Healthy diet for Chron's Disease?

by Anonymous, for now
(Ontario)

I urgently need some help. My 19-year-old son has not officially been diagnosed with Chron's yet, he has a colonoscopy scheduled for March 10/08, but since his symptoms began in Sept, 2007 (he has every symptom of Chron's including recently problems with eyes)he has gone from 200 lbs. to about 150 lbs, he is weak from not eating enough because when he eats he obviously feels worse. I need to urgently know what foods I can prepare for him in the meantime, until he is officially diagnosed. He is getting weaker and weaker and I'm afraid he is going to collapse and end up in hospital. HELP, please.

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Crohns diet NEW
by: Kanitbeu

SCD (specific carbohydrate diet) is truly a healing diet for Crohn's disease. The book (and website) "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" will Provide all the details and there's a yahoo group BTVC-SCD with lots of helpful people and pecanbread site also has phases they can be helpful. 1000's have healed on this or at least released pain and suffering.

I've been following it for over 2 years with great results.

Hope this helps everyone

Tina
Atlanta

naturalpath
by: Anonymous

I was just diagnosed a year ago. I first saw a natural path for it and he explained that crohn's patients should eliminate pork, beef, dairy, and wheat from there diet. This along with fish oil, Perma clear, and HTP probiotic is working fairly well.

Diet
by: Marydon

You need the help of a licensed dietician. Also, a young man I know is now, after many, many yers of horrible Crohns problems, taking straight Aloe Vera 3 or 4 times a day ... & hasn't had to see a gastro dr. for 10 years. Diet is KEY to controlling your Crohns disease. You need to immediately get educated.

I believe one of the Aloe products is Aloe Elite, but you can check on it.

My gastro Dr. said 'if it works for you, you have my blessings' ... but make sure you Dr. knows what you are doing & why.

Chrons diet
by: Julie

My 12 year old had what I believe to have been a flare-up from August 2007 to Jan 2008. He had stomach cramps and felt sick and very fatigued all the time. He had bouts of diarrhea and bouts of constipation. He had weeks off school and was very poorly. Blood tests, ex-rays and scans showed nothing unusual. By the time he saw a specialist consultant his symptoms had gone - thank goodness! Anyway, during his investigations, he was put on a high fibre diet for two weeks - and his symptoms worsened. Fibre is not good for Crohns, it aggravates the stomach. I would suggest your son stears clear of high fibre cereals and fruit and veg etc. I know we are constantly told to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg and have plenty of fibre for healthy living, but whilst he is having a prolonged flare-up, he should eat whatever gives him energy and calories without making him feel worse, even though it may not be traditionally a healthy option. I wish you and your son all the best.

Chrons diet
by: Julie

My 12 year old had what I believe to have been a flare-up from August 2007 to Jan 2008. He had stomach cramps and felt sick and very fatigued all the time. He had bouts of diarrhea and bouts of constipation. He had weeks off school and was very poorly. Blood tests, ex-rays and scans showed nothing unusual. By the time he saw a specialist consultant his symptoms had gone - thank goodness! Anyway, during his investigations, he was put on a high fibre diet for two weeks - and his symptoms worsened. Fibre is not good for Crohns, it aggravates the stomach. I would suggest your son stears clear of high fibre cereals and fruit and veg etc. I know we are constantly told to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg and have plenty of fibre for healthy living, but whilst he is having a prolonged flare-up, he should eat whatever gives him energy and calories without making him feel worse, even though it may not be traditionally a healthy option. I wish you and your son all the best.

Chrons diet
by: Julie

My 12 year old had what I believe to have been a flare-up from August 2007 to Jan 2008. He had stomach cramps and felt sick and very fatigued all the time. He had bouts of diarrhea and bouts of constipation. He had weeks off school and was very poorly. Blood tests, ex-rays and scans showed nothing unusual. By the time he saw a specialist consultant his symptoms had gone - thank goodness! Anyway, during his investigations, he was put on a high fibre diet for two weeks - and his symptoms worsened. Fibre is not good for Crohns, it aggravates the stomach. I would suggest your son stears clear of high fibre cereals and fruit and veg etc. I know we are constantly told to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg and have plenty of fibre for healthy living, but whilst he is having a prolonged flare-up, he should eat whatever gives him energy and calories without making him feel worse, even though it may not be traditionally a healthy option. I wish you and your son all the best.

Diet for crohn's
by: Anonymous

Hello, I understand what your son is going through. I was having symtoms (mild) for over a year and I finally went to the doctor. They did a CT scan and admitted me into the hospital for about 8 days (and I wasnt even in any pain, I was just have a lot of watery bowel movements). When they addmitted me they started me on asacol and they wouldnt let me eat the whole time I was there (they wanted my system to relax), I had food through the IV and antibiotics. When I left the hospital I lost 11 pounds. I came home and stayed on a soft diet. I drank ensure's 3 times a day, ate mashed potatoe's, and chicken and carrots (I made a stew with it). I did that for months. I finally had my colonoscopy last friday and to my suprise the GI doctor said everything looked good. He told me to stop taking the asacol and not to eat any red meat or fried food or dairy. Even though I had a antibody blood test that said I definatly have crohn's he didnt see any signs of it in the large intestines (which is what they look at with the colonscopy). Yesturday (monday, feb. 25th) they did GI test just looking at my small bowel (this is where you drink a barium and they take x-rays about every 1/2 hour). They told me that they did see something where the small bowel and large intestine's meet but they couldnt tell me anything and I have to wait to see my doctor later this week.

WoW, I am so sorry for such a long story. I think the best thing for him to eat right now would be pasta, mashed potatoes (homemade), make sure he can get some ensure, and another thing I had to start to drink was gatorade. Also, my doctor told me to eat fish, turkey, and chicken. Make sure he stay's away from fast food and anything fried. I am new to this but I hope I was able to help.

Did the doctor start him on any medication's yet? I'm not on anything yet after he took me off the asacol last week. I guess they are waiting to see all the test to see what they are going to do. I have had 4 CT scans, an upper GI series, an ultrasound, recently a colonoscopy, and small bowel series (which took almost 3 hours yesturday), they also did stool samples. If you feel like he is not getting any better and hasn't had any of these test done tell the doctor that you want them done. There is also a anti-body blood test that can tell you if it's definatly crohn's or not so maybe you can ask about that. If you feel he still isnt getting better maybe you should take him to the emergency room where he can get everything done (or most of everything) and maybe he needs to be on IV foods to let his bowels relax for a few days untill they can figure out what they are going to do. I am so sorry for such a long comment but this is all new to me also and I know what he is going through.

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diet for crohns disease

by Cynthia
(Denver)

what diet can a patient with crohns disease take?

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Diet for Crohn's
by: Anonymous

I was referred to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. I can't difinatly say it's the diet working rather than my medications. However, I have put on weight. I feel I have nothing to lose and everything to gain as it's a healthy way of eating and seems to have helped a lot of people.

diet for crohns disease
by: Anonymous

Hi Cynthia, like the other reader said, diet can effect everyone with crohns differently. One thing is for sure that you want to stay away from foods and drinks that cause inflammation. Do research and come up with a plan that will help in this area as crohns is a inflammatory disease. Pop is a no-no, sugar, and if you already have a narrowing of the bowel be wary of high fiber foods that can obstruct. Watch your fat and sodium intake. Keep a food journal if you can to see what foods are triggers. Read about enzymes and how food breaks down and how our bodies break it down and ways to benefit from the food you do eat. Ask your Doctor about seeing if you are deficient in any vitamins or minerals and what to do if you are. I try to never eat large meals, instead I eat 4-5 smaller meals a day. I stay away from food that causes bloating too. Processed foods are notorious for this. Good Luck.

Diet for Crohn's disease
by: Shawna

Cynthia,

It is different for everyone. I eat by trial and error. For some people nuts tear them apart and it does nothing to me. I have searched and there is really no clear diet for Crohns. Of course they are going to tell you to eat heathly, but only the Crohn's patient will find what he or she can and cannot eat.

Shawna
Missouri

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The Makers Diet has changed my life with Crohns.

by Anthony Hawkins
(Cumming ,GA, United States.)


I have had crohns for over eight years. I took remicade for the first year after the docs cut alot of my small intestine out, then got tired of it. I should have watched what i ate more carefully after that but the docs diet plan wasnt that great. So i ate the standard american diet and felt fine until recently i formed a fistula from my small intestine to my bladder.The pain was unbearable.Constipation was awfull. I went through the worst experince of my life for three whole mounths with the docs, painkillers, antibiotics, and over 15 differnt painfull test that only seemed to make me worse every day. I was peeing my poo, gas, and bladder infection. I got to the point of wanting to off my self a week before surgery. Thank the lord above for hearing my prayers, Jordan Rubin's book fell into my hands. From that day i have been pain free and almost symptom free for the last two mounths without surgery or any meds at all on the all organic diet. I have the most energy i ever had. Even after i told my docs the progress i had made, they still wanted to take small intestine out. But i have a very bad gut feeling about that.So i cancled my surgrey. The only problem i have now is a little bladder infection that dosnt hurt or eneything, and somtimes when a bend a sertain way i pee a little gas. I feel if i keep up with the Makers Diet and natural supplements like fish oil, vitamins, and enzymes i might heal completly, and never have to see a doc again.Id like to hear any suggestions, tips, or any natural approaches to completly heal up my fistula faster. It gets better every week but my girl freind is worried it will not go completly away based on what the doctors told her. Any additional help or advice that could speed up the process could be usefull. Thanks

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So much progress
by: Anthony

Its only been two weeks sence i posted this and Id like to tell every body the gas in the pee has went completly away. Iv been bending, stretching, exercizing, and working more than ever without any problems. There is Still a slight bladder infection that comes and goes daily without pain. It seems if i stick to it ill completly heal. Im still open for suggestions on getting rid of the bladder infection naturally without messing up the ulcer/fistula connection between the small intestine and the bladder. I believe it has closed up and plan to keep it that way.

