please help! Food question!

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   Posted 7/3/2011 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
i had J--Pouch surgery #1, 3 weeks ago. I feel great but I am scared to death to eat anything other than white carbs or yogurts, puddings....etc. I am really craving peanut butter sandwich and salad....... Can/Should I try this or am I asking for trouble???!?!?!?

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   Posted 7/3/2011 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I would say that a pb sandwich should be fine (as long as it is smooth peanut butter) but I'd wait a few more weeks on the salad.
Stephanie, 29 years old

March 2000-Diagnosed Crohn's Colitis
(Tried every drug imaginable, but lived 10 years with daily diarrhea)
March 18, 2010-Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy! :)
(Now med free, 4 subsequent procedures to correct blockages at stoma site)

Stoma named Zoe...She's my best bud!! :)

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   Posted 7/3/2011 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I was having veggies as soon as I got home from my first surgery. I just chewed like crazy and peeled whatever I could.
21 years old
UC since September 2008, diagnosed in April 2010

Going for a J-Pouch in 3 steps!
Surgery #1 - May 25th, 2011

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   Posted 7/3/2011 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree to use creamy peanut butter at first. If you decide to have a salad, start with a small one, peel off the skin and de-seed cucumbers and tomatoes, chew really well, drink plenty of water, and enjoy! smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 7/5/2011 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
are tomato seeds really bad? can those little things cause blockage? I'm still avoiding raw veggies at this point. question too, I've read no coconut... does that include fried coconut shrimp or is it raw coconut? If anyone knows?
mom of 1, how r u doing? are you healing well (lol) not to copy the name of this website; hope you are doing ok!!!!
DX 2/10 UP. DX 07/10 UC. Pancolitis. tried: Canasa, Asacol, Bentyl, Imodium, Imuran, Prednisone, Flagyl, Cipro, Remicade, Codeine, Tramadol, Xanax, Morphine, Vicodin, Prozac, ~ nothing worked. 1st surgery 6/8/11! 2 more to go!

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   Posted 7/6/2011 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I was told to avoid dried coconut as it can swell, that was many, many years ago.
Crohn's dx 1989, loop ileo 1992, end ileo 1992. Arthritis developed 1990 Stoma abcess 1995. Azathioprine started 1995. Panprocolorectomy 1999. Stillbirth 2000, antiphospholipid syndrome dx 2000. Flare up 2004, stoma abcess and strictoplasty 2004. Low blood pressure dx with impaired kidney function 2006, fludrocortisone pres. flare up 2010, steroids, Humira, codeine.

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   Posted 7/7/2011 6:08 AM (GMT -6)   
well I tried raspberry preserves with the seeds and that went fine, I'm betting I can handle the tomato seeds if I peel off the skin.
DX 2/10 UP. DX 07/10 UC. Pancolitis. tried: Canasa, Asacol, Bentyl, Imodium, Imuran, Prednisone, Flagyl, Cipro, Remicade, Codeine, Tramadol, Xanax, Morphine, Vicodin, Prozac, ~ nothing worked. 1st surgery 6/8/11! 2 more to go!

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   Posted 7/7/2011 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
It seems like it's really individual what each person can eat post surgery. Within a week I was eating cucumber, tomato, onion salad. Now, a month past surgery, I eat whatever I want. I'm a pretty healthy eater, so that means salads, no fried foods really. I eat beans, but they do give me gas, so I have to empty my bag more frequently. I just make sure to chew everything really well. I did have fries last night for the first time, and I did notice a lot of liquidy output maybe the grease bothered me???

I did introduce foods one at a time during that first week as well. The only food I haven't done is raw cabbage and lentils (only because both gave me TONS of gas before my surgery.

I think PB will be fine! Good luck!
UC since 2004. Tried Sulfasalazine, Mesalimine, Imuran, Remicade, and my dear frenemie, Prednisone
After living 2 years "holistically", with no improvement and resulting in a blood transfusion after a 4.5 hemoglobin level, I decided on surgery.
Currently staying not so steady on 25 mg of Prednisone waiting for my J pouch surgery in June 2011

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   Posted 7/7/2011 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I didn't eat the foods that they tell you to avoid for the first 8 weeks after surgery. Then I slowly started to add things a little bit at a time and chew them really well. I have not found anything I can't eat yet, though I have avoided tough raw veggies like carrots and broccoli. I ate my first salad around 2.5 months. I started with just a few lettuce leaves and now can eat one cereal bowl size with cucumbers, tomatoes, green or yellow peppers and black olives. Haven't gotten brave with raw mushrooms yet, but I eat the canned ones no problem.

Within a week of surgery I was eating canned veggies though like carrots and green beans. Had no problem with those since they are mushy. I also ate roast beef even though it is considered a "stringy"meat. I made it in the crock pot, so it was melt-in-your-mouth tender. I also had pizza quite a bit right after surgery, just with cheese and pepperoni instead of veggies. I ate A LOT of peanut butter... the creamy variety. Also lots of eggs prepared in all the different ways. Again, chewing everything until it was almost a liquid consistency.

Just be patient. You will be able to try more foods in a couple of months.
-39 years old
-Officially diagnosed with UC in 2006, though had symptoms since 1999.
-Had mild/moderate symptoms continuously until severe flare in autumn 2010 which required 2-week hospital stay
-Took Asacol, Rowasa, Canasa and Prednisone to manage flares but meds stopped working
-Tried 1 dose of Remicade but had excruciating joint pain and discontinued
-Had permanent ileostomy surgery 11/8/2010

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   Posted 7/7/2011 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I heard peanut butter is a thickener type food, but I'm allergic to it so I never eat it. Just what I heard. I have an ileostomy. I know what you mean about the carbs being easy to digest and sugary stuff too. I've gained a TON of weight since my ileo. I had to gain back about 20 lbs but then I gained 15 more on top of that. Rosemary
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