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Peety
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   Posted 10/29/2008 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
My Naturopathic doc said not to eat cheese, even though I didn't test sensitive to it, because of the UC. But it's hard to do the Atkins diet without it, so I've had a little but not nearly as much as I usually do.
Do you avoid cheese? 
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete probiotic first, then Forte pills. 
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.
 
 


Gigi1227
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   Posted 10/29/2008 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was at the worst part of my flare I stayed away from all dairy. Now that I am headed toward remission I have put some dairy back into my diet - one being cheese. Funny thing is - I use to love my low carb diet - posted just the other day I was going back on it - but have found that I want the carbs as well. I suppose having to eat such a bland diet for so long I got use to the carbs. Oh goodness, I suppose my Jim (dh) will just have to enjoy his "more volumptous" wife!

Gigi1227
Diagnosised 8/25/08 GRRR
Started flare mid-May/feeling better but still flaring
 
Canasa 2x a day
Asacol
Multi Enzyme
Mega Probiotic
Psyllium
Fiber Wafer
Nictotine Patch
Fish Oil Pill
Multi Vitamin
B12
 
 


quincy
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   Posted 10/29/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
no i don't avoid cheese as in cut it out...but i don't eat a lot of it anyway.  If I'm in the mood, i'll have it.  Sometimes I'll have digestive discomfort depending on what it's in or on...considering I'm lactose intolerant, but not on a serious scale.

If you have no problems with it (should know about 6 hours afterward with gas, etc)...then eat it in moderation. Some cheeses are easier on the system than others. soft cheese, more difficult than harder cheese...etc.

Cheese also comes in skim milk varieties as well as soy varieties...you have some options.

why are you on the Atkins diet anyway?  For weight?  If so, choose carefully regarding fat content and other ingredients. 

q


*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 4(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 

Post Edited (quincy) : 10/29/2008 1:19:55 PM (GMT-6)


jujub
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   Posted 10/29/2008 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Cheese has never bothered me. It's considered one of the foods that helps firm up stools, so it was one of my go-to foods when flaring.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"
 
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kops2da
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   Posted 10/29/2008 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   

I eat cheese nearly every day - lowfat usually - like 2% slices or lowfat sticks for snack.  My Mom always said cheese caused her constipation so thought it good for me.  I have no problems with dairy of any kind.

ElaineNY


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only 2 cm. left to heal in rectum - going to try Proctofoam first.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Scarlet504
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   Posted 10/29/2008 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I also eat cheese everyday without problems. I eat it on sandwiches (natural cheese slices as aged Swiss), snack cheese (string cheese, babybel), spreadable cheese and even when I am flaring, cheese is mostly my only calcium source foodwise. I started to take calcium supplements now though, because I can't deal with yoghurt with my flare right now and usually, I eat at least two yoghurt everyday, so I am lacking calcium from my food big time.

Being on Atkins Diet and having UC? Hmh, sorry for asking, but does it help your symptoms or do you merely do it for losing weight?
Pancolitis since 3/1997
Worst flare of my life since 8/2008, finally showing improvement!!
 
Meds (as in 10/2008)
12 x Asacol a day
40 30 25 mg Prednisone
Align (just started)
Flintstones Complete Vitamins (just started - tummy doesn't like the "adult" vitamins)
Cortenema


Peety
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   Posted 10/30/2008 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I am trying to lose weight, like 10 or 15 pounds. Any more and my clothes won't fit! Atkins works best for me, in part because I can do without bread or potatoes, and also because it's the diet my husband will comply with! But I always really relied a lot on cheese as a snack...

I don't think Atkins ever caused my UC to get worse, and maybe it even made me better but before I didn't know about my gluten intolerance, so duh. I plan to eat lots of filling homemade beef or chicken vegetable soup, so I can control exactly what's in it and it tastes better too! I'm not much of a cook, but soup I can make. I don't do so good with salad, so I don't rely on them as much as many Atkins dieters do. In a pinch, I eat fast-food burgers with no bun. Greasy or spicy foods don't seem to bother me, believe it or not.