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childrens diet

by stephanie
(new jersey)

my son has been going throug testing to see if he has chrones. It is very possible, but where still going through some testing. we have already had an upper gi, endoscopy and colonoscopy. he has symptoms of abdominal pain and sometimes diareah. The symptoms are not always and always came in the form of constipation. he is on miralax and prilosec and seems to be responding well. Can anyone tell me a good diet and foods to avoid and foods he can have. Ofcourse he's ten and a picky eater to begin with. I'm not sure where to begin. Is there a specific diet to follow or books I can read? help please very confused and overwhelmed at this point.

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Diet
by: Suzanne

My heart goes out 2 you. It must be awful 2 see your little boy go through so much. And belive me the pain is as bad as Childbirth, Ive had a son and i remember been in labour at the start and i thought i was having a flare up! I took my painkillers. How dumb! I found heating sprite up in the microwave during my time having horrible pains and frequent trips 2 the bathroom. Everybody has different things that upset and trigger everything off. Mine was spicy,rich&greasy foods. If i can be of any help, suzzanne2138@yahoo.ie kind regards Suzanne xx

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Diet for Chron's Disease

My thanks to those who responded to my enquiry regarding dietary essentials for my 19-year-old son who has all the classic symptoms of Chron's. In particular I would like to thank Julie whose 12 year old son was suffering some form of intentinal problem until it cleared in January. Julie, your advice helped to make me feel better. I too am concerned about "healthy" diet, i.e 5 fr. and veg. daily plus all food groups. At present, David seems most comfortable with Kraft Dinner and various soups. He has recently developed an eye irritation which they say can be a symptom of Chron's. Until he is diagnosed, there's not much more we can do. I do find though that reading from various sources offer contradictory advice as to diet choices. This can be very frustrating, however I suppose each person's body tolerates foods differently.
Thanks again Julie.

My name is Jackie.

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diet and chrohns

by melissa
(woonsocket ri)

is there any special diet for this disease. does certain food activate flare ups?

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liquid diet
by: Anonymous

i have been diagnosed with crohns last year ,since then i have had 3 flare ups does any food bring on flare ups. each time i have been on the liquid for six weeks at a time ,does the diet actually work for a long time

Heck yeah
by: Shelly

Unfortunately for many of us food does play a role. I've had Crohn's for 25 years and have had 3 bowel resections, with only the descending part of my colon being left. For me, during a flare up, I stayed away from nuts, seeds, milk, processed meats such as sausage, raw veggies, popcorn is a must to stay away from, and have recently learned that sugar is a major leader in inflammation. Caffine is a stimulant so be careful of coffee, tea, etc. Soda is very bad as it is acidic, full of sugar and will cause bloating. fruits with pulp and high acid. I love tomato products but they are acidic too. Artificial sweeteners are a major cause of bloating and gas. Ask your physician about good bacteria replacement. These can be found in your pharmacy over the counter. Good luck!!

Gluten Free
by: Anonymous

I have seen a great improvement in my Crohns since I was told to eliminate Gluten from my diet. It is hard to do - but I have noticed that my Crohns is better. It has made me more aware of what seems to trigger the problems.

Foods that can really make me feel back
by: Anonymous

Back when I was getting my inflamation under control, nut would put me in bed for a whole day...even little tiny ground up nuts. To figure out what is making you feel so bad, I think you should start with a really soft diet until you are feeling better and then slowly branch out.
Also, for ANYONE who is feeling bad, I stronly encourage keeping a food diary of everything you eat and how you feel.

Diet
by: Anonymous

For me I can't eat fruits and veggie's. Oh and chocolate. All that upsets me. Popcorn, no way

Crohns Diet
by: Pooper

Boy, have i researched this subject till my mouse hand cramped! I think what it all boiled down to is: everyone is different and what makes one flare-up... another can tolerate it fine.

For me personally, absolutely nothing with seeds. Seeds absolutely kill me and a main culprit is tomatoes. Someone told me if i take out the seeds and skin them i can eat them, but im not brave enough to try it. Even the smallest of seeds like the little ones on hamburger buns... the ones in a jar of strawberry jam... ive learned to have a good eye for them. Nuts, citrus drinks and any fruit is something else i cant tolerate.

Ive read many times that white sugar is a big culprit, but geeez.. i like a little tea in my sugar! Im not willing to give that up just yet :-)

I think its something you will have to experiment with through trial and error and find what triggers you personally, but hopefully it gives you a starting point.

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Delayed Food Sensitivities

Hi Everybody,

I just wanted to tell you about delayed food sensitivities. It is basically where food particles fall from your intestine into your blood stream, which goes to your liver. Your liver sees the food particles as allergens, then plants them somewhere in your body causing inflammation--such as in Crohn's or colitis.

I had heard that Crohn's might be caused by allergies, but I did not get any testing done until this year. The testing I did was through Sage Med Lab. I am feeling a lot better now that I am on their diet! They tested me to see what I am allergic to, and now I have to be on a rotation diet and avoid those foods. But they have a chef who will talk to you over the phone and provide you with a sample four day diet plan. I can't say with one hundred percent certainty whether it is avoiding the food allergies (sensitivities, techinically) that is making me feel better or the diet just being better than my old one, but I bet it is avoiding the food sensitivities. The science behind it makes sense. You all should check out their site-- sagemedlab.com or sagelab.com and contact them for more information. I just had to pass this on in case I could help any fellow Crohn's sufferers. It can also help others with chronic illnesses, so check it out if you know anyone.

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Diet for Crohns

by Vanisha
(New Zealand)

What is the Carb-Curbing Diet that seems to be helping so many Crohn's sufferers.

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Crohn's and Diet

by Jessica
(New Zealand)

Hi I am 23 yrs and have had chron's for just about 5 yrs I hav been told to go on a wheat and yeast free diet as well and no dairy products.
Can anyone help me in what i can make or resipes i can use.

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Best things to eat and Drink to stay Healthy For the Young Teenage Active Kid (Ages 13-18).

by Jeremy Pinder
(Fannett, Texas, United States)

What are some of the best things to eat and drink to stay healthy and pain free.... especially if you are a very active Teenage Person(ages of 13-18) such as sports and working outside a lot????

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Eating soil for Crohn's disease

by David
(Vancouver)

Has anybody ever tried eating soil to help with Crohn's? I heard that the bacteria in soil are good for the digestive track. Read the wikipedia article on "Geophagy" for more information on it. But if anyone out their has already tried it, I was wondering if it worked for them, and if their is any particular place to get soil that is good for this sort of thing.

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New to Crohns/Vegetarian diet info needed

by Elle
(Portland OR USA)

I was DX'd with IBS about 8 months ago after a trip to Costa Rica and an infection of 'e coli' I got there. I was given week after week of antibiotics which caused me to have diarrhea, bloating, severe abdominal pain etc. I was given probiotic samples to try but they didn't offer me much help.
A visit to a new GI doctor has now come up with a DX of Crohns Disease!
I am so confused, terribly upset about the way my life has been the past 8 months and don't even know how to start dealing with whatever it is I do have.

I am a vegetarian and have been told to avoid the basic foods I eat.
With the IBS, I avoided cabbage family foods, which caused me to have more gas than normal, and now I have been told to avoid other foods I love to eat, especially raw foods like carrots, celery, corn and so on that I grow in my garden and eat regularly.

ARe there other vegetarians who deal with Crohns Disease? What diet do you follow and how do you prepare your meals (I prefer raw foods if possible)

I have looked for standard diets but there seem to be a variety and most people say just deal with it the way it works for you...but I need more help than this.
Thanks

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foods suggestions for flare up?

by Teresa Main
(Coquitlam)

My sister is having a difficult time right now with crohns disease. What food suggestions are best during this difficult time

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Food
by: smylync

Hello there,

I find that when I have flares I eat things that are water soluable. I looked these foods up online and when I'm able to eat, I eat things like flour tortillas, white rice and bananas. When I'm going through a very bad flare I eat baby food. Don't laugh, it works. :)

Food
by: smylync

Hello there,

I find that when I have flares I eat things that are water soluable. I looked these foods up online and when I'm able to eat, I eat things like flour tortillas, white rice and bananas. When I'm going through a very bad flare I eat baby food. Don't laugh, it works. :)

Try yogurt :)
by: Anonymous

I was diagnosed back in the early 1980's. I have found that when I have flare-ups I keep it smooth and easy with foods. When I'm feeling better, I try to eat like a normal person. Since the 1990's I learned that it helps to take a good multi-vitamin daily, fish oil tablet(the coated kind), multi-B vitamin, and extra C.
I had a blokage at the end of the 1980's. Had a foot of my small intestine removed and about 6 inches of my large due to a fistula area. Thankfully, I haven't had to have any surgery since then.
Hope this helps. May God Bless You.

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Crohns diet

by Erica
(Maryland)


My name is Erica, Im 32 years old & I was just diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. Im so upset because I'm ignorant to this disease. What can I eat? What can I drink? I feel like a prisoner in my own body. Can someone please enlighten me on the situation!!!

