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Eva Lou
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   Posted 11/18/2008 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
so who else has a love/hate realtionship with Thanksgiving??? I certainly do- of course the meaning of the holiday is to be thankful for all you have, but the celebration is basically a non-stop pig-out fest of a lot of UC unfriendly dishes! The turkey is ok, or ham, but the desserts, veggies & stuffing kill me! And the gravy is gross, all fat, but so tasty. Lucky (???) for me I have an infusion scheduled for next Tuesday, so I ought to be well armed against overeating backlash. And I do limit myself. But even eating a small Thanksgiving meal, with all it's components, is way too much food for me to eat in one sitting. So what do you all do about this? It's awful, I dread the holidays becasue they are so food-related. I've resorted to Immodium in the past, just to get to the desired destination, never mind the eating part of it. This year shouldn't require that, but the thought of the ride home (about 45 minutes) is a little scary.
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ediekristen
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   Posted 11/18/2008 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh definitely. As much as I'm looking forward to it, with the way I've been feeling lately I'm also dreading it. Usually my typical plate consists of turkey, stuffing, (both with gravy) maybe some corn or mashed potatoes. But I know I'm going to have to load up on Immodium and hope I don't have to spend the whole time running back and forth to the bathroom. Luckily my family isn't into the whole formal thing, and we still have a "kids' table" haha and everyone just hangs out and talks and eats, mostly watching football too so most of them probably won't even notice or care but still.
I'm right there with you about the ride home too- mine will also be about 45minutes and I can barely make the same drive every day to work on an empty stomach, but full of Thanksgiving treats? Ehhh... It should be interesting! *cringe*

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

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madabs
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   Posted 11/18/2008 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   

I love to eat!  I can even eat when I am nauseous.  However I do not have the ability to eat large quantities of food at all. It is more from an anatomical defect than from UC.

Over the years I have learned to always say no to all of the before meal munchies sitting out on the buffet table. (If you have a small appetite then its either hor d'oevres or dinner, but probably not both.)   I then eat small amounts from the dinner table making sure to save room for a dessert.  You don't have to eat some of everything if there is a big spread.  Just have your favorites and perhaps the host/hostess' specialty.  Have, for example one slice of turkey, one vegetable and one mashed potato and unless you are going to suffer unduly, have the gravy too!   Eat slowly and spread your food around your plate if your afraid someone will tease you about "eating like a bird". 

The worst part for me is the after dinner stomach bubbling and rumbling and a certain amount of painful cramps, but I have that no matter what I eat so I might as well eat gravy and pumpkin pie when I have the chance.

 


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ediekristen
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   Posted 11/18/2008 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Haha, madabs I think the same way.. Even if I ate a dry piece of turkey and plain mashed potatos, I'm still going to hurt afterwards, so I might as well make it good and throw some gravy and stuffing on there too!

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

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sore_guts
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   Posted 11/18/2008 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   

I love thanksgiving.  And I plan on being able to eat it all - in small doses.  I will cook several healthier versions of the items.  I am still looking around for some recipes, but heres one for gravy, without all the fat.  

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=recipe&dbid=154


 sore_guts
 
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High magnesium/ beta carotene diet
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basa0806
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   Posted 11/18/2008 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm in remission now but when I was flaring I still ate everything I wanted no matter the consequences. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I LOVE our food so I just dealt! When I was in high school I had a job at a movie theater and my UC prevented me from working Thanksgiving because I would just spend the day on the toilet :)
Sam
19 year old college student diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 16
Remission since January/April 2006
400mg Asacol 2x, 10mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD

"If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"
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jujub
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   Posted 11/18/2008 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I've cooked lower fat for years, and Thanksgiving dinner won't bother me. I just brush the turkey lightly with canola oil instead of butter and cook the stuffing separately with no fats put in it. (Stuffing it into the turkey means it will absorb fat from the bird.) I cook the turkey the night before, then refrigerate the drippings overnight. The next day I skim off all the fat and just thicken the broth to make the gravy. Tasty and much more GI-friendly!
Judy
 
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princesa
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   Posted 11/18/2008 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had more than one GI tell me they see an increase in flares during and post-holiday season because of all the indulgences.
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.
 
 


Peety
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   Posted 11/18/2008 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
My challenge was always that everything was so good so I eat too much and am then SO uncomfortable. It takes much discipline to be smart about it.
I actually celebrated T-Day last weekend with my side of family, and going without gluten controlled oppty to overindulge. But I still wasn't doing well that day so shoveled my food down so I could get to the bathroom without leaving in the middle of the meal which would not have gone unnoticed. So it wasn't enjoyed. Thank goodness I had the chance to enjoy leftovers the next day!

Anyway, eating light had always been more important than what I ate. Enjoy in moderation!
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.
 
 


Eva Lou
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   Posted 11/18/2008 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Boy, we all seem to have a plan at least! I'm ok with moderation, but I love to eat too. And I never cook a huge feast the likes of a "typical" Thanksgiving dinner, so it's tough to stop. I can't resist, literally CAN NOT resist, dessert. I have the day after Thanksgiving off, so I'll mostly likely be on the toilet the better part of the morning on the 28th! ah well!

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
Culturelle
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


Peety
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   Posted 11/18/2008 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I admit I ate a tiny bit of gluten-laden pie crust...could not resist.
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.
 
 


lambkins
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   Posted 11/18/2008 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe a silly question but hubby wants to know if you have turkey for christmas or just thanksgiving dont know how i will be yet as this will be my first christmas with uc !
  
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Peety
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   Posted 11/18/2008 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, but I would eat whatever someone else cooked! I'm not much of a cook. Although I make good turkey soup after.
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.
 
