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Meesh
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   Posted 12/5/2008 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, not what you thought it was when you clicked through, eh? But seriously -- I've been taking great care to thoroughly chew my food, I chew till there's hardly anything left in my mouth to swallow. Much of digestion actually takes place in the mouth with saliva, when given a chance. I have found that since I've started doing this, besides eating much slower, I find I feel full having eaten a lot less, but more importantly, it takes a load off my intestines when the food that hits 'em is already mostly "processed." I am finding that higher fiber foods that give me problems when I ate them quickly without such thorough chewing are now on my "can eat" list once again.

Just an idea that's worked for me, and it's free and easy to try out!!

Meesh
46 yr old female, dx'd UC April 27, 2006; mild arthritis in lower back, dx'd May 2008; Osteopenia dx'd 6/08 Finally achieved remission mid October 2008!!
11 Remicade infusions: 7/21/07; 8/18/07; 10/13/07; 12/15/97; 1/26/08; 3/8/08; 4/19/08; 5/24/08; 7/5/08; 8/15/08, 9/26/08; 11/08/08; Current meds & supplements: Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Xanax as needed (rarely); Rowesa and/or Canasa; multivitamin w/folate; Culturelle; Fish oil capsules, calcium chews and/or Tums; Vitamin D; Past meds: Prednisone 4/06-4/08; Entocourt EC; Asacol; Colazal; Venofer (iron) injections Dec '07; Imuran (extremely bad reaction 2/07); Protonix; Lexipro


ediekristen
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Total Posts : 1366
   Posted 12/5/2008 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I do the same thing. Admittedly not always, but most especially when I'm already not feeling well. It was one thing I've always been told by doctors- eat small meals, and chew chew chew! It definitely helps a bit at least, especially with foods that look like they'd really hurt going through otherwise.

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

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Azasan 100mg

 
 


basa0806
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Date Joined Feb 2005
Total Posts : 2103
   Posted 12/5/2008 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Gotta love that amylase and pepsin! I eat slowly now because when I had mono I didn't eat a lot and I swear my stomach shrunk so I can't fit a lot in me anymore. I also notice that when a eat faster I feel uncomfortably full and that tends to produce D. I'm guessing its from too much stress on my digestive system. Slower is definitely the way to go!

p.s. mastication is one of those words like uvula that you always think is somethin' else... :)
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"
Maya Angelou


suebear
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Date Joined Feb 2006
Total Posts : 5698
   Posted 12/5/2008 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Carbohydrates begin digestion in the mouth but fats and proteins occur further down the GI tract.

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


Meesh
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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 12/5/2008 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I remember that cracker chewing lab in soph biology waaaaaay back in time. But still, not having great big chunks of unchewed fats and proteins filling our guts makes things easier, you must agree.
46 yr old female, dx'd UC April 27, 2006; mild arthritis in lower back, dx'd May 2008; Osteopenia dx'd 6/08 Finally achieved remission mid October 2008!!
11 Remicade infusions: 7/21/07; 8/18/07; 10/13/07; 12/15/97; 1/26/08; 3/8/08; 4/19/08; 5/24/08; 7/5/08; 8/15/08, 9/26/08; 11/08/08; Current meds & supplements: Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Xanax as needed (rarely); Rowesa and/or Canasa; multivitamin w/folate; Culturelle; Fish oil capsules, calcium chews and/or Tums; Vitamin D; Past meds: Prednisone 4/06-4/08; Entocourt EC; Asacol; Colazal; Venofer (iron) injections Dec '07; Imuran (extremely bad reaction 2/07); Protonix; Lexipro


potty girl
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 835
   Posted 12/5/2008 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
makes sense
Rona

synthroid .088 mg, lowpressor 50 mg x 2, cozaar 25mg x2, imdur 30 mg
nitroquick, proventol, plavix 75 mg, protonix 40 mg x 2, asacal 400mg x 9
carafate 1 gm x 4, zyrtec 10 mg, rhinocort aqua nose spray, fish oil,
potassium.


Old Hat
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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 12/5/2008 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, indeed-- chewing a lot is mandatory for me. Also eating/drinking warm or cool-- not hot hot or ice cold. Temperature extremes agitate my guts. I can only tolerate iced drinks in 90-degree weather, even then only in moderate amounts & w/o carbonation. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

Gigi1227
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 469
   Posted 12/7/2008 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
You know, I haven't paid attention to how thoroughly I chew my food. I will do this and see if it helps! Anything that helps and is a positive is awesome!

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
 
 


bbc
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 1580
   Posted 12/7/2008 11:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I try to always chew stringy foods like pineapple etc very well...

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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