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mom4321
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   Posted 8/24/2008 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
IM off all dairy which seems to be in alot more food than I thought and im kindof baffled as to what I should eat and if I am out like I was yesterday I had no idea what to order at red robin so I did fish and chips but I only ate 1  1/2 pieces of fish but I did get a stomach ache afterwards.
Can some of you give me examples of what you eat in a day and also what you do if you are driving through mcdonalds of fast food ? Thanks

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   Posted 8/24/2008 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I avoid fast food at all costs.

Mostly if I have to eat a lot of dairy I'll take a lactaid pill. I also drink lactaid milk.

But I am only partially lactose intolerant.. so I can tolerate in moderation.



I have a hard time giving food advice because I feel like it's all trial and error.
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   Posted 8/24/2008 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Eating with IBD can be hard.
 
First, you need to figure out your triggers, which you usually do through an elimination diet or by keeping a food journal where you note what you eat and how you feel after you eat it - do it for at least a week, a month is even better.
 
I NEVER eat fast food or at chain restaurants of any kind. Their food is loaded with preservatives, fat, and who really knows what. The typcial American diet would kill my gut if I ate it. I go more the Mediterranean diet routeI eat only whole foods that I cook myself or go to restaurants where I can request what I know I can eat. Preservatives are a killer on my gut so I stay as far away from them as possible. You can eat well, even when busy, you just have to know what you can eat and plan ahead. 
 
Typical day for me right now without any gut problems would look like this:
 
breakfast: white rice, poached egg, toast with apricot jam, very weak coffee (I make it at 50% strength) cut with 50% soy milk.
 
snack: banana with brown spots
 
lunch: tuna mixed with cumin, nayonaisse (soy based), eaten with white corn tortilla chips
 
snack: homemade yogurt with raspberries and honey
 
dinner: broiled salmon, quinoa, asparagus, small mesculine salad.
 
I drink mostly water throughout the day. Sometimes a cup of peppermint tea or clear juice (cranberry), and maybe 2x/week a glass of red wine.
 
If gut issues like diarrhea, cramping, etc. exist I go the low-residue diet route or for very bad flare periods the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast.
 
You're going to have to experiment.
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mom4321
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   Posted 8/24/2008 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   

problem is with my work often times I have to eat at a restaurant close by so Im trying to figure out quick items I can grab on the go when I dont have food from home.

Im new to this so havent really figured out my triggers yet although I get stomach aches and gasy after meals so I assume that means I need to cut out those foods.


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   Posted 8/24/2008 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I find that I can eat grilled chicken sandwichs from fast food places. As long as I take off the lettuce and tomato. I dont eat at fast food places very often but if I have to I stick with the chicken.
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   Posted 8/25/2008 6:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I suggest you keep a food diary. Record everything you eat even if it's a piece of gum. Then note any symptoms you have. But you have to remember that food takes 24-72 to process thru your system. You may find a common culprit that bothers you then you can avoid them in the future or at least until you are in remission. I find that while in remission, I can eat my "forbidden" foods in moderation but if I attempt it while flaring, forget it!

But typically what I avoid is greasy foods (or I eat them in moderation), raw fruits and veggies (though I can eat Romaine lettuce with no troubles), heavily spiced foods or spicy foods, and dairy (unless I take Lactaid pills) such as icecream and milk - I have no trouble with aged cheeses.  My safe standby's are chicken, fish, rice - basically anything white.


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   Posted 8/25/2008 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   

I would definitely try keeping a food diary--it told me that no food really makes my symptoms worse.

I usually don't eat fried, sour, or spicy foods, just to be on the safe side. And I can also handle fast food restaurants' grilled chicken sandwiches and wraps.


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jars05
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   Posted 8/25/2008 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I eat mostly fish, peanut butter and jelly, avocadoes, bananas, green tea, and ensures. That is my diet until things start to clear up. I eat fast food still and doesn't seem to bug me when I do. I definitely lay off of most sweets except for soda. Big time no-nos for me would be strawberries, peanuts, chocolate, and ice cream.

