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8/20/11 11:30 P

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hey Beaddeb1 !! my garden is really great! three cheers for the incredible taste of fresh ((really, really fresh!!!)) veggies! i am pretty happy with my first attempt this year and have already made some mental notes as to what i will do differently next year!

i also LOVE that i just rinse off the dirt and eat, no worries about what was put on the tomato, where it's been, who has handled it or what it was grown in ... feels really good !!

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8/20/11 10:46 P

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How's your garden doing? My garden has done better than I expected. It is wonderful to have freshly picked veggies. I've forgotten what they are supposed to taste like! :)

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8/19/11 11:07 P

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welcome! and you are so right that everyone has a different story and journey with crohn's & colitis ---- but i consistently feel everyone has something to share that encourages and supports others in this group! thanks for sharing your journey .... i planted an organic garden for the 1st time this year too! :)

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8/18/11 11:41 P

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I've had Crohn's for 28 years. About a year ago, I went on a gluten free diet. It is not always easy to follow, but when I slip I get bloating and diarrhea worse than usual. I am having real issues with figuring out what foods are "safe" for me. I suspected food allergies were aggravating things so I got tested (scratch tests) and out of 21 foods tested, I reacted to all 21. I have found that avoiding restaurants and prepackaged foods helps. The doctor suspects I may have issues with preservatives. I also suspect MSG.

This year I planted an organic garden. So far, it seem that eating basic foods (ex: fresh green beans, potatoes, peas plus a moderate amount of lightly seasoned nonhormone/antibiotic meat) has helped too. That said I am still on 25mg of Prednisone, although I started at 60mg this time around. Unfortunately, the usual medications (Remecaid, Humira, Imuran) have been of little help.

In the past, I have also found that moderate exercise helps. I know it can be hard to do because of fatigue levels and logistical (where's the nearest bathroom) issues. I'm still not really doing much because my last flare up was pretty severe, but I think it would help.

Because everyone with Crohn's seems to have their own food issues, I don't know if any of this will be of any help. However, it might give you some avenues to explore. Good luck!




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8/16/11 12:29 P

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sounds like we have similar journeys! i too have had crohn's for about 6 years and had a big surgery. diet can be so tricky and it varies greatly from person to person --- but i encourage you to keep trying, stay connected in sparkpeople (learning from & relating to those with crohn's), i believe it is a real asset! Glad you are here --- start new topics as you have ideas and jump into existing ones .... involvement is the key to learning and discovery for us all!!

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8/4/11 3:20 P

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Hi I have had Crohns since '06 had a major surgery the same year am struggling with eating healthier and maintaining a Crohn's safe diet. No nuts, raw veggies, nothing leafy, no whole grains, and of course no seeds. Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated. Been flaring lately due to trying to see if I can expand my diet to things I haven't tried since being diagnosed.

I am happily married. I am a college student. I am grateful to join a board for fellow Crohnies. I don't know anyone else very well that has the same disease as me.

Anyways thank you.

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