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glutamine
by: Me, from Chicago again

Something worth a go- glutamine powder. Glutamine is an amino acid, and the stomach & intestines love the stuff. I've been adding that in for a little over a month and it's made a huge difference. Winter is usually pretty rough, and since starting that, life's been way better. Find a time released formula otherwise your stomach will use most of it up. Google glutamine for more info on it. Ask your doc if you have any doubts about it. The brand I've been using is MHP glutamine-sr, 12 hr release. It's flavorless, and mixes easily with anything you want. There's plenty of places to get it pretty cheap online.

What foods for Crohns
by: Della



Hi Erica

I am so sorry you are having this health
problem at your age. I am now six years
into Crohns and five years in remission
from diarrhea. I am one of those fortunate
people that eat or drink anything. It is
such an individual thing for each person.

I remember asking my support group if they
were able to eat or drink anything they
wanted when first diagnosed, and they said
yes but couldn't in later years.

I have read that food and drink don't
cause diarrhea. It is anything put in
your atomach because the colon is
inflammed and wants to expel what ever
is there. One of the differences between
Crohns and irritable bowel syndrom is
when you go to bed to rest you must get up
a few times with diarrhea. No rest for
the weary.

Buy books about Crohns and join a support
group. The group is full of their wisdom
from experience. I was warned by them
that when I was withdrawn from prednisone
I would have awful leg pain, especially at
night. They were right, but I knew what
to expect. It helped. God bless you Erica.
Della

THKS Me from Chi town
by: ERICA

thk you me frem Chi-town......I figured out the hard way what I can and cannot eat......

Yup
by: Me, from Chicago

It's all trial/error, and a key to the trial/error is moderation. Doc's will tell you not to eat certain things, cause your well being is their job. Not everything affects everyone the same. Start out relatively mild and work your way to where you want to be. You may find out pretty quickly you are nowhere near as trapped as you think! Find your 'safe' diet so you know what to fall back on when things get rough. For the 10 years since my diagnosis, I've gone from crackers, toast and jello, to eating anything I want. And by anything, I'm talking mexican with the red sauce, chili, pizza covered in red pepper, hot wings, corn, salad, cajun, habanero salsa, pretty much you name it! First supply your body with the essentials so it can function, then branch out from there. It can be done! Vitamins can do ya good as well.

As for drinking, everything non-alcohol is a go unless you're allergic or something(obviously), and fore me... coffee almost requires diapers. So, I'll assume you mean alcohol wise. Liquor and scripts can be quite toxic, so your Doc certainly knows best there.

been there
by: Tod from NY

Hi Erica,
i have had CD for 38 years and have seen the evolution of treatments. Sometimes I felt like a guinea pig and a human pin cushion.
It sucks but the first couple of years is all about trial and error. There are different courses of treatment that might work for some where others react favorably to other treatments.
The first step is to find a good Gastrointerologist in your area. I am sure there are no shortages of them in Maryland. Second is treatments. The success of the treatments will determine the food that you can and cannot eat.
I will give you an example...i have struggled with CD through high school etc...it was really bad. I swear, water bothered me at times. Now thanks to Remicade infusions I can eat anything, even Pizza! Trust your doctors but ask questions going forward. USE FORUMS LIKE THIS TO HELP YOU ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS GOING FORWARD. i WISH i HAD THIS post when i was young. i felt lost as well. email me any time at tod@mynewbenz.com with any questions you might have, it would be my pleasure!
It will take time, but when the nervousness of not knowing subsides you will see that this is a very manageable disease after all!

crohns diet???
by: Mia

Hello,

I have been suffering for over a year since I found out I had crohns disease. I have had to change G.I. doctors 4 times because they are so rude and don't explain anything. I thought the last one I have now was a good doctor but he is just like all the others. I also need to now what I can or can't eat or drink. I have lost 30 pounds since last November and I am starting to get depressed. As far as I know from my own research we shouldn't eat ANY fast food, fried food, anything with seeds in it like tomato, cucumber (unless you cut them out. I'm not sure about lettuce. I love salad and this sucks so bad. Also, corn and beans is something I found out we can't eat, again this sucks because I love all this stuff. Red meat and pork is not good to eat. I am having so much trouble following this because I like everything I mentioned and I can't figure out what I can eat. I know they say if your using the bathroom a lot stay away from fiber but I hate when someone says that because I have no clue what foods have fiber. I need somone to explain what actual foods is ok to eat. I'm sorry I didn't help that much, I am still having trouble believing I have crohns disease.

chrons
by: jo

hi erica please dont be upset i know its hard at times wit this diseaes,ive had it for 2yr so i sympathise , but there are many treatments out there to help with the symptoms .. if u would like to talk further contact me on wonderfulwyatt@yahoo.co.uk take care x

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diet with Crohn's

by dana
(houston)

Just wandering if the best thing to do is to just maintan a healthy diet without the meds. The side effects seem to be just as bad as my flare up.

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meds & diet for crohns

by Kelly
(Australia)

Hi, I was diagnosed with crohn's 18mths ago.I have been on a couple of steriods & then had treatment failure with two of the first line maintanence medications. Now I'm on methotextrate (weekly injections)
Whilst I have had some improvment I still have diarrohra most days, lots of painfull bloating & cramping.
So I'm not too convinced that the methotraxate is doing much for me.
I have heard about a particular diet called "the specific carbohydrate diet" & was wondering if anyone has tried it & what was their experience with it.

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Dietary & any other advice please

by sue
(UK)

Hi
I currently care for someone who has crohns disease, he has a stoma, is 45 years old.
I am uncertain as what is best food for him, it always seems like he has diarrhea,is losing weight about 5lb per month for the last 4 months total 20lbs so far !
He is on a lot of medication as he also has learning difficulties, tranquilizers etc,not sure if these are making diet situation worse or not.

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Diet
by: E2

I'm sure lots of people have opinions on best diet, but I've been seeing a chinese dr/nutritionist and she has me off,well, many things! but what especially seems to help (from experimentation eating what i'm not supposed to eat) is getting off dairy, raw fruits and vegetables (fiber and cellulose hardest for your body to break down), and coffee. limiting processed foods is always good too. limiting added sugar. i eat lots of eggs for breakfast (easy to digest and protein, fills you up), nice round lunch or dinner of fish or chicken with brown rice and cooked veg. most asian food is safe. there are many diet recommendations out there- it is worth it to talk to a professional nutritionist / naturopath to get a recommendation on diet specific to the patient's situation and needs.

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food for crohn's

by Jennifer Da Ponte
(Brampton, Canada)

how do I know wen i flare up will happen?
i had orange juice one day that was'nt good,
then one day green tea by it self for breakfast , that wasn't good . another flare up.

does amyone have a list of proper foods to eat???

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Diet
by: Anonymous

Try green smoothies. Read the book GREEN FOR LIFE by Victoria Boutenko. It has helped me a great deal.

Yeah, eat!
by: Anonymous

As already stated, it's all trial and error. Highly acidic stuff(OJ) tends to hurt me, doesn't mean it'll hurt everyone, obviously. You need to take in nutrients somehow or you'll end up worse off. If you're up for it try slim fast, carnation instant breakfast, or something like that a few times a day and take vitamins. It's worked wonders for me. IF you can't try either of those due to ingredients, there's plenty of options out there.

FOOD
by: Anonymous

I'm glad to hear I wasn't the only one that lived on ready salted crisps and rich tea biscuits for a while! In the end for me it was trial and error as to what suited me. No one would say well eat this and you should be ok. The initial thing I did remove pretty early was dairy products which helped for me. Good luck :-)

useful food
by: Chris

been dealing with crohns for 15yrs now and its turned my life upside down and nearly killed me. depressing stuff aside- i've learnt a lot about food having researched it and been on many exclusion diets... you could say im a veteran... i just wrote an essay with a mountain of useful tips an stuff in it but 3000 characters wasnt enough :-( its proper late now and im not writing a shorthand version to be misenterpreted. feel free to ask me something on chris82may@btinternet.com i hope i can give you the heads up that i didnt get years ago, i really do wanna help out. best of luck to you all!!!

FOOD
by: Anonymous

i have noticed that it all depends on you as a person and getting used to what agrees with you. i was diagnoesed nearly 6 years and ago and at the time i was living off ready salted crisps and rich tea biscuit becuase nothing would agree with me. Now i find some foods agree with me that didn't before.I have yet to find a diet that agrees with me!

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crohns disease diet

what can i eat?

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by: Haley

Unforuntally, Its a trial and error kind of thing. In my experience nothing is set in stone...do eat...or don't eat. I have found that things that really bother me...like salad and red meat...I can have now...that I am not in a flare up anymore...but only in very small portions. Its best to eat bland food while your in a flare up though because then everything upsets me. Sorry....there is no straight forward answer.

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Unforuntally, Its a trial and error kind of thing. In my experience nothing is set in stone...do eat...or don't eat. I have found that things that really bother me...like salad and red meat...I can have now...that I am not in a flare up anymore...but only in very small portions. Its best to eat bland food while your in a flare up though because then everything upsets me. Sorry....there is no straight forward answer.

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Raw Diet for Crohn's

by Penny
(Michigan)

I just started the Raw Diet for my Crohn's after buying David Kliens book...I will say it's pretty easy to do this way I'm 75% Raw right now and plan to go 100% one day....I gave up Red Meat and Pork...has anyone eles tried this method.....Penny

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fish oil with CoQ10 for Crohn's

by Maria
(Australia)

Is fish oil with CoQ10 safe to take if bleeding persists

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safe
by: Anonymous

this is really a question only to be answered by a doctor.

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Fish Oil yes, Hook Worms NO! :)

by Kit Campbell
(Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Your body is an amazing entity.
It has the ability to 'fix' all that invades it, including thought :)

What you put in to it systemically makes a difference, as does the way that you think, feel and maybe 'react' in your daily life.

