IBD Friendly Protein Bars

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JewelsOK
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   Posted 10/29/2008 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
My 17 year old son with UC is wanting to build muscle by lifting weights and would like me to get him some protein bars. Are there any IBD friendly protein bars out there? Anything he should stay away from?
Julie

Mom of Son 17 UC dx 07/02, Sulfasalazine, Imuran, Cortafoam, folic acid, L. Reuteri, Culturelle, Zyrtec, Iron, Vit/Min

Daughter 9 UC dx 08/07 Colazal, 6MP, Iron, Vit/Min., Culturelle


kickboxer
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   Posted 10/29/2008 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I can relate to your son very well I was once in his shoes. I don't know of any specifically for IBD, but I would say try to find something low in sugar and organic if possible.. Personally I avoid all protein shakes or weight gainers because they give me way too much gas. I am still gaining weight though through proper diet. Just tell him if he is serious about wanting to gain weight, make a list of foods he can tolerate, then calculate the calorie content and protein content in each food. Once he's done that, tell him to set up his diet aiming for 3000-3500 calories a day and about .7grams of protein per kilogram of body weight.

I am not a huge guy but I have put significant muscle onto my skinny frame over the last couple of years. If he follows these simple tips in time he can do the same in time.
- To get big you need to do exercises that recruit the most muscle fibers at once, exercises like bench press, clean and press, squat, barbell rows, chin ups and snatches are the best for gaining serious strength and size.
- A proper warmup and stretch is very important to get the blood flowing and muscles loose so they can lift more and also helps to avoid injury. A cool down and stretch is just as important.
- Rest, rest, and REST.. If you feel tired or your muscles are sore, DONT WORK OUT. Working out is not what gets you big, the rest periods between workouts is when the muscle building occurs.
- Patience is the most important part. In time he will gain size, but it wont happen over night.

I could talk for days on this subject, if he has any questions feel free to ask i'd love to help, as I said before I can relate very much so to him as I was once in his position.
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JewelsOK
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   Posted 10/29/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Kickboxer. I will print off your message for him. I'm afraid he doesn't really have the genes to be bulky. He is almost 6'3" and weighs 155 fully dressed. Summer of '06 when he was the sickest, he was 6'1" and about 115-120.

He can eat anything - seriously! His diet scares me as I wish he ate healthier and hope this desire to gain weight and exercise will encourage him to eat healthy food.

Thanks again!
Julie

Mom of Son 17 UC dx 07/02, Sulfasalazine, Imuran, Cortafoam, folic acid, L. Reuteri, Culturelle, Zyrtec, Iron, Vit/Min

Daughter 9 UC dx 08/07 Colazal, 6MP, Iron, Vit/Min., Culturelle


kickboxer
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   Posted 10/30/2008 6:15 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was younger I was about 6' and weighed between 150 and 155. That was about 3 years ago, now im 6'1" and weight between 170-180. So it is possible, it just takes time and dedication to working out and eating alot. Eating junk will get him fat, probably not the kind of weight he is looking for. He just has to understand that it wont come over night, but it is definitely possible. The most important part is to eat enough calories like I mentioned before so that his body cant burn it all off in a day, and working out converts that protein and calories into muscle, if he gets lazy with his workouts and remains eating alot the weight he gains will go right to his belly and nowhere else. By doing the exercises I have outlined below, if he doesn't necessarily get to be the size he wants to be he will certainly have the strength that he wants. But in time the size will come, again... PATIENCE! I cant stress that enough
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Progressive - Calcium and Magnesium supplement
FibreSmart - fibre supplement
New Chapter Organics - Unbound Energy, Multivitamins


princesa
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   Posted 10/30/2008 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with the low sugar and organic recommendations. You'll also want to avoid any low carb versions that contain sugar alcohols as they could really upset his digestion. Rather than just focusing on protein bars, you may also want to consider a high quality whey protein isolate or egg white protein shake mix. Real food sources are superior to both of these, so he should also increase his intake of lean meats - especially white meat of chicken or turkey and fish - and eggs. Dairy's a good protein source IF he can tolerate it. Many IBDers have problems digesting it, either because of lactose intolerance or problems with the dairy protein, casein.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Long-term remission with only minor blips.
 
 

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