Weight Gain and Weight Loss, I had both

by Elise
(Canada)

Of course when one has razor blade cuts in gut feelings than it's not so easy to want to eat anything. I had near blockage and so before a resection lost a lot of weight since had to be on things all mushed up--and nearly in fluid stages. Most did not digest probably due to pain and the D or going to the restroom too often.

After resection I gained a lot of weight to the point of it feeling like my belly will explode. This is actually a better feeling though than constant pain and so it's exercise that I do to wear it off. I am age 64 and had Crohn's since was a teen if maybe not even before such time.

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by: Annette

Hello there,

Thank you for writing your post. Many people experience weight-loss due to their condition but not everyone finds themselves putting on weight again afterwards although I can understand if you are facing two extremes and feeling uncomfortable.

Crohn’s is a condition that just does not want to go and I can see that you have had this condition for a very long time so I’m sure you are familiar with how to manage it.

It is quite possible that you are not eating as healthily as you should be and although everyone succmbs to temptation, when you have crohn’s you have to ensure that all the nutrients are being absorbed properly too.

It’s a far better idea to have smaller meals but more of them, this will enable your body to be able to digest the nutrients without leaving you feeling uncomfortably full.

Certain foods will trigger that bloated feeling though so be careful what you eat. Try to reduce or eliminate dairy products from your system as these can make you feel quite bloated. Also look at how much sugar you have in your diet, sugar is sheer poison and will do you no good at all, and it’s not simply about reducing it in your drinks, it’s about choosing foods that are low in sugar.

This may well make a difference.

Try to reduce the amount of gluten in your diet too as this can make you feel very bloated and you could find that you are reacting to gluten and this is why you feel so uncomfortable.

The problem with crohn’s is that your digestive tract is always going to be sensitive so you need to do all you can to avoid putting pressure on it.
It’s good that you are exercising, this can help and will certainly help you to not put on weight. Try different types of exercise to keep your routine fresh and eat foods that are in their natural state as much as possible.

I am very glad that you are not feeling any pain now, fingers crossed that your weight is under control too.

Has anyone else experienced weight-gain with Crohn's?

Weight Gain and Weight Loss NEW
by: Annette

Hello there,

Thank you for writing your post. Many people experience weight-loss due to their condition but not everyone finds themselves putting on weight again afterwards although I can understand if you are facing two extremes and feeling uncomfortable.

Crohn’s is a condition that just does not want to go and I can see that you have had this condition for a very long time so I’m sure you are familiar with how to manage it.

It is quite possible that you are not eating as healthily as you should be and although everyone succmbs to temptation, when you have crohn’s you have to ensure that all the nutrients are being absorbed properly too.

It’s a far better idea to have smaller meals but more of them, this will enable your body to be able to digest the nutrients without leaving you feeling uncomfortably full.

Certain foods will trigger that bloated feeling though so be careful what you eat. Try to reduce or eliminate dairy products from your system as these can make you feel quite bloated. Also look at how much sugar you have in your diet, sugar is sheer poison and will do you no good at all, and it’s not simply about reducing it in your drinks, it’s about choosing foods that are low in sugar.

This may well make a difference.

Try to reduce the amount of gluten in your diet too as this can make you feel very bloated and you could find that you are reacting to gluten and this is why you feel so uncomfortable.

The problem with crohn’s is that your digestive tract is always going to be sensitive so you need to do all you can to avoid putting pressure on it.
It’s good that you are exercising, this can help and will certainly help you to not put on weight. Try different types of exercise to keep your routine fresh and eat foods that are in their natural state as much as possible.

I am very glad that you are not feeling any pain now, fingers crossed that your weight is under control too.

Has anyone else experienced weight-gain with Crohn's?

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by: Lydia D.

You have to remember that when you had diarrhoea, you were having to eat a lot more calories.

I suggest that you cut out the empty calories in your diet and, as Kit said, eat 3-4 smaller home-made meals spread throughout the day. A snack is a small balanced meal. A treat is something you give to children - sweets, chocolates, pop - and is not necessary for grown adults.

I suspect that your diet is not quite as it should be due to having to tackle year-long diarrhoea.

If you are having cravings this table might help you identify what you are missing:
http://www.naturopathyworks.com/pages/cravings.php

Investigate the anti-inflammatory diet and base your diet also on the Mediterranean diet.

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02995/Dr-Weil-Anti-Inflammatory-Food-Pyramid.html

Look after yourself and join a fitness or dance club.

What you eat might help or hinder :) NEW
by: Kit

Hi Elise,
Although diet is not the whole answer to freeing yourself from Crohns, certain foods can cause bloating and therefore more pain, especially if you are presently having an attack.
Any dairy products, easily digested by a calf with its 4 chambers in its one stomach, and not easily digested by the human stomach and can sit in the stomach and putrify. Goats milk is a lot easier to digest (it's close to human breast milk), or rice or soy.
Same with dairy cheeses, so choose goats cheese or fetta (sheep).
Gluten is another substance that can cause bloating, due to the gases it gives off when breaking down. Sugar is another substance to avoid (please go and find the book Sweet Poison!)
And the main trick here is to eat little and often. NEVER stuff your face! Or eat until you are full! YOU WILL BE IN PAIN AS A RESULT!
Don't eat food when you are rushed, or upset. This will also cause you problems.
I have just started my own youtube channel and will be sharing my experiences of having Crohns Disease for 40 years, then dropping in in 2000 and being totally free from the suffering :) Either go into youtube and type in Welcome to IBS! or copy and paste the below youtube address.
I wish you the best in your journey :)
Cheers
Kit
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXAg_Yhza6g

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