Diet Sodas? And Popcorn...

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FightingChance
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   Posted 5/19/2009 4:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Are they bad for Colitis? Can you guys tolerate them in moderation or are they just something that needs to be out for us?

Also, how do you know if you shouldn't be eating veggies? I feel like if it's not d then it's constipation for me...I'd almost rather have the d. I don't even know it would be like to have a regular movement...omgosh that would be so amazing...something to dream about and seriously strive for.

Red_34
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   Posted 5/19/2009 5:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I personally can't drink any dark colored caffeinated sodas. I do ok with sodas like Sierra Mist or Sprite. I believe it has something to do with the artificial sweetners in them. As for popcorn, I can eat this while in remission but I can't eat the hard shell. So when I eat popcorn, I eat the "fluffies" and not the casing. While flaring though, I can't even do that.

Have you ever tried fiber supplements to help regulate your bm's?
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glamourgirl
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   Posted 5/19/2009 5:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't have a problem with soda or popcorn. I've been on a white cheese popcorn kick. lol. I love it!!! I don't drink diet soda so I can't help you there but all non-diet soda are okay with me.
Female, Age 38
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03, Diagnosed with UC 2/03
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notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 5/19/2009 6:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't eat popcorn or artificial sweetners. I wish I could but I am too scared I will get sick.
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
May 09: Off Canasa, taking Asacol (9/day)
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ucgirl71
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   Posted 5/19/2009 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I am able to eat popcorn but not very much. I get a tendency to feel very full and bloated.

jeanneac
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   Posted 5/19/2009 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
OMG, I have not been able to eat popcorn for years and am scared to try it again since I now have diverticulosis too. I can have an occasional soda, either diet or regular, but I just can't have a lot of them. I try to limit caffeine so I can keep hydrated. If I am flaring though, I stay away from all of that and just drink water. Fruits and veggies are so important for vitamins and our health but you have to experiment to see which ones you can tolerate. Cooked usually works for me and I can only have so much a day. These are my favorite food group so I hate I can't eat all that I want. Salads are tough on me and so are tomatoes, seeds, nuts. Good luck.
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princesa
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   Posted 5/19/2009 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Regular sodas are full of sugar and carbonation - both of which can have adverse effects on the digestive system. Diets high in sugar are a known risk factor for IBD and sugar can make a gut ecological imbalance worse. Sugar and carbonation can both cause excess gas. Diet sodas with artificial sweeteners carry their own health risks - particularly aspartame products. Do a Web search for "dangers of aspartame" for an eye opening experience.

Popcorn, with its tough fiber, is probably not a good idea while flaring, although it could be eaten in moderation while in remission. You'd have to experiment and see what your tolerance is.

Peeled and soft cooked non-cruciferous veggies are generally safe, even when flaring.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.
 
 


SKG
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   Posted 5/19/2009 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Red_34 said...
I personally can't drink any dark colored caffeinated sodas. I do ok with sodas like Sierra Mist or Sprite. I believe it has something to do with the artificial sweetners in them. As for popcorn, I can eat this while in remission but I can't eat the hard shell. So when I eat popcorn, I eat the "fluffies" and not the casing. While flaring though, I can't even do that.

Have you ever tried fiber supplements to help regulate your bm's?

Dr-A
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   Posted 5/19/2009 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Popcorn is always a toss up. Every once in awhile it will bother me, but its so tasty. We don't buy soda just because it's bad for you, UC or not.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
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fruitgirl
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   Posted 5/19/2009 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I didn't drink diet soda even before I had UC...it always tore up my stomach, I think it tastes nasty, and artificial sweetners are potentially dangerous. I don't seem to have a problem with regular soda. I'm not a huge popcorn fan, so I haven't had any since being diagnosed.
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


basa0806
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   Posted 5/19/2009 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Both are fine for me. I've been working in a movie theater since my junior year of high school and popcorn is the only thing we can eat for free :)
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Eva Lou
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   Posted 5/19/2009 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't drink soda, just never have. Once in a blue moon I'll have a ginger ale or root beer, usually with pizza, but that's it- they make me burp a lot! I was one of those kids who never had soda in the house while growing up, & I swear it's rubbed off on me. Popcorn I can eat fine, unless I'm flaring pretty badly. But again, I'm not a huge fan of it, so I rarely eat more than a few handfuls.

diagnosed with UC '02
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Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
various probiotics
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


erkhat
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   Posted 5/19/2009 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband won't let me touch popcorn anytime for fear I'll flare up.  Sometimes I sneak a few kernels and chew them really well.  I miss it!  I love cola and still drink some, but I hate diet drinks and seem to think they cause flare symptoms.
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pb4
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   Posted 5/19/2009 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I do great with popcorn, gives me good solid formed stool for the next couple of days after eating it, I'm not a huge fan of it, I could live without it but once in a while I crave it so I eat it...I won't drink soda (I can but I chose not to) cuz it's horrible for you, the sugar/artificial sweetners and the carbonation are not worth the risk.

FightingChance, you won't know what does or doesn't agree with you until YOU try it, foods have never made me feel worse, but I altered my diet cuz I know that refined sugar, artificial sweetners, caffeine, animal fats, processed foods/beverages and fast-foods can all aggrivate/exacerbate IBD symptoms and overall are just not healthy so that's why I've taken them out of my diet, and I have to say for myself I've noticed I have better looking stools (formation, size and such) since doing so, and I have more energy and just feel all around better, I'm able to sleep great everynight, my weight stays stable too so it's been well worth it, even my skin looks amzaing compared to how it looked when I especially ate alot of sugar and junky foods/beverages.

