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   Posted 4/21/2011 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
curious if many of you can tolerate rice with no ill effects.  I find glutens and grains to be bothersome, so i am trying to go gluten and grain free, and one of the foods that is highly touted is eating rice and rice products.  But those that follow the scd diet can not eat rice.  Is rice hard on the system in some way?  I *seem* to have minimal issues when I eat it, whereas if i were to eat a bowl of pasta i would have bloating and gas.  I just want to make sure i am not missing something. I eat alot of fish, chix, meats, fruits , vege but i need something more starchy in my diet too and rice seemed like a good choice.
Dx with UC 1991
dx in 2001 with LA class A esophagitis, GERD
back in remission, once i gave up coffee
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   Posted 4/21/2011 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I eat it daily with no problems.

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   Posted 4/21/2011 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I eat rice and I also eat pasta. I don't like to eat too many carbs but they don't seem to set off my UC. Of course, while I am flaring, I am much more careful about what I eat and I eat much less to avoid constantly being on the toilet.
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   Posted 4/21/2011 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I eat rice and pasta. No problems.
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   Posted 4/21/2011 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I love rice :) I find that when I eat it, it helps bulk up the stool and I have no issue with it at all.
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   Posted 4/21/2011 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Rice is the one thing that I eat alot of when flaring with no problem.  I love rice crackers, the thai rice noodles I use for soup(broken up), or thai recipes.  They are very bland but with a great sauce on top can be very tastey.

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   Posted 4/21/2011 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Rice is probably one of the best foods to eat when flaring ... along with poached/boiled chicken (after yoy poach it to fully cooked I then like to brown with a tiny bit of Yoshida's Gourmet teriyaki) . Also a great snack is Rice Chex ... get that crunchy thing going.

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   Posted 4/21/2011 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I think I might be gluten intolerant. I can eat rice, corn, quinoa, millet, and my favorite hardy breakfast in the morning, oatmeal, with no problems. But eat wheat, barley, or rye then BLAM! And I don’t have to wait long. The other day I was coaxed into a reuben sandwich for lunch and experienced bloody diarrhea that evening.

It took me a while to recognize gluten intolerance because I tested negative for it. Another reason is that my girlfriend regularly makes sandwiches with Ezekiel sprouted grain bread (with wheat) and it gives me no problems for some reason. Apparently sprouting the wheat does something. I still make toast with it in the morning with no problems.

I eat a lot of brown and wild rice and air-popped popcorn is my favorite snack.
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   Posted 4/21/2011 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't eat rice or any other grains because that is the backbone of the SCDiet, removing grains, starches and sugars. Yes I know I could eat rice and not have any immediate symptoms, it's not an allergic reaction. But SCD is the reason I am in remission. And if I'm falling off the wagon it's going to be for ice cream or chocolate lol and not rice.

The good way I feel now is not worth eating rice and FWIW I ate rice frequently in the past.
In remission April 2010 after 10 years of UC with no remission ever
Jan 2010 began SpecCarbDiet (modified to remove dairy, fruit & juices,)
Gluten-free=bleeding stopped in 3 days, 95% remission in 5.5 months on SCD
SCDiet: Gluten/grain-free, starch-free, low carb, honey as sweetener
(9)Balsalazide+(6)Citrucel, mesalamine enema as needed
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   Posted 4/21/2011 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
If rice bothers you, then trust your gut and don't eat it.

Rice is one of the things that I can eat in a severe flare. It helps bulk up my stool. Rice is also part of the BRATTY diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, tea, yogurt) for helping combat diarrhea. However, I can't eat applesauce due to being fructose intolerant, and it's on the list too.

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   Posted 4/21/2011 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, rice is a comfort food for my gut-- plain boiled, that is-- or plain rice crackers. Haven't eaten rice noodles in quite a while, but they always agreed in the past. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC; presently in remission taking brandname Colazal)

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   Posted 4/21/2011 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Yup, I can eat it. It helps my poos too. If you eat it and it makes you sick then scratch that off your list of 'safe food'.
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   Posted 4/21/2011 10:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't.
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Ankylosing Spondylitis in 2008 as a gift from rectocolitis. Symptoms since about 2002. Active disease.
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   Posted 4/22/2011 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I mainly avoid foods containing wheat, milk, or sugar/sweetners. Cooked white rice doesn't seem to be a problem for me. Not sure about the brown rice.

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   Posted 4/22/2011 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Always avoided it due to SCD.

The past two weeks I have been doing better and better since adding long grain rice. Eating it everyday now.

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   Posted 4/22/2011 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never had a problem with rice or pasta but wheat products are enough to put me down... have to agree with others.. trust your gut .. what works for others might not work for you so if you feel it bothers you don't eat it
29/m/ny Dx. UC June 2009
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   Posted 4/26/2011 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I've no problem with rice. I eat wholegrain, wild or basmati rices. I cut out all gluten for 6 months a few years ago when on an exclusion diet. Many of my relatives are coeliac. I now avoid anything made from white flour or refined grains but I can eat wholegrain bread (not wholemeal) and organic gluten free pasta.
I went to Italy last summer and the food nearly killed me ;-) I miss French bread and pastries but it's worth it :-)

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   Posted 4/26/2011 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I think rice is really gentle on your gut. I love it.
27 years old; diagnosed March 2007

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   Posted 10/1/2013 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
No rice yet. I don't ever remember it bothering me, though (way back before SCD). I'm about 2 years into my SCD experience. I'm relatively demotivated to really concentrate more on refining the diet. It helped immediately, so I guess that was/is good enough for me. As time passes, I can't help but tweak the diet and further understand my body.
21 years old. Diagnosed with UC and sclerosing colangitis in September 2010.

Strict follower of the SCD Diet.

Lialda for inflammation.
Ursodiol for liver function promotion. (Last checked: Liver function normal)

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   Posted 10/1/2013 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I try to avoid rice because it gives me gas. Not always though. It really depends on the day.
Diagnosed with UC in '02
Past treatments: Prednisone, Mesalazine, Azathioprine (2.5 yr semi-remission), MTX (6 mo), Sulfasalazine, Remicade (2 yr remission), Humira (8 mo), Entocort, LDN (2 mo), Uceris (symptom-free within 3 wks), Colazal
Currently on 150 mg Azathioprine (Imuran), nightly Rowasa
Last coloscopy on 2/28/2013 showed pancolitis

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   Posted 10/2/2013 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Rice is great for me. I did strict paleo for a while but found I really have to have some grains.
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First flare up in 1998, dx 2001
Current Meds: Lialda, Rowasa, Canasa, 6MP, Prednisone
Past Meds: Asacol, Hydrocort enemas, LDN, Uceris
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   Posted 10/2/2013 7:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I eat rice without any issues
35 yr old male/ proctosigmoiditis
Rx: Remicade started 9/10/2013
Daily 75mg 6MP + 5g Lialda + Rowasa + 12mg Prednisone (holding)
Diet: Diet mods and supplements haven't done a thing for me.
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   Posted 10/2/2013 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I have rice almost daily as well, white rice though, no brown rice. Potatoes are another thing you can have for starch, just avoid eating the skin. I eat them mashed, baked, or cubed and baked in the oven with a little seasoning on them.

Severe UC, 75% of colon, Aug 2013 (30 years old)


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   Posted 10/2/2013 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I eat it along with breads (sourdough) and pasta without issues. I was tested for gluten intollerance and had no reaction to it. Rice is known to help absorb toxins from the body. It sorta acts like a sponge from what I read about it.

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   Posted 10/2/2013 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I love problems.

But I've recently been using more new

*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
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