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K5DISNEY Posts: 12
4/24/11 10:41 A

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Good tips guys! When I was diagnosed my doctor didn't make it seem like there were any foods that I should avoid and that it was really hit and miss. I wish he would have talked to me a little more about the fiber thing because hearing you all talking about it totally makes sense! I've been trying to eat "healthy" for a long time (tons of salads, fruits, and vegetables) and I can see now why my bad days were so bad. The food journal is a great idea - I think I'll start there!

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4/23/11 12:12 P

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Ashley, the prednisone makes you want to eat all the time, and not be satisfied. It is a horrible medicine and I admit that I hate it! I just got off of it myself. My reasoning was that I was only taking 5 mg. a day, and that I could do without it. My co-ordinator said she'd have to tell the doctor, and that's ok. Can they make me take it if I don't want to? no they can't.. but if I feel like I need it again, I'll go back. emoticon emoticon So far it has been 3 months and I am fine!

I eat lots of veggies, and some fruit, and love it all! emoticon

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10/16/10 10:40 P

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I've also found that eating cooked vegetables as opposed to raw also helps.

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NATTI2010 Posts: 47
10/7/10 6:31 A

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What I have always been advised is to peel all fruits. I never eat the skin on fruits and carry a peeler with me at all times (I am finally getting used to the strange looks 11 years on!) I find that works for me. My best advice is to try everything, but just peel it (if applicable). Sometimes I find that with Crohn's we can become afraid of foods and it really can affect your nutrition.

Hope that helps!

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9/21/10 3:53 P

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I was just diagnosed with Crohn's and told by my doctor that diet "didn't really matter," which had me thinking, "Oh I can eat what I want" but what he really meant was that everyone has trigger foods and I would just need to figure out what mine were. I am still on prednisone so I'm eating fruits and veggies even if they cause some issues (gas, bloating) simply because otherwise I would eat nothing but the carbs I am craving and I would eat all the time because I can't seem to get full! I thought that with meds I wouldn't have the same stomach sensitivities I had before I was diagnosed, when I just had IBS, but I guess it doesn't work like that, huh? :(

I'm not sure what a flare is exactly because I am weaning off the prednisone and taking mesalamine so things have been acting weird anyway, which is normal. I guess once I'm done with the steroids I'll be able to tell what does and doesn't bother me. I will be very sad to give up salad!

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8/30/10 10:43 A

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I think it also depends on the kind of fiber that fruit/veggie has. If it tends to be high in soluble fiber I do much better with it since it's a fiber that slows things down in your system. If you tend to have issues, stay away from items high in insoluble fiber. Many peels or skins tend to be high in that sort of fiber, like apples. The insides of apples tend to be high in soluble fiber while their skins are insoluble. Which is why a lot of folks do better with applesauce or peeled apples.

But, it really is trial & error. Keep a log of what you eat and how you feel. Try preparing things different ways (peeled, cooked, etc).

Good luck!

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TALLYWOMAN Posts: 105
8/14/10 9:01 A

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I thought I was doing so well because I've been able to eat fruits and veggies with no problems for the past two months. My GI took me off the Cymbalta because he didn't like how it was affecting blood pressure and thinks it was causing some other problems. He's referring me to a local clinic to see if I can deal with the depression with therapy. Any way, the Cymbalta can cause constipation. With IBD patients it make the bowel movements more normal. I'm back to my old BM habits. Shoot. I was really enjoying my salads.

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M_WATSON Posts: 18
8/11/10 1:56 P

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This had been such a big help for me. I have been having some struggles lately when I am trying to think of things to eat. I am always worried that I am not getting enough nutrients because I am afraid of the veggies.
I am currently in the middle of a "flare up" :( which has been going for a few weeks now. So I have gone back to the basics of potatoes, cooked down veggies and pastas. Sometimes I feel helpless when it comes to foods, but now I don't feel so alone and am able to come here for advice on food.

Thanks SparkPeople!!!

