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bellski
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   Posted 6/22/2008 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, I have been notorious for that darn yoyo dieting.  I have been through a lot in the past couple of years (sick mom, then death of mom, husband lost job and had back surgery and heart trouble on top of depression and anxiety, two college age kids-you know) and I have also suffered some depression.  Anyhow, I really need to lose the weight I've put on.  I am thinking of doing a low fat, high protein, low carb diet.  I did it years ago and kept the weight off for a few years.  I am also going to excercize at Curves and do a leslie sandstone walk video at home.  I will also kick up the water but I don't want to give up my coffe right now.  I get too tired without it.  My doctor told me to do a high fiber diet though.  I am wondering how to get the fiber.  I could do citrucel, do you have any other suggestions for me to get my fiber without the carbs?  I'm desparate to do this.  Thanks, Bellski
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: symptoms have subsided for the most part
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Cymbalta 20 mg X 1, Canasa (sometimes) Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, One a Day Women's X 1, Citrucel, Probiotics
High fiber diet
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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 6/22/2008 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
unfortunately there is no easy way, it is exercise and taking in less calories then you are burning, so you create a deficit. Since I am a fat crohnie I can certainly understand your frustration. It takes me 90 mins of cardio a day to burn enough calories (it takes most people 30-60 min) to lose weight. Since I cannot do cardio to the intensity that I would like (heart and orthro problems), so I end up doing it longer. Plus an hour of weights and then a yoga class.

Not to discourage you, but I am not a fan of the low carb diet, because it can be so leaching that it can make your bones very brittle.
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bellski
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   Posted 6/22/2008 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the advice. What is leaching? I take calcium supplements too.
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: symptoms have subsided for the most part
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Cymbalta 20 mg X 1, Canasa (sometimes) Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, One a Day Women's X 1, Citrucel, Probiotics
High fiber diet
"I thank God that  I found this website!"
 


Lonie
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   Posted 6/22/2008 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Belski, I too am always battling my weight! MMMNavy is right; calories in, calories out. To start, you might try keeping a food journal of what you eat and how many calories you are consuming a day. There a lots of websites that will tell you how many calories you need take in for maintaining or losing weight. I'm a big fan of Weight Watchers as I like the journaling, but I also combine that with eating whole foods and hardly ever eat processed foods because processed bothers my gut. I even read You on a Diet which really helped me understand my body better overall, and why eating whole foods would help my digestion better. Exercise is most important so hurray for you for starting a program. For fiber, fruits and veggies are good, but some cannot tolerate them. Check the fiber content on the back of packages and look for things that have at least two grams of fiber. Another thing is I try and eat small mini meals a day....found it helps a lot. Good luck, and let us know how you are doing! And...good for you! :-)
Carol

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bellski
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   Posted 6/22/2008 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Carol, I'll keep you posted. (O:
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: symptoms have subsided for the most part
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Cymbalta 20 mg X 1, Canasa (sometimes) Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, One a Day Women's X 1, Citrucel, Probiotics
High fiber diet
"I thank God that  I found this website!"
 


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 6/22/2008 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I also use a polar heart rate moniter, it has a calorie burn counter on it but you have to set it at your height weight gender etc. It is about 100 bucks, but it is not necessary equipment.
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seconder
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   Posted 6/22/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
They may irritate you from time to time, but brown rice and whole wheat bread are two easy ways to get plenty of fiber, and these carbs take time to digest so you won't get the same effect of white bread, pasta, etc.
 
Losing weight is all about exercise and calories.

Old Hat
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   Posted 6/22/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
It's also developing strong resistance to cookies & cakes!!!!!! One thing that helps me to lower dessert calories is Brown Cow nonfat vanilla yogurt. Good luck with your plan-- I need to try harder, too, to get rid of 5-7 excess lbs. concentrated in the middle. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

Lonie
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   Posted 6/22/2008 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, I love the Brown Cow Vanilla Yogurt also, Old Hat. Add some blueberries or strawberries and I'm in heaven!
Carol

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kim123
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   Posted 6/22/2008 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I've found good success with eating good old whole, natural foods like meat/fish/poultry, veggies- but no white potatoes or corn (really a grain), some choice fruits (berries/green apples), NO white foods -(flour, sugar, white rice) and NO processed foods-anything that comes in a box or can. I can't drink much milk so I eat hard cheese or plain yogurt with fresh/frozen berries. I try to limit my bread intake, but when I indulge, I use yeast free millet/flax or yeast free low-carb tortilla wheat bread. The only sweetener I use is Stevia. This really is my version of an antifungal diet I follow to stay well, and the pounds have stayed off as well since I've changed my eating, almost 6 years. Now, that doesn't mean I don't manage to scarf down a brownie or two from time to time :) ................. Good luck!