Please, just stop for a while and 'be'.
There is an alternative to suffering with inflammatory bowel symptoms.

All medication target the symptoms, but not the CAUSE.
Work out the cause and the symptoms will disappear.

Took me 40 years of 'owning' Crohns Disease to get to that point and 7 days within a major attack to turn everything around.
It is possible. KNOW that it is possible.
You don't own a disease. You are at dis-EASE.

On a physical level, remove sugar (alcohol/fruit drinks/sugar drinks), stop smoking - the nicotine affects the lining of the bowel and if you want to repair that, you need to get on board with yourself!! Cut down or remove heavy meat from your diet - it's difficult to digest and you need to give your gut a break right now! Keep away from hard nuts and seeds, as they can get caught in some areas of the bowel, irritate it and cause slight inflammation.

Drink water, water, water, water!!! Fresh water (not full of chemicals) contains oxygen (H20) which your body needs for repair.

Vitamins: Fish oil, great for the lining - Vitamin C, great for repair - Vitamin D, great for repair - Q10, great for repair - liquid oxygen, great for repair - aloe vera juice (organic), again good for repair.

But outside of all these 'physical' additives, how you feel within yourself is going to make the biggest change of all.

Whatever medication you have to take, you take :)
Whatever medication you 'think' you need, you need :)

And my thoughts on surgery? ... a very last resort :)


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Keep me on your e-list...
by: Peter Bray

Thanks for all your Crohns input--I want to buy your book when it comes out.
PetrBray@AOL.com
Benicia, CA USA
(1 hr NE of SF)

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peppermint oil for crohns

by Tanya
(South Australia)

Hi Everyone

***would anyone happen to have heard if it's alright to put a bit of peppermint oil on my belly as i always found that soothing before bowel resection op/diagnosis and am in agony and have already had more than enough painkillers. ly conflicting info on the net. Also, I know I need to check with Dr and can google it but thought i'd see if any of u guys had heard or it at all as i often find really conflicting info on the net and between different Drs.I am wondering if i can please ask what pain meds people use for post op and bad flare ups. Also, can you mix codeine and endone? ***
Thanks, Tanya :-)

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SPRITE A HELP!!!!!!!!

by Suzanne
(Ireland)

Im Suzanne, 21 years old. Ive Chrons since as long as i can remember it started when i was 5, i was constantly in and out of hospital all my life. It was like my second home, i never could socialise like other kids my age at the time. It was really hard, i got bullied when i could go to school nobody uderstood or even wanted to. Even teachers had no respect. People today are more educated about it now than 8 years ago. Its a horrible diease if only there was a cure!

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Right bk at ya Tod, Hows your CD Now, Has it got better or worse?
by: Its me Suzanne

Also what meds do you take?

can relate
by: Tod

I can completely relate. I have had CD since I was 12 and am now 50! Just think how bad it was then....sheesh. The teachers used to make comments to the class after I would constantly have to go to the bathroom while in class. Humiliating to say the least.
As I got older, though, the weirdest thing happened. I actually appreciate what I went through because it not only made me more empathetic to other people's plights, but I feel it made me much better in business as well.
Good can always come from bad, it is just how you let it play out in life. You know the saying "when life gives you lemons you make lemonade......

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is cod liver oil good for crohn's disease

by Delrine
(Sri Lanka)

I am on a very low diet. Moment I eat bread with butter and jam. or butter cake,rich cake there is a noice in the stomach and I tend to go to the toilet often. Immediately when I take bifilac I feel better. Is it good to take Bifilac often.

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ALL MEAT

by NICOLA
(WIGAN)

IAM 25 JUST FOUND OUT IVE GOT CHRONES ,BEEEN TRREATED WITHE STEADS BUT HAD A FLAR WHICH SCARED MY BOYFRIEND N DAUGHTER,MY FELLAS IN FULL TIME WORK ,SOME TIMES I CANT PICK MY DAUGHTER UP OR GET MY HOUSE WORK DONE ,CHANGED MYT DIET BUT NOT FEELIN MY SELF COZ IVE LOST WEIGHTR MY BREAST OR FLAT OVEFR WELLEMED B Y TAKIN 22 TABLETS ADAY ,IAM WANTIN TO GO BACK WORK .N TITHER4

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FRUIT & VEG - GOOD OR BAD?

by SAM SPENCER
(SPAIN)

HI, I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CROHN'S IN 1995, (I'M 40 NOW), AND ALTHOUGH THROUGHOUT THE YEARS I'VE HAD WHAT I WOULD CONSIDER TO BE QUITE BAD FLARE-UPS, LUCKILY THEY NEVER LAST TOO LONG, (MAYBE 24 HOURS OF INTENSE PAIN/12 HOURS OF VOMITING AND THEN 2 DAYS LATER FINE AGAIN) AND FOR THAT REASON I FEEL I'M VERY FORTUNATE COMPARED TO A LOT OF OTHER SUFFERERS. I'VE ALWAYS TAKEN CLAVERSAL, INITIALLY 6 PER DAY BUT AM NOW DOWN TO 3 A DAY. THREE YEARS AGO I WAS PRESCRIBED ENTOCORT AND THEY REALLY WORKED FOR THE CROHN'S - I NEVER SUFFERED AT ALL WHICH WAS AMAZING - HOWEVER, THEY REALLY DID AFFECT MY MOODS AND EVENTUALLY I DECIDED TO COME OFF THEM, (MY SPECIALIST WASN'T AT ALL PLEASED BUT ULTIMATELY IT'S MY LIFE SO MY DECISION AND LUCKILY I HAD NO BAD SIDE-EFFECTS ONCE I GAVE THEM UP).

ANYWAY, I'LL GET TO THE POINT OF MY QUESTION; AS THE YEARS GO BY, GRADUALLY I ELIMINATE VARIOUS FOODSTUFFS WHICH AFFECT ME, NAMELY ONIONS, ORANGES, COFFEE, PULSES AND OCCASIONALLY MILK. HOWEVER, OVER THE LAST SIX MONTHS I FIND THAT I CAN BARELY TOLERATE ANY FRUIT AT ALL AND, ALWAYS MINDFUL OF TRYING TO EAT THE "5 A DAY" IN THIS DEPARTMENT, I'M FINDING IT REALLY DIFFICULT. BASICALLY, I'VE GIVEN UP MOST VEG AND FRUIT AND EAT MAINLY SALAD LEAVES AND BANANAS - STRAWBERRIES ALSO GO DOWN WELL IN MODERATION. SO MY DILEMMA IS AM I DOING MYSELF MORE HARM THAN GOOD IN GIVING UP FRUIT & VEG AND THEREFORE DENYING MY BODY OF IMPORTANT NUTRIENTS AND VITAMINS OR IS IT ALWAYS BEST TO AVOID THAT WHICH HAS A BAD EFFECT ON MY INTESTINES? I'D REALLY APPRECIATE ANY COMMENTS.

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Fruit and Veg
by: julie

HI Sam

I would advise you to avoid the fruit and veg as the fibre has an adverse affect on your tummy. The 5 a day rule applies to those with healthy digestive systems and unfortunately thats not you. I am not a health profesional but have researched long and hard since my 12 year old boy developed symptoms. He was put on a high fibre diet, lots of fruit and veg for two weeks and his symptoms became much much worse. If you check out some of the medically based info on the web, it is advised there to avoid fruit and veg if you are having a crohns flare-up. Be kind to yourself and it what suits you. Take care.

What about Juice+?
by: Anonymous

One thing that I have found that has been a God send for me is "Juice+". It used to be so darned expensive that it wasn't even and option, but now you get your whole order and just pay $39.00 a month, it is awesome, so awesome in fact that I can only take 1/2 the recommended dosage because I have too much energy and my body just isn't able to keep up right now. It has been a true blessing for me. I have had 3 intestinal surgeries and 1 neck and 2 back surgeries, I get better sooner than I should and I have my energy back sooner than I should. You should really find a representative in your zip code. Just go on-line. No, I am not a rep., but maybe I should be, it's easy to sell something that is working for you and something you really believe in. Give it a try, if it doesn't work out, send it back. I take both the fruits and the veggies. It is simply put, marvelous.

sam spencer fruit & veg
by: Barbie (England)

Hi Sam
I understand totally your concerns about not being able to tolerate Fruit and veg, I too cannot eat this without it affecting my bowel.
Why not try drinking fruit smoothies to get your five a day, it seems to work for me.
Other than that I too do not know the answer

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magnesium for crohns

I am currently on 50mg of mecaptopurine. I have for a while noticed a numbnesss in my left hand and leg. The Doctor thinks i may need a Magnesium infusion . Please could any one explain the ins and outs of this. Thanks Carole

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ketosis diet for crohns

is there anyone else who have found the ketosis(atkins) diet help your belly pain???

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food allergy tests

by Helen
(West Midlands)

Has anyone had a food allergy test and if so did it help? just spent four days in hospital after my second flare up in six months and am now considering a food allergy test to see if it is something is setting me off, as doing it by trial and error has not worked - everytime I have Crohns flare up it is quickly followed by an Arthritis flare up too although now about to start steroid treatment in the hope it will calm both

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Noni Juice for crohn disease

by Therese
(Australia)

Is taking 50ml twice a day of Nonni Juice help a lady pregnant surrering from Crohn disease?

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weight gain

by caroline
(lincoln uk)

hi i was wondering if anyone knows how to lose weight while on medication for crohns disease, i was on prednisone for 8 weeks but now only on pentassa and lansaprazole i am exercising over an hour a day and not eating fatty foods but still no weight loss, i have water retention and arthritis limits my movements but i have gained 2 stone and feeling very depressed about it all, any ideas gladly welcomed.

