What do you eat during flare ups?

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chezzyman
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   Posted 2/13/2009 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I know that there is probably no diet that can get me out of flare up, but only food I think I can tolerate are bananas, spinach, some soups and stewed chicken breast. I would like to try something more, something what will not make my flare up even worst, but I have no idea what to try.Thanks for ideas, I hate to eat the same food every day.
UC (Proctosigmoiditis) april 2008
Prednisone
Asacol 3x3
Asacol enema @night
colon dophilus probiotics
garlic pills
fish oil
-
flare up


Christine1946
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   Posted 2/13/2009 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
     Know the feeling well.  I eat soft boiled eggs with toast for breakfast.  I love coffee but stay away from it while flaring.  Rice krispy cereal with soy milk is fine too.  Lunch I eat turkey breast on white bread or tuna with a tad of mayo.   Dinner I eat either baked chicken breast with baked sweet potato or baked salmon.  Salmon is very soothing to the gut.  Try keeping to a low residue diet while flaring.  I believe you can find one online.  Good luck!
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.


subdued
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   Posted 2/13/2009 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Dairy, eggs, fatty meats, sugar, tomatoes, potatoes, green and red peppers are all pro-inflammatory foods.

Some people are wheat, gluten, yeast, fructose, lactose intolerant.

Now for what I eat during a flare.

Bananas, spinach, chicken, salmon, tuna, and rice. I just started eating pineapple. It seems to help reduce gas.

For flavor, I add anti-inflammatory spices such as turmeric (mild curry) and garlic.

I'll snack on nuts like almonds and macadamias. Not too many though, they give me acne.

Tofu and soy milk are supposed to be good. I eat tofu once in awhile, but it's not something I like to eat often. I'm not that fond of soy milk.

Herbal tea.

I also eat bread, but not everyone can.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission

Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics and 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
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)


Sweetie31105
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   Posted 2/13/2009 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
When I feel that I might be flared a bit, I push salads. I've been in remission, but I do have minor issues. Right now, I'm dealing with the after effects of a Stomach bug/ flu. My BMs have been weird, from constipated, to diarreha, to formed. So, I'm pushing salads right now, and as many veg and fruit as possible.
27 year old, Married, Female.
Diagnosed with UC since March 2007

Taking Humira and Imuran since May 2007 (Currently in remission since May 2007)
Taken off Imuran 1/15/09
Only taking Humira.

Can't take Asacol, Allergic to Remicade


kops2da
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   Posted 2/13/2009 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   

My NP told me low residue/lowfat/low sugar.  I tolerate dairy and gluten ok.  I eat all lowfat dairy such as cheese and yogurt, white bread and rolls, mostly chicken meat but little beef very lean! 

I can eat pasta and mild Italian in moderation.

Two things I cannot eat is raw veggies or fruit so I eat natural applesauce, well cooked green beans, potatoes bakes (no skin), beets, and well cooked brocolli in moderation.  Mostly bland with little spice! 

ElaineNY


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal in rectum - tried Proctofoam for weeks - no luck.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Tried hydrocortisone for two weeks with no change.
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
 
 
 
 
 
 


Sara14
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   Posted 2/13/2009 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Eggs, peanut butter (might want to go with the all natural stuff, less sugar), boiled rice, cooked carrots & green beans (cook until they're mushy), mashed potatoes, applesauce, yogurt, bananas, pears or peaches in a can (the fiber is broken down more in the canned stuff; don't get the sweetened kind), peppermint tea and lots of water.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops; Ortho Tri-Cyclen


kops2da
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   Posted 2/13/2009 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   

Oh, Sara, you so reminded me that I eat peanut butter - lowfat kind - EVERY morning on toast for my protein to start that day - have for way before diagnosis and no problems!  Natural would be better but I can't "stand" it!!

ElaineNY


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal in rectum - tried Proctofoam for weeks - no luck.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Tried hydrocortisone for two weeks with no change.
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
 
 
 
 
 
 


Sara14
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   Posted 2/13/2009 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I eat the regular stuff and the natural, depending on my mood and what I'm eating it with. I also just bought some peanut butter that is mixed with dark chocolate -- so good! =)
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops; Ortho Tri-Cyclen


Cadillac Lover
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   Posted 2/13/2009 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I just ate the 2 cheeseburger w/frys meal from mcdonalds about an hour ago and i'm flaring kind of bad today. I never eat fast food but we were on the road and I guess I just felt like living dangerously. I don't think a very strict diet matters for me while i'm flaring. I've ate chicken, lean fish, lean steaks, eggs, etc. for a week straight and still had blood/mucus & nasty D the whole time..
Diagnosed with UC summer of 08.
Currently taking asacol 1600mg 3 x a day, Prednisone for 50 days & Mesalamine rectal meds twice a day.
Currently having a flare.


Peety
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   Posted 2/13/2009 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Anything low fiber. White rice is a good basic, not especially nutritious but I can pay attention to that when I'm better. White food works, generally! I could never tolerate a salad during a flare, just shows how different everyone is.
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. 


mtgman
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   Posted 2/13/2009 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
rice and salmon tend to be ok for me...wonton soup also...

