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Shadam
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   Posted 1/20/2009 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I just read that Folate or Folic Acid is really good for your Colon and that sources of folate consist of spinach, lettuce and sunflower seeds.  I've heard of the spinach and sunflower seed diet but I thought lettuce/salads were bad for ucers...any ideas?
 
Again, I know this all depends on the individual but I wanted to hear some experiences. 
 
Thanks!
Age: 25 / Male / Florida
Diagnosed: 11/08
Currently on Asacol 2 x 3 day (waiting for results)
Prednisone / ended 1/09 (started at 30mgs and tapered down)
Started taking chamomile tea and multi vitamins (waiting for results)


Dr-A
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   Posted 1/20/2009 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes a salad can make me feel bad but most of the time they don't. When I use baby spinach leaves I usually have no troubles. I try and not eat salads out much, since I learned that some places use MSG on their salad bars to keep them fresh, lol.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Lialda 1 day
Immuran
Golimumab study
Vitamin E Enemas as needed
Probiotis/GreenTea/VitD+Ca/SuperDHA


piccolobellezza
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   Posted 1/21/2009 12:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Salads are probably the one food I miss the most. Its been a little over a year since I've had a salad, since every time I would eat one I would be absolutely miserable. Maybe its all in my head, but I'm very hesitant to try one again...I'd rather not risk that pain!
21, female
Diagnosed September 2007
Remicade
Prednisone
Rowasa
Asacol
Protonix
Bentyl
Lomotil
Lasix
Zofran


love4cats
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   Posted 1/21/2009 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I eat tons of salad when I am flaring and find it does help ease my UC symptoms.
 
 
Dx:  UC Proctitis 2006 
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence. 
Started Meds:  Apr 9 08 500mg 5ASA (salofalk) to ease flare, tapering, stopped. 
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
 Added: tumeric and probiotics.
 
 


jars05
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   Posted 1/21/2009 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Salads usually go well with me, but sometimes like pretty much any food they can hit me hard the next day. Usually about 12 to 13 hours after eating the food I'll spend some time with the bowl.
Age: 31
Location: Missouri
Diagnosed with UC in 1997.
Medications: 100 mg Azathioprine a day
 
 
 
 


Happychic
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   Posted 1/21/2009 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't do well with salads either. I did have one a couple of weeks ago that had a lot of spinach in it and actually did OK. For me it is the iceberg lettuce that tears me up. I also have to be really careful with any raw veggies.

Angela - 38 yr old female
Diagnosed 2005
Currently taking Lialda(2 each am), multivitamin,and Biotin
In remission since June '08


mythmoon
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   Posted 1/21/2009 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Well if you've noticed that it's iceberg (which has no nutritional value anyways) just do all spinach salads with goat cheese and maybe the sunflower seeds and see if that works for you. I love spinach. I keep a frozen bag in my freezer and add it to just about everything from soups to stir frys.
Imuran 150 mgs/day
Prednisone 15 mgs/day
Diagnosed UC Sept. 2007
Cal-Mag and Iron supps


megger
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   Posted 1/21/2009 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
jars05 said...
Salads usually go well with me, but sometimes like pretty much any food they can hit me hard the next day. Usually about 12 to 13 hours after eating the food I'll spend some time with the bowl.

I have the same problem... How is a person supposed to figure out what foods they are sensitive to when you feel gross everytime you eat?
Meghan
 
23 years old
Moderate-Severe Pancolitis
Diagnosed October 2008
12 Asacol (3 pills 4 times a day)
Entocort enemas nightly since Dec 2008
Daily Multi-Vitamins
Daily Fibre intake - 1 tbsp Metamucil
Protec Probiotics - I pill at bedtime


subdued
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   Posted 1/21/2009 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not into raw vegetables. I cook my spinach. It's really easy. I buy crushed garlic that comes in a jar with oil and a bag of baby spinach salad greens. (They are usually cleaner than the bunches of spinach.) I wash the spinach and heat up the pan. I then add about two to three teaspoons of the garlic with oil into the pan. Add the spinach. Cover the pan. And wait for the spinach to shrink. (I'll add a bit of water if it's too dry. Usually the spinach is wet enough from having been washed that it doesn't need any additional water though.) After the spinach is all shrunk, it's done. Very tasty.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission

Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics
Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: anything with high-fructose corn syrup, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners


Mommy pooh
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   Posted 1/21/2009 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I usually don't have any problems with salads, but during my last flare I did. It was around Easter last year and the first time I saw romaine in the toilet, I thought my daughter had put Easter grass in the toilet. It happen again a little while later and I realized it was lettuce coming out looking the same as when it it went in. I don't eat salads during flares anymore. In remission, I love salads but I do notice a little gas. My salads are all romaine with baby spinach sometimes. I was eating more baby spinach until I was told to avoid it due to kidney stone history.
  • 26 years old, married, Stay-at-home Mommy to 2 year old daughter 
  • Ulcerative Colitis since Sept. 2004
    • 1st flare Sept-Nov 2004
    • 2nd flare Aug. 2007-July 08 
  • Currently taking:75mg 6MP, 4 Lialda, Loestrin 24, Allergy meds., Maxalt for migraines and allergy shots once a month 
  • Past meds: Pred., Entocort, Dipentum, Asacol, and Canassa
  • 10/6/08 Found a 1cm kidney stone in right kidney.  Had the stone blasted and passed the fragments.

 


saposs
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   Posted 1/21/2009 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
only fresh cucumber gives me problem, even hours after eating it - i go on - burp! burp! as if i had it just a minute back ! it's so embarrassing! :-(
since Nov'2008:Mucus & Blood in stools, Gas, Constipation sometimes - No D !
Visited GI first time in Jan'09 first week, followed by Sigmoidoscopy/biopsy next week, results show mild inflammation in lower part of colon-advised Canasa suppository.


dottie40
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   Posted 1/21/2009 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Green leaf salads really kill me. I can eat iceberg but any other green leaf is not good

ediekristen
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   Posted 1/21/2009 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
megger said...
jars05 said...
Salads usually go well with me, but sometimes like pretty much any food they can hit me hard the next day. Usually about 12 to 13 hours after eating the food I'll spend some time with the bowl.

I have the same problem... How is a person supposed to figure out what foods they are sensitive to when you feel gross everytime you eat?

This frustrates me as well. It seems as though I'm sensitive to EVERYTHING!!
And you always assume, okay I just ate this and ran to the bathroom immediately after, it must be what disagreed with me. But then people say, no it can't effect you that quickly, it was probably something you ate even earlier. Well what the heck? How are you supposed to know which it is? I have a hard time believing that what I was eating right before feeling sick has nothing to do with it.

Peety
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   Posted 1/21/2009 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
You can get food sensitivity testing. It was $300 at the Naturopathic doc.
But I didn't need it to know that iceberg lettuce tears me up. I can do small salads of romaine. I'm afraid to eat raw spinach, even though it's been so long I don't even remember what it did to me.
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 wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


subdued
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   Posted 1/21/2009 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
ediekristen said...
This frustrates me as well. It seems as though I'm sensitive to EVERYTHING!!
And you always assume, okay I just ate this and ran to the bathroom immediately after, it must be what disagreed with me. But then people say, no it can't effect you that quickly, it was probably something you ate even earlier. Well what the heck? How are you supposed to know which it is? I have a hard time believing that what I was eating right before feeling sick has nothing to do with it.


When you see what you ate in the toilet, then you know. For me it can take only two hours.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission

Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics
Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: anything with high-fructose corn syrup, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners

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