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UHT MILK REALLY HELPS CROHNS SUFFERERS

by julie weston
(england)

My husband was diagnosed with crohns 5 years ago he had alot of his intestine removed via emergency surgery and suffered considerably after the op and was put on a high dosage of Pentasa daily. He change his diet but nothing seemed to help until he changed the milk. We have always had normal cows semi skimmed milk which he used to drink a glass of before bed sometimes to help him sleep but he would be extremely ill for a few days after and he never linked it with the milk. Out of pure coincidence we went on holiday and as they only had UHT milk this was all he was drinking during the week. This tranformed him and he transferred to UHT milk when we arrived back to the UK. He has now been in remission from crohns for the last two years and we belive without doubt it was the normal cows milk that was making him so ill. UHT milk is highly treated and at a temperature exceeding 135°C (275°F), which is the temperature required to kill spores in milk. If we are out and he has a drink of tea or coffee whithout UHT milk he is ill again within a few hours. Milk is definitley the culprit in his case. Its worth a try!!

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by: Lydia D.

Crohn's sufferers frequently do not tolerate certain dairy products. However, your husband's intolerance is particularly intriguing. It would appear to be neither casein nor lactose intolerance.

Although at elevated temperatures, all proteins are denatured - they lose their 2., 3. and 4. structures, and their ability to function. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denaturation_%28biochemistry%29

UHT milk is sterile that is why it has a long shelf-life. It certainly would not upset his gut flora as much as pasteurised milk would.

Well done, for finding something that he can drink. I am lactose intolerant and drink lactose-free UHT milk because that's how it is sold.

http://www.ifood.tv/network/uht_milk

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by: Peter Bray

Dear all:

Hippety hop over to www.crohns.org and see what they have to say about MAP in milk, Johne's disease infected dairy cows and mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis...the last thing I would drink is dairy milk...Sick cows infected with Johne's disease are not even culled out of the herd and cremated/destroyed independently, they are ground up into hamburger meat and re-introduced into the food chain...See for yourself at www.johnes.org

Ultra-high pasteurization is done for a reason, think about it...and then ask the question, why isn't all milk highly pasteurized?? Then again, why do we drink the milk of another animal? For what reason? For whose financial gain at what risk to ourselves?

PetrBray@AOL.com
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guggulsterone for Crohn's Disease

by Peter
(Silver City, NM (USA))

Has anyone heard much about Guggulsterone, as a cure for Crohn's Disease?

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Probiotics and prebiotics for Crohn's Disease

by Michelle
(Canada)

Has anyone been told if Probiotics and Prebiotics are helpful for treatment in Chron's Disease. Thank You for any Information.

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Jini Patel Thompson
by: Anonymous

I have a friend with Crohn's and came across this site which I forwarded to her. The lady Jini Patel Thompson talks about pro and pre biotics, so perhaps have a look through this site. It looks promising. The video clips are very interesting, and so are the testimonials.

http://www.listen2yourgut.com/meet-JiniPatelThompson.php

All the best

Probiotics
by: Andi- dx 1996

I have a B.S. in Nutrition and was diagnosed in 1996.
I find on the whole that the majority of the people I speak with are helped by a probiotic. I take both Lactobacillus (commonly sold as Acidophilus) and Align. I have a wonderful, nutritionally conscious GI who started me on Align about a year ago, and it has made a tremendous difference in my overall regularity. Align has been specifically researched by GIs to target the postive bacteria needed in the intestinal lining, and I really recommend to anyone with chronic stomach upset. My father has IBS and has seen improvements in his symptoms with Alighn.

On a side note, I have to say be careful with dietary information. I'm thrilled for John that increasing dietary fiber and whole grains has been helpful, but it was detrimental to me (even without intestinal blockage). Remember, Crohn's is an immensely versatile disease that affects all of us differently. To quote my GI, for some people, whole grains are like "rubbing sandpaper on an open wound." If you find that whole grain fibers aggravate your system, focus on soluble fibers- such as found in oats and beans, and limit insoluble fibers, which are mostly found in raw vegetables. Eating fruits and veggies raw is not an option for me, so cooking them improves my tolerance. Citrucel is another easy way to add more dietary soluble fiber if food sources are not an option.

Probiotics (Primal Defense and Kefir)
by: John

Hello,

I have had crohne's since 1973. I have had three operations to remove 10 feet of small intestine in three operations 1973, 1988, and 2005 due to blockage from crohn's. Three years ago I found Dr. Jordan Rubin N.M.D book "Patient Heal Thyself". I changed my diet like Dr. Rubin suggested and started taking probiotic (Primal Defense). About two years after that I read parts of "Patient Heal Thyself" and found that Dr. Rubin was also taking Kefir, which helped him to turn the corner and live. Kefir has been a God Send for me. I no longer see a gastrointerologist since I have changed my diet, take Primal Defense, and cultivate my own kifer (vey easy)

Diet: eat mostly whole foods (vegestables, fruit, and fiber. ONLY IF YOU DO NOT HAVE INTESTINAL BLOCKAGE

Diet: Stop eating all the simple sugars. Sugars only feed bad bacteria in the intestine. Probiotices (lactobacillus and many others are the good bacteria in your digestive system.

Mental: Learn to control the stress in your life. Stress produces adrinalin which only aggravates your Crohnes.

Exercise hard at least three times.

Good Luck and Please read "Patient Heal Thyself"

God Bless


Probiotics
by: Anonymous

My doctor has me take Align.

Probiotics
by: Anonymous

Just had an appointment with dietition today. She recommended VSL 3. Apparently there have been many studies done on this probiotic. I had never heard of it. My gastro had me on Florstor but I had quit taking it as I didn't see a benefit.

Probiotics for Crohn's?
by: M-M

I think so. I was dxd with serious systemic Crohn's ileocolitis 14 years ago. I had my last big flare 6 years ago. I take Primal Defense and fructo-oligo saccharides (Solaray FOS). I think these have everything to do with long remission.

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Is msm helpful in treating crohns disease

I have been suffering crohns disease for over 46 years, can msm help cure it?

Cheers,

Carmen starwoman15 @ yahoo.com

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Anyone had any success with Vitamin D

by carmen
(australia)



I am currently taking Vitamin D in 10,000 daily doses, a little better maybe.

Carmen

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fish oil for crohn's

by Mark
(Snohomish)

Does anyone know the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition issue(s) that discuss the use of fish oil?

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corn's effects on Crohn's disease

by Tina
(Decatur, GA)

I have been in remission for over a year and I attribute it to a wheat, dairy and soy free diet, plus I'm on Asacol still and Humira. I am healing myself on the inside with the food but avoiding any flair ups with the medications while going thru the healing process.

However, I am experiencing bloating and the only thing I eat more of now since I can't eat much of anything else, are corn chips, gluten free of course. But, I just learned that corn is very fattening among other disturbing news (cancer causing, etc.). Does anyone have experience or knowledge about corn in relation to Crohn's disease?

Thank you for sharing.

Tina

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Corn and Crohns
by: Anonymous

I did an 8 week long elimination diet that showed me what foods trigger reactions for me. It was so helpful.

For me corn is my biggest trigger for a flare. It can take the most minute amount of something made from corn to put me down for a 2-3 days. I've heard of many others that struggle with corn on the cob. For me though its corn in any form. I used to take medication for my crohns but (gradually with the supervision of my doctor) since removing corn I only take supplements and probiotics. I'd recommend taking out corn for a few weeks to see if you feel better.

the following website can help you avoid corn and gluten. There is both a list of foods to avoid and another of foods that are ok.

http://www.corn-gluten-foodallergies.com/foods-to-avoid.html



I feel best when I eat mostly vegetables, some fruit, rice, beans and occasionally corn free chicken (yeah its even on the meat we eat, its practically everywhere). I also stay away from food additives and simple starches and sugars as much as possible. These things have made such a difference for me.

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milk thistle for crohns disease

by bernie
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i am currently taking a course of prednisolone and would like to know if milk thistle will help with side effects?

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food and crohns

by aline
(lebanon,beirut)

please i need to know when we eat anything and had a diarrhia cause of crohn disease meaning that we are loosing what we eat are we still gaining weight or what ever we eat we will still losing weight even if we are eating cause of crohn disease?i eat well and i had a diarrhia cause of crohn but i dont know if i will lose weight or gain weight if i eat?

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foods that help flareups of crohn's disease

by Adam
(Owen, WI)

Hasanyone found anything that helps with the agonizing pain in your stomach when you have a flareup?

I had another one last night. It is always the same thing- stomach cramps for about 3-4 hrs, then the pains get much worse. It always seems to happen later in the day and by hour 6-7 The pain is so bad that I can't sleep. I then vomit 2-3 times, between hours 9 & 12, then by hour 16 the pain usually starts to subside. I am usually back to normal in 24 hours. I had been having these flareups every 2-3 months, but until last night, I haven't had one for over a year. I had started taking a Probiotic, vitamin D, and omega 3 fish oil.

I have had Crohn's for 22 years, had 2 bowel resections, am on Cholestrymine to try to help with the diareah.

Any tricks or advice to getting through these flareups is greatly appreciated.

Adam

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by: Lydia D.


I suspect that a modicum of your pain is caused by the Cholestyramine - it is a side-effect. http://www.drugs.com/mtm/cholestyramine.html

You might find it more beneficial to stop the Cholestyramine and see if Metamucil is any better. Caveat: this can also cause blockages and should be taken with plenty of water. Please discuss with your doctor. http://www.drugs.com/mtm/metamucil.html

Porridge (fine), potato broth, mashed potato, mashed carrot/broccoli/parsnips/etc., will all bulk up the stool.

