what can she eat? always hungry not long after her meals

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   Posted 1/20/2008 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
my daughter is always hungry-she is thin so weight is not an issue-i'm managing meals with chicken-turkey -turkey patties-potatoes carrots...,i would like to cut out sugar so trying to cut out bread and pasta- we have eliminated dairy ,at least the kind you can see like milk and cheese,and she is using soy milk for cheerios probably not good but right now she wants them - it's the snacking i don't know what to give her, if we do all the gluten free and sugar free-i'd like to- i don't know what there is to snack on-like i would with chips or pretzels or nuts... any suggestions?
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   Posted 1/20/2008 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
snacks are hard since many things like granola bars, even home-made, can be difficult to digest.
there are some good recipes on the scd sites for gluten free bread and put some natural peanut butter on there.
rice cakes if she can digest those.

you could try just doing many small meals instead of 3 regulars. that works best for me.
keep in mind that by cutting out breads etc she may lose a bit more weight.
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   Posted 1/20/2008 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
How about fruit for a snack? A banana or peeled apple with peanut butter on it or applesauce would be easy to digest. Yogurt would be another good snack. She could munch on Cheerios/cereal for a snack, too. It's something crunchy.
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   Posted 1/20/2008 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Just let her eat what she wants.

*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... increased enemas to nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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   Posted 1/20/2008 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with quincy... usually if I feel like eating something I'll be ok. A lot of people find oatmeal to be a good snack. Also applesauce. I don't like either of those so I stick with peanut butter. (pun intended) I also like rice, soup, and toast when I feel lousy.
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   Posted 1/20/2008 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
PLEASE, if she's losing weight and hungry all the time, I'd ask her GI to test her for food intolerances before restricting her diet so much. There's no point in taking everything out of her diet if she isn't intolerant to it.

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   Posted 1/20/2008 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I have to agree with quincy - from my own personal experience, let her eat what ever she wants, when ever she wants. She will work out for herself soon enough which foods make her symptoms worse and she will learn to avoid them.

Keep a food diary (as best you can) as it can help work out intolerences. The faster way as Judilyn suggested is to just get the GI to test.

Also with regard to pasta - its a great source of carbs and even the bigger companies are now producing gluten free versions of their pasta which you can find in the health food section of the bigger super markets.

In said health food section you can also find gluten/wheat/sugar free chocholate, cerials, chips, biscuts, snacks etc. Just read the ingredient lists on the back of everything.

Learn about fibre as its important to keep up the Soluble fibres and reduce the Insoluble. Soluble makes things more comfortable, insoluble makes things less comfortable - especially when in a colitis flare.

Final suggestion is not to cut everything out eg. bread etc. Just try to keep it to a minimum unless you know there is an intolerance to it. My take is that what you eat doesn't affect the colitis itself at all. It only increases or decreases the colitis related symptoms such as gas and D.
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   Posted 1/20/2008 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
It's best to eat many small meals throughout the day - my family calls it grazing. If she's hungry, she should eat. I let myself eat whatever I crave when I'm flaring - within reason. Usually it's Cheetos... Strange but true - and they are gluten free ;-)

As long as she's eating the balanced meals that you are preparing and not gorging on sugar, let her snack. The body does need a bit of sugar for energy when the rest of your food is going towards repairing your colon.

Hope she feels better soon :)
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   Posted 1/20/2008 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Nut butters are filling and are not as hard on the digestive tract as whole nuts. Baked or canned fruits or well-ripened bananas are all good. Larabar and Cliff nectar bars make good fruit/nut snacks and they are gluten and dairy free. Other ideas might include Pirate's Booty and Veggie Booty, veggie or rice chips, gluten-free cookies. I'd also suggest supplementing her food with Absorb Plus shakes. Also make sure she's getting enough healthy fats. They'll help her feel full longer and omega-3s help reduce inflammation.
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   Posted 1/20/2008 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Health Valley graham crackers do not have hydrogenated oil or other bad ingredients. Also, one can make homemade shakes/smoothies using either lactose-free dairy or soy milk/tofutti + banana or canned/cooked fruit. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

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   Posted 1/20/2008 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Just keep in mind some foods can cause gas or discomfort....it's not necessarily a UC thing.

If one restricts too much, the emotional feeling of hopelessness and depression can take over because of not enough options.

But, some people thrive on restrictions. I for one do not....leave her choices, but do suggest she eat as well as possible to keep energy levels up..that does include proteins and not to always fill up on crappy foods.

She will instinctively learn eating what will have her feeling best or worst.

*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... increased enemas to nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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