 


ediekristen
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   Posted 11/18/2008 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
lambkins said...
Maybe a silly question but hubby wants to know if you have turkey for christmas or just thanksgiving dont know how i will be yet as this will be my first christmas with uc !

It seems like ham is more common on Christmas, I honestly don't remember if my parents usually cook it or not, I really don't like ham so I never eat it. We never have a sit down christmas dinner or anything though, they always have other random stuff, like meatball subs and chicken wings or something. Just a table full of finger foods really. And then everyone comes over christmas eve and we just hang out and eat and exchange gifts.

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kops2da
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   Posted 11/18/2008 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   

Well, I had not thought much about the holiday eating. Just figure eat the way I have been - small amounts and enjoy the company.  BUT - this year my Dad who is 95 is not well so we are not having the usual feast at my sister's house 100 miles away.  Guess maybe I will cook a turkey TV dinner or something - hoping Dad feels better - that is what is important.

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 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only 2 cm. left to heal in rectum - going to try Proctofoam first.
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stewdoug25
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   Posted 11/18/2008 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I have also been thinking about how I will deal with Thanksgiving. I've decided that I will probably eat small amounts of everything. My feelings are, Thanksgiving comes around once once a year. It like a good night of partying....just gotta deal with the UC "hangover"! I say eat up!
25, Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis 7/2006
Current Treatment: Asacol (3pills 2X/day), Rowasa, Prednisone (currently on 5mg, tapering from 40mg since September 2008), Ultimate Flora (15 billion 2X/day), digestive enzymes (Super Payaya Enzyme Plus)
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basa0806
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   Posted 11/18/2008 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
My mom makes a turkey breast and ham on Christmas
Sam
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Remission since January/April 2006
400mg Asacol 2x, 10mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD

"If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"
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Eva Lou
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   Posted 11/18/2008 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
We usually do turkey, but it's always at other people's houses- I've never actually cooked a whole bird myself! I like that comparison to a good night of partying- I do agree! (note to self- purchase super strength extra-long panty liners BEFORE next week...) devil
diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
Culturelle
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


Kiss520
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   Posted 11/18/2008 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
At any family celebration, I always eat a small amount and ask to take home some leftovers.  Then I eat small amount of leftovers for the next few days.  It actually works out better, because its like celebrating for 3-4 days! yeah
Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
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Current Treament:  Asacol 800 MG 2X daily, Iron 325 MG 2X daily, Zoloft 50 MG daily, Multivitamin.
Diet:  Spinach/sunflower and low-residue.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema.
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   Posted 11/18/2008 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
The way I look at it is that Thanksgiving comes but once a year and I only have turkey and the trimmings once a year, so why not pig out??? Of course I pay for it afterward but it soooo satisfying! :)
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 11/18/2008 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Most of the food at thanksgiving is safe for me. Last year I had just come off a liquid diet but still ate a ton. I just avoided the gravy and any non-soft veggies. So far we have only had thanksgiving at my parents house and I am not at all embarassed about using the bathroom whenever I want there. Or farting. Lol. But the after meal bloat is tough.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


dakotagirl
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   Posted 11/19/2008 7:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I love Thanksgiving foods. There is nothing better than turkey dinner. My parents also have GI issues, so eating at my mom's is pretty easy for me. She always makes the gravy with very little or no fat. Since they will be smoking the turkey again this year, the gravy will be made from very low fat stock that my dad makes himself. He's a celiac, so we have GF stuffing and regular stuffing. None of us eat huge amounts, but rather snack all day. We're a family of "grazers". I feel very fortunate to have people who understand my GI issues - another reason to be THANKFUL!

There are always leftovers - however, my husband and I will be leaving the day after for a long road trip, so probably no leftovers for me... But I do make my own turkey breast etc every few months.

We have turkey for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Ham for Easter - sometimes turkey then too.
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Old Hat
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   Posted 11/19/2008 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
The basic Thanksgiving items, turkey, yams, and/or mashed potato all agree with me, but there are added things like cranberries & ginger in pumpkin pie that can irritate-- I've noticed over the years. Judilyn's suggestions re canola oil & chilling drippings before the festive meal to skim off fat also work for me. I eat small amounts of cranberry sauce & stuffing + pass on pumpkin pie unless it's made with a crumb crust. Then I dress it up with a bit of nonfat vanilla yogurt (Brown Cow preferably) instead of whipped cream. It doesn't feel like deprivation to me at all. Enjoying in moderation & with key adaptations can get you thru the holidays with minimal discomfort. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

Gigi1227
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   Posted 11/19/2008 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
LOL funny how different we all are. I too love Thanksgiving, but I am overwhelmed by all the food and even before UC couldn't eat that much. I think its just seeing all that food and my tummy says whoa!

Gigi1227
Diagnosised 8/25/08 GRRR
Started flare mid-May/feeling better but still flaring
 
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Christine1946
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   Posted 11/19/2008 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
     In remission, so I am gonna pig out baby!!!  The only thing which I have to be careful with is the cole slaw.  I make my own, but can only eat a tad of it..boo hiss.  That is the only thing which might disrupt the apple cart.
     This year my daughter's boss gave all their employees a $45 gift certificate to Shop Rite, so I ordered their complete Thanksgiving Dinner.  Saves me all the work.  My older daughter always ordered dinner from them when she used to have dinner at her house and it was really good.  I also bought Mrs. Smith's pies too...pumpkin and apple crumb.  Although I do put on my own extra crumbs.  Hey, at a buck ninety nine...it's well worth it.
     Christmas we have a brunch....Polish style...ham, kielbasi, Polish rye bread, potato salad, assorted fruit, babka,,,,etc.
 
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Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
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