairy.

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   Posted 9/25/2007 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
some things that worked for me are sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, yogurt, bland soups.
this all takes a while to sort out, so try to be patient and take care of yourself, and welcome. yp
48 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. In December had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now just taking Glycolax, metamucil, and preparing to begin Humira.

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   Posted 9/25/2007 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I was just diagnosed as well so I'm sort of going through the trial and error process too. So far the only things that have bothered me were some really spicy crab cakes and chex mix. My GI doc said that for a lot of people lettuce really aggravates the disease but I tried a salad last week and had no problems. So just try stuff out and see what works!

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   Posted 9/26/2007 1:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi to both newly diagnosed,
I was diagnosed in june this year, but have been sick for 3 years or more. I know that many ppl. have written that they can't have whole grains, vegetables like banana, brocolli, bambooshots, cabbage, veggies and fruits that have long fibres. Cooked and mashed vegetables are better. Also some can't have raw fruits. Cooked and mashed is better. Some can't have spicy or too hot food. Others can't have beer or wine. Seeds and whole grains are often a no-no. Bananas- for me: hopeless. Pears: OK. Grapes ok, but not the stones. Some may not drink milk, other can't eat white bread or bread with seeds and grains. White sugar is a big NO for a lot of crohnies. But all this you have to find out yourself. Write down what you eat every day. If you get sick it's often from something you ate the same day, I think. For me it's like that.

Google Crohns disease and you'll find a lot of information on the net.

This site contains a lot of serious and good information:

The best from Ingrid :-)

Post Edited (Skjura) : 9/26/2007 3:00:53 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/26/2007 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I've found that Lamb is a very good meat to eat for stomach problems. Try the ground lamb -- I'll post a recipie for meatloaf if you'd like -- it's less fatty than other red meats and contains a good amount of protein that you'll be losing due to the CD. Pastas (without red sauce), potatoes, and other starchy carb-filled foods tend to be easier on my stomach, too. Stay away from nuts, grains, celery, corn, and other seeds.
*** I would DEFIANTLY recommend not drinking Soda -- I stopped and was AMAZED at how much better I felt. ***
Let me know if you want any Crohn's-friendly recipies, and I'll post them on here.
Good Luck!
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   Posted 9/26/2007 6:39 AM (GMT -7)   
The most important thing to me about what I can and can't eat, is the portion. Smaller meals are almost always better than a big lunch and dinner. Sometimes the foods that you think you can't eat are actually fine for you if you eat them is a smaller portion. This is a game of wait and see unfortuntaley. I for instance know that there are 2 foods that I can NEVER eat... Coffee and Corn. I can't have the corn but I can eat polenta which is made from corn. I can't eat a large salad but I can have a few bits if I have a craving and I am fine. Oh and always remember to chew your food very well.
Diagnosed with CD June 15, 2007
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   Posted 9/26/2007 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   

A lot of newly diagnosed people go on a low residue diet.  Basically, that's low fiber.  You want to avoid anything that's hard to digest.  Nothing with a shell or husk, like corn, peas, beans.  No gassy foods, like brocolli or cabbage.  Carbonated beverages can be a problem. 

Things to try: mashed potatoes, applesause, bananas, eggs, chicken, turkey, fish, well cooked green beans and carrots, rice, canned peaches or fruit cocktail, yogurt, organic cottage cheese with active cultures (Horizon is one brand).  If you drink milk, try lactose free.  Even if you've never been lactose intolerant, changes in the GI tract from the disease can make digesting lactose a problem.  The live cultures in yogurt and organic cottage cheese eat up the lactose, so it's not such a problem there.  Try to get some protein with each meal or snack.  Your body has a lot of repair work to do and it needs the protein.

The above suggestion to eat small meals is a good one.  Even if you find yourself eating seven or eight times a day.  Overloading your system with large meals will just make you miserable.

A lot will be trial and error.  Everyone's system reacts differently and what works for one can make someone else sick.  I know this is a scary time.  I was just diagnosed this summer, too.  All the new info can be overwhelming.  Don't be shy about asking questions, either of your doctors or here.  With some time and some research and experimenting, you'll figure out what works best for you.

Good luck!

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   Posted 9/26/2007 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I go Low roughage and no seeds, nuts ,popcorn or foods that are hard. Chew foods good and try a small amount of foods specially when trying new things. lol gail

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   Posted 9/26/2007 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome,

I'm sure you've received lots of good advice regarding diet. It is highly individualized and can even change from time to time with your own disease. I can eat things at times that I have to avoid at others. You probably already recognize some things that are bothersome. I hope your doctor and you can find what works well for you. -Joy
48 yr. old. Ileocolitis.  CD since early teens, misdx'd until age 36.  Hemicolectomy-left side in 2001.  Disease returned in 2003. Arthritis, episcleritis, chronic pain due to surgeries (nerve damage, adhesions) and disease.  Recently dx'd scoliosis.  History of endometriosis.

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