Sugar /carb craving

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Sistermarie
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   Posted 8/1/2008 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Over the past two months, I have lost a scary amount of weight, I'd say 30 pounds by diagnosis (severe UC). Naturally I was afraid to eat, but gradually started in and began working out. One thing I don't understand is my body's intense desire for sweets and carbs. I figure it's trying tell me something but I could use some ideas to address those cravings. They are strong and started last week some time. I eat fresh fruit, tons of protein, some fat. Thanks for any help!
 
 
Gale--New York Diagnosed with UC 6/9/08
 
On Asacol 4 pills 3x/day
Iron supplement, fish oil, magnesium, caltrate D, cerefolin NAC,
probiotics, alpha lipoic acid.


sweetmelody
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   Posted 8/1/2008 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
well there are good carbs then there are bad carbs. You can't nix both because that's where you get your energy from and you just... need it lol. Are you at least eating some carbs?

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Sistermarie
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   Posted 8/2/2008 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I eat a lot of fruit and have 3 slices of bread--one in the morning, sandwich at lunch. I know it's not enough, and it's hard to eat a lot of food at one time. I eat more complex than simple carbs. I'm just curious about my craving for sugar. I could also try to eat more fat...
 
 
Gale--New York Diagnosed with UC 6/9/08
 
On Asacol 4 pills 3x/day
Iron supplement, fish oil, magnesium, caltrate D, cerefolin NAC,
probiotics, alpha lipoic acid.


Eva Lou
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   Posted 8/2/2008 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
can you not eat chocolate, or a cookie, or something like that? I eat sweets... not tons, but I am not one to say no! My "usual" diet sounds like yours- lots of fruit, lots of veggies right now due to overflowing garden, lots of non-animal protein, little dairy. But I usually have at least one sweet thing a day, if not more! Yesterday was ice cream for lunch, but I usually have frozen yogurt. I had a mini candy bar not too long ago. I suck on Werthers hard candies pretty regularly. Cinnamon graham crackers are a big fave also. Why not just eat sweets in small amounts? I figure everything in moderation.

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Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
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Culturelle
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suebear
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   Posted 8/2/2008 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   

If you are looking for a fix for a sugar craving try eating dates.  They are high in fructose, low in calories, and high in potassium.  I eat around 4-6 per day to combat my urge for sugar.  I purchase organic Medjool or Noor dates found in the grocery store.

Sue


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1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


kim123
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   Posted 8/2/2008 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Cravings for carbs/sweets can be a good indication of a fungal problem. Fungus thrives on those foods, and needs them to survive. Sounds weird, but true. As well, UC symptoms can have a fungal etiology, and you were recently diagnosed. Coincidence? Have you ever been on antibiotics, birth control pills ? Both can cause an imbalance and overgrowth of yeast. You may want to experiment with an anti-fungal diet. I'm betting your UC symptoms will improve.

Sistermarie
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   Posted 8/2/2008 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually, I currently have no UC symptoms...so I don't know that it's a fungal problem. Eating sugar itself doesn't bother me at all, and the calories certainly won't hurt, so maybe I'll just indulge in moderation (always in moderation). Thanks everyone for your responses!
 
 
Gale--New York Diagnosed with UC 6/9/08
 
On Asacol 4 pills 3x/day
Iron supplement, fish oil, magnesium, caltrate D, cerefolin NAC,
probiotics, alpha lipoic acid.


kim123
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   Posted 8/2/2008 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Thankfully, it sounds like the meds you're on are helping with your symptoms. Just in case, if your symptoms come back, it may be something to think about then, especially since you have recently been on antibiotics (a precursor of a potential fungus/yeast problems)............Continued good health to you :)

Old Hat
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   Posted 8/2/2008 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't find anything unusual about your cravings. Unless the gastro has advised you to avoid certain foods based on clinical findings, there's no reason why you have to eliminate carbs from your diet. Are you eating any potatoes, yams, rice, noodles, or pasta? It is not necessary or desirable for a UCer to eat only protein & fruit! Especially if the Asacol is maintaining your remission, you should be able to eat a pretty normal balanced diet. Read labels of processed foods, though, to beware of additives like artificial colors, MSG, and other chemicals that could cause problems. It also could improve your overall health to take a reliable multivitamin daily. During early flares I had to watch my diet very carefully because most everything I swallowed irritated my colon when passing through. After I got to remission I absolutely ADORED good food, including dessert. It agrees with me as long as I limit the amount consumed on any one day-- as other members write, moderation is indeed the key factor. Or, as my gastro, who subspecializes in IBD treatment, says: if you find that you've overindulged in rich foods such as at a special event or holiday meal, just be sure to get right back to a reasonable, balanced diet the next day. That should keep you on the right track over time. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

Sistermarie
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   Posted 8/2/2008 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks--that's wonderful advise. I have started eating rice, potatoes, pasta and bread, and nutrition labels are the highlight of grocery shopping. I like that it's not a "you blew it--back to the hospital" type situation. I will keep careful note of any foods bothering me. And try to find healhty carbs that I can sweeten up.
 
 
Gale--New York Diagnosed with UC 6/9/08
 
On Asacol 4 pills 3x/day
Iron supplement, fish oil, magnesium, caltrate D, cerefolin NAC,
probiotics, alpha lipoic acid.


bbc
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   Posted 8/2/2008 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   
IBD and sugars/carbs do mix well according to the specific carb diet (link below to the foods that are ok for IBD and those to avoid)...I am just now trying to adopt to this diet and its not easy...but when I purge myself from the carbs and sugars I do feel better...we'll see how it goes in a few months.

Here's the link: http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/legal/legal_illegal_a-c.htm
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