Do you eat Salads?

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   Posted 8/14/2011 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been avoiding raw fruits and veggies but miss salad terribly. I am thinking today I could get some and chop everything up really small, like chopped salads.  And cheeeewwww!!!!
Also, I have been eating cantaloup with out much issue.
Do you avoid salad??

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   Posted 8/14/2011 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Iceburg lettuce, yes I avoid...Romaine lettuce, no. I LOVE salads! :)
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   Posted 8/14/2011 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
If I'm flaring I avoid salads and most fruits and veggies but if I'm not then I eat most veggies and fruit unless I have found a certain one to bother me like cauliflower which I love.
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   Posted 8/14/2011 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I avoid them while flaring. I eat spinach or romaine salads while doing well and I make my own salad dressing with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
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   Posted 8/14/2011 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
It's such an individual thing, you shouldn't take our word over your own gut. Why not try a small salad and see how things go :-)

I'm not really a salad person but do eat raw baby carrots as a snack. Carrots, raw and cooked, have always been gut friendly for me but I stay away from onions and raw broccoli. Always had an issue with salad dressing to, like what is in it really.
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   Posted 8/14/2011 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, Iceberg is cheaper anyway! ;-) Okay, I am going back to eating chopped salads. I am gonna give it a go!

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   Posted 8/14/2011 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I realized that lettuce is just a filler for me so instead I make cucumber, tomato and red onion salad's, with some fresh mozzarella or goat cheese and balsamic vinegar, so delish!

I do see the tomato skins in my poo sometimes so that might not be good for some?
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   Posted 8/14/2011 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I eat everything I want when I am feeling good. When I am flaring, I barely eat anything.
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   Posted 8/14/2011 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Every day almost. Summer the greens are mostly swiss Chard and various basil. Winter leaf lettuce, kale and mustard. Plus whatever else is in the garden. Cucumbers, tomatoes.

Don't expect nice little turds. I find it helps to use pscillium husk to counter the courser fibrous raw veggies. Raw spinach is very mild on the gut for me and the only salad I would eat in a flare.

I think it is very important to get lots of vegatables and fiber because of the cancer connection and other seemingly connected problems like diverticulous. Plus I like salad and growing vegetables.

It does help to really make an effort to chew lots like mom told you.

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   Posted 8/14/2011 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
AZY, you crack me me up!! LOL
I got lettuce, tomato, cuke and avocado. Will top with Annies Green Goddess and some black olives / side of grill chicken.
Can't wait!

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   Posted 8/14/2011 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
once i start the digestive enzymes i hope to enjoy salads again, but currently i can't digest it at all. it kinda comes out whole. it's pretty disgusting.
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   Posted 8/14/2011 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
RPG, I am sorry.  I am testing it out to see how it goes.  Maybe if you cut it really small and chew chew chew?  Unless its not worth it for you.
I am chancing it with the dressing, I believe it has milk involved, but will see.  i have never actually been diagnosed with lactose intolerance.  So.. we shall see!

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   Posted 8/15/2011 1:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I eat salad for sure 3 - 5 times a week. No problems except with the salad that has cranberries...I get discomfort from any dried fruit.
So worth it,

I love Spring mix, romaine, butter lettuce, baby romaine, spinach...etc.

I don't care for iceberg lettuce..I haven't bought it in at least 25 years.
But I eat if it's served.  Unless it's rusty...
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   Posted 8/15/2011 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
DMC, not sure how long since you were diagnosed or last flare. I was diagnosed in May and just started eating raw vegetables. So far so good. Haven't tried raw broccoli or cauliflower as raw onions leave me gassy.

Good luck!
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   Posted 8/15/2011 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Iceberg lettuce is like poison to my system.

Even a little, like what might be put on a taco. I was served a cobb salad that was made with iceberg and tried to pick it out and eat around it...and had bad D for two days, starting in the first hour after I left the restaurant.

Since I have started asking about it at restaurants -- more and more do not use it! -- I hear about others who say it gives them trouble too. Odd, since it's such a nothing food.

I can eat fresh clean romaine and raw spinach in small quantities, no problem.
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   Posted 8/15/2011 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I have to soak it in water for sometime before eating them. I add some some sliced up cucumber, tomoatoes and olive oil. It tastes pretty good. Nothing else added.
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   Posted 8/15/2011 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I eat all my raw fruits and veggies using a Vitamix machine. It makes it easier to digest. I do have the occasional sandwich with the veggies on it. I haven't ventured into salads as I'm still coming out of a flare.
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