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   Posted 8/13/2008 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
just got diagnosed with colitis today and saw the pic of where blood is from on the screen during the colonosc.
been suffering since may and thought this was what it may be.
after two trips to doc he ordered the test and it confirmed what i suspected all along.
he ordered metamucil prior to this and that was a bad thing.

so it will take 2 weeks for the biopsy to return and i will meet with him and find out more.

in the meantime any ideas on what i can eat, i searched and saw what no to.
does anyone have sample daily diet of safe foods.


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   Posted 8/13/2008 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
unfortunately... it's really individual on what foods you should avoid. It's mostly trial and error. But most people tend to stay away from fatty foods, spicy foods, dairy, sugar...etc

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   Posted 8/13/2008 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Usually when bleeding I follow a low residue diet. I also like to make sure I get a substantial amount of lean protein - usually turkey breast or chicken breast - to promote healing.

Mashed potatoes - no milk or butter if you find yourself lactose intolerant. Maybe some very, very, very well cooked canned green beans. Muffins for breakfast - NOTHING whole wheat. PB&J sandwiches on white bread. Cream of wheat cereal. Mac and cheese. Plain pasta or pasta with olive oil. I do well with dairy, so i like to have some sharp cheddar or colby jack cheese. Animal crackers.

I hope that gives you some ideas.
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   Posted 8/14/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi CBW .

One of the things that really worked for me was Scrambled egg and smoked salmon and i know other people on here have tried it and its suited them . Non farmed Salmon if you can afford it is best. Think i lived on this for about a week at one point it was the only thing i could manage to get down .

Good luck

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   Posted 8/14/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
i wish i liked fish

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   Posted 8/14/2008 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Keep it simple. The more ingredients you have in your foods the harder it is to know what bothers you. Like pp said it's different for everyone but if you keep the preporation of your foods simple you can weed out the things that bother you most. For instance I can not touch lettuce but I have no problems with fresh spinach. I am semi- dairy tolerant so I can enjoy cheeses and some milk but I have to keep strict moderation on these things. Some have found going gluten free helped others don't seem to be effected either way.

I would suggest starting a food diary to help you figure things out. If you eat something that seems to bother you hours later then you can try cooking it a different way to see if it's that item or the prep that did you in. Could be as simple as changing from veggie oil to olive oil that helps. I know I haven't had as many problems since I went to little bits of EVOO to prep my foods instead of the vegggie oil.
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   Posted 8/14/2008 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Trial and error has taught me my safest foods are tender white meat of chicken and turkey, soft cooked veggies - carrots, green beans, English peas, winter squash - natural applesauce, very ripe bananas and nut butters. Fish, olive, flax and Udo's oil provide healthy fats.

You may also want to look into Absorb Plus, a nutritional shake mix developed specifically for IBDers that would allow your bowel to rest:


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   Posted 8/14/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
In reply to foods to avoid-- I have been on a lactose free diet for nearly 30 years. Had a flare up after 14 years !!! I have been keeping a food diary. Have tried wheat free products -- that doesn't make any significant difference. So far I am better after a high protein, low residue day ( must have some vegetables/ fruit ( bananas usually ) in moderation to keep the bowels moving -- no harsh fruit/ vegetables or skins./pips ( I have a garden full of veg - so am freezing them for better times ! ) I make a veg soup using pulses too and liquidize the result. Salmon and avocado , boiled/ fried rice with egg, chicken , prawns and a few peas. Porridge every morning. Oatcakes with manuka honey. Definitely avoid processed foods, Chinese takeaways, pizza - opt for simple but nutritious home made foods. Avoid caffeine too.
What worked 30 years ago for me is not working this time round - there are no hard and fast rules but rather experimentation. i was given a tip all those years ago -- Eat porridge made with water ONLY for 3 days - drink only water in this time. Then on day 4 try one food -- wait for results - if OK try different food + day 4's and wait for result ----- and so on adding a new food each day to try and find out what is upsetting you ( if anything ! )
Sorry I can't be of more help. I am waiting for a colonoscopy very soon.

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   Posted 8/14/2008 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
great advice, tonight tried some macn n cheese and so far so good, i am suprised it is the first time i ate something without a reaction in a while. the advice has been very helpful, looks like a guinea pig phase for a while for me. not easy to eat at work, thats for sure.
dreading and looking forward to seeing the doc next time.
thanks so much for the help!!!
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