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   Posted 8/25/2008 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd suggest you check out The New What to Eat for a Bad Gut. Although there is alot of trial and error involved, this book gives general guidelines for foods that are safe and unsafe for IBDers based on surveys, so you'll see what the trends are.

For work or school, pack a small cooler with nutritious foods, a cold pack and a bottle of water. You HAVE to start controlling your diet. If you leave it up to chance and whatever fast food place is handy, you'll never know what works for you and what doesn't, you'll be eating a diet that's generally unhealthy for anyone, and you'll be spending alot of money.
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   Posted 8/25/2008 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   

When I eat at McDonald's I make sure to eat the salad's or a fruit mix...avoiding the fatty burgers and fries.

but sometimes I eat a burger... but I hardly ever finish the fries...or even touch them. As for a drink I have tea, so that i can control how much suger is in the drink.


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mom4321
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   Posted 8/25/2008 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
jars05..... you can eat peanut butter but not peanuts ?

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   Posted 8/25/2008 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
definitely try a food journal!!
everyone is totally different when it comes to food and how it affects us.

i would have never guessed at a couple of things that REALLY bother me. you really just have to do trial and error and find what works for you. it takes a really long time but it's worth it. you may find you're avoiding dairy for no reason. :)
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   Posted 8/25/2008 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Clearly everyone is different!
I can handle a greasy burger, what makes me feel ill is LETTUCE, even a little bit.
Except for that, I can eat just about anything as long as I don't eat too much (like a whole restaurant serving -- that's too much!).

I too often have to eat lunch out or on the run. I find good choices, quick at grocery stores (bananas and other produce, best quality I can find at the deli counter, but not the salad bar for me).
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   Posted 8/25/2008 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
mom4321 said...
jars05..... you can eat peanut butter but not peanuts ?



Yeah... I'm the same way. I think peanut butter, since it's grinded up and stuff.. is easier. Peanuts are like seeds to me... they just are hard for me to digest.
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   Posted 8/25/2008 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Most days for me, food in general hurts my stomach so I just eat what I want. I figure if I eat a bland boring meal and it's still going to make me sick, what's the point? I might as well at least enjoy what I'm eating. That's exactly why I'd never switch completely over to something like the SCD diet... as extreme as it sounds, I would rather have my colon taken out than completely cut all my favorite foods out of my diet forever. Especially since the things I would be able to eat are mostly things I hate.

If I'm going somewhere and I don't want to have to go to the bathroom, I either just don't eat, or I eat something very small so I don't feel sick from hunger if I'll be long. Certain foods definitely hurt worse than others of course so I just eat those when I know I'll be at home and don't have to go anywhere:)

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   Posted 8/25/2008 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, the other day my mother in law chose chik fil a for lunch... I'm like UUUUHHH.... no way. So we ended up going to Panera Bread and I had half a sandwich and waited to get back to my grandma in laws house before eating the chips.

Then they planned steak and salad and baked potatoes for dinner.... I'm like CRAP! So my hubby and his dad went out and got my chicken on their beer run. So I go to have grilled chicken and baked potato... I was a happy girl LOL.
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   Posted 8/25/2008 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Trial and error is the way to go...

Just avoid sugar because it's like viagra for yeast.


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mom4321
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   Posted 8/25/2008 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
NuffinButtTrouble said...
Trial and error is the way to go...

Just avoid sugar because it's like viagra for yeast.


NBT

  is colitis a yeast issue? I have no idea?
I love sweets which is to bad.

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   Posted 8/25/2008 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
No, it's not a yeast issue. But sugar is hard to digest and feeds the bad bacteria in your gut. The needs a good symbiotic relationship between the good and bad bacteria, but if the bad bacteria takes over can cause more issues.
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   Posted 8/25/2008 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
sweetmelody said...
Yeah, the other day my mother in law chose chik fil a for lunch... I'm like UUUUHHH.... no way. So we ended up going to Panera Bread and I had half a sandwich and waited to get back to my grandma in laws house before eating the chips.

Then they planned steak and salad and baked potatoes for dinner.... I'm like CRAP! So my hubby and his dad went out and got my chicken on their beer run. So I go to have grilled chicken and baked potato... I was a happy girl LOL.

