Soluble vs. insoluble fiber

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geminisunset
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   Posted 3/20/2009 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I know it is important for us to have soluble fiber in our diets, but it seems that insoluble fiber is much more prevelent out there.
 
How do you know how much soluble fiber is in a food item vs the amount of insoluble fiber? I see that some foods will have the soluble fiber broken down under dietary fiber on the nutritional information listing. So does that mean if nothing is listed as soluble, then that food only contains insoluble?
GeminiSunset
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006
Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
Medications: Canasa (helped the first flare when it was just proctitis); Rowasa enemas (did not help as the following colonoscopy confirmed pancolitis); Lialda (2 pills in the morning, 2 pills in the evening, soon to be 2 pills in the morning only once I'm off steriods); Prednisone; Protonix (only took while on prednisone); Remicade infusions, started at 5mg/kg, increased in March to 7.5mg/kg (started Aug 2008 - 6 infusions so far, next infusion on 4/30 continuing every 8 weeks); Zyrtec-D (for allergies); Toprol (a generic form, 25 mg, for a rapid heart rate)
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex w/vitamin C, Iron supplements, Omega-3 Fish Oil (coated, not sure how much except one soft-gel daily), Aloe Vera supplement (currently taking one daily, will increase to two soon)
Current Status: Reached remission for a few weeks in October 2008, but symptoms returned after I allowed myself to enjoy wine again.... gave up wine and have not been in full remission again yet. 


Kiss520
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   Posted 3/20/2009 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi!  I'm curious to know why you're asking about this.  I follow a diet that is based on soluble fiber to control IBS symptoms.  If you can explain what you're trying to accomplish with these fibers, maybe I can offer some advice... are you looking to use fiber to control symptoms?  Or are you just trying to get your whole grains (which is very popular in our culture right now but not the best thing for people like us unless it's eaten in correct proportion)?

DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08) and IBS
Current Treament:  Spinach/Sunflower Seed Diet
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema, Asacol, Iron, Zoloft, Acidophilus.
Status:  Remission
 
 
 
 


geminisunset
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   Posted 3/20/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kiss ~ My reason for asking is that in everything that I read, it says that insoluble fiber is hard for us to digest with having UC. But that it is important to have fiber in our diets. And that soluble fiber is best for our systems. But I don't know how to keep away from insoluble fiber, while increasing my soluble fiber intake.

Side note: I emaled Fiber One to ak them about their fiber bars. The box says there are 9g of fiber. I emailed them to see how much of that was soluable. The answer was <0.5g.
GeminiSunset
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006
Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
Medications: Canasa (helped the first flare when it was just proctitis); Rowasa enemas (did not help as the following colonoscopy confirmed pancolitis); Lialda (2 pills in the morning, 2 pills in the evening, soon to be 2 pills in the morning only once I'm off steriods); Prednisone; Protonix (only took while on prednisone); Remicade infusions, started at 5mg/kg, increased in March to 7.5mg/kg (started Aug 2008 - 6 infusions so far, next infusion on 4/30 continuing every 8 weeks); Zyrtec-D (for allergies); Toprol (a generic form, 25 mg, for a rapid heart rate)
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex w/vitamin C, Iron supplements, Omega-3 Fish Oil (coated, not sure how much except one soft-gel daily), Aloe Vera supplement (currently taking one daily, will increase to two soon)
Current Status: Reached remission for a few weeks in October 2008, but symptoms returned after I allowed myself to enjoy wine again.... gave up wine and have not been in full remission again yet. 


Kiss520
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   Posted 3/20/2009 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   

To preface this, I should mention that I have both UC and IBS, so what I'm telling you is based on what I've read about using these fibers for IBS (but I imagine it would be beneficial to a UC sufferer as well).

