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bjdeland
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   Posted 2/15/2014 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone had success with fast foods like McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Olive Garden, etc.?

What type of foods have you had success eating from their menu & any special way you had to eat it?

Tornado6
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   Posted 2/15/2014 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I sometimes eat fast food when we're traveling. I tend to get plain burgers and drink water. I personally avoid onions and premade salads. We had Chick-fil-A today as a treat. Their famous sandwich is pretty plain and yummy.
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   Posted 2/15/2014 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I usually have lots of success with them!! Before eating fast food I stock up on toilet paper, immodium, Gas-X. I also make sure I won't be working the next day. I also make sure my house plumbing is working well and functional.

Sometimes I keep a cold towel on hand in case the food makes me feel flushed. An empty pail on hand also doesn't hurt.

Yes, lots and lots of success eating fast foods! LOL

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   Posted 2/15/2014 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
the last time i had fast food, i was 16. i didn't have UC then. if i were to eat it now, i might as well eat it on the toilet, or even better, throw it straight into the toilet and miss the middle man (me) all together.
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   Posted 2/15/2014 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't mean this in a bad way, but this is like asking a diabetic if they've had success with drinking soda.

I think it goes without saying that fast food is detrimental for folks without bowel issues, particularly in America. If we went through the ingredient list of the common burger, we'd come across many questionable items that Europe and other nations have banned. There is also research showing that many those "questionable" ingredients are very much connected to allergies and other bodily malfunctions.

Did you know that Subway recently took out an ingredient in their bread that's used to make yoga mats elastic?

Not all. Use of azodicarbonamide as a food additive is prohibited in Australia and Europe. The World Health Organization has expressed concern that it may be linked to respiratory issues. According to the Chicago Tribune, β€œin Singapore, use can result in up to 15 years imprisonment and a fine of $450,000.” (But Singapore is pretty tough when it comes to punishing offenses.) Canada allows the use of azodicarbonamide in food.

There is zero accountability when it comes to ingredient regulation here in the states. If you lived elsewhere, then I'd suggest taking the plunge due to better regulation. The FDA has lost the consumer's trust on these matters.

TroubledTurds
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   Posted 2/15/2014 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
in the uc world, fast food has it's own, special meaning :-)

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 2/15/2014 6:52 PM (GMT -7)   
While in remission I could eat fast food without any issues. I choose not to because I am very picky about what I eat, not due to health concerns, mostly because I prefer not to ingest low quality products. It shouldn't be a problem if you're in remission.
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garylouisville
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   Posted 2/15/2014 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
While one can't argue about all the bad health benefits of eating fast food (especially in quantity), eating it in conjunction with UC is a different story. Everyone is individual and just because you have UC doesn't mean you have to eat healthy and can't eat crap. Many of us can't eat healthy as in raw veggies, fruit, and fiber. That's certainly true of me. My system actually tolerates fast food much better than the previously mentioned healthy foods. I can eat just about anything on a fast food menu without any problems except those already mentioned healthy items but too much cheddar cheese does do me in. Unless you already know your own body don't just automatically assume that fast food will make your UC any worse than non fast foods. It's not a given like the fast food police would make you believe.
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   Posted 2/15/2014 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   
bjdeland said...
Has anyone had success with fast foods like McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Olive Garden, etc.?

What type of foods have you had success eating from their menu & any special way you had to eat it?

Yes, I eat at all of those places, as the occasional treat, and eat whatever I want from the menu without issue. Diet appears not to effect my symptoms of uc.
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TroubledTurds
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   Posted 2/15/2014 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I get the impression gary that in general, you're a pretty unhealthy guy - you don't attribute any of that to eating crappy food ?

TheAnswersYouSeek
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   Posted 2/15/2014 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
When I was experiencing symptoms from UC, I could eat protein style in n out burgers and fries, that's about it for traditional fast food. I could eat at a lot of fast casual places. We have a chain here called Tinleaf that I eat at once a week. I also get chicken and rice soup with avocado and fresh cilantro often from the local mexican restaurant. That is my safey safe food. Pick up stix has a chicken and broccoli dish that is gluten free.

NiceCupOfTea
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   Posted 2/16/2014 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
There's nothing intrinsically unhealthy about a hamburger, pizza, kebab, or any of those things. A burger is a meat patty on a bread roll with a bit of salad - so what? Even the fries are just fried potato: the Germans can teach you a thing or two about fried potatoes.

If you add a whole load of preservatives for "freshness", use intensive factory farmed meat, etc., then yes, a previously neutral food might start to become bad for you. Even then, individual tolerances to so-called "unhealthy" diets vary enormously: some people have a metabolism which takes all the greasy, fatty, sugary foods on board, but others are more vulnerable to being adversely affected. Genetics, lack of exercise/sleep, stress, and other factors (not all of which are known) also contribute to having a poor metabolism.

