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RH_Texas_Gal
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   Posted 6/3/2009 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone have any trouble losing weight? I am having a heck of a time trying ... I want to walk but with the bathroom thing, I don't want to stray too far from home. I use my exercise ball, my Wii fit, I jump rope and hula hoop to try and lose some fat around the waist and hips ... my diet is fine as I cut down on sugar and eating all the right things ... it is just frustrating! Any tips that have helped you?

naboolover
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   Posted 6/3/2009 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
The only thing that has helped me is the Atkins Diet (low/No carbs) with my UC when I eat carbs, even staying within 1300 cal a day and exercising midly I gain all kinds of weight. I am not sure why but I think carbs re bad for UC. I also sem to have less UC symptoms when on atkins.

Hellokitty
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   Posted 6/4/2009 2:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I really have the opposite problem. Sometimes I wish I would have trouble losing weight. I look like Ally Mcbeal. Sometimes I am scared to do too much as I will burn too many calories. I don’t like being so thin. It makes me feel venerable.
Female 32 years old
 
Diganosed ulcerative colitis November 2007
Present medication- 1/2 X 500mg pentasa in the morrning= 250g pentasa (I reduced this to see how my diet will effect me) and 1 X250g Asacol every other evening
Diet- Tried raw food diet with 80% raw foods, found some pro's and cons. Started to add more products to keep up weight as mine did not balance. Still eating raw spinage and still am combination eating. No dairy No gluten.  
 
Other medical problems- Born with asthma- no medication taken for this.
dyslexia- found out that many people with learning difficulties also have food sensitivity


Red_34
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   Posted 6/4/2009 5:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I just recently started to gain weight. In fact it's starting to disturb me! LOL I have always been super thin with a fast metabolism. What I found to help the most is to eat small low carb meals thru out the day along with mild excersize. My MIL's doc told her (because she was trying to lose weight) is to lose weight you need to eat! Sounds sort of counter productive but I found that it really does work. :) Though my will power is NIL! I have never had to worry about weight gain so I've never had to use will power. Boy is it hard!
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RH_Texas_Gal
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   Posted 6/4/2009 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I guess I am a bit lazy! I KNOW I should eat smaller, more frequent meals ... And with a hubby and two kids who have palates like, well, kids, it makes it harder to fix nutritious meals that will not go to waste! I am slowly replacing lean beef with ground turkey for tacos and other recipes ... incorporating healthy homemade salad dressings instead of the bottle kind ... cutting down on sugar ...

I know my downfall is that I love to eat ... if I can stand feeling hungry for a week or two with smaller portions, I know my tummy will shrink and expect less ... (I guess I just figured out one of my problems!)

Peety
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   Posted 6/4/2009 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Atkins/Low carb works best for me too. It's quite amazing how well it works.

But this latest prednisone weight has been especially stubborn. I never had a thick waist but I do now. I also just realized my new vitamin water has much more sugar than I realized...2.5 servings in the bottle, not just one....maybe that's why I'm struggling!

I also love to eat. Actually I find the hardest thing about Atkins is adjusting to smaller portions once you go back to eating "normally." Oh, and I miss the fruit!
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares.  Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), salmon oil (omega-3) when I can remember. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet.
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow


sweetmelody
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   Posted 6/4/2009 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
actually if you eat smaller portions more frequently you won't feel as hungry as you do when you eat three meals three times a day... cuz you're not waiting till you're hungry to eat...
Kara, 22F Married.
Latest-Finally tapering off prednisone 5mg every week.. Staying on Lialda 2 twice a day. Currently colonoscopy shows remission. Apparently my symptoms are from my IBS side of my issues.
Medications:Prednisone 20mg, Lialda 2 twice a day, Align probiotic, Hyomax as needed.
I am so sick of this disease!
 
 


Peety
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   Posted 6/4/2009 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I always had trouble with the small frequent meals approach, because every time I put something in my mouth, it would stimulate my bowels and I was headed to the bathroom again. I felt better overall with fewer meals. Depends on what your worst problem is at the time, I suppose.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares.  Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), salmon oil (omega-3) when I can remember. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet.
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow


sweetmelody
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   Posted 6/4/2009 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
yah when i was in a major flare up it was hard to eat at all...much less eat small meals all throughout the day, but now that i'm in remission it's much easier.
Kara, 22F Married.
Latest-Finally tapering off prednisone 5mg every week.. Staying on Lialda 2 twice a day. Currently colonoscopy shows remission. Apparently my symptoms are from my IBS side of my issues.
Medications:Prednisone 20mg, Lialda 2 twice a day, Align probiotic, Hyomax as needed.
I am so sick of this disease!
 
 


fruitgirl
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   Posted 6/4/2009 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Water, water, water! I really think that drinking a lot of water helps curb my appetite.
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 every other night, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


Hellokitty
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   Posted 6/4/2009 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I do like to eat but I never ate great amounts. I used to be a pastry chef and all I ate was sugar. Im surprised I do not have both uc and diabetes. I used to eat cheese cake for breakfast. Then grilled cheese sandwhiches for lunch. Then cookies. Then I would come home and eat dinner (usually pasta). Sometimes I would eat 150g chocolate bars for lunch. I was never fat, but I bet this diet is partly why I have uc.

Now having this I really changed. I also naturally started to reject meat. That was before I was diagnosed
Female 32 years old
 
Diganosed ulcerative colitis November 2007
Present medication- 1X 500mg pentasa in the morrning= 250g pentasa and 1 X250g Asacol every other evening
Diet- Tried raw food diet with 80% raw foods, found some pro's and cons. Started to add more products to keep up weight as mine did not balance. Still eating raw spinage and still am combination eating. No dairy No gluten.  
 