The diet I follow encourages those with IBS to eat soluble fiber first and foremost, and THEN eat as much insoluble fiber as can be tolerated (because it's very good for you and should be a part of a healthy diet).  I'm giving you a link to the website where I found all this info.  This page tells you about soluble fibers and list foods that have it, then at the bottom of the page there is a link to another page about insoluble fiber and foods that have it. 

http://www.helpforibs.com/diet/fiber1.asp

As the author of the website suggests, it is very important to have a good balance of the two fibers.  Just make sure you eat soluble before or with an insoluble fiber.


DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08) and IBS
Current Treament:  Spinach/Sunflower Seed Diet
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema, Asacol, Iron, Zoloft, Acidophilus.
Status:  Remission
 
 
 
 


geminisunset
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   Posted 3/20/2009 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, I'll have to check that out. I have IBS as well, so I truly appreciate your advice. Thus far I have not found anything that only has soluble - only a combination or soluble and insoluble - and the insoluble usually greatly outweighs the soluble.
GeminiSunset
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006
Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
Medications: Canasa (helped the first flare when it was just proctitis); Rowasa enemas (did not help as the following colonoscopy confirmed pancolitis); Lialda (2 pills in the morning, 2 pills in the evening, soon to be 2 pills in the morning only once I'm off steriods); Prednisone; Protonix (only took while on prednisone); Remicade infusions, started at 5mg/kg, increased in March to 7.5mg/kg (started Aug 2008 - 6 infusions so far, next infusion on 4/30 continuing every 8 weeks); Zyrtec-D (for allergies); Toprol (a generic form, 25 mg, for a rapid heart rate)
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex w/vitamin C, Iron supplements, Omega-3 Fish Oil (coated, not sure how much except one soft-gel daily), Aloe Vera supplement (currently taking one daily, will increase to two soon)
Current Status: Reached remission for a few weeks in October 2008, but symptoms returned after I allowed myself to enjoy wine again.... gave up wine and have not been in full remission again yet. 


AnnaG
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   Posted 3/20/2009 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there I thought insoluable fibre was just stuff that passes directly through without being digested, ie skins and peels on fruit and vege,husks,wholegrain cereal etc,and likewise soluable fiber is all the inside of stuff.
someone will probably correct me if I'm wrong,I have UC and tend to aviod insoluable fibre as I do think it tends to agrivate the linning of the colon when inflamed anyway the thinking kind of makes sense.
Anna

Kiss520
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   Posted 3/20/2009 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Soluble is stuff like white bread and pasta, rice, etc. There are also several fruits and veggies that have soluble fiber. As long as those foods are the basis for your diet, you should be able to eat a healthy amount of insoluble fibers, as well. Just make sure you check those lists of foods.

PS. I noticed you posted to the sunflower/spinach thread. If you decide to try the diet (which I recommend because it did unbelievable things for me), you may want to talk to me about how to balance it with your IBS. For example, you should not eat sunflower SEEDS, only sunflower BUTTER. And you should not eat FRESH spinach, only frozen (cooked) or canned spinach. Doing this makes the diet easier on your IBS while working to correct your UC. It's a delicate balance, but the two diets together got me into remission with no meds.
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08) and IBS
Current Treament:  Spinach/Sunflower Seed Diet
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema, Asacol, Iron, Zoloft, Acidophilus.
Status:  Remission
 
 
 
 


Kiss520
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   Posted 3/20/2009 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Annelise - You're definitely on the right track - insoluble fibers are very fibrous and irritate your gut. If eaten alone, they cause big problems; however, if you eat them with a greater amount of soluble fiber, it acts like a buffer so your gut can handle the insoluble fibers.