Luckily, McDonald's have cleaned up their act in the UK, so I can eat their food with a reasonably clear conscience. Phew :p

garylouisville
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   Posted 2/16/2014 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Soy, the definition of healthy or unhealthy is in the eye of the beholder. To health food nuts and the fast food police I would definitely be labeled as an unhealthy person. But, the fact is, I probably eat fast food 2-3 times per month and that's it, if you don't count Subway, which I do eat a few times per week. I eat cooked veggies every single day. I eat a fairly well balanced diet just about every meal and my total cholesterol level is slightly less than 200. Like most Americans I am about 20 pounds overweight and admittedly don't exercise as much as I should, which means I am pretty normal and average. We don't keep hardly any junk food in our house at all but I do have a weakness for sweets. I am probably healthier than 50% of Americans, not taking into account UC or other health issues. I am not a health food nut and do have an aversion to people going overboard in this area, including the fast food police. There is nothing wrong with eating at McDonalds a couple of times per month.
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TroubledTurds
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   Posted 2/16/2014 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
well for me, dealing with a chronic and life altering affliction, I see no reason in the world to do or eat anything even closely resembling unhealthy - why would anyone choose unhealthy versus healthy ?

granted, everyone responds differently to a nasty, fake, industrialized meal - but just because your body can tolerate that sort of attack, doesn't mean it will flourish -

everyone has a choice - knowing what the right choice is, and continuing to do something different, just makes no sense to me ?????

am I just lucky or do the choices I make have an affect on my health - I tend to believe both -

NiceCupOfTea
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   Posted 2/16/2014 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Because life is too short for kale.

I don't know how else to put it. I'm a bit of a foodie: I like my food. I refuse to treat it as functional medicine: if I did that, I might or might not live a long life, but it would certainly feel like a long life.

Besides which, I have no reason to believe my Crohn's is anything other than genetic. There is a strong family history of it, and dietary changes made no difference to its progress whatsoever. I still ended up needing surgery.

TroubledTurds
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   Posted 2/16/2014 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
for me it's about doing the things that are me - getting out and going - I can't do that if I'm sick and unhealthy = do all the things to avoid that condition -

but yes, I understand there are people who are perfectly content to live a sedentary life - so healthy living is not an issue - just being able to sit in front of the computer or tv screen is enough - I get it -

I don't care if I have this disease the rest of my life, as long as I can make choices that enable me to do the things I enjoy -

if food is your life, then please enjoy it tea girl - food for me is a way to get to life !

btw, I prefer collards and chard to kale ;-)

Post Edited (soystud) : 2/16/2014 9:29:22 AM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 2/16/2014 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I really need to be selective and can only eat occasionally. I can tolerate a Wendy's plain hamburger and plain baked potato, sometimes Chipotle rice and beans. I try to plan ahead and have a cooler with me if needed and only eat at these places if I have to. 
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Tornado6
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   Posted 2/16/2014 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes people make the 'other choice' because there are factors in life that are way more important than never ever, ever eating a McBurger. When we're traveling for my son's competitions, we're usually in a relatively small town or rural area. I pack a cooler of snacks, focusing on protein and fruit for DS. We usually buy nachos or hot dogs from the hosting club, because it is a big fund raiser for them. We go out with the rest of the team for dinner. Yep, a group of 11-18 year old kids tends to pick fast food. The 'right choice' to me is not the selfish, 'mommy is sick and needs to eat special food' one.
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NiceCupOfTea
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   Posted 2/16/2014 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
soystud said...
for me it's about doing the things that are me - getting out and going - I can't do that if I'm sick and unhealthy = do all the things to avoid that condition -


But I can get out and about. There is nothing about one (eating fast food) which precludes the other (going out).

The morbidly obese (BMI 40+) will be seriously physically hampered. The merely normal/overweight and otherwise healthy can get out there and live their lives, pretty much regardless of what they eat.

In fact, activity is an excellent way of making up for a crap diet. It will do an awful lot to mitigate the effects. Those who are BMI 30 and active have better health and mortality outcomes than those who are BMI 20 and inactive. (Don't have the link to the study where I read that, but I know I have read it.)

PS: And you can keep your collards and your chard to yourself, thank you very much <_<.

Post Edited (NiceCupOfTea) : 2/16/2014 9:44:28 AM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 2/16/2014 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm in remission, but I do have trouble sometimes from my IBS (my GI says some degree of IBS is almost universal in people whose colons have been traumatized for years by UC.)

It's sort of a cumulative effect for me. The only things I can never eat, in any quantity are very high-fiber foods: bran cereals, shredded wheat, Kashi, that sort of stuff. Foods with high fat, high spices or moderately high fiber I can eat some of - maybe two or three times a week. If I eat them too much I get colicky pain and mushy stools. Fast foods fall in this range for me. Since I've been on a limited fat diet for years, I didn't have to change my diet too much.

When I was flaring for five years straight, it made absolutely no difference what I ate. Everything showed up at the other end in less than 24 hours in large horrible stools with blood and mucus. I did stay away from spicy foods because they felt like lava coming out the sore other end of things.

Everyone is different as far as diet goes.
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   Posted 2/16/2014 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Careful...lots of times fast foods for IBDers can equal fast poos too!! hahaha
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   Posted 2/16/2014 10:25 AM (GMT -7)   
"The morbidly obese (BMI 40+) will be seriously physically hampered. The merely normal/overweight and otherwise healthy can get out there and live their lives, pretty much regardless of what they eat. "

yup, all depends on your definition of "living" -

I call what some folks do "surviving" !
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   Posted 2/16/2014 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Me personally, I stay away from fast food. It does not do my tummy good.
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bjdeland
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   Posted 2/16/2014 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I want to thank everyone for your input. Being new with UC this is very helpful & informative to me. I know everybody is different on what & what does not work for them & it is mainly trail & error. Please continue to share. Thanks

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   Posted 2/16/2014 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Tornado6 said...
. The 'right choice' to me is not the selfish, 'mommy is sick and needs to eat special food' one.


That's not selfish. That's trying to be around and healthy for your children. I'd rather teach my children empathy and compassion in caring for others then sacrifice my health for an easy meal of fast food. You are worth more then putting everyone else first.
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