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msubulldog02
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   Posted 10/21/2007 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had a recent flare-up from my UC, and it is worse than when I was first diagnosed.  I am trying to change my diet and try new things.  However, it seems that when I go to the store I can't have ANYthing!! I am also lactose intolerant so I can't have any yogurt with the live cultures, or milk and cheese which is in everything. So far I can only come up with mashed potatoes and rice.  I've looked up a few things about a new diet, and most of them say that I can't have bread either.  I absolutely HATE vegetables, but I am also desperate. So I guess my question is, what is a normal day to day diet for you?  Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!! Thanks!
 

pb4
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   Posted 10/21/2007 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Actually if you're lactose intolerant (as I was) then yogurt is safe because the lactose is already broken down in it...here's a good tip for you though, the reason I'm no longer severely lactose intolerant is because I take a probiotic daily called primadophilus reuteri made by natures way...it aids with lactose intolerance (I no longer have to take lactaid tabs) it also aids with high cholesterol and vaginal health for women, but of course men can still take this probiotic.

Avoiding processed foods/beverages, fast-foods, caffeine, animal fat and refined/processed sugar will aid with symptoms since these things have all been recognized by research that they can exacerbate IBD (and even IBS) symptoms.

Taking fibre supplements as recommended by my GI daily for the rest of my life has had many benefits as well.

:)
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msubulldog02
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   Posted 10/22/2007 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much! That'll give me a good start.

stm177
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   Posted 10/22/2007 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I replaced butter with olive oil and spices.

Also, try just avoiding anything with any sugar or high fructose corn syrup in it. It helps me a ton, and it only took 2 or 3 days to see an improvement. If it doesn't work, then you know that too.

I make fried rice a lot too. Boil some rice, then fry it in a pan with olive oil or peanut oil for 5 to 10 minutes. Add garlic salt.

Fish and chicken

Spinach, swiss chard, or collard greens are good for you, and I boil them for 45 minutes before eating them.

Breakfast is oatmeal or ricemeal.

Once I got my system under control, I started adding things back in to see how much I could tolerate, and what I could not tolerate at all. Medicines help a ton in getting a flare under control, but I really believe that diet has a major influence on my health.
Proctitis - diagnosed April 2007 (symptoms starting in October 2006)

Flares treated with Rowasa enemas

Mild food diet (chicken, rice, collard greens, no sugar, no corn, no beef/pork, etc)


pb4
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   Posted 10/23/2007 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, olive oil is excellent for your health, since it's a natural anti-biotic, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial!!!

:)
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princesa
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   Posted 10/23/2007 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had very good luck with a low carb diet... mainly tender white meat of chicken, turkey or mild fish, eggs, well-cooked non-starchy veggies like peas, carrots and green beans, organic soups, nuts and nut butters, olive, flax and Udo's oil. And yes, you pretty much ignore 80 percent of the junk in the average grocery store.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
C-scope confirmed UC diagnosis 9/18/2007
No explanation for right side pain and thickening of bowel wall
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine, back on a pred taper for first flare in years
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal.
 
 


Probiotic
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   Posted 10/23/2007 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I second princesa's experience- I eat only, "real" (unprocessed) food, and on top of that I avoid all refined foods, sugars, and starches. Even if it doesn't help the IBD (and I can't see how it wouldn't) it eliminates most "junk" from our diet that way.

I'm not the least afraid of fats, and don't find there is any evidence they cause other diseases such as CHD either- granted, that's another debate for another forum. I don't find fats an issue for my IBD though- I pound down not just olive oil, but butter too. Full of butyric acid, lauric acid and other good stuff.

Regardless of one's views on the high fat/ low carb vs low fat/ high carb debate, get rid of processed food and get into real food and it will help.
Pancolitis dx'd 1986, full med-free remission 88-97
Flaring or simmering ever since
10 20 mg pred, 100 mg Imuran
Probiotics (mainly Primal Defense)
Turmeric/circumin, various vitamins/minerals,
Low-carb version of Specific Carb Diet
 
 
 


Probiotic
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   Posted 10/23/2007 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I forgot to add, there is one fat I won't touch- processed fats- i.e. trans-fats.
Pancolitis dx'd 1986, full med-free remission 88-97
Flaring or simmering ever since
10 20 mg pred, 100 mg Imuran
Probiotics (mainly Primal Defense)
Turmeric/circumin, various vitamins/minerals,
Low-carb version of Specific Carb Diet
 
 
 


UC Fighter
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   Posted 10/25/2007 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I was told that fatty foods cause the colon to spasm so I've avoided them. (It's been good to stay away from them anyway.) I've also avoided caffeine, uncooked fruits and veggies, any dairy, beans, beef. Basically the things that are harder to process. A lot of it has been based on trial and error and as I've seen it's been different for everyone.

