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   Posted 11/24/2008 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been seeing a nutritionist to help me lose weight and control my IBS and UC. I've found that eating yogurt for breakfast is killing me. I only have three choices for breakfast: one whole egg with three egg whites and spinach leaves, oatmeal with either strawberries or blueberries, and yogurt with granola and dried cranberries. The first few times I had it, I did not experience any problems. The last few weeks, I've experiences gas and bloating 4 or 5 hours AFTER I've eaten the yogurt. I usually experience the gas after eating lunch. It doesn't matter what I have for lunch because I get the same symptoms when I eat yogurt.
Do you guys have any suggestions as to which yogurt may not cause as many problems? Should I avoid it all together? Thanks! :)
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   Posted 11/24/2008 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd say if this has been happening for a while, stop eating it. Your gut may not like it. But, I'd also say give it a chance. The active cultures (bacteria) in yogurt can cause some symptoms (though not typically--there isn't enough in there) and maybe as your body adjusts to regular yogurt consumption the symptoms will cease.
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   Posted 11/24/2008 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I find that despite the gassiness and discomfort, I move my bowels and have formed bm a few days after eating the yogurt. I guess I will only have the yogurt for breakfast when I know I don't have any plans for a particular day! :-D

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6-MP 50 mg (2) daily
Miralax-when needed
Rowasa-when needed
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   Posted 11/24/2008 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
try Soy yogurt, or goat's milk yogurt. It could be the lactose.

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Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
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   Posted 11/24/2008 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I get the exact same symptoms from store bought yogurt. I suspect it is the whey that does it to me.

I tried to follow the simple carbohydrate diet a few years ago and that diet makes a lot of recommendation for tolerating yogurt. The SCD recommends making your own yogurt and letting it ferment for 24 hours. This will allow the bacteria to eat most of the lactose. If you still can't tolerate it then make it with goat's milk. If the goat's milk doesn't do the trick then you can drip the yogurt for 8 hours. This is what I had to do and I still do this when I want to eat yogurt.

I make the SCD yogurt, let it cool in the fridge overnight and then I would hang it in a cloth bag or put it in a colander with a dish towel in it so the liquid could drip out of it for 8 hours. My understanding is that the liquid that drips off is whey or milk protein. The yogurt that is left is closer to cream cheese and it is very good.

If you don't want to go through the effort of making yogurt you could try dripping plain store bought yogurt. I don't think I would let store bought yogurt sit out in room temp for 8 hours, so you could try dripping it in the fridge.

Eating yogurt really does change the bacteria in the colon. When I was following SCD, I did a stool test through a private lab and the good bacteria type in the yogurt was very high.

Good luck.
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   Posted 11/24/2008 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Try Greek yogurt? It's very different from the commercial stuff, and seems to be like the homemade variety (thicker, better). You can find it at "natural" food stores in in the health food sections of regular grocers.
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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.

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   Posted 11/24/2008 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Making my own SCD recipe yogurt is the only way I can eat yogurt because of the lactose in the commercial stuff.  I go thru about a 1/2 gal a week and it's a great source of probiotics along with the Primidolphus Reuteri I take, not to mention a great source of calcium. cool
Moderate to severe left-sided UC, Dx 1991
Lialda 2 per day
Prednisone for flares. SCD recipe yogurt daily for probiotics.
Fish oil caps and Multivitamin and Bee Pollen
Prima. Reuteri. L Glutamine, and iron supplement
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   Posted 11/25/2008 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I wasn't able to tolerate even the SCD yogurt made with goat's milk. Some of us just can't handle dairy - problems with lactose and/or casein, the dairy protein. I use Natren's non-dairy Healthy Trinity to get the good effects of probiotics without the dairy problems.
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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   Posted 11/25/2008 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Could it be the cranberries?

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   Posted 11/25/2008 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I doubt its the cranberries because I have tried eating it alone. I didn't experience any problems.
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   Posted 11/25/2008 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Can't do yogurt nor the frozen kind even when taking Lactaid caplets
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
7 Pentasa per day (4/3)
Corti Foam p.m. 2X per week
Prebiotics and 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!!!

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   Posted 11/25/2008 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Yogurt usually bothers me as well, but not nearly as much as granola and oatmeal. I can't even finish a whole bowl of oatmeal without sprinting to the toilet.

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

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Lexapro 10mg, Azasan 100mg


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   Posted 11/26/2008 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I have tried going completely dairy (lactose-free obviously) free but it hasn't made a difference, but I notice that I only tolerate SCD yogurt so long as I don't have more than 2 cups a day or so, or if I have a bit more, take a day off the yogurt. I make it with half and half, which I tolerate much better than whole milk (as for less fat than whole, forget it), which as a fringe benefit tastes better and is thicker and firmer. Note that if you use half and half, absolutely positively make sure it lists as ingredients only "heavy cream and milk" as opposed to any other ingredients commonly used in h&h and heavy cream, which are also used to induce colitis in lab animals, namely carrageenan.

Pancolitis 20 years ago, full med-free remission 10 years,
Flaring/simmering on and off ever since, allergic to all 5ASAs
10 20 17.5 15 12.5 10 mg 8 7.5 20 17.5 15 mg pred, 100 mg Imuran
TCM, Probiotics (PD, Cust.Probiot., Culturelle, etc), DMSO, TSO, hookworm
Turmeric/circuminboswellia, fish oil, many vits/minerals
Lower-carb version of Specific Carb Diet (SCD), Remicade newbie

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