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JLou
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/27/2009 3:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I was going to go on the raw food diet a while ago, and I even bought a raw food diet book. I was told the first week or so of the diet is hard on the stomach so I just pushed through the first week or so. But after two weeks I didn't see a change in the reaction my stomach was having due to the diet. I could not digest anything properly. To this day I cannot eat an apple without peeling it and making it soft. Does anyone else have a hard time digesting raw foods? I know its not as nutritious, but all the vegetables I eat have to be softened in some form, usually steaming or boiling.

Jamie
20 Year old female
Diagnosed Oct 08 with UC.
Currently taking: Canasa (1000mg) supp [twice daily]; Digestive Advantage-UC- Digestive health Probiotics [one daily], Flaxseed oil [1 Tbs daily], Iron supplements, a multivitamin daily.
Food I avoid: Dairy products, red meat, junk food, greasy food, fried foods.
Current Condition: Feeling a lot better since taking Prednisone for 5 weeks, little to no blood in BM since Pred and since started taking vitamins and flaxseed oil. My first time with no blood in BM since diagnosed!!!!


ickypoo
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 224
   Posted 7/27/2009 6:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I think most of us with IBD have had a hard time with raw foods at one time or another (especially when inflammation is present). You need to give your innards time to heal before following the raw food path, in my opinion. In the meantime, steaming will maintain most of the nutritional value of food, while making it much easier to digest.
Diagnosed with UC in 1990.
Current Meds: Sulfasalazine & Folic Acid.
Supplements: fish oil, flax oil, glucosamine, CoQ10, fiber, aloe vera juice, probiotics.
Other: Raw Milk for breakfast. Currently exploring a raw milk fast one day/week.


Serenity Now
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   Posted 7/27/2009 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was flaring I could not eat raw vegetables at all.
ack, 42, Vancouver BC
 
DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009.  Symptoms first began June 2008.
Current Meds: Ferrous Sulfate, plus various supplements
Previous Meds: Jan-Mar 2009: Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), stopped Mar14/09. 


quincy
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   Posted 7/27/2009 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I still don't eat the peel on apples, but I think it's more because I don't like it anyway. I don't peel other fruits except the obvious ones..lol!

I think with fruits and raw foods, one has to also have "substance" in order for it all to bind together...maybe adding fibre supplements would help??

Eat them whatever way agrees with you.....even people who don't have UC recognise not all foods agree with them and adjust accordingly. It is what it is.

Besides, there is NO diet for UC, you'll have to experiment to eat as balanced as possible and take your medications. The added stress of not fitting into a diet can be overwhelming and have one feeling like a failure...at least that's how I see the psychological impact of believing food is responsible for UC flares, etc.

I must ask you Jamie, why are you not on an oral 5-ASA med as well?

q
*Heather* Status: flaring...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


Peety
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   Posted 7/27/2009 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think raw food would be very good for your gut if it is inflamed already.
I could never do high fiber, especially when I was flaring, such as fruit skins.

And you'll still get plenty of nutrients with peeled fruit and cooked veggies (especially if there are more different things you can eat and they taste better!). No need to go Popeye.
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


TroubledTurds
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   Posted 7/29/2009 1:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Jamie - i'm glad the pred is giving you some comfort - that's what it seems to do best before it starts kicking your hiney - i don't think there are too many old timers on here that will tell you any different - the sooner you get off the pred the better - just don't get in a hurry cuz that's another of it's "special" quirks - too fast too soon can lead to trouble -
 
you might think about juicing your fruits & veggies - kind of pre digests everything which is what your body needs - the nutrients but not all the work - and try to limit the fruit for a while - juicing increases the amount of natural sugar you get in a serving, which your gut probably doesn't need right now - 
 
good luck -
 
Lonnie
diagnosed with pancolitis december 21, 2003
currently taking: NOTHING !


JLou
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 10
   Posted 7/29/2009 2:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply.
I have been off of Prednisone for over a week now, and it was a short period of time on low tapering doses. Everything seems to be going good without the prednisone, and I might decrease my Canasa to one a day depending on my GI's opinion. Right now I think one a day wouldn't make a difference in my remission. Maybe I will stay in remission, I am only 20 and healthy besides the whole UC/proctitis part of my life.
Thanks
Jamie
20 Year old female
Diagnosed Oct 08 with UC (Almost 5 months of clueless doctors)
Currently taking: Canasa (1000mg) supp [one in morning/ one at night]; Digestive Advantage-UC- Digestive health Probiotics [one daily], Flaxseed oil [1 Tbs daily], Iron supplements, a multivitamin daily.
Food I avoid: Dairy products, red meat, junk food, greasy food, fried foods.
Current Condition: Feeling a lot better since taking Prednisone for 5 weeks, little to no blood in BM since Pred and since started taking vitamins and flaxseed oil. My first time with no blood in BM since June 08 when this all began!!!!

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