Vomiting is not normal. You will be losing lots of nutrients - this will put an enormous strain on your body, you can end up weakening your muscles, which can result in heart damage/failure.

You should perhaps take oral rehydration salts - ask your pharmacist for sachets or make your own up (Google). Tomato juice is full of minerals, but might not help the diarrhoea.

It would help you if you kept a patient food/mood/symptom/medication/supplement diary. This will help you better monitor your health and help you to communicate with your doctors. http://beyondibd.com/blog/treatment/how-keeping-a-diary-can-improve-your-health/

Use the following scales:

Crohn's daily activity index
http://www.ibdjohn.com/cdai/

The Bristol Stool Scale http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Stool_Scale

The Comparative Pain Scale: http://www.tipna.org/info/documents/ComparativePainScale.htm

You could use the BRAT (banana, rice, apple mousse, toast/tea) as a basis for your diet. However, you might have to purify everything because bananas can also cause blockages - try making smoothies with vitamin C.

The last section of this paper has loads of tips on food to eat when you have chronic diarrhoea: http://www.medicine.virginia.edu/clinical/departments/medicine/divisions/digestive-health/nutrition-support-team/nutrition-articles/September2005.pdf

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can cause cramping and abdominal pain: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/list-VitaminsMinerals/

Research Crohn's RMAT therapy... NEW
by: Peter Bray

My suggestion is not for food to ease the pain, others may be able to help you with that, but research Dr. William Chamberlin in Texas, Dr. Tom Borody in Australia, and Prof. John Hermon-Taylor in England, and ask them any and all questions you have about the suspected pathogen causing your Crohn's, MAP, mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis, from Johne's Disease-infected dairy cows, see also www.crohns.org and study it for yourself...Eliminate the pathogen, see the IBD videos also on www.YouTube.com and study what Dr. Tom Borody of Australia and Dr. W. Chamberlin have to say about RMAT antibiotic anti-MAP programs...get yourself a 21st century gastro who knows something about this disease and is not just hiding under the bed with "auto-immune," symptom-suppressing, Big Pharma ignorance!

PetrBray@AOL.com
Peter Bray, Benicia, CA
24 years fighting my daughter Cathy's Crohn's

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low magnesium and crohns

by Shell
(Australia)

i have had crohns for ten years and for the past three months, I am travelling into hospital every week for very low levels of magnesium to have infusions. It has become very low since starting on infliximab about 2months ago. All of my other electrolytes are within normal range, I am also taking 6000 mg of oral magnesium per day . Does any one have suggestions.

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http://magnesiumforlife.com/

http://www.betteryou.uk.com/downloads/news/news_26_36.pdf

http://www.betteryou.uk.com/betteryou-zechstein-inside-magnesium-flakes-pid28.html

low magnesium and crohns
by: Anonymous

Check the type of magnesium that you're taking because they are not equal....Magnesium oxide they say is not taken into the blood that easily, and a better for is magnesium citrate. If you are taking 6g of Magnesium oxide, then you are giving yourself diahrea daily which IS WHY YOUR MAGNESIUM IS LOW.

Note:
a blood test of magnesium is usually useless since only 1% of your Total body magnesium is in it, but in your case you seem to be inducing diahrea which is messing it up......Use a more Bio-available form of magnesium because it will improve your symptoms from Chron's.

MgSo4
by: wellrest

A flotationtank have Epsomsalt - MgSo4 - Magnesiumsulphate in the water. A normal bath with some salt will also help you to keep the Magnesium level in the body high. Make search for magnesium and Birmingham University www.restingwell.eu

Magnesium Deficiency
by: Anonymous

You need Magnesium/Calcium/Vitam D. You need to take all 3 as they each help with the other's absorbtion. :)

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Energy Drinks and Crohns Disease

by Vanisha Kissun
(Auckland, NZ)

Hey. I have had Crohn's Disease for more than half my life and in all that time I have been thoroughly addicted to energy drinks, more specifically, V. I found that I could not drink it when it was straight out of the fridge as it gave me stomach pains, yet I could not easily give it up. So I found the solution of letting it go flat and then drinking it. Now I can drink any bubbly beverage without worrying about stomach pains. Just a suggestion:)

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Becoming vegan with Crohn's disease (Care about what goes in your body)

by Angelica
(All over the place)

Yummy Fruits!

Yummy Fruits!

Yummy Fruits!
Grilled Tofu, Rice!
Vegan Pizza!! soy cheese, spinach, tofu, hummus

Now, I know I'm of a rare breed as I am a young female artist who is vegan with Chron's Disease. However, I didn't always care about what foods I put inside me or what it might do. After loads of research, I've found I was doing many things to benefit Crohn's disease (i.e. terrible diet, tobacco useage, etc.)
I was diagnosed 3 years ago after a long hard battle of 'what-is-going-on-with-me?!'. I lost a drastic amount of weight (well over 90 pounds) and for a few months I vomited every single day multiple times. I couldn't hold anything down. I got so used to it in fact, I'd eat half a meal and then vomit and then pick right up where I left off as if nothing happened. I had all the glamorous frequent bathroom experiences as well as frequent excruciating intestinal pain.
I had to take an early leave from 11th grade because of all the messed up things going on with my body. 3 months later in the early morning before a vacation, I went to the emergency room because of mysterious blockage. This happened twice more over the course of that summer and I was put on steroids that made me gain back a large amount of weight. I went back to a careless diet and pretended that my disease didn't exist and only paid attention to it when I went in for remicade infusions. I eventually gave up red meat because of moral reasons and only ate chicken and fish.
In April of last year I met the love of my life and we decided to take a roadtrip to California. I decided around that time that I didn't want remicade any longer because of how the effects impacted me. It did it's job for the most part in keeping me somewhat healthy but I always felt weak and I suffered from strange unique abdominal pain that I ONLY ever felt while on remicade. I wanted the medication completely out of my system which takes around 3 months. Anyway, we went on the road trip and decided in the end to move there, so I didn't get a chance to catch up with my previous doctors. After moving there, I wanted to try and see how life would be without medication. It went fine for a few months with the treatment of cannabis until the disease eventually caught up with me causing me to be bed ridden and barely moving due to severe arthritis and vomiting. I decided to finally see a doctor and completely stop eating meat and dairy and drastically improving my diet(my boyfriend was vegan so it was a rather easy transition).
I've done research and found a linkage with dairy products and crohn's disease. There is a very similar disease that is in cows that the mother can give to her offspring through a bacteria in her milk. The study showed that a large percentage of crohn's disease patients involved in the experiment tested positive for this said bacteria. I am more than convinced that throughout my poor diet I contracted that bacteria whether it was through milk or cheese.
Becoming vegan has impacted my life in such a positive manner. Cutting both meat and dairy out of my diet has given me almost normal stools without being on any medication (currently). I feel great, look great, and honestly am a lot less stressed.
I didn't know until I became vegan how lactose intolerant I was and how much it effected my disease on a daily basis.
Becoming vegan might seem like an impossible task (trust me I know, I fell in love with someone vegan without even being vegetarian) but it's a lot simpler than you'd imagine, granted of course you don't have a soy or wheat allergy. I drink soy milk and almond milk which, in my opinion, is much tastier than regular cow's milk. I eat soy cheeses and lots of mock meats such as tofu, tempeh and seitan. I take b12 vitamin supplements and iron for anemia. A great store with vegan options is both Whole Foods and Trader Joe's (check if they're around your area).
Another option for those not willing to give up meat is eating for health benefits and what benefits you. Perhaps cutting out dairy and continuing to eat meat would be beneficial as well (you could always experiment! Give it a couple weeks.)
If you have any questions for me or would like opinions on great vegan food, please leave them here.
Also, be sure to consult your doctor if you take on a vegan lifestyle as it is a rarity.
If you're not willing to go cold turkey, then fine! Try having a few vegan meals every week. Who knows? Maybe it'd benefit you more than you'd think.
Please take a few minutes out of your day to read more about it online and learn how it can prolong your life and maybe get you to start feeling better with this incurable disease.

read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veganism

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Interested in controlling inflammation through veganism NEW
by: Disco SuperTNT

After watching several documentaries and reading articles online, I am seriously considering trying a vegan diet. My son and his wife were vegan for several years. I had my first symptoms of crohn's at age 21 and was not diagnosed until I was 34. By then the damage was so severe it required a bowel resection and weeks in the hospital on TPN. Happy to say all is well at the moment, but my bowel patterns have remained quite erratic. I think this is definitely worth a go as I also suffer from fatigue I believe my diet is the reason.

Thanks for sharing your story!!

Inspiring NEW
by: Ryan

Vegan girls are hot!! In fact the whole vegan idea is very sexy to me in moral ways. I have Crohn's and I'm stuck on steroids and have gained a lot of weight and nothing else is working. I think I could do the vegan thing but I doubt I could quit smoking and I wonder if it would be of benefit? What are your thoughts?

Email me at angryink@hotmail.com

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Vitamin Deficiancy

by Lisa
(Birmingham, UK)

I have crohns disease and had 30cm of bowel taken away in 2007. I put on a lot of weight taking steriods and kept having water infections and kidney infections and the doctors advised I had a high reading on my liver and they were concerned but they didnt know whatit was, maybe my weight gain, so I lost 2 stone in 6 months and now all my hair is falling out. The doctors took a blood test and found that I had a deficiancy in Vitamin D2 + D3 and give me weekly injections and calcium tablets to chew as well as I am giving myself injections of Humira every 10 days.....I also have a hernia in my diaphram which means I have to take Inexium every day which is beginning to not work anymore, so I am going to suggest another op to repair that to cut down on medication going through my liver, but my question is if anyone can help me, will I have to take vitamin injections for life because I do believe the part of my bowel which was taken away is the part in your body which absorbs these vitamins, no one seems to tell me anything and I just want to take as little medication (because I am scared of my liver problem)as possible?