For example, you would not want to eat corn alone (insoluble, too fibrous); however, if you ate it after or with white rice (soluble, not fibrous), you probably wouldn't have a problem.
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08) and IBS
Current Treament:  Spinach/Sunflower Seed Diet
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema, Asacol, Iron, Zoloft, Acidophilus.
Status:  Remission
 
 
 
 


geminisunset
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   Posted 3/20/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Kiss520 ~ Can I email you perhaps? I am very interested in looking at combining these two diets to maintain both my IBS and UC.
GeminiSunset
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006
Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
Medications: Canasa (helped the first flare when it was just proctitis); Rowasa enemas (did not help as the following colonoscopy confirmed pancolitis); Lialda (2 pills in the morning, 2 pills in the evening, soon to be 2 pills in the morning only once I'm off steriods); Prednisone; Protonix (only took while on prednisone); Remicade infusions, started at 5mg/kg, increased in March to 7.5mg/kg (started Aug 2008 - 6 infusions so far, next infusion on 4/30 continuing every 8 weeks); Zyrtec-D (for allergies); Toprol (a generic form, 25 mg, for a rapid heart rate)
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex w/vitamin C, Iron supplements, Omega-3 Fish Oil (coated, not sure how much except one soft-gel daily), Aloe Vera supplement (currently taking one daily, will increase to two soon)
Current Status: Reached remission for a few weeks in October 2008, but symptoms returned after I allowed myself to enjoy wine again.... gave up wine and have not been in full remission again yet. 


Kiss520
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   Posted 3/20/2009 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I hate to sound paranoid, but I'd prefer not to give out my email address. I'm sure no one would mind if we used this thread to communicate back and forth. I actually have to step away from the computer for a bit, but I'm going to write out some guidelines for you so you know what I did to get well. It sounds like we have similar symptoms and history. I'll post some stuff for you on this thread in just a little while. Feel free to ask me anything you want, I'd love to help. :-)
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08) and IBS
Current Treament:  Spinach/Sunflower Seed Diet
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema, Asacol, Iron, Zoloft, Acidophilus.
Status:  Remission
 
 
 
 


geminisunset
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   Posted 3/20/2009 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
No problem - I completely understand not giving out your email address. I am looking forward to your advice! I have been struggling with what to eat and what not to eat for a long time now, as I was dx with IBS about 2 1/2 years ago. I hav already given up red meat, alcohol, caffeine, all berries (i miss strawberries), popcorn, nuts (in nut form - I still eat and LOVE peanut butter with no problems), eggs (I eat egg beaters), fried foods (with the exception of french fries on occassion), pop, orange juice, citrus fruits, fruits with skins (I'll peel apples and eat them sliced on occassion), veggies with seeds, and worst of all Chocolate (this is my latest, I'm now into my 3rd week of no chocolate) .... I know there's still more I've given up.

And while I seem to be managing the IBS for the most part, I just cannot get past this flare of my UC. This spinach/sunflower diet intrigued me because I love spinach and I usually keep frozen spinach in my freezer at all times. It's the sunflower part that I am unsure about. And of course with being in a flare, I worry that too much spinach will make the diarhea (sp? i should know how to spell this by now, lol) worse.
GeminiSunset
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006
Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
Medications: Canasa (helped the first flare when it was just proctitis); Rowasa enemas (did not help as the following colonoscopy confirmed pancolitis); Lialda (2 pills in the morning, 2 pills in the evening, soon to be 2 pills in the morning only once I'm off steriods); Prednisone; Protonix (only took while on prednisone); Remicade infusions, started at 5mg/kg, increased in March to 7.5mg/kg (started Aug 2008 - 6 infusions so far, next infusion on 4/30 continuing every 8 weeks); Zyrtec-D (for allergies); Toprol (a generic form, 25 mg, for a rapid heart rate)
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex w/vitamin C, Iron supplements, Omega-3 Fish Oil (coated, not sure how much except one soft-gel daily), Aloe Vera supplement (currently taking one daily, will increase to two soon)
Current Status: Reached remission for a few weeks in October 2008, but symptoms returned after I allowed myself to enjoy wine again.... gave up wine and have not been in full remission again yet. 


pb4
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   Posted 3/20/2009 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Soluble fiber attracts water and turns to gel during digestion. This slows digestion. Soluble fiber is found in oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, peas, and some fruits and vegetables. Soluble fiber has been scientifically proven to lower cholesterol, which can help prevent heart disease.