Other medical problems- Born with asthma- no medication taken for this.
dyslexia- found out that many people with learning difficulties also have food sensitivity


RH_Texas_Gal
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   Posted 6/4/2009 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I was hooked on the vitamin waters and thought I was doing something healthy ... until I saw that nutrition label! As I cannot handle artificial sugars, the low-cal ones are a no go for me *sigh* I get bored easily with drinks. What is there good to drink when you cannot drink carbonated sodas, coffee, most kinds of tea, and drinks with too much sugar like lemonade and juice?

The only pleasurable drinks are icy cold milk (when I am in the mood) and herbal tea sweetened with a stevia sweetener ... what are some good drink alternatives good for UC and helpful for losing weight?

Peety
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   Posted 6/4/2009 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe water with slices of lemon or lime or orange?
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares.  Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), salmon oil (omega-3) when I can remember. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet.
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow


Red_34
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   Posted 6/5/2009 5:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Ohhh I love water with a lime slice! Add some ice maybe even a mint leaf and it's oh so refreshing <- sort of sounds like a commercial! LOL

I also enjoy low acidic, no pulp orange juice. To change it up a bit, I add pineapple juice to the orange juice sometimes too. Just a tip, if you enjoy acidic juices or drinks and can't tolerate acidity - add a little bit of baking soda to it - this will help neutralize the acid.
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suebear
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   Posted 6/5/2009 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
There is no trick or magic to weight loss. It's all about consuming less calories and exercising more. Have you tried walking? It's great for increasing the metabolism, it's cheap, and available everywhere. If you can manage your weight loss program with 6 smaller meals per day, good for you! I can't seem to measure my portions well when I eat out of the 3 meals per day routine. Also eliminate snacking but if you do have to snack eat celery sticks or carrot sticks. Change the diet of the family. Make everyone eat healthier and eliminate junk food for the kids. There are a lot of healthy snack foods that should satisfy the pickiest child. Jello cups, Pirates booty, rice cakes, etc. I only drink water and coffee. I find any beverage that contains calories is just not for me. I'd rather get calories out of food!!!

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


Lonie
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   Posted 6/5/2009 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, Sue is correct on that one; calories in, calories (work) out! I use that as my mantra everyday and it helps. I love to walk and at night when I walk the dogs, I figure they deserve it as much as I do (and they love it.) Also, my hair salon has water with cucumber and lemon it it...very refreshing. 

Carol

Remicade - will have my 29th infusion on July 8
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Nor_TX
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   Posted 6/5/2009 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   

I think I would stay away from celery.  Those nasty strings are rough on your insides. 

I have found that now that I am doing so well on Remicade I have gained a few pounds but my biggest problem is not being regular so I get bloated and gain that weight.  I have been taking Milk of Magnesia once a week and the bloating and weight have dropped a bit.  I have tried to add some fiber to my diet because I was eating baby fruits and vegetables which sit nicely and don't have many calories or additives. 

It just is so tiring having to worry about going too much, not going enough, having to go when you aren't near a bathroom, being near a bathroom and not having to go, just missing a bathroom by a few seconds.... it just seems to have taken over my life.

 


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
                   Zofran as needed


sweetmelody
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   Posted 6/5/2009 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
nor tx where ya at? i'm in Irving.
Kara, 22F Married.
Latest-Finally tapering off prednisone 5mg every week.. Staying on Lialda 2 twice a day. Currently colonoscopy shows remission. Apparently my symptoms are from my IBS side of my issues.
Medications:Prednisone 20mg, Lialda 2 twice a day, Align probiotic, Hyomax as needed.
I am so sick of this disease!
 
 


Jen O
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   Posted 6/5/2009 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone tried a treadmill? That's a good way to get a walk in and make sure you are close to the bathroom! :) I am really missing my treadmill running. I am kind of an addict but with this flare, it's really not in the cards for me to exercise. I am wasting away to nothing, I've gotta bulk up and not lose any more weight! Oh, the problems we face! :)
Age 34
Diagnosed with UC September 2008
Current Meds:
Remicaide
Just started taking Asacol 1200 mgs 3 x per day 5/7/2009
Biotin 5 mg
Vitamin D 2,000 IU per day
Calcium 1500 mg per day
Multivitamin


Dr-A
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   Posted 6/5/2009 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Don't eat bad stuff, I think we all know that in here and know what those things are.
Eat good carbs in morning fewer proteins and fats, reduce carbs as day goes on because you don't need them. Little to none at dinner eating mostly protein and fats. Eat around 6 times a day (just eat smaller portions), and exercise. This helps keep insuliln levels from going all over the place. Keep calories 1300-1600 depending on your size/age. Just a few principles to follow that will help.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Golimumab study (100mg every 4 weeks)
L-Glutamine 5000 mg + 600 mg pyridoxal alpha-ketoglutarate
Probiotis/VitD3 5000IU+Ca/1000mg DHA


Peety
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   Posted 6/5/2009 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
It frustrates me when I see slender people dive into food I COULD NEVER EAT or I would be huge.  I know some of these people don't exercise.  I exercise a lot and am active in a sport (even if it is just golf, at least I'm moving).  It's just bad genetics for some of us, please don't judge -- or lecture -- us!  I am big but I am strong, I can take you down. smilewinkgrin
 
I see the ads on TV for junk or convenience foods, and ask, who can eat that stuff?! 
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares.  Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), salmon oil (omega-3) when I can remember. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet.
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow


Lonie
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   Posted 6/5/2009 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Ah, yes Peety...I agree. My cousins are all very slender and eat everything I only can sit and drool over because if I eat it....well, place it directly on the hips and tummy area.

Carol

Remicade - will have my 29th infusion on July 8
Vitamin B-12/Biotin, Probiotics, Vitamin D-3 (2000 IU)
 
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