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subdued
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   Posted 5/19/2009 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
princesa said...
Regular sodas are full of sugar and carbonation - both of which can have adverse effects on the digestive system. Diets high in sugar are a known risk factor for IBD and sugar can make a gut ecological imbalance worse. Sugar and carbonation can both cause excess gas. Diet sodas with artificial sweeteners carry their own health risks - particularly aspartame products. Do a Web search for "dangers of aspartame" for an eye opening experience.

Popcorn, with its tough fiber, is probably not a good idea while flaring, although it could be eaten in moderation while in remission. You'd have to experiment and see what your tolerance is.

Peeled and soft cooked non-cruciferous veggies are generally safe, even when flaring.


I agree.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Don't expect your doctor to cure your health problems. Your health is your responsibility.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Avoid HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
When flaring: eat anti-inflammatory foods, avoid pro-inflammatory foods
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)


FightingChance
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   Posted 5/22/2009 2:31 AM (GMT -6)   
PB4 said:

I altered my diet cuz I know that refined sugar, artificial sweetners, caffeine, animal fats, processed foods/beverages and fast-foods can all aggrivate/exacerbate IBD symptoms and overall are just not healthy so that's why I've taken them out of my diet, and I have to say for myself I've noticed I have better looking stools (formation, size and such) since doing so, and I have more energy and just feel all around better, I'm able to sleep great everynight, my weight stays stable too so it's been well worth it, even my skin looks amzaing compared to how it looked when I especially ate alot of sugar and junky foods/beverages.

I completely agree with you. I really enjoy healthier foods a lot more than I enjoy processed stuff; however, with our disease, what foods are left? I mean if you take out processed foods than you mostly have veggies, which are very hard on us...so what do you eat? I am curious to know what keeps you with a stable weight, doesn't flare your symptoms and keeps you with better looking stools...

As for trying things, yes I know that it's individual but I never know what is truly causing my symptoms. I mean, sure I could speculate, but I never really know. And, as far as with UC, if the same thing bothers most, there's a good chance that it's going to cause a problem for me too. I have been trying to see if taking the popcorn out of my diet would help, but I still had symptoms. I kinda have symptoms no matter what -- it feels like --so it's hard to know what is causing it, because they don't really go away :( .

My UC either is characterized by very very bad constipation or very bad diarrhea, so I never know what is causing what...it's frustrating...as far as with the diet sodas, they actually make my stomach start moving, it's probably the caffeine, so I kinda wonder if that's a good thing...because at least I am not constipated, but then I get the other problem of the dia and that isn't good either. My GI pretty much is treating the symptoms...saying ok, if you're constipated, take a lax and if you have dia either let it run or take and immodium...I don't feel that is a good solution though...and yes I am on Asacol...I just want to do everything I can diet-wise also.

Thanks for all the feedback though!!!
27 year old female diagnosed with UC at age 22.
On Asacol 3x's daily.


FightingChance
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   Posted 5/22/2009 2:32 AM (GMT -6)   
And nope, never tried fiber supplements. Do those help even if sometimes I suffer from constipation, if it's not d it's costipation, never just normal :(
27 year old female diagnosed with UC at age 22.
On Asacol 3x's daily.


pb4
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   Posted 5/22/2009 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey FightingChance, it definitely sounds like you should be taking a fibre supplement daily and indefinitely as well, it aids with both C and D (alternating as well).

The only time I had issues with what I ate/drank was when I became lactose intolerant (but the probiotic I use daily has aided with that) otherwise I have not found a specific food or drink that causes me D with my crohn's colitis....I eat all fruits and veggies and there are so many choices out there that I dont find I'm limited at all plus there are a million ways to prepare the variety of veggies too. I also eat mostly chicken and fish but on occassion beef too, very little pork if ever (haven't had it in quite a few yrs now). I have found it quite easy to give up the processed foods/beverages, it wasn't long before I started playing around with recipes with veggies, I also use fresh herbs to season my food. Snacks are easy, usually fruit, nuts, popcorn anything healthy and unprocessed.

I am not in full remission though (never have been in the 18yrs I've had this DD) my main issues are still frequency (average about 5X/day) and urgency, I have a heck of a time holding my poops in even though they are formed, but I think in my case alot of that has to do with the massive perianal crohn's skin tags I have affecting my anus (might have something to do with giving birth twice and maybe that in combination with the anal disease affecting my anal muscles I don't know).

:)
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singnrun
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   Posted 5/22/2009 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Well i don't drink anything carbonated and i eat popcorn all the time and nothing happens to me. but i do try to stay as sugar free as possible. My family tends to eat popcorn A LOT and i eat it often but nothing bad seem to happen with it! But colitis is different for every one so youll have to see how it affects you! :D
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3 Iron a day (1 in the morning...)
Extra stuff: lots of probiotics (sustenex, culterelle, florastor one of each a day) 2 tumerics a day 1 fish oil a day  1 or more VSL#3 (probiotic) a day 1 scoop of Muscle Armor (has anti inflamatory stuff called juven) 1 or 2 Metamucil (cookie?) a day
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quincy
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   Posted 5/23/2009 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
At home I have air-popped popcorn with a bit of Becel and salt, and when I'm at the movies..theatre popcorn is the ultimate!! no topping added, however.

I NEVER drink diet drinks of any kind and have a soft drink about once or twice a month at most.
My latest fave is Canada Dry ginger ale with green tea.

No problemos from the popcorn, but I do get gas from soft drinks....I stir out most of the bubbles.

quincy
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~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
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~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
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