Insoluble fiber is found in foods such as wheat bran, vegetables, and whole grains. It adds bulk to the stool and appears to help food pass more quickly through the stomach and intestines.

Both are actually important but if you have issues with your disease from either then at least try and get some daily of the one that causes you less or no issues. This is why I started out with taking fibre supplements daily and although I can now tolerate eating all fibreous foods (thanks to the fibre supplements taken daily) I still take my fibre supplements on a regular basis.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


Kiss520
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   Posted 3/20/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   

Boy, you really do sound just like me.  I gave up so many foods trying to figure what could possibly be a culprit.  I recently discovered that chocolate is not my friend - much as I hate to admit it.  :-(  But now that I'm not eating it, I'm doing even better.

For my IBS symptoms, I follow everything on the website I posted earlier: www.helpforibs.com

I don't take the supplements they recommened, because (oddly enough) my IBS isn't all that bad.  I definitely do follow all the information about eating soluble/insoluble fiber.  Take the time to read up on all that stuff.  I even copied and pasted a lot of the info into a Word document, so I could print it and keep it as handy reference.  The website author created a cheat sheet that you can stick on your fridge, too.

Now, aside from the IBS stuff, I did the spinach/sunflower diet but only in the form sunflower butter and cooked spinach.  Do not eat the seeds and do not eat fresh (raw) spinach - they will tear up your gut for sure.

To take it a step further, I apply the soluble fiber guidelines when I eat my spinach/sunflowers.  In the morning, I toast a piece of white bread (bakery stuff, not Wonder or any of that garbage) and put on lots of sunflower butter.  Sometimes I top it with sliced banana, because it's so yummy together.  In the beginning, you may want to repeat this meal later - maybe as your afternoon snack or something.  Just be sure you eat at least a few tablespoons of sunflower butter every day.
 
Then for the spinach, I eat cooked spinach either with white pasta or with peeled, cooked potatoes.  The pasta and potatoes creates a buffer, making the spinach easier for you to digest with your IBS.  I probably ate 1/2 cup of cooked spinach every day in the beginning (I'm a fairly slender female, so depending on your size/sex you may want to eat more or less).
 
One note about eating spinach - tempting as it may be to eat it with cheese, try to keep cheese to a minimum.  The calcium in it cancels out the magnesium in the spinach.
 
I don't know how much you've already read about the spinach/sunflower diet, but the whole point is to eat lots of beta carotene and magnesium.  For some reason they improve symtoms.  Sunflower seeds also contain another nutrient that I can't remember, so it's important not to substitute with other foods, at least not in the beginning.
 
Once you're in remission, you can start trying out other foods that are high in these nutrients, but wait until then.
 
Whew, that's a lot of info, and I hope I haven't left anything out.  I think I covered all of it, but if I remember anything else I'll post more.
 
Please do ask any questions you have about it.  It has completely changed my life, and I hope it works for you, too.  :-)
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08) and IBS
Current Treament:  Spinach/Sunflower Seed Diet
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema, Asacol, Iron, Zoloft, Acidophilus.
Status:  Remission
 
 
 
 


AnnaG
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   Posted 3/20/2009 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi again I'm interested in hearing about your diet as well so I'll be looking forward to reading it ,I tried eating spinach and sunflower for a couple of days and I think my stools where better much formed although I don't if it could have made a difference so quickly,anyway I'm suffering alot at momment and have no appetite as soon as I can get out to the shops I'm going to try it again,one thing I would like to ask is where do you get the sunflower butter I dont think you can get it in the uk it is not the same a s regular sunflower margarine I presume,I'm wondering if I could make it myself by grinding the sunflower seeds.
Also I did try the SCD diet for three months and I think it helped me alot but I found it incredibly hard to stick to as I have a family and it meant I had to cook seperatly for myself,it also caused alot of tension between myself and partner as he was very suspicious and thought I was not eating enough,and I found I craved carbs bread rice and pasta all of which are banned on the diet.I definatly think its worth looking at though for ahyone who has time to devote to themselves,but not idea if your trying to feed a family on a budget

geminisunset
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   Posted 3/20/2009 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
We are a lot alike, Kiss, lol. I already read most of that website you posted (very interesting!) and I have copied/pasted much of the information into a word document to print out later (and I did this before reading your post, ha ha).

