RGPatton - you are not alone so hopefully you'll find lots of support. I sympathize with the complicated diet needs. It is something I've been dealing with for a number of years and have found no real answers unfortunately. I've had Crohn's Disease probably since birth and have difficulties with fruits and veggies that are seeds or have stringy material in, fat in meats, and high fibre. I also have Type II Diabetes so have to watch my carbs and sugar. I have a bad heart condition as well and have to severely restrict my sodium intake. For both the Diabetes and the Heart, I need to eat lots of fruits and veggies but can only do that when my Crohn's isn't acting up. I take 60 pills a day (prescription and supplement) and I give myself 2-3 shots a day and get a monthly one from my nurse practitioner. I don't have a family Dr. but do have the nurse and several specialist doctors who aren't always on the same page when it comes to medication and/or diet. There are a lot of excellent articles with lots of advice and lots of recipes marked as healthy but be sure that they are good advice and healthy recipes that meet your personal needs. They are designed mainly for the majority and can't take into account all of the special needs of many of us. When looking up nutrient values of foods in the nutrition tracker make sure too that the things you have to watch for are covered. Individuals as well as SparkPeople put items in the database and individuals usually only include the data for items that concern themselves and therefore may not be complete enough for you. If you find that, you can look up the foods yourself on the internet or on the packaging you have and input your own entry in the database. Good luck and if I can be of any help, don't hesitate to send me a note.
Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada
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