UC spouse said...
Wow,you all seem to have a great understanding of what fruits suit you and what doesn't. How did you figure that out? Some of you even know if you have too much of a fruit, it causes discomfort. If you are having these fruits after dinner...how do u differentiate if it's the dinner or the fruit that causes u more bm's??
This has been the most difficult/frustrating part for us. To figure out what foods are suitable to my husband. We don't know if it was dinner, lunch,a snack that increased his bowels or stress. My husband hasn't gone into remission, so the number of bm's are very inconsistent. Is it easier to find out what suits the body when one goes into remission b/c then your body is more consistent and if u feed it something wrong then it reacts?
I like the idea about blending the fruits. I am sure your're right, that will make things easier to digest. Thanks for the idea Pooie1981.
pb4, thanks for the suggestion about half a fruit and the enzymes...I will try that tonight and onwards. My husband is one of those that eats peeled apple/fruits as a snack. Maybe that's too much.
princesa & princesscolon, I have the book: What to Eat With IBD by Tracie M Dalessandro . Do you know about this book? Is the one you guys suggested similar to this one? My book mentioned parmesan cheese and butter in one of their recipes. I was a little surprised at that.
One last question: I've noticed some people saying that canned fruits are ok. I have even seen that on some IBD diets too. Don't canned fruits have a high content of fructose and/or corn syrup? I guess this would be another trial and error thing...one has to just try something to figure out if it suits you.
Trial and error. You can get advice from other sufferers all day long, but that won't guarantee how your husband will react. And you'll see plenty of conflicting advice on here.
The best thing to do is an elimination diet and keep a food journal. It's a tough deal and takes discipline, but it will help you pinpoint the problem foods.
I haven't read What to Eat with IBD, so I can't comment. Looks like it got great reviews on Amazon. Personally, butter and parmesan have never been a problem for me and I'm very intolerant of other dairy products, but it may be different for your husband.
Canned fruits are good because the tough fiber matrix has been broken down and peels have generally been removed. Look for "lite" varieties or those that are canned in their own juice. Better yet, go to an organic food store and get your canned fruit there where you won't have to worry about added sugar, etc.