Lonie
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   Posted 6/22/2008 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree Kim, and it's amazing how much energy I get from eating the good stuff. Sugar tends to slow me down and bothers my gut. :-)
Carol

Remicade - will have my 22nd infusion on June 12.
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sweetmelody
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   Posted 6/23/2008 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Bellski- I too am just sick of being overweight. I gained probably 30 pounds on prednisone and it doesn't seem to want to come off. I just joined a challenge with my husband. It's called Body For Life. It's a 12 week program to totally change your life, body and soul. I'm super excited because it's real. My dad, mother, and older brother did it. I've never seen more amazing change in my life. My dad lost 40 pounds in 3 months and gained an awful lot of muscle. My mom got down to 8% body fat.

You should visit www.bodyforlife.com.. trust me you'll be like... I can do this!

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Lialda - 2 pills in the morning w/ food.


kb5
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   Posted 6/23/2008 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I too am one of the seeming few overweight UCers. I need to lose a good 60lbs but can't tolerate much fiber at all. It's rough.

Back when I could though i ate a lot of fruits and veggies with fiber (blueberries are a fave) but they are not always UC friendly.

Have you thought about seeing a nutritionist? I have found that doing low carb ect doesn't work as well for me becuase eventually i cave. Now i have found smaller portions sizes and low fat to be working pretty well. I have lost about 10lbs in the past month and a half.
Kelly, 30

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, no more pred after two years!!!! Off imuran as remicade is working!
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran 8mg every six hours for nausea
Remicade started 3/1/08...just had 4th infusion


bellski
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   Posted 6/23/2008 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all of the support guys, with me I think anything will work if I stick to it faithfully. I am leaning toward following what weight watchers teaches now but I will check out the website sweetmelody mentioned. Good luck to those of you that said you are trying to lose too. Let's keep each other posted and in each others prayers might be a good idea too. Take Care, Bellski
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: mild symptoms / flare ?
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Cymbalta 20 mg X 1,         Canasax X 2 Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, One a Day Women's X 1, Citrucel, Probiotics
High fiber diet
"I thank God that  I found this website!"
 


ediekristen
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   Posted 6/24/2008 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Here's a great website I found once when I was looking to lose some pred weight... It's so helpful, you basically are keeping an electronic food journal and it automatically calculates the nutritional values, and you can set goals like "I want to meet x amount of calories a day" or lose x amount of pounds, etc... It also lets you track things like exercise and calculates how many calories you should have lost so that you can keep tabs on that as well.

www.sparkpeople.com

Anyway, check it out and sign up, hopefully it will be helpful to you!


bellski
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   Posted 6/24/2008 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, by the way, does everyone that goes on prednisone always gain weight? I'm not on it and hope I never will be but I was just wondering.
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: mild symptoms / flare ?
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Cymbalta 20 mg X 1,         Canasax X 2 Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, Centrum, Citrucel caplets, Probiotics
High fiber diet
"I thank God that  I found this website!"
 


ediekristen
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   Posted 6/24/2008 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
It really depends on the dosage and the length of time you're on it. On small doses I never gained weight but once when I was at 100lbs from flaring (and I'm 5'8") they put me on 45mg for 5 months straight (since it wasn't working they just kept me on without tapering and I got sick of it so tapered anyway) and I gained 30lbs, which was much needed... except it was all in my face and stomach!!! I looked ridiculous, looking back at pictures. My head looked gigantic and my arms and legs were still scrawny attached to this improportionate midsection. It was really depressing. Good thing is, my boyfriend and I met during this time and started dating so I know if he can like me like that, it will be pretty hard to scare him off! Haha :P

Anyway, the best thing to do if you ever go on pred is watch your sodium intake. Drink lots of water and stay away from the salts and fats!! Which is reaaaally hard because your body will be craving it like crazy- but it will really help to keep the weight off and the moon face down.
Female, 22, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in hip & lumbar region of the spine from long term prednisone use.

Current Meds:
10mg Lexapro (for depression/social anxiety)
Digestive Advantage: Crohn's and Colitis formula (2 pills per day, started 5/14/08)
125mg Azathioprine
4800mg Asacol (Four 400mg tablets, three times a day)
 
 
 


bellski
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   Posted 6/24/2008 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for that advice. I know my mom was on a lot of Prednisone before she died. She had the big face and big stomach. But you know, prednisone gave us two extra years with her. So, it was a good thing even though it was bad. Take Care, Bellski
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: mild symptoms / flare ?
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Cymbalta 20 mg X 1,         Canasax X 2 Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, Centrum, Citrucel caplets, Probiotics
High fiber diet
"I thank God that  I found this website!"
 

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