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JJDUGUAY Posts: 13
4/13/10 5:30 P

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I do well with bananas and cantolope/melon as long as they are ripe. Applesauce is always the standby along with potato. I have come to know...that I don't do raw veggies at all - but I do make veggie soup and that works for me. When I do attempt to eat lettuce (never iceberg) I eat red leaf lettuce which is really easy to digest and doesn't seem to bother me. It is true though that everyone is different and you have to find what works for you,
Oh..I also stay away from any of the gassy stuff like cabbage, beans etc. Take Care

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2/4/10 10:57 P

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These are really good tips! Thanks!

I find that the biggest thing that determines whether or not I can eat a particular fruit or vegetable is really it's fiber content. I don't know what meds everyone's taking, but certainly with Asocol, my doc tells me the fiber will not only scratch your intestines, but also just rub the nice medicine right off (no good!)

I find, like a couple of you who have posted, that I can eat fruits and veggies that are normally high fiber if they are cooked or canned (which removes a good deal of fiber). For instance, I avoid raw onions and peppers all together, but if they have been soaked in a salsa or cooked for long enough, I can manage a reasonable amount. The downside is cooking and canning tend to remove nutrients as well... but you win some you lose some I guess.

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2/4/10 10:56 P

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These are really good tips! Thanks!

I find that the biggest thing that determines whether or not I can eat a particular fruit or vegetable is really it's fiber content. I don't know what meds everyone's taking, but certainly with Asocol, my doc tells me the fiber will not only scratch your intestines, but also just rub the nice medicine right off (no good!)

I find, like a couple of you who have posted, that I can eat fruits and veggies that are normally high fiber if they are cooked or canned (which removes a good deal of fiber). For instance, I avoid raw onions and peppers all together, but if they have been soaked in a salsa or cooked for long enough, I can manage a reasonable amount. The downside is cooking and canning tend to remove nutrients as well... but you win some you lose some I guess.

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1/11/10 2:21 P

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Hey great tips! I can do banannas, ok with apples (no skin), Lettuce (no more than a cup/day), peppers, melons, and pears.
No citrus or berries!!!!!!

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MAEW71 Posts: 9
6/15/09 11:18 A

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Juicing helps get the nutrients without the fiber.... and is quite tasty.

I can eat most things right now, but there are a few things that cause me to bloat and have pain: cauliflower, cucumbers, onions, broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, beans and citrus fruit

Everyone is different when it comes to things you can eat.... fruit without seeds that you can peel, like apples or pears are good. Bananas are good too. For veggies you could try mushrooms, lettuce, cooked carrots, corn or broccoli.

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5/26/09 5:37 P

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I'd agree with Carroll about the bananas, watermelon, canteloupe... I can also do applesauce but not apples. I'm okay with strawberries as long as I only eat a few of them. I'm also one of the weirdos who can actually eat lettuce and not go into a flare (as long as I don't eat it often). I've stopped eating other veggies except potatoes altogether since my diagnosis and I feel a lot better... the one time I had very well-cooked green beans, I had a flare that kept me home all night.

But it is trial and error with everyone... try applesauce if you're not sure about anything else :)

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5/1/09 3:04 P

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Unfortunately, that tends to be by trial and error, because everyone is so different. For me, I can usually handle bananas, green and yellow peppers, watermelon, canteloupe - pretty much any of the "watery" fruits and veggies that aren't citrus. I also handle avacados pretty well for some strange reason. Things that have skins or are hard and crunch - asparagus, broccoli grapefruit kiwis strawberry, etc are a big nono for me.

Something else to consider is why you want fresh veggies. If you have IBD, you can tend to forget everything everyone tells you about the fiber god. Fiber is NOT always our friend!!! Think cheese grater going down intestines :(

One compromise I use is to drink my fruits. Either juices or frozen fruits mixed with a banana or yogurt in smoothies. Still getting the nutrition without as much of the fiber that causes flares. Hope this helps!

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KPANTLE Posts: 1
3/29/09 9:51 A

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Hi! I have been looking for ways to add fresh vegetable and fruits to my diet but every time I do I go into a "flare up". Does anyone know of any safer fruits and veggies?

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