Our own worst enemies...WHY? and What?

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   Posted 10/3/2007 4:26 AM (GMT -7)   
There is a thread on here that as one of its subjects discusses the ability of our group to eat seafood.  Most of the respondents agree it is a good thing...but there are the warnings of staying away from fried items and raw items....as well as the extra fat from the butter found in many seafood dishes....all good advice.......
So it occured to me...why don't I listen to that advice?  from what I have seen on here, I am not alone in the fact that sometimes I am the cause of my own misery.  I know what not to eat...I know what foods can be triggers...I know that I am chancing a day in hell for a night of fried clams and a very serious illness could be lurking around the corner with raw oysters.  So  my questions are simple...
Why do we do it?  and.....
What is your gastric vice that you just can't say NO to?
dx IBS 1999   UC 2000   CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
currently on Low Dose Netroxene (started Jan. 19, 2007)...against Dr's wishes, he was pushing for Remicade.  Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose two shots every other week.
Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
51 yrs old

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   Posted 10/3/2007 5:54 AM (GMT -7)   
i am a foodie through and through. i have to sneak some food from the no no list!

things i can't help but eat:
salt & vinegar chips
deep fried anything
corned beef

i have a bigger list of foods i love and haven't dared touch yet. i miss fresh fruit & raw veggies sooooo bad :(
.: stephanie :.
32 y/0 female diagnosed 8/8/7 with crohn's of the terminal ileum w/ stricture/scarring
currently taking 40 mg prednisone and 4000mg pentasa daily

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   Posted 10/3/2007 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I am finally getting to the point of learning not to eat those things anymore. I think I have gotten too sick too often and have finally given up. I know what you mean. I miss so many things, one being chocolate. But I just can't handle the constant upset stomach anymore, so for me, Crohns won in this case. I am okay if I eat just a bite of most (not all) forbidden foods, but more than that and I will pay dearly. Sigh!!!! And no one can understand what we live with other than another Crohnie.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 10/3/2007 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
haha I've said it to everyone around me about a million times (they are all very interested in what I can and can not eat), I can't change my eating habits over night.

Although I have managed to stop with fast food for the most part. haha..
My vices are
Tortilla chips and cheeeeeeseee dip mmmm.. omg.. mozzarella sticks and just deep fried foods.. I threw away my fryer though but pans work fine too.. haha..
I swear that at times I'm on a mission to darning my self to hours on the potty.. but eh.. I'm a big girl and it takes time to change what I eat.
25 years old
Diagnosed 9/06 with Pancolitis. The diagnosis was changed 9/20/07 to Crohn's disease.
Located in my large intestines, stomach, and mouth.
Asacol 3 3x's a day reinstated 9/20/07
Colazal 3 3x's a day which was stopped 9/11/07
Can not tolerate Prednisone in the slightest amount
Imuran 100mg a day. Which I started 8/24. Stopped 9/11/07
Methylpred 40 mg a day.


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   Posted 10/3/2007 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Every summer I go to my mothers and while I am there I eat my self to death on fresh tomatoes. I make the announcement - do not make me go anywhere for 24 hours, and then I hurt myself. But I just love them. I have a few others, but that is the biggie.
Red (Lee Ann)
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   Posted 10/3/2007 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
My vice was sugar - I loved anything sugary - cookies, pie, ho-ho's, sugar on my cereal, brown sugar on my oatmeal. I would eat almost anything with sugar on it. But almost a month ago I started to eliminate sugar from my diet and it has made a remarkable difference. I didn't do the whole no bread thing but I stopped eating cookies and all my other favorites. I replaced jelly with honey and if I don't have cookies in the house I can't eat them. The first couple of weeks were the worse but now I am used to it. I don't know if it was the elimination of sugar that made the difference or if all my meds finally started to work. I feel better now than I have felt in years - I have controlable BM's, which is a big thing for me, my rectal issues are almost non-existant and I have energy. Like I said - I have not gotten fanatical about it but I have eliminated the obvious sugars. I feel anything in moderation is OK. MB

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   Posted 10/3/2007 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I am still learning what I can and cannot eat....I am writing everything down.....one thing that upset my stomach is chocolat milk...:-( if I wake up with pain then it doesn't matter what I eat I will hurt!!! I know greasy food will give me D but I still eat them... and suffer the consequences...I don't know why I do that!!! I love my food
35 yrs female, dx with crohn's on july 13th 07 increasing my  entocort 9mg 6mg tappering off . starting imuran 250 mg had a allergie reaction  can no longer take it  pariet ,dx with depression in 2002 ,effexor tappering off, welbutrin,resperidal and lemotrogine.

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   Posted 10/3/2007 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Cashews....I love 'em, they hate me, hubby hates when I eat 'em BUTTTTTTTT every once in a while I just have to have them.

I still say that our body craves what it needs and what we are depriving our body. At least that is the excuse I use when I "cheat" and eat something bad.
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....

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   Posted 10/3/2007 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   

i am so, so bad with this, i have always had a love affair with food. i just cant eat enough i even eat when im not hungry casue it tastes so good. fast food is my worst vice, tacos, pizza, fishfry and cheeeeeeeeeseburgers mmmmmmmm. cake cookies, icecream, EVERYTHING that is bad for me.

i know what im doing to myself and if im not flaring ill do it, consequences be darned. if im flaring, i know better and ill be good but usually im bad. my family HATES it and they always try to monitor me so i have to sneak it. :)



Crohn's Disease Diagnosed 12/24/03 (Thats Right, Merry Christmas to me!)
Probable MS
Im 26 years old, and am currently only taking remicade, protonix and evil prednisone for my CD. am on quite the cocktail for my BP however: Geodon, Lamictal, Celexa, Buspar and Klonopin.
Im also on lipitor for high cholesterol caused by a prior BD med. and i take some meds prn for my allergies, asthma, and migrianes.
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   Posted 10/3/2007 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I have gotten over the fast food. Only place I can eat that is Wendys and most the time it's only a couple of menu items I can have. I miss nuts, some raw fruits, veggies, salads, ONIONS and peppers,oatmeal and whole grain products.

