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kretinist
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   Posted 6/7/2009 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I have a hundered million questions but I'm so trying to limit myself here just to keep things straight inside my pea sized brain.  I know everybody here is doing all sorts of different things but I'm just wondering what works for you.....
 
Do you eat things like raspberries, blueberries, grapes, strawberries, etc?  What I've read indicates that the small seeds in these can irritate the bowel.  Is this the case for you? 
 
Do you eat meat?  If so what kinds are 'okay' for you? 
 
Do you consume dairy?  If not, what, if anything, have you used to 'replace' it? 
 
And.....if anyone is on 6mp, have you ever had to go onto a neutropenic diet because of it?  If so, how did this conflict with your 'normal' diet? 
 
Thanks so much in advance.  I'm really learning a lot on this forum!!
 
Mom to:
 
Number One Son -
Sigmoidoscopy followed by full bowel study 3/2008
DX with ulcerative colitis 3/2008
Blood transfusion 3/2008
Hospitalization for two weeks
Stroke caused by colitis 3/2008
ICU for two weeks
Second blood transfusion
Rehab in-hospital for two months
Colonoscopy 6/2008
Not in remission
 
 


princesa
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   Posted 6/7/2009 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
kretinist said...
Do you eat things like raspberries, blueberries, grapes, strawberries, etc?  What I've read indicates that the small seeds in these can irritate the bowel.  Is this the case for you? 
 
Do you eat meat?  If so what kinds are 'okay' for you? 
 
Do you consume dairy?  If not, what, if anything, have you used to 'replace' it? 
When your son is flaring, he may not do well with fruits or vegetables that have tough skins (like grapes) or small seeds (like the berries). In general, fruits and veggies that have been peeled, seeded and cooked - to further breakdown the fiber in them - are the easiest for a compromised digestive system to assimilate. Personally, I found baked apples and pears, natural applesauces in different flavors and very ripe bananas to be the easiest fruits to eat when flaring.
 
With meat, tender white meat of chicken or turkey that's baked or roasted is easier to digest. Mild white fish - like cod or tilapia - can be a good choice, too. Red meat can be proinflammatory, as others on the forum have mentioned, although I do eat it occasionally. When it's eaten, look for lean cuts and bake, grill or broil until tender.
 
Soups with tender cooked meat and veggies can be a good choice and can even be pureed to make digestion even easier.
 
You may be interested in the book The New Eating Right for a Bad Gut which basically covers what foods are found to be safe for most IBDers and what foods are most often reported to be problematic. There's also excellent information on the pro- and anti-inflammatory process and the use of omega3 in the diet to reduce inflammation in the gut.
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.
 
 


herbalgerbals
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 6/7/2009 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I eat fruit all morning and mid afternoon,
coconut water, bananas, papaya, mangos, blue berries, raw unfilitered honey, raw bee pollen,

carrot juice, veggie juice, light salads, romain lettuce heads, carrots, zuccini, cucumbers, squash, alf alfa sprouts,

mean, usually I try to stick to just fish, but I can tolerate turkey or chicken, if I must..

no grains, no breads, no nuts, no seeds, no dairy, no carbs/starchs, no rice, no yeast, no flour, no sugar, no processed foods sugars etc. etc.

fruitgirl
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   Posted 6/7/2009 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you eat things like raspberries, blueberries, grapes, strawberries, etc? What I've read indicates that the small seeds in these can irritate the bowel. Is this the case for you?
I pretty much avoided fruit except for bananas and applesauce when I was flaring. Now that I'm in remission, I've eaten all of those (there not in season where I live yet, so are pricey!) fruits you mentioned and haven't had a problem. The issue with seeds and bowel irritation is critical for people with diverticulitis.

Do you eat meat? If so what kinds are 'okay' for you?
Yup. When I was flaring, I pretty much stuck to chicken and fish b/c red meat and pork just didn't sound appetizing. Now that I'm in remission I'm eating all meats and seem to not have a problem.

Do you consume dairy? If not, what, if anything, have you used to 'replace' it?
Yes. I even ate dairy when I was in a flare and didn't have any problems. I didn't have any for a week or so just to see if it made any difference and it didn't. As dairy is such a good source of protein and fat, I started eating it again b/c I was dropping weight so quickly.

And.....if anyone is on 6mp, have you ever had to go onto a neutropenic diet because of it? If so, how did this conflict with your 'normal' diet?
I'm not on 6mp, so can't help you here.
Status: Remission since late May 2009!
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 twice weekly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


herbalgerbals
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Total Posts : 85
   Posted 6/7/2009 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I am on 6mp. taking medications like this, I cant emphasize enough how important it is to eat a Very healthy diet..

Fruits and veggies in abundance I believe with these sort of medication is MUCH needed...
in any form, pureed, juiced, etc. etc. just try to get as much of it, in fresh, natural, clean, raw form as you can..
same with honey and bee pollen, they are very good for us, our immune system as well..

kretinist
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 33
   Posted 6/7/2009 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I was asking about the 6mp just because that's been suggested for him. I just wonder about the raw foods because usually if you're put on a neutropenic diet so everything is homogenized, processed and everything is completely cooked. More to research anyways. Thanks so much for all of the information guys! It helps me so much to hear from a variety of sources so good on you!
Mom to:
 
Number One Son -
Sigmoidoscopy followed by full bowel study 3/2008
DX with ulcerative colitis 3/2008
Blood transfusion 3/2008
Hospitalization for two weeks
Stroke caused by colitis 3/2008
ICU for two weeks
Second blood transfusion
Rehab in-hospital for two months
Colonoscopy 6/2008
Not in remission
 
 


Malkavian
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 1439
   Posted 6/7/2009 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, with food, it depends on if I'm flaring or not.

Do you eat things like raspberries, blueberries, grapes, strawberries, etc? What I've read indicates that the small seeds in these can irritate the bowel. Is this the case for you?

During a flare, no. I stay on a low residue diet. But when I'm not flaring, I eat a good amount of these as they're some of my favorite foods.

Do you eat meat? If so what kinds are 'okay' for you?

Yes, but once again it depends on if I'm flaring or not. During flares I'm okay with chicken and fish, when I'm not, I'm good with anything but I still can't eat very large amounts of red meat.

Do you consume dairy? If not, what, if anything, have you used to 'replace' it?

I'm lucky, I don't have lactose problems, so I just eat yogurt and cheese and ice cream. =)

Generally, soy or rice products are used to replace dairy. Soy/rice milk, soy/coconut milk ice cream...they even have soy yogurt now. I don't like soy cheese though-not melty enough.

Also, a lot of people have trouble with fructose, caff, and artificial sweeteners.
21, female, diagnosed 3/6/2009
Mild ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon
Currently in remission
Currently taking Asacol (3x/day) and Calcium/D supplements

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