I too am a slender female, so I will probably try your 1/2 cup of spinach and go from there.

Oh, and BTW, I have noticed improvements too since I gave up chocolate. Although I miss it VERY much. I am glad to see that a lot of the stuff on the "foods to eliminate" list are things I have already given up (red meat, egg yolks, alcohol, etc).

One more question.... where do you buy sunflower butter? Is it in the panut butter isle? Do you have to go to a health food store?

Thank you for all of your advice! BTW, do I recall you saying you are no longer on meds? Not even a maintenance drug? How did you get brave enough to stop the meds?
GeminiSunset
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006
Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
Medications: Canasa (helped the first flare when it was just proctitis); Rowasa enemas (did not help as the following colonoscopy confirmed pancolitis); Lialda (2 pills in the morning, 2 pills in the evening, soon to be 2 pills in the morning only once I'm off steriods); Prednisone; Protonix (only took while on prednisone); Remicade infusions, started at 5mg/kg, increased in March to 7.5mg/kg (started Aug 2008 - 6 infusions so far, next infusion on 4/30 continuing every 8 weeks); Zyrtec-D (for allergies); Toprol (a generic form, 25 mg, for a rapid heart rate)
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex w/vitamin C, Iron supplements, Omega-3 Fish Oil (coated, not sure how much except one soft-gel daily), Aloe Vera supplement (currently taking one daily, will increase to two soon)
Current Status: Reached remission for a few weeks in October 2008, but symptoms returned after I allowed myself to enjoy wine again.... gave up wine and have not been in full remission again yet. 


Kiss520
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   Posted 3/20/2009 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I buy my sunflower butter at my regular grocery store, but in the "healthy aisles." I have also found it at Trader Joe's. I'm pretty sure it can be found on the internet, too.

Annelise - You could probably makes the sunflower butter yourself; however, if you're able to tolerate the seeds, that might be eaiser. Oh, and I tried the SCD, too, and found it nearly impossible to stick to. Too much cooking, not enough results. (And I love cooking! But not when I'm terribly ill.) I also have a family to feed, and I don't think they would have liked what I was eating.

geminisunset - We're even more alike than I thought! And, yes, I have not been on any meds since the beginning of this year. I started the diet 9/31/08, and by December I started tapering off the meds. I knew that they weren't doing anything for me before I started the diet, so it wasn't much of a risk. No medication I've ever tried has had any impact.
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08) and IBS
Current Treament:  Spinach/Sunflower Seed Diet
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema, Asacol, Iron, Zoloft, Acidophilus.
Status:  Remission
 
 
 
 


geminisunset
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   Posted 3/20/2009 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you again for all of your info, Kiss. :) I am very excited to try the spinach/sunflower diet! I'll be adding sunflower butter and extra frozen spinach to my grocery list this weekend. It feel so good to finally be excited about something food-related that might help for once! (I have read about the SCD diet, but it just seems too restricting and costly.)
GeminiSunset
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006
Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
Medications: Canasa (helped the first flare when it was just proctitis); Rowasa enemas (did not help as the following colonoscopy confirmed pancolitis); Lialda (2 pills in the morning, 2 pills in the evening, soon to be 2 pills in the morning only once I'm off steriods); Prednisone; Protonix (only took while on prednisone); Remicade infusions, started at 5mg/kg, increased in March to 7.5mg/kg (started Aug 2008 - 6 infusions so far, next infusion on 4/30 continuing every 8 weeks); Zyrtec-D (for allergies); Toprol (a generic form, 25 mg, for a rapid heart rate)
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex w/vitamin C, Iron supplements, Omega-3 Fish Oil (coated, not sure how much except one soft-gel daily), Aloe Vera supplement (currently taking one daily, will increase to two soon)
Current Status: Reached remission for a few weeks in October 2008, but symptoms returned after I allowed myself to enjoy wine again.... gave up wine and have not been in full remission again yet. 