I have learned and can live with moderating the sugar intake or using Stevia or honey as a sweetner.

Now, I am learning to do away with yeast in my breads. Still suspect I have an intolerance of somekind to wheat even though I haven't been tested to date. I guess everybody slips up once in awhile especially if you were not born with this disease. You have the added luxury of growing up on some foods when you were young that you no longer can tolerate.

One of the girls I work with cooked some popcorn in the microwave, which is just outside my office I might add. It smelled sooooooo good and I was having the predinose grazing binge. No...I didn't touch it, but I sure could have taken her down and munched out on the whole bowl!!!!! Why do we do it? Weakness of the flesh! No where in my Bible does it state God was subjected to the smell of popcorn in the desert though!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.

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   Posted 10/3/2007 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I find I eat something REALLY fast if I can't eat it...as though that will make it ok :)
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 began Humira 9/07.

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   Posted 10/3/2007 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Garbage in, Garbage out....as they say in the tech world. Think it pretty much applies to us, don't you!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.

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   Posted 10/3/2007 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a late in life sufferer...I was early 40's when it hit me.  So yes one of my problems is that I got used to eating all types of food....my second issue is that I trained as a chef and have been working in the food industry all of my life, so I am constantly exposed to all sorts of foods.....
it truly is a curse in my line of work to be sensitive to so may foods....
dx IBS 1999   UC 2000   CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
currently on Low Dose Netroxene (started Jan. 19, 2007)...against Dr's wishes, he was pushing for Remicade.  Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose two shots every other week.
Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
51 yrs old

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   Posted 10/3/2007 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   

my vice is filipino food and homemade rice krispy treats.  omg I ate 1 c of pancit (filipino version of chow mein) and went to the bathroom 16 times  =0| 

I miss chocolate and coffee.  I can do chocolate in minute amts but coffee, even a 1/4 cup feels like rubbing alcohol is going down my throat.

Thanks to all of you for sharing on here.  Makes me feel better that I'm not the only one.  =0)

Newbie - 35 yrs old Diagnosed: 08/03/07
Meds Asacol 3x day

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   Posted 10/4/2007 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
My vice is non-crohns related. I am allergic to red dye number 40. I get really itchy and break out in hives. But, once and awhile there is something I just really want and I don't care. I always regret it after.
25 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 2 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.
I started getting a ton of junkmail after putting my myspace profile link on here.  Im taking it off but if you want to contact me just email me and Ill give you a link to my myspace.  Sorry!

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   Posted 10/4/2007 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
My vice has been sugar, sugar and sugar. And home made cookies made of wheat and sugar. I have hated chocolate since I was app 30, and I haven't been eating sweats and choco since then, .....but why eat those when you can eat sugar?...

I think I red in HW that the food you crave is the food you probably need to stay off...

Now I have stopped eating sugar....and I loose weight.....nice... :-) ...and it wasn't that hard to get rid of the sugar....reduced it little by little.

....and .......LOL Broomhilda :-) ....


Diagnosed CD June 2007. Have been on a minor prednisone medication. Did make a difference while max dosed. Got my problems back when tapering.
Using Low Dose Naltrexone from sept. 2007. See yahoo.com. A member in the group "lowdosenaltrexone" at yahoo.
Use home made scd yoghurt containing a lot of probiotics - a benefit for the intestines. I don't use white sugar. No yeast in glutenfree, homemade breads.

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   Posted 10/4/2007 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, that's a no-brainer for me. Like many of the above, sugar, sugar, sugar!!!! Sweets are my favorite food group!

I am a real sugar junkie and no matter how many times I tell myself that I need to get off it, I find it impossible. I think I need to go to sugar-rehab! It's so hard, since I have been on a low-residue diet for so long and I'm restricted from so many foods. Sugary foods don't pose the threat of an obstruction, so I snack on those foods.

Today I'm preparing for a colonoscopy. The allowed clear liquids all contain sugar - juices, gatorade, sodas, snapple, ices, etc. How do those of you that are sugar-free manage in this situation?

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   Posted 10/4/2007 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
My diet is so complicated & restricted w/having CD & being put on very low sodium diet.The low sodium diet helps alot w/avoiding deep fried,processed & fast foods,but of course I do not tolerate some of the things that are very low in sodium,such as some veggies & fruits.

The 2 biggies that I continue to eat are mushrooms & broccoli.I also do not do well w/blueberries & lettuce,& tend to still eat them on occassion.

Sometimes I feel like I am wasting half of my day on just planning my food for the day.I've thought about concocting some sort of human chow(like dog chow)so I wouldn't have to think about it at all...hehe
Official Crohns DX-march 2004.Pentasa 4000mg,B12,Probiotics
         1 resection
Cardiomyopathy DX-may 2004.Coreg,Altace,Digitek,Lasix,Potassium,very low-sodium diet

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   Posted 10/4/2007 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi It was macaroons but have stayed away from them as well as all the other roughage foods.I am amazed at how many of us are really trying to stay away from the things that cause pain. It is very encouraging for me to know others are giving up things they like for the sake of our innards, gotta love em. Sugar foods is still a little hard thogh.lol gail
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