Lisa

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Vitamin Deficiancy
by: Lizzie loose bowels

Hi how are you coping with the Humira? I tried it a few weeks ago while in hospital and had a terible reaction and had to stop it, I have also had surgery twice and also have vitamin dewficiancy i am affraid the part of bowel that they most probably have removed is the one that absorbs vitamins and yes you will more than likely have to have theses injection forever.
It is a small price to pay to feel much better though x if you would like to talk more please feel free to contact me on matthewatkinson103@btinternet.com

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Honey is the best medicine.

by Andrea

I am almost 26 years old now,and have been what I call "deathly ill" for about 4 or so years now. I have not been diagnosed with Crohn's Disease,but I strongly believe that I have it(maybe other things?). I have been staying away from doctors(I also have trust issues,one quack said I was lying about my symptoms,in so many words!),researching foods,herbs,all kinds of things in desperation to help myself without chemicals. I got to the point where I was always exhausted,I had severe digestion trouble,pain. I am still sick,but not hardly at all anymore. I happened to stumble upon the miracle that is honey. On a whim,I bought a jar of honey,and got addicted to it. I would eat it on bread everyday,and I got so much better. Ever since I have started to eat it everyday,for a little less than a year,I have had hardly any pain like I did,going to the bathroom is way more normal. For a couple of years about,I was fatigued all day,now I have been able to work around the house all day,as long as I get enough sleep (about 9 hours). No more need for naps! Only 2 or 3 days since I started with honey have I gotten unusually fatigued. I have to eat several tablespoons to get the desired effect. I notice bad things if I skip a day. I still need to go to the doctor about some things,but this is really something though. I would be dead probably otherwise if I did not eat this.

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fish oil for crohns

by mary
(donegal, ireland)

can anyone tell me whats the best fish oil for crohns there are so many on the market, at the moment, and has any one tried this,

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Meal replacement shakes and crohns

Is anyone aware of how meal replacement shakes may effect crohns disease? Thanks

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Meal replacement shakes and crohns NEW
by: Lydia D.

They are very hypertonic and can pull water out of the intestine mucosa - so they may exacerbate/cause diarrhoea. They are also low residue but can still lead to blockages because they have residual fibre in them, if you have severe stenosing. If you have a blockage/ileus/subileus, you should not drink them. Do not freeze them because this can cause clumping of the contents and affect absorption.

You should sip them alternating with several sips of water. You could also make jelly puddings/mousse out of them using cold-soluble gelatine.

5-6 per day are said to be sufficient to substitute fully for meals. However, the uptake of vitamins and minerals can be very variable depending on your disease and how the drinks have been stored. I believe that they should not be heated above 25oC. Selenium deficiency may also occur if you are drinking only astronaut drinks. You will probably still have to take a vitamin B-complex, vitamin C, fish oil capsules, etc.

You should also be aware that if you dilute them with water that they are great growing grounds for bacteria, etc. If you can't remember how long a drink has been lying around for, then chuck it out.

If you can't eat real food, then the drinks are a god send because they are more soothing on the intestine. However, you should avoid drinking them for too long because the intestine can start to atrophy and lose its ability to digest real food without a struggle.

Enteral feeding (usually via a nasal/gastric tube) has been shown to sooth Crohn's and, in many cases, bring about remission.

My doctor prescribes my drinks for me and I have a minimal co-payment in my country.

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vitamins

by jodi
(nz)

hi guys
I am going to have ago at taking vitamins and was wondering what sort of result people have had taking them.My body has a really fast metablosim and i have an illeostomy,so was wondering if it wil be waste of time.thanks for any replies

cheers
jodi

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Vegan Diet

by Alexandra
(Ocala,Florida)

Hi, my name is Alexandra, im 17 years old and and i suffer from Crohn's Disease. I was researching some stuff and came across this website. Im interested in improving my diet and read that a Vegan diet might e good for me. Any suggestions?

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cathy ruberts crohns diet

has anyone tried cathy ruberts no more crohns diet?

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food and crohns

by kyle
(northampton)

my grandson is 20yrs old and has had crohnes since he was 8yrs old he is fed through a tube in his stomach he has 2 liver diseases and the medication for this has given him cystic acne all over his body his liver has been damaged and cant be repaired,he feels sick a lot of the time but still forces himself to go to college.The problem noe is that he cannot put any foods in his mouth as it makes him feel so sick,bearing in mind he hasnt eaten any food for years & years,he was under a dietrition but even they have failed,& the dermotogists cannot help him with his skin because of the medication for his liver,he is badly scared all over his body.He has been to hospital in Oxford again today.The thing is that i am the only one that knows he is frightened to put food in his mouth & i have only just been told & promised to tell noone else PLEASEcan you help us

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Food and Crohn's NEW
by: Annette Young

Hello there,

I am sorry to hear that your grandson is having such an awful time with that of his Crohn's disease. I can hear how upsetting this is for you but you are doing the right thing in reaching out for help.

Crohn’s is a truly aggressive and horrible disease that can completely take over someone's life and it sounds as if he has experienced a great deal since he was eight years old. I am not surprised at all that he is reluctant to eat, not only is he not used to it now ,the problem with Crohn's is that when digestion become so painful, the mere thought of eating can make you feel sick with fear.

I admire his determination and resilience in that he still wishes to continue with college, many in his situation would give in to feelings of isolation. Your grandson really does need a lot of support, and not just physically but emotionally too. The fact that he has confided in you shows that he trusts you and it may be that you can persuade him to seek counselling because no doubt he is inwardly angry, resentful and afraid and this multitude of emotions will also not help the Crohn's disease. Obviously he has a great deal of physical problems, but anxieties will also exaggerate the symptoms so it is a vicious cycle.

If you can persuade him to see a counsellor, he can at least offload this anguish. He also needs to see a nutritionist, he may not be receiving all of his nutrients and it is vital that he does. A good nutritionist will have a greater understanding of his association with food and of the vital nutrients that may help his body to fight back.

There is help out there but the biggest thing you can do in the first instance is to show your grandson that he is not alone. This will pave the way forward for future help and support outside of the family circle.

Best of luck,
Annette

food and crohns NEW
by: Anonymous

I am not surprised that he now has a fear of eating - with severe Crohn's, eating can cause insupportable pain and suffering. He is out of the habit now, but with some patience he should be able to overcome his fears. If he can not do this alone, then he is going to need some help from a therapist who gently supports him. It might help starting with astronaut drinks like Ensure, but this should be done under medical supervision.

My layperson's take on the situation is that, in spite of the tube feeding, he still is not receiving adequate nutrition. This is because the damaged areas of the gut are not able to absorb the required nutrients from the enteral feed. This is particularly the case for the fat-soluble vitamins and vitamin B12, which are all absorbed mainly in the terminal ileum. This is easier to understand with the knowledge that different parts of the gut are responsible for absorbing particular nutrients. I refer you to the diagram here: http://www.cmaj.ca/content/166/10/1297

If he has any muscle or joint pain, this might be caused in part by vitamin B12 and other vitamin deficiencies. http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/list-VitaminsMinerals/

It is well documented in the literature that long-term tube feeding leads to selenium (and zinc and copper) deficiency, as can active Crohn's disease: http://cpj.sagepub.com/content/45/1/37.abstract http://www.tandurust.com/health-faq-5/selenium-deficiency.html http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3101481

There is talk in the literature that selenium, vitamin A, vitamin E and B5, drinking sufficient fluids and good nutrition may help in improving cystic acne. http://www.bukisa.com/articles/26845_cystic-acne-treatment-guide http://www.absoluteacneinfo.com/diet/eat.html

Certain foods should apparently be avoided in cystic acne: http://www.livestrong.com/article/348333-foods-to-avoid-for-cystic-acne/

Vitamin B6 is the only vitamin B (there are 8 vitamin Bs) with an upper dose on it of 50 mg per day. The B and C vitamins are water-soluble and excess is excreted from the body.

Also noteworthy is the fact that some 50% of the body's selenium is found in the thyroid gland, so if he has (sub-clinical) hypothyroidism, this may be corrected by selenium substitution.

I believe that he may be helped by certain additional daily supplements, wearing a medical-grade copper bangle, etc., assuming that his doctors have not prescribed them already.

I would also suggest that he has blood levels of the fat-soluble vitamins checked: A, D, E, K (ADEK) in addition to vitamin B12 and folic acid.
The caveat is that blood levels of nutrients do not necessarily reflect what is going on in the various organs. I suggest that he prints off any relevant literature and it with him to speaks to his doctor about this.

Unfortunately, medication, such as steroids can also cause acne: www.drugs.com or www.rxlist.com

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stomach rumbling after eating with crohns

by kevin
(birmingham)

please can u tell me is my crohns cauing me to have these noises in my stomach atfer eating its getting me down i have gone off my food

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by: Lydia D.

These are some of my suggestions based on my own experience. However, I would encourage you to discuss your diet with a nutritionist. Diet is a very individual thing, as is Crohn's.

I suggest that you keep a patient food/mood/symptom and medication diary.

Try eating soothing foods: mashed potato, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, yoghurt,steamed apples, etc.

Eat little and often. Sip Ensure or equivalent throughout the day making sure that you drink water in between sips.

For those with chronic diarrhoea, the BRAT (banana, rice apple mousse, tea/toast) diet is suggested as a basis for one's diet.