Gigi, I was inspired by your earlier declaration! but I understand. The timing has to be just right to jump into it. I'm seeing my three sisters in a few weeks, so I want to feel that I look better (best?!).
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete probiotic first, then Forte pills. 
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.
 
 


run4pancakes
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   Posted 10/30/2008 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I eat cheese every day. If you are worried about lactose, aim for the lower carb cheeses as the carbs come from the lactose.

bbc
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   Posted 10/30/2008 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Jarlsberg Lite is an excellnet swiss type cheese from Norway that has no lactose and tastes great. Lactose is a form of milk sugar and quite a few swiss and other hard cheeses are naturally low or free from it...this cheese is also low in fat and tastes great.
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
8 Pentasa per day (4X2)
Corti Foam p.m.
Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!


jblue65
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 381
   Posted 10/30/2008 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Cheese doesn't bother me - but milk does.... oh boy shocked
Jackie, 43

Pancolitis, DX Jan. 07

Lexapro, colazal 3x3, Sythroid, Protonix, Rowasa suspension

10 infusions of Remicade- doesn't work
tried 6MP - taken off because of health concerns

Prednisone and Levaquin added- October 30th


Old Hat
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   Posted 11/1/2008 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I'll second bbc re Swiss cheeses-- gruyere is my favorite for toasting & emmentaler goes down just fine, too. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 (generic) Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

Luna0
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 83
   Posted 11/1/2008 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I stay away from milk and some cheese. For example I can't take the hard cheeses anymore. Like hard chedder. It is always best to go for the "mild" cheeses. At least it is better for me. And the mild cheese is normaly better for you anyway.
Tawn 
19 years old, College Student ~WAHOO GO CATS=)
 
Diagnosed in 2004
Currently on:
Remicade
Imuran 3pills/day
Benifiber
And other over the counter meds.


bbc
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   Posted 11/1/2008 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   
The mild milky type cheeses normally have more lactose...
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
8 Pentasa per day (4X2)
Corti Foam p.m.
Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30995
   Posted 11/2/2008 12:48 AM (GMT -6)   
bbc...that's what I understand as well....the aged/hard cheeses have the lactose broken down from the enzyme/bacteria process.


*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 4(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


Peety
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Total Posts : 2855
   Posted 11/2/2008 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, I learned from everyone and I'll try some hard cheeses, I like them better anyway!
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete probiotic first, then Forte pills. 
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.
 
 


piper_chris
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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 73
   Posted 11/3/2008 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI doctor told me to stay away from all dairy. I asked if I should have a lactose intolerance test and she said it is irrelevant because even if I'm not fully intolerant, dairy is hard to digest and should be avoided. I've been trying different cheese substitutes and the one I like best so far is "almond rella" which at least has some calcium and protein (some of the other cheese substitutes don't have much nutritional benefit on their labels).
- female 41, diagnosed ulcerative colitis Feb 2005
- glad to be off prednisone (was on April thru Sept)
- currently 6-MP/mercaptopurine/purinethol 75 mg, gradually tapering off asacol/mesalamine, canasa 1000mg nightly
- VSL#3, fiber supplements, multivitamin, chewable calcium, fish oil, biotin, sometimes iron pills


kops2da
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Total Posts : 2865
   Posted 11/3/2008 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   

Funny how diferently doctors think or have learned from experience and how different we all are.  My doctor told me to eat a variety of food that I know "agrees" with me.  He tested me for celiac disease.  I know pretty much what "agrees" with me as I have had IBS for about 30 years.  Cheese is one of the good guys  - along with lowfat any dairy.

ElaineNY


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only 2 cm. left to heal in rectum - going to try Proctofoam first.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


tiaeight
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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 241
   Posted 11/4/2008 2:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I eat cheese every day. I just hope to make things "easier"!
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