Foods durning a flare up

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   Posted 2/27/2008 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I was just wondering what everyone's eating in a flare up?? I not sure what's the best. The dr said no diary (which I knew) and not fatty-fired food. Dies anyone else have any suggestions on what's okay to eat?

blueclassring
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   Posted 2/27/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Try the Specific Carbohydrate diet. It will change the way this disease handles you. Do a search on Google!
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Diagnosed 8/99.  Suffered for almost 10 years.  I am currently on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and am nearning remission.  I feel fantastic!  My next goal is to gain the 15 lbs I lost 6 weeks ago and start living life again.  I have lost so many years to this disease. 


I decided to become a pharmacist to understand these drugs, and to help fellow sufferers of IBD.  My goal is to open up a pharmacy and take care of my patients(particularly explaining what the drugs do to you), compound special medications, and have a great practice. 

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quincy
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   Posted 2/28/2008 12:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi...what is it that you normally eat...can you give a fairly good picture of your diet?

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*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x 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 2/28/2008 5:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Since I started the flare up I've been on a liquid diet. Broth, jello (sugar free), ensure, yogurt, soup...that's about it. The dr hasn't given me any other ideas.

princesa
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   Posted 2/28/2008 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Artificial sweeteners in the sugar free jello could cause problems and Ensure is full of sugar and bad fats. If you've been told to avoid dairy, then yogurt may not be a good option either.

The foods I find to be safest during a flare are tender white meat of chicken and turkey, soft cooked veggies like carrots, peas and green beans, winter squashes, scrambled eggs, very ripe bananas, applesauce and baked apples and pears. Avoid the tough skin of fruits and veggies and raw vegetables. I eat alot of veggie soups. Soups can be blended to further help digestion.

Rather than Ensure, I'd suggest you try a quality whey protein isolate or meal replacement drink formulated for body building. These would be a much healthier alternative.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal.
 
 


Eva Lou
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   Posted 2/28/2008 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I dunno, I drink Ensure high-protein when I'm flaring & it never bothers me. It does have a lot of sugar, 21 grams a bottle, but not much fats- sat. fat- 1 gram, polyunsaturated- 3 grams, & monounsaturated- 2 grams. I like it because it's lactose & gluten free. (I just finished a bottle, hence the detailed nutrition info!)

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade infusions
Imuran- 100mgs/day
Iron supplement
Culturelle
 


ChuckUC2002
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   Posted 2/28/2008 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   

During a flare up I go on a fiber restricted diet.  Fiber is abrasive on your colon wall, which will cause some pain if it scrapes against the ulcerations.  I tend to stay away from dairy except yogurt with lots of probiotics.  You need the probiotics to reconstitute the good bacteria/flora in your gut, and probiotics are found in almost all yogurts.  During flare ups, I also found that eating soft foods help, like baby food (surprisingly some are really good), soft and ripe bananas, porridge, squash, soup, lots of fish (the omega 3 oils are really good for you).  If I am daring, I will eat some meat but will be sure to chew extremely well.  Rather than drinking regular milk, I drink Lactaid, which reduces the gassy effect.  On that note, stay away from foods that make you gassy, like beans, soy, etc.

As for bluecalssring's recommendation, I also found that the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) by Elaine Gottschall to be very effective.  It's similar to the Atkins' Diet but not as restrictive on the carbs as you can eat fruits and good grains.  I was on the SCD for about a year after my first flare up in December 2002 and stayed in remission throughout that time.  It was great but in the end difficult to maintain because I started craving pizza and pasta - foods which are prohibited on the SCD.  I plan, however, to discipline myself again and restart the SCD.

-Chuck

Diagnosed UC in December 2002

Currently recovering from a flare up.  On Remicade, 6MP, Asacol, Cannasa, Cortenema, Prednisone, Probiotics, Olive Leaf Extract.


oceanberryb
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   Posted 2/28/2008 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
When I am having a flare I eat...soup, drink boost, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, rice, applesauce, spinach...any kind of really soft veggie. I find canned to be the best. Try and drink lots of water( since your goin so much your probably dehydrated). I drink that SMAR***ER with the electrolytes.
 
 
Diagnosed-  Ulcerative colitis 2005
Curently taking- lialda, 20mg pred(tapering),folic acid, mercaptupurine, foli acid,multi-vitamins
Have had three colonoscopy's
 


princesa
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   Posted 2/28/2008 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Eva Lou said...
I dunno, I drink Ensure high-protein when I'm flaring & it never bothers me. It does have a lot of sugar, 21 grams a bottle, but not much fats- sat. fat- 1 gram, polyunsaturated- 3 grams, & monounsaturated- 2 grams. I like it because it's lactose & gluten free. (I just finished a bottle, hence the detailed nutrition info!)


It may not produce noticeable, immediate symptoms, but the high sugar content will feed bad gut flora causing further imbalance in gut ecology which leads to worse problems... a vicious cycle.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal.
 
 

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