Be aware that if you stop eating, your stomach will rumble and eventually vitamin and mineral deficiencies will cause pain.

Avoid spicy, sugary and other wind-causing food and drink: http://www.ostomyland.com/ostomyland/chapter-10-problems-with-diet/

Fizzy drinks with or without sugar are a no-no, including fizzy mineral water.

Do not eat red meat as it is very difficult to digest. Stick to chicken and fish as main protein sources.

Do not eat raw foods - steam everything until you have got your disease under control.

Etc, etc, etc. Keep that patient diary to determine what you tolerate.

rumbling tummy NEW
by: Anonymous

yes it is chrons disease that is making your tummy noisy unfortunately one of the many effects of this disease, you could try foods that cause less wind, i cant even look at a vegetable now

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Liquid diet for crohns disease

by Molly Schofield
(Yorkshire)

Is anyone else on the Liquid Diet?

I have recently been put onto the liquid diet for crohns disease, and to be honest, i am really struggling! The drinks taste really nasty and i feel sick after drinking one. Please help me get through this!!

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drink diet NEW
by: jeanne

As I stated in one of the comments below,try "Resourse Breeze"its a orange or peach drink that's awesome

sad and angry NEW
by: Dawson

My 9 year old son has chrons. He has just been put on a liquid diet. He is so depressed and angry I dont know how to help him. Everytime he drinks the Ensure or Modulen he gags and gets stomach pain. Please give me some suggestions.

thanks

I feel your pain NEW
by: Kat

I was diagnosed when I was 10 years old and since then I have been on enteral(liquid)diet. When I have flares I'm on it full time no food. The first one I was prescribed was called Osmolite and I used to mix in chocolate flavouring, but it was the MOST DISGUSTING thing I've ever had to drink/eat. I'm now on this one called Fortisip which comes in pre-mixed flavours and doesnt taste as bad. I've had a illeocecal surgery and have been in remission since then but to prolong remission my doctors have recommended half food, half enteral nutrition. I have to continue with this for the rest of my life for full effect.
Good luck with your drinks and I hope you find one that is bearable

have had crohns for 48 yrs NEW
by: jeanne

I was diagnosed with it when I was 5. Was on every kind of experimental drug to stop its advancement. Am now 53 and have a continental ileostomy since I'm 17yrs old. I've been through the hell associated with this illness. Wasn't suppose to make it to 10 yrs old. I eat bland foods and am aware that my enjoyment of an "active" life won't last forever but I take one day at a time. Lived in an emotionally abusive marriage believing that no one would want me because I "didn't poop" normal! Am on my own and have 3 miracle kids who value me. I eat bland like I said, puree my veg and fruits and drink a beverage that has the value of a full meal called "resourse breeze" . it is delicious. Crohns patients need to take multi vit, vit D, I have no absorbsion so I take 60,000 mg of it a week, calcium. Learned too late in my life that calcium is especially important since milk products are a no no. Another realization about this disease I found out is that it destroys the cartilege in your system. I'm greatful to be alive but life is a challenge and the doctors do not volunteer and info into your possible future and what you may face and that's really too bad.I think its because that don't want to scare us. If you have a child with this disease, file for disability if they cannot go to school. Buy life insurance because they are uninsurable.if they cannot go to school, as I couldn,'t , they probably will not be able to hold down a job, and early application for this saves the kid problems as they get older.All this I've written is all from my personal life as I've had it the most severe the doctors have ever seen.

disgusting NEW
by: Emma

I was diagnosed when I was 9 and was told I had to have at least 15 of the things a day. In my opinion, all the flavours are disgusting so I found it really hard. In the end, I was put on a nasogastric tube which I kept having to have for ages!
If possible, try your best, cos the tube up ur nose is just horrible.
I found that having the drinks cold was easier because the taste wasn't as bad. Just try to down in as quick as possible.
Also, I found adding lemonade made it a bit easier, but obviously it depends how your stomach would handle it
Good luck

I found it hard NEW
by: Zina

Hi my name is zina and I also have crohns I have had it for five years I was severely inflamed in the early stages and they straight away put me on the liquid diet I found it really hard and was only on it for month as I lost ten kilos but one thing that made it easier for me was adding a bit of flavouring and making them into ice Lolly s I found this a bit easier instead of just drinking that awfull stuff

I found it hard NEW
by: Zina

Hi my name is zina and I also have crohns I have had it for five years I was severely inflamed in the early stages and they straight away put me on the liquid diet I found it really hard and was only on it for month as I lost ten kilos but one thing that made it easier for me was adding a bit of flavouring and making them into ice Lolly s I found this a bit easier instead of just drinking that awfull stuff

stick at it NEW
by: Anonymous

My son has been on a liquid only diet for nearly 6 weeks and like you dis-liked the taste. I add nesquick to it which improves the flavour slightly. He is allowed a couple of chewing gums a day to keep is teeth going and this helps to get rid of the taste too. He nearly gave up in the early stages, but as the weeks go on he is finding it easier to drink.He has continued to have an upset stomach have you?

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Healthy Eating Tips For Crohns Disease

by Michael Cohen
(166 Carrington Road Coogee NSW 2034 Australia)

Did you know that the food you eat can have a massive impact on your health, energy and levels and vitality and almost all areas of your life? Here are the top healthy eating tips for you to know:
-Hydrate, drink more water. 1L for every 24kg of body weight
-Eat breakfast! Make time for the most important meal of the day! Gluten free cereal, protein smoothie or eggs
-Eat Vegetables! Important to eat as many different colours as possible and at least include them with lunch and dinner
-Try and limit foods that require packaging, fresh are ALWAYS best.
-Try and eat protein with most meals, it will keep you full for longer so you won’t eat as much. Protein = eggs, meat, chicken, fish, cheese, nuts & seeds
-Choose low GI carbohydrates, GI = Glycemic Index. They will keep you full for longer and cause less blood sugar & energy fluctuations
-Keep portion sizes down by choosing smaller plates and using your hand to measure, palm = protein, 2 handfuls = vegetables, 1 small handful carbohydrates if necessary
-Eat as much variety as possible to ensure you receive nutrients from many different sources
-Eat a 2 pieces of fruit per day including berries for their high antioxidant content.
-Increase good fat in your diet by sprinkling seeds on salads or adding to smoothies, using flaxseed oil as salad dressing, having a small handful of nuts each day and eating more oily fish such as fresh tuna.

This is Dr. Michael Cohen a chiropractor from New South Wales Australia. This site seems to be an interesting forum site and a nice place to share and learn ideas from somebody else. I’m looking forward for a good stay ahead and have and establish an interesting discussion with all of you here.

Thanks and have a wonderful day!

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Crohns diet foods that will trigger a flare up

What are safe foods while suffering from Crohn's ? Will certain foods trigger a flare?

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Why are people advertising here?!!
by: Kit Campbll

The last two comments on this post are advertising their links.
I'm not quite sure how this has any bearing on Crohn's disease at all, but there you go!

Please guys, respect this situation and go and post your need for profit elsewhere.

This space is to help and assist those who suffer with gastrointestinal issues, and that's it. Any links should be in this vein, and this alone.

Thank you

Kit
www.kitcampbell.com

What you feed your body, feeds your candida fungus
by: Kit Campbell

Going to make this short and sweet :)

Do a candida test on yourselves.
If you find you are in overgrowth, this is the cause for your symptoms that simply get named with this disease or that.

Don't attempt to argue with me! Just test yourselves.

Do the spit test first (google that or I have it posted on my FB page TheIrritableBrain)

If you are positive, do the anti-candida diet. This cuts out all sugars - lactose, sucrose, fructose, .... ALL the 'oses! All wheat and grains are included in this as they make sucrose.

You will find that your gut will immediately feel relief.

You will find that for the first few days that you may feel like you have the flu, due to the fact that you are starving the C. Albicans and they are dying off and eliminating their toxins inside of you. This can be abated with certain trace elements and suppliments.

Trust me. You don't have to suffer with these so-called 'incurable' diseases, because NONE of them are incurable!

If you don't believe me and you suffer, then I can only assume that suffering is what you feel you have to go through.

And you're right. Whatever you think - you are right :)

But I just want to let you know that your life now was my life 14 years ago. And it is no longer anything like that!

I want to empower people who have been given a diagnosis and let them understand that they have a choice to heal themselves and to share my knowledge and personal experience as proof that the human spirit is powerful and can heal through the power of thought and nutrition.

I am passionate about people understanding that they have a choice, that medicine is not the be all and end all.

Why? because when I was 12 years old, others, through ignorance and trust, allowed my health to be handed over to the medical profession and again, others chose for me and I became a prisoner of that system for 40+ years :)

Change your mind about what you 'know'. In fact, KNOW NOTHING and go forward from there!

All the best

Kit



Safe foods
by: Anonymous

While safe foods vary according to the individual, some foods have a track record worth noting. I have been following the "FODMAPS" diet (google it)for IBS sufferers and it starts with a base list of foods that may prove useful. It seems to be low carb, gluten and legume free.That doesn't mean that one should stick to this diet forever. You go off it after two weeks and add one suspected item at a time. To add a wrinkle to all of this, if your colon has bacteria over growth (mine did)one appears to be allergic to many strange and not so strange foods. I asked for and received Flagle (an antibiotic for colon bacteria). After my dosage was complete, all my food sensitivities went away.) My GI doc was reluctant to prescribe an antibiotic due to fear of a CF diff infection. However, I persuaded my PCP to prescribe it. Be sure to take probiotics while on an antibiotic. It replaces the good bacteria so no imbalance occurs. Good luck!

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