Jjc2007
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   Posted 2/13/2009 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I cook white rice and flavor it with butte or margarine and salt. I have cooked canned green beans with butter. And I buy some kind of white fish (frozen) and bake it and flavor it with lemon, butter.

Sometimes I just have the white rice but after it is cooked I put just a little butter or olive oil in a fry pan and lightly fry the rice...and then I had add an egg (first I break the egg and stir like I am getting ready to scramble and pour it on the rice and just keep it cooking until the egg is cooked.

Those are my comfort meals.

And walnuts......I eat them all the time but especially when I am flaring.
diagnosed with UC in 1962
regualr meds:
Asulfadine (500mg tablets, 6 daily)
Folic Acid
Zantac as needed
open heart surgery in 2005 for removal of aortic root aneurysm


chezzyman
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   Posted 2/14/2009 3:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all for the ideas, I'll try salmon, tuna and the peanut butter, but they usually don't have it in shops in my country, I'll try some shops with healthy and bio food, they eat the peanut butter all the time in the TV series from US but I've never tried it, so I'm curious how it tastes.
UC (Proctosigmoiditis) april 2008
Prednisone
Asacol 3x3
Asacol enema @night
colon dophilus probiotics
garlic pills
fish oil
-
flare up


kops2da
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   Posted 2/14/2009 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi! funky - Of course, here in USA peanut butter is a staple of life for kids and adults.  It is great protein.  I clicked on your name to find out where you live and was very interested to find you are in the Czech republic.  My husband of 46 years is Slovak - his parents were born in Czechslovakia (sure I did not spell that right).  They came here when teens and got married.  By the way, he LOVES peanut butter too.  Hope you can find some to try and like it - it is good protein.

ElaineNY


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal in rectum - tried Proctofoam for weeks - no luck.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Tried hydrocortisone for two weeks with no change.
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
 
 
 
 
 
 


subdued
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   Posted 2/14/2009 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ElaineNY,

I'm 1/4 Czechoslovakian. I have no idea if my ancestors were from what is now the Czech Republic or from Slovakia.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission

Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics and 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
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)


jone bone
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Total Posts : 24
   Posted 2/15/2009 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
From what I have seen and experienced, everybody with this disease has different reactions with different foods. That being said, I need to have a food allergy test. Although whoever initially suggested spinach, I have to say that it seems to be helping me and now I'm getting a proper iron intake.

crazytrain411
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   Posted 2/15/2009 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I dont change anything - why would I eat differently to calm a flareup? I should eat in a way to calms a flareup all the time.
Off of 5-ASA (6 years) and 1-day minor flareup since probiotics started.

Probiotics 18 strains (vsl#3 + N.F. Ultimate multi probiotic + Trophic Acidophilus Plus + Nature's Way P. Reuteri + Florastore S. Boulardii) - 500 billion per day. No sugar, Oatmeal in the morning.
L-glutamine, elm powder, vit b & folic acid, 5 g vitamin C, vit D, vit E, Calcium+Magnesium


kops2da
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   Posted 2/16/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   

Well, crazytrain - that is a good question.  No doubt we should eat healthy and what "agrees with us" all the time.  BUT - do we?  I am a senior and have had IBS for many years so my eating is also restricted by my digestion.  My NP told me when flaring it is good to avoid high residue food so it passes "softly" through my colon and rectum especially to help heal.  That is probably the only difference from not flaring.  For example I like to eat some higher fiber cereal and bread but only eat white when bleeding, etc.  Extreme changes should not be necessary. If you find more problems when flaring with spicey, etc. you may have other STOMACH problems along with UC.

ElaineNY


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal in rectum - tried Proctofoam for weeks - no luck.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Tried hydrocortisone for two weeks with no change.
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
 
 
 
 
 
 


at wit's end
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   Posted 2/16/2009 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I was in the middle of a rectal flare 10 days ago during the time of my colonoscopy, afterwards things starting getting better, I had seen no bleeding since that day until tonight, all of a sudden around 7:00 I started having urgency issues, went to the bathroom, did not have to go but ended up passing gas and there again was the bright red blood and brownish looking discharge on the toilet paper. I have been avoiding wheat and gluten products since then and have felt better but now I have the discomfort and stinging sensation again.
 
The only thing I ate different tonight was a grilled chicken salad, and half of it at that, that was an hour and a half later after eating that the problem reappeared, that is too soon for it to be caused by the salad. Cannot figure it out. I am thinking it is due to the fact that again today I went to the bathroom 3 different times, and that triggered it somehow as I did not go that well any of the times, although I felt nothing unusual today.


Diagnosed with left sided UC in sigmoid colon and rectum 1986.
Put on Azulfidine 2 X 3 a day and Rowasa enemas 60mg.
Have been pretty much in remission overall other than a few flares over the past 21 years.
Medicine changed to Asacol 400mg 2 pills X3 times a day. Taken off all meds in 2004.
Diagnosed with acid reflux 2005. Put on Protonix 40mg.
Have been using Canasa 1000mg suppositories nightly since January 2007.
Was put back on Asacol 400mg 2 pills 2X a day in July 2007 maintenance. 

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