Eating foods now that used to be no-no's

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flchurchlady
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   Posted 3/5/2008 5:29 AM (GMT -7)   
For those of you who had surgery b/c of Crohn's or UC, do you find yourself eating foods now that used to be big no-no's?

For example, I was eating an Asian Thai salad yesterday for lunch that had raw cabbage and carrot slices, spicy chicken, peanuts, and tortilla strips. As I was eating it, I kept thinking about how badly I would have suffered if I would've eaten something like this before this surgery!

I made sure I chewed everything really well and drank about 6 glasses of green tea, just in case. So far, I haven't had any pain or problems, so I'm really happy! :-)

Are there any foods that you enjoy now that you weren't able to eat before?

I love hearing success stories!

Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


praying4healing
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   Posted 3/5/2008 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
i'm glad u were able to enjoy...

i was able to physically eat just about n e thing b4...it was the aftermath of having to run to the potty that would kill me.

Now i'm back to eating n e thing, except cabbage, oranges, broccoli and a few other foods im afraid of lol
25 y/o female- crohns disease since 14
Ileostomy pending-very worried
Tried asacol,pentasa,prednisone,remicade,6mp,azasan, no avail
Seatons placed
Worst year ever!

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear....."
Where does mine come from?!
 
Temp Ileostomy performed 1/29/08
Still Adusting
 
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chili123
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   Posted 3/5/2008 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I am only 1 week post op but I am enjoying cereral now and oatmeal. I had a hard time with carbs with my UC. But, I am missing the fruits and veg's that I could eat with UC right now. I am looking forward to being able to have those back
Pancolitis - July 2006
Medications:  Predisone - 5mg ,asacol - 12 tablets per day
Supplements:  multi-vit, calcium, folic acid
My wish:  get off prednsione....been on straight since 8/2006


Crohned
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   Posted 3/5/2008 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I secretly get pleasure out of buying orange juice, and keep the fridge stocked with three jugs at a time. Six years I went without.
Diagnosed Crohn's/Colitis 2003.  
Subtotal Colectomy w/ Ileostomy May 16, 2007.
I'm off the meds!!  
 


peggy113
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   Posted 3/5/2008 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   

Cece,

You well know that with CD, it didn't matter what went into your mouth cuz it was gonna kill you anyway! lol  So, for me, eating in itself was glorious!!!!  And it still is, of course.  I do have some things I avoid, but basically I can eat just about any food.  Just gotta be careful...

 


Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


flchurchlady
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   Posted 3/5/2008 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Praying,
Are you scared of eating oranges because of reading Jo's story? I think we all are now! sad

Chili and Ash,
If you can eat carbs, you should be able to eat fruits & veggies, too. Go ahead and give 'em a try!

Crohned,
I love your little secret! Being from Florida, I love orange juice, too.

Peggy,
Ah yes... I remember suffering after almost every meal. I sure am glad those days are over! :-)
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


Shaz032
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   Posted 3/6/2008 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Before my op, I was on a low residue, low roughage, low starch, no dairy diet - now I'm not - and it shows!

Basically, my diet consisted of white chicken meat, Jelly (jelly for my American friends), plain yoghurt (no flavoured yoghurt but they would put jelly crystals in the yoghurt to try and flavour it and give me more variety - yeuch!!!!!!), no red meat, no greens, day old bread with no crust, and other such bland foods. Now I eat everything and anything :)
I have had an ileostomy for 32 years now due to UC.
 
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praying4healing
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   Posted 3/6/2008 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
lol yes cecilia, sj's story about the oranges did freak me out! lol and so did everyone elses about the salads and things as such lol

I'm just a big scaredy cat

I did however have my first glass of orange juice since the ostomy this morning. Simply Orange! which i absolutely loved, but could not tolerate b4 surgery.

Sj, I too am hungry all the time, which actually makes me feel great! i went in the hospital at 103 and i've finally hit my goal of 120 ( yesterday lol). Now i have to figure away to slow down, i've been 135 and i actually liked it, but eating the way i do now, im afraid i'd probably shoot past it b4 i knew it lol.

I assume i'll slow down when i return to work. Sitting in the house all day there isnt much to do besides eat and sit on the couch and clean and do it all over again. lol i'll wake up and make breakfast and while im eating it, dream of what i'll eat for lunch and dinner!
25 y/o female- crohns disease since 14
Ileostomy pending-very worried
Tried asacol,pentasa,prednisone,remicade,6mp,azasan, no avail
Seatons placed
Worst year ever!

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear....."
Where does mine come from?!
 
Temp Ileostomy performed 1/29/08
Still Adusting
 
Healingwell.com has been my Godsend...Thank you


peggy113
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   Posted 3/6/2008 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
FOOD -- my favorite subject!! I love to eat it, buy it, cook it, talk about it, you name it!!! My husband just laughs at me... and he's lived with this for 17 years, and dated me before that for several years so he knew what he was getting himself into!

p.s. I'm actually watching Rachel Ray right now while surfing the forum! My customary routine....
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


summerstorm
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   Posted 3/6/2008 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
i eat all the time now, which is showing!
before surgery the only things i ate were chicken strips, pizza and cheese and bread, and frenchfries. I had a very very limited diet, and even those things upset my stomach sometimes. I know that sounds like a weird bunch of things to be able to eat, but UC is a weird disease. I missed salad, SOOO much, and veggies and fruit and frosted flakes! What i really missed most though, was being able to eat whenever, before i had to eat at least two hours before leaving the house and could not eat while i was out. I was also taking like five immodium, at least a day, and chugging pepto.
The other day, i bought a plum, thinking, oh i think i love plums, i am so excited, so today i bit inot it and realzied that i HATE plums, lol. I did the same thing with red grapes the other day, but it was nice to just be able to try it.
before i got sick i would try any food, or food combo, and now i can do that again. Little advice here, DO NOT under any cirumstances, eat tartar sauce on a mint. Just don't do it.

flchurchlady
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   Posted 3/7/2008 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm right there with you all *nodding my head* when you say that before surgery, you would suffer after eating almost anything and have to take Imodium before leaving the house.

I have always enjoyed eating, but when I was sick, the pain would get so bad, that I started to associate food with pain, which was not a good thing, since we have to eat to live. sad

I'm so thankful that I'm not in pain anymore and can eat pretty much eat anything I want now.
I was always very skinny when I was sick, and now I see my heavier weight in a good light, because it means I'm healthy! I'm glad that a lot of you view gaining some much-needed weight in the same way. :-)

Cece
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


lp
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   Posted 3/9/2008 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I have very little to add to the discussion (chew well, try new foods cautiously, drink lots of water). I am a "foodie" and eat pretty much anything (compared to an extremely limited diet due to UC, including 1 whole year of baby food, broth and plain toast). I am careful with mushrooms, coconut, broccoli, and similar hard to digest foods, but I still eat them. I adore spicy, exotic and ethnic foods - and it shows!!! I am always having to watch my weight - quite a change from when I weighed 75 pounds and everyone was begging me to eat. My major difficulty is if I am drinking wine and having a lot of fun I forget to chew as well as I should...! So I guess my contribution to this discussion is that once you get into the habit of feeling well and eating what you want please remember to be moderate in social circumstances when you are distracted and may gulp your food and forget to chew as well as you should! Now if only I could remember my own advice.....
UC diagnosed 1964
Ileostomy 1969


summerstorm
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   Posted 3/9/2008 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   
i ate brocolli and pineaplle for dinner, not together, lol. I just take the stalks off the broccoli and only eat the florets, the stalks aren't good anyway, and that's the part that's hard to digest. And i have been fine, a little gassier than usual, but nothing serious
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