Best foods you have found to eat with UC

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mollymcbutter
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   Posted 3/24/2009 1:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Just curious on what foods most people or any special diets that you have really noticed to help your colitis symptoms.  I hear different things of diet not being really a factor and yeah, it really is.  I know in my early years with this and a very strict diet, no fruits, vegetables, oils, spices, milk products probably did much better.  Haven't been as strict with the diet, but thinking maybe should be, would want to make sure I had enough nutrition also.  I do avoid milk products and certain fruits and vegiies, but maybe I should start eating these more?????  any thoughts?...Molly

subdued
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   Posted 3/24/2009 1:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Molly,

Rice with mild curry (the kind that contains turmeric). Rice helps to form the bowels. It's also easy on the digestive system. Turmeric is a very strong anti-inflammatory property.
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When flaring: eat anti-inflammatory foods, avoid pro-inflammatory foods
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hereshestands
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   Posted 3/24/2009 4:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey there,

I find basically everything that is high in fibre you should avoid, bad gut aches and of course the symptom we all know too well. I try and only have a couple slices of bread a day. I only have a couple pieces of fruit a day and I won't have two heavy fruits I guess you could say so like a few grapes and a banana. Try not to drink full cream milk and if I do I only have it late in the day as my stomach can't handle it first thing in the morning. Plenty of yogurt. Chocolate very occasionally =( Umm I have trained my stomach to eat smaller amounts as I got very sick a year ago and they didn't know what was wrong so eating less helps me. I don't eat anything that's fried or fatty. I wish I could but makes me too sick. Hope I helped a bit.

Rice is good too. So easy to digest. =)

Christine1946
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   Posted 3/24/2009 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
     I stick to a low residue diet while flaring.  I agree with hereshestands on the fiber issue.  Fiber really sends my colon into a tizzy.   Try Silk instead of milk, works for me.  For breakfast I have Rice Krispies with the Silk.  I put a tablespoon of Ground Flaxseed on top.  I use Red Mill Whole Ground Flaxseed Meal.  It gives you fiber without the stress on the colon.  For lunch I have Activia Yogurt or a turkey sandwich with only one slice of bread.  Dinner usually is baked or broild fish.  Salmon is excellent.  I bake it with a tad of olive oil and a bit of seasoning in 350 degree oven for 35 min or until done.  My side dish is baked sweet potato with well cooked carrots or string beans.
     You can look up low residue diets online and they will give you good tips.  Good luck!
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mollymcbutter
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   Posted 3/24/2009 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
That sounds good because I love rice and have eaten quite a bit in the past but will try with mild curry.  Thanks for the input by everyone, sure helps
subdued said...
Hi Molly,

Rice with mild curry (the kind that contains turmeric). Rice helps to form the bowels. It's also easy on the digestive system. Turmeric is a very strong anti-inflammatory property.


princesa
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   Posted 3/24/2009 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Low carb and anti-candida diets have been helpful for me. Eliminating gluten and dairy and even going completely grain-free with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet are what's helped keep me mostly in remission for years.
 
The book The New Eating Right for a Bad Gut is a great source of information on what foods are generally considered safe or problematic for IBDers.


Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, l-glutamine, vitamin D and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free diet. Long-term remission with only minor blips.
 
 


Nor_TX
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   Posted 3/24/2009 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I eat baby fruits and vegetables. I buy the stage 2 versions and find they are very easy on my body. The GI fully supports this because she says, "babies grow on this stuff". The food is high in potassium which is good for me because my potaassium is low. The stuff actually tastes good. There is no added sugar or salt and it is convenient to take to work. I keep the fruits cold and warm the veggies. I have tried the meats but they are terrible.

I find that on really bad days, I might have a couple of bottles of baby peaches and feel like I have put something nutritious into me.

Of course when times are good I eat fish or chicken. Todays lunch is shrimp and hot and sour soup without all the veggies and baby mango... yummy!
Presently on: 600 mg. Remicade every 4 weeks
                   Venofer infusion every 4 weeks
                   B12 every 4 weeks              
                   15 mg. Methotrexate/injection weekly
                   12 Asacol daily
                   10 mg. Celexa daily


mollymcbutter
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   Posted 3/24/2009 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, that's funny you should say that because I have thought of baby food, did get some boxed baby rice cereal.  Well,that's good to hear that it tastes good, I think I will give that a shot..thanks
Nor_TX said...
I eat baby fruits and vegetables. I buy the stage 2 versions and find they are very easy on my body. The GI fully supports this because she says, "babies grow on this stuff". The food is high in potassium which is good for me because my potaassium is low. The stuff actually tastes good. There is no added sugar or salt and it is convenient to take to work. I keep the fruits cold and warm the veggies. I have tried the meats but they are terrible.

I find that on really bad days, I might have a couple of bottles of baby peaches and feel like I have put something nutritious into me.

Of course when times are good I eat fish or chicken. Todays lunch is shrimp and hot and sour soup without all the veggies and baby mango... yummy!


jujub
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   Posted 3/24/2009 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
When flaring, I avoid fatty or high fiber foods, as well as highly seasoned foods (they hurt coming out the other end!) In remission, I eat a normal diet with limited fat and sugar. In other words, just a normal healthy diet. I've tried a lot of different diets and found that none of them helped me, but everyone is different.
 
Oh, and a tip from an old pediatric nurse - baby fruits are terrific on toast!


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Nor_TX
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   Posted 3/25/2009 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
If anyone loves Chevre cheese (which is made from goat's milk so it is great for lactose intolerant people) this is what I will have for a snack or breakfast. A slice of white toast or some pretzel crisps, topped with chevre which tastes like sweet cream cheese and some blueberry baby fruits. Mmmmmm.... it is creamy and sweet and tastes like real food. You can also mix some softened Chevre into hot pasta and it become creamy. Baby corn casserole spread on a tortilla and topped with some cooked chicken and shredded goat cheese is a very tasty lunch.

The fruits really taste great cold from the fridge. Try the mango...
Presently on: 600 mg. Remicade every 4 weeks
                   Venofer infusion every 4 weeks
                   B12 every 4 weeks              
                   15 mg. Methotrexate/injection weekly
                   12 Asacol daily
                   10 mg. Celexa daily

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