Need help with my diet

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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/18/2008 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
The other thread that was recently started on here about a Nutritionist as well as many of the other threads on here I've read lately have got me to want to ask a few questions.

Like I described in the other thread I had a bad experience the one time I went to a Nutritionist, so I figured I'd get suggestions from other people that have to live with UC.

So basically what type of foods do you suggest that I definitely should get in my diet? I eat a lot of potatoes and bananas due to my low iron levels. I know to do that. What are some other foods like that?

Also, I really love to cook, but it seems that most of the things that are good for you are usually not all that cheap to make. Seeing as how I live on Disability I often end up settling for cheaper foods that aren't all that good for me. Does anyone have any suggestion for some inexpensive things to eat?

I've come up with my own variations of stuff like meatloaf which my body seems to handle fairly well. I've also got my own stuffed peppers recipe that doesn't use tomato sauce.

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 5/19/2008 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I would say add emphasis on what not to eat. Don't eat junk food. our guts don't work properly and we want them to do as little work as possible. For example, bodybuilders don't eat any candy bars when they're getting ready for competition. It makes sense a UCr would take the same care of there body while flaring. It's hard but well worth it. If a bodybuilder can have such strong will power just to look better, it should be even easier for us b/c we are doing it for our own health and wellbeing.
Find out what foods your body digest easier and makes those your staple foods. Like for me I steam brocolli and carrots almost every day b/c it's easy, fast, packed with vitamins and they don't cause me any problems even when I'm flaring.

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   Posted 5/19/2008 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
usually the meat is the most expensive thing if you can get veggies at a local market. if you can't get veggies at other than the grocery store, try frozen veggies since they digest easier for us is they're well cooked.
if you have a costco, use that if you can. i get all my frozen veggies and chicken there.

then if you make your meat with rice and veggies, it will go a long way.
or make a soup that will last several days.

try to stay away from processed foods if you can but, as you know, they're always cheaper and on sale!

the best way to find out what foods are best for you is to keep a food journal. list everything you eat, all your pills etc, and how you are feeling in and out of the bathroom.
the food journal really helped me to eliminate foods that i never would have thought were irritating.
while flaring i could tell instantly if a food was bad, but now that i'm doing a lot better, it takes a day to see results.
29, happily married, stay at home mom to 2.5 year old son. due to have another boy 9/17/08
UC (probably pancolitis, but no c-scope yet), diagnosed June 2006, started having major symptoms sometime in January 2006, about 3 months after childbirth. 2nd flare (minor) may 2007 after taking caprylic acid for 2 weeks.

-Prednisone 8/28/06-2/28/07. and again may '07, 8 week course.
-Prayer! asacol, probio, ground psyllium husk, prenatal, folic acid, cal-mag

may you live all the days of your life.

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   Posted 5/19/2008 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Check out the following books (in order from strictest to most lenient) for suggested diets for UC:

Breaking the Vicious Cycle
Listen to Your Gut
The New Eating Right for a Bad Gut

In general, IBDers seem to respond well to low carb diets, so a lot of potatoes and bananas may not be a good idea. Gluten and dairy are common offenders and some folks do well eliminating all types of grains.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal.

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 5/19/2008 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Check out some of the recipes on There are a lot of healthy food ideas.

By the way, bananas are great for nutrients but can be difficult to digest. If you find that they agree with you, then it's fine. But for me, they are a no-no.

Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, so you could add that to whatever you are cooking or steep it in hot water with honey to make a nice tea.

I do well with peanut butter, so I use that to get some calories and protein.

Something inexpensive might be to make a big pot of soup and freeze portions for later. I've always wanted to do that but never do!
UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP since 2006, Cortifoam
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it. (Asacol, Colazol, Pentasa, DiPentum, Rowasa, Canasa, Cortenema, sulfasalazine)
5ASA drugs don't work for me. Canasa seems to make me worse.
Alternative treatments I have had success with: Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy

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