Haha, yeah... Chick-Fil-A is my ultimate FAVORITE fast food place ever. I was devastated when I moved to Iowa and we didn't have one, every time I visited Florida it was the first place I would eat at :) But it definitely runs right through me... I usually have to go to the bathroom before I even finish my sandwich. But MAN is it good. I love getting the chicken sandwich and putting ranch and ketchup on it and dipping my waffle fries in ranch.. mmm.....
 
Steak is another bad one for me, I get really sick if I eat one and it's one food I really limit a lot. I only eat one if I'm feel really good, and even then it's a real small cut.

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   Posted 8/25/2008 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
mom4321 said...
NuffinButtTrouble said...
Trial and error is the way to go...

Just avoid sugar because it's like viagra for yeast.


NBT

  is colitis a yeast issue? I have no idea?
I love sweets which is to bad.
I can't speak for others, but in my case there's a connection. Candida love sugar and they mulitply very quickly when you eat it.
 
I used to be like you, I loved sweets especially Cadburys Dairy Milk, Milk Bottles, Cola Bottles, Wagon Wheels, Fruit Pastelles, Rolo's, Flakes, Malteasers...boy I can go on for days...lol
 
But now I have to avoid that stuff or else.
 
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Swanson Ultra Caprylic Acid (natural anti-fungal) 600mg x2 daily
Carrot & Garlic supplements (natural anti-fungal) x2 daily
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   Posted 8/25/2008 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
If I have to eat fast foods....I do Arby's roast beef sandwich (with nothing on them....no sauce or anything......) or their French dip (ask them to leave the cheese off). I never eat potatoes or chips from fast food places.
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   Posted 8/25/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Certainly is trial and error.  Then you have something several times that does not bother you and the fifth time makes you very sick.  Hard to deal with.
Like my post about eating the seafood.  Should not have been a problem but I got really sick from it.
I can eat peanut butter but no nuts or seeds.  Also, if I am going out with husband or friends - sometimes I eat something I know is ok at home so I can order very light and not be hungry.  I take crackers or whatever you can in my purse or car.
I also found I can eat the wraps from McD's - the grilled chicken.  A lot of restaurants will cook your food plain - no butter  or salt, etc.  Check ahead.
It takes planning but I hate to have to stay home more often.
So far I can't see that latose is bothering me but sugar is - I am trying to cut back on refined sugar food - very hard - have eaten a lot in my 68 years.
BUT - I would rather not eat at all if I have to eat soy products or strange food I don't like.
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   Posted 8/25/2008 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   

I have been able to eat a Happy Meal at McDonald's but just the burger and the bun.  In fact, I had them make up an extra burger (same thing) and I was even able to eat the fries at that point.  We were travelling and I had made sure not to eat much before that that day or the day before.  I also was pretty secure with bathrooms for the next day. 

For me, especially when I might not be exactly flaring or if I'm only in a minor flare, eating is a bit intuitive and mindful.  Sometimes I just know when chicken is about all I can eat.  A banana is almost always ok for me, and easy to keep around.  One day salmon might work but the next day, if it isn't just right for my taste or smell, I'm better off sticking to crackers.  I know I have to try working at variety though, because when I eat too much bland food for too long I can feel that I'm not getting the nutrition I need.  

In a way, it's a little more interesting when I eat this way because I'm not just shoving food in my mouth.  I tend to enjoy what I eat more often.   

 


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jars05
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   Posted 8/26/2008 12:12 AM (GMT -6)   
sweetmelody said...
mom4321 said...
jars05..... you can eat peanut butter but not peanuts ?



Yeah... I'm the same way. I think peanut butter, since it's grinded up and stuff.. is easier. Peanuts are like seeds to me... they just are hard for me to digest.

Yes, and it sucks because they're healthy for you and I love them. I can cheat and eat a few here and there when in remission.
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Supplements: calcium, and multivitamin
No. of colonoscopies: 5
Last scope: 6/7/08-everything looked ok.
 
 

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