What are some easily digested foods to eat while flaring?

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   Posted 5/31/2009 12:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Basically, when I get some really bad flaring with blood, I tend to empty out my digestive tract and leave it with not much work so it can heal. Well, the disease does a pretty good job of emptying it all out, but right now I am stuck on what are some foods I can eat that simply don't tax my digestive tract very much. I've been eating pretty much entirely oatmeal, which seems to cause no problems at all, but living off of just oatmeal by itself for a few days isn't good and isn't very fun.

Does anyone have some good suggestions?

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   Posted 5/31/2009 1:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Well it varies from person from person. Foods that are low in inflammatory factor and fiber are usually good places to start. For me rice and bananas are good. The BRAT(bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast) diet can help. Besides that foods lower in sugar are good, and drinking more water.
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   Posted 5/31/2009 5:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I eat chicken and rice soup and bananas. I stay away from raw veggies, cows milk, or too much roughage, spicy foods. I am trying to figure out if cutting out wheat helps me. I think it might. Everybody is a little different. They seem to do ok for me when I am having a flare up. Good luck to you.
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   Posted 5/31/2009 6:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had good luck with chicken, white rice, salmon, tilapia, potatoes, bananas. The chicken has to be properly prepared - no deep frying, try not to eat the skin, and everything has to be bland w/ little black pepper or spices. Broiled salmon with some olive oil and lemon juice works good. Some people recommend high fiber - I am the opposite and have to eat low residue food...

I was on the spinach / sunflower seed diet but cannot tolerate it during a flare...
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   Posted 5/31/2009 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
In addition to the above-mentioned foods, avocados work really well for me, especially avocados and poached salmon. Much more pleasant than oatmeal. Avocado is also a good source of calories if you're losing a lot weight due to not being able to eat much.
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   Posted 5/31/2009 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I just stay away from nuts if I can. Sugar is a killer too.

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   Posted 5/31/2009 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I eat a lot of melon; watermelon, cantaloup, honeydew. It fills me up and keeps me hydrated. I know when I have a bad flare I can never stay hydrated, so water retention is key for me.

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   Posted 6/1/2009 2:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Also, another question if I may? Right now "healing" from the bloody flare up has me a bit confused. I know that not taxing the gut has been effective on letting things heal up, but I also know energy is pretty vital for healing. Hunger has been coming and going as I try to eat as little as possible, but just having energy is the more pressing issue. Between losing blood and eating very little, I've certainly noticed that I get taxed just walking around the house sometimes.

What I want to know is, what is more important, giving the gut a chance to rest or the energy through food? Is there an easier way to get energy without hurting my gut? Perhaps something I could drink?
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