Kiss520
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   Posted 3/20/2009 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
You're very welcome. :-) By the way, I can't believe I forgot to mention this, but there is one kind of chocolate that shouldn't bother you - cocoa powder. It's SOLID chocolate that seems to be a problem. If you eat chocolate cake made with cocoa powder or add it to your milk, it shouldn't be a problem. Plus, I don't know if you've ever tried Nutella, but it's like peanut butter but made with hazelnuts and it has cocoa powder in it. It's like eating the inside of a chocolate truffle. In most stores it can be found next to the peanut butter.

When I'm really craving chocolate, I eat Nutella right out of the tub. You can also put it on bread or add some to a smoothie. Oh, and adding sweetened cocoa powder to a smoothie can make it taste like a chocolate shake. I often make a smoothie with chilled chocolate soy milk, sweetened cocoa powder, frozen blueberries and some banana. Tastes just like a shake but has fruit and soy.
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08) and IBS
Current Treament:  Spinach/Sunflower Seed Diet
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema, Asacol, Iron, Zoloft, Acidophilus.
Status:  Remission
 
 
 
 


geminisunset
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   Posted 3/21/2009 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I will have to try that! I do miss chocolate very much. We were watching TV last night, and the camera panned across a table and I immediately saw the rich, fudgy brownies, and started drooling, lol. I wonder if Cocoa Powder is safe, could I make homemade brownies by substituting chocolate sqaures with cocoa powder, substitute oil with apple sauce, and egges with egg beaters? Has anyone tried this?

Side note: I didn't have any sunflower butter at my grocery store, but luckily my SO works right by a Trader Joes and he picked some up for me today. oF course he closes tonight, so I won't get to try the butter until tomorrow.... but starting tomorrow, I will be on this diet!! :)
GeminiSunset
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006
Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
Medications: Canasa (helped the first flare when it was just proctitis); Rowasa enemas (did not help as the following colonoscopy confirmed pancolitis); Lialda (2 pills in the morning, 2 pills in the evening, soon to be 2 pills in the morning only once I'm off steriods); Prednisone; Protonix (only took while on prednisone); Remicade infusions, started at 5mg/kg, increased in March to 7.5mg/kg (started Aug 2008 - 6 infusions so far, next infusion on 4/30 continuing every 8 weeks); Zyrtec-D (for allergies); Toprol (a generic form, 25 mg, for a rapid heart rate)
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex w/vitamin C, Iron supplements, Omega-3 Fish Oil (coated, not sure how much except one soft-gel daily), Aloe Vera supplement (currently taking one daily, will increase to two soon)
Diet: Spinach and Sunflower seed butter diet (starting 3/22/09)
Current Status: Reached remission for a few weeks in October 2008, but symptoms returned after I allowed myself to enjoy wine again.... gave up wine and have not been in full remission again yet. 


Kiss520
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   Posted 3/21/2009 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't tried those substitutions, but I do know that the website I told you about has recipes posted somewhere on it for chocolate cake and other goodies for IBS.

Glad to hear you tracked down the sunflower butter. Trader Joe's sells it the cheapest, so that was a good find!
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08) and IBS
Status:  Remission
What Worked:  Spinach/Sunflower Seed Diet & IBS Diet (www.helpforibs.com)
What Didn't Work:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema, Asacol, Iron, Zoloft, Acidophilus.
 
 
 
 
 

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