Things like carbs, though, break down easily and I haven't had much problem with them. (Then again I am still active. I wonder if I'm eating something that's aggrevating my UC that I think is safe...)

icanrace
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   Posted 10/25/2007 12:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I eat what I want within reason. I try to watch it for the most part, but I'll eat what I want when I want. My dr. told me if something I ate seems to cause me problems to cut it out (obviously) otherwise don't worry about it to much at this point.
Prednisone 10mg (1.5) tabs twice per day= 30mg per day

Asacol 400mg (3) tabs twice per day= 2400mg per day

started both meds on Thursday 10-4-2007

10-22-07- coming out of about an 8 week flare (my first one ever)


potty girl
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   Posted 10/25/2007 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
my main meat is chicken, turkey, and fish either grilled are I use a rotisserie are I bake it. pork and beef mainly burger tends to cause me trouble, not a clue why. I eat potato, mashed are baked. rice, steamed vegetables mainly carrots. spinach, asparigus, apple sauce, canned fruit no raw fruits are veggies. eggs, some cereals, I dont do much dairy but do eat a little cottage cheese every now and then. peanut butter, pasta, beans of any kind ussually bother me. I try not to eat very much sugar. I drink water and hot tea unsweetened. a small amount of juice.also decafe on the tea.gets pretty boreing but it works for me so far, knock on wood. when the urge hits me I eat bread doesnt bother me, but I am not a big bread eater anyway.my son has galactosemia and has never been able to have dairy so I cook with non- dairy creamer and I also use a cheese substatute made by galaxy nutritional foods called veggie slices lactose free.comes in different flavors not to bad he doesnt mind it but that is all he has ever had.
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Bmshurt
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   Posted 11/15/2007 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Anyone have a problem with peanut butter? I just recently ate a PBJ sandwich with a little honey mixed in as well and immediately started having abdominal pain. I know its not the honey cause i ate lots of honey this week on my turkey sandwiches and experienced no issue. Dont think its the jelly (Strawberry Fruit Spread) since i had it on toast the other day and had no issue. So guess i have a reaction to peanut butter. skull   That makes me sad cause i really like PBJ and honey sandwiches. Only other reaction i had with food like this (when not flared) was with a loaded bake potato (cheese, bacon, sour cream), it too gave me abdominal pain. Guess im learning as i go....
Medication:
Prednisone 20MG Daily
Imuran x2 Daily
Probiotic x2 Daily
Multivitamin x1 Daily
Oscal Calcuim Tabs X2 Daily
Fish Oil x1 Daily
 
Diagnosed with UC in May of 2007
 


princesa
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   Posted 11/15/2007 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Peanut butter can cause problems if you have an allergy/food intolerance or if you have issues with candida overgrowth. You might experiment with other nut butters - cashew, almond and macadamia are good.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
 
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine, back on a pred taper for first flare in years. Down to 10 mg and feeling much better.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal.
 
 


Sara14
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   Posted 11/15/2007 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I had problems w/pb & j sandwiches, too, but I can eat peanut butter with other things and plain, so, for me I think it may have been the jelly.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - every other night
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil and Fiber Choice; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D) for Osteopenia; ground flaxseed


quincy
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   Posted 11/16/2007 1:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I pretty much eat what I want. I have a basically healthy diet which includes meat proteins, grains, veggies, fruit, and treats...oh, and coffee.

I rarely consume soft drinks, chips (except tortilla chips with Salsa), baked goods, pastries, artificial sweeteners....

The only problem I may have with some foods is they can take longer to digest and sometimes loose stools. That's based on the quantity I eat...not in general.

q
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals 
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


love4cats
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   Posted 11/16/2007 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
My diet is very similar to Quincy's.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies, stay way from processed/junk food/sweets.  Eat all lean meats, drink coffee in mornings only, and consume alcohol moderately.  Don't deep fry anything or eat out in restaurants, the food is too high in fat.  Only use olive oil and get my calcium from yogurt.

 
 
Dx:  2006
 
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence.
 
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
 
Added: tumeric and probiotics.
 
 


Trixy's Got Butt Trouble
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   Posted 11/17/2007 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I eat lots of fresh fruit and veggies - both raw and cooked. I eat lots of whole grains. I eliminated all animal proteins (beef, chicken, turkey, etc). I'm trying to stay away from pro-inflammatory foods. I'm have a problem staying away from tomatoes...even tho I know they cause me issues.
Best Wishes,
Trixy (39)
dx Pancolitis, mild, w/more activity on left side & IBS
12 Asacol a day;
1 Rowasa at night during flare/1 a week during remission;
Nexium; Probiotic; Multi-Vitamin; Flax Seed Oil
UC manifesting to other organs: joints, eyes (Iritis) & skin (Erythema Nodusom)
Controlling w/MEDS & DIET (eliminating animal protein, white flour, sugar, dairy, eggs, & nightshade veggies)
Current Status:  Ending 5 month remission w/mini-flare :-(


SnookieBow
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   Posted 11/17/2007 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been eating about a cup of Maranatha creamy organic peanut butter mixed with It's All about Bee's raw honey.
Other peanut butters and honeys cause my gut to hurt. I usually have this 4 times a week for my lunch. Raw honey is a prebiotic.
I just bought 10 jars of Maranatha PB from Sam's Club. 26 oz jar for $3.87 and the Raw Honey comes from a little store in Ralson, NE
The best honey I've ever had.
It's All about Bees!
It's All about Bees has a new Gift Shop now open at 8418 Park Dr., 216-4545 or visit them online at www.itsallaboutbees.com

snookiebow
UC First flare:  August 2006, diagnosed September 2006-
Dipentum and Entocort September and October 2006- now trying Asacol
Garden Of Life:  Primal Defense, Digestive Enzyme, and FYI
Glutamine Caps, DHEA,  vitamin E, Capryl, Turmeric & Bromelain
Omega 3- Fish oil, Biotin, Cal-Gel
Occasional  Vitamin E enema &  Rowasa enema
AloeVera juice


sweetmelody
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   Posted 11/18/2007 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I am slowly figuring out what bothers my stomach and what doesn't. I eat mostly what I want, but so far I've figured out that large amounts of carbs will hurt me. I don't eat fried foods anymore... no fast food/junk. No pizza, no hotdogs, no spicy food, definitely NO CORN. I rarely drink soda anymore... only when guests are over. I actually think peanut butter is better for me.

In the mornings I'll have rice krispies with lactaid milk or yogurt.

For some reason I'm okay with little amounts of cheese and cottage cheese. Other than that though I don't eat much dairy.

Basically that's just what ISNT in my diet, but it's just as telling I guess. I've also found out that my reactions have just as much if not more to do with HOW MUCH i eat of whatever i'm eating than what the food actually is. I mean i sat down and ate a bowl of rice, which is usually good, but because I ate so much it bothered me. So I've learned about smaller portions multiple times through the day and it helps.


[i><FONT color=red>~Finally diagnosed with UC March 07
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Medications:<S>Colazal 3 3x a day</S>

<S></S><FONT style="COLOR: #800080">10/30/07 Prednisone- 40mg and Lialda- 2 a day both in the morning one time only. Haven't started tapering yet.</FONT>


theklep
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   Posted 11/19/2007 1:04 AM (GMT -7)   
So far experiencing my first flair I figured out that sticking to the basics when in flare seem to be the best. Chicken and rice every night for dinner gets a little boring but it seemed to be the safest bet while I was in flare. Now that I am coming out of flare I am still eating chicken and rice, working in some steamed vegetables. Also I have worked in some cereals with soy milk. No dairy if I can help it. But I do love cheese in my burritos. I stay away from beans as well while I am in flare. I ate sushi the past few nights with a little bit of spicy sauce and it didn't bother me at all. So I suppose its really based on personal tolerance. I did stay away from caffeine and will from now on when I think a flare is coming on because it makes thing way to messy while trying to heal up. Overall I can probably go back to eating what I want and cutting down alcohol because I am not sure how much it will effect my colon if and when I do drink again. Right now things are looking good and food does not bother me too much so hopefully you all will have good luck also!
Jeff, 23, Diagnosed July 2007 probably had it since 2005 but no real symptoms till July 2007 *Left Sided UC*
Lialda - 2.4mg 2x Day
Rowasa 1x (for spot treating and flare ups)
Centrum Multi-Vitamin 1X Day
Lexipro- 1x Day 10Mg
Ambien- 1x Day 10mg
Omega 3 Fish Oil- 2x Day


Bmshurt
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   Posted 11/28/2007 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
SnookieBow said...
I have been eating about a cup of Maranatha creamy organic peanut butter mixed with It's All about Bee's raw honey.
Other peanut butters and honeys cause my gut to hurt. I usually have this 4 times a week for my lunch. Raw honey is a prebiotic.
I just bought 10 jars of Maranatha PB from Sam's Club. 26 oz jar for $3.87 and the Raw Honey comes from a little store in Ralson, NE
The best honey I've ever had.
It's All about Bees!
It's All about Bees has a new Gift Shop now open at 8418 Park Dr., 216-4545 or visit them online at www.itsallaboutbees.com

snookiebow

Thank you so much for the reply (information), im going to check out this organic PB and Honey ASAP. I switched to organic veggies since my last flare up and have had great success. Organic products seems like the way to go. Read a couple books about self healing foods and they all recommend organic foods. Additionally when i drop off the Pred in the next month (first of the year) i been thinking about trying the Macrobiotics food diet.  The thot of giving up all my favorite foods and just eating veggies/sewood really freaks me out tho.
Medication:
Prednisone 20MG Daily
Imuran x1 Daily
Probiotic x2 Daily
Multivitamin x1 Daily
Oscal Calcuim Tabs X2 Daily
Fish Oil x2 Daily
 
Diagnosed with UC in May of 2007
 

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