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8/26/11 3:29 P

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Just yesterday I started a new thread for people to post ideas of foods to try and foods to avoid. I'm asking for people to put a scale of 1-5 for how easy the food is to digest, so if you start with 1s and 2s, it will help. 5s you might never get to, but some people might be able to so I'm putting them up for people to try if they find themselves doing well.

One tip - corn is a grain. Also, the hull is NOT digestible by any human - it comes out the way it went into the esophagus after chewing. So be very very careful with corn, because the hulls *might* form a bezoar in the stomach and make things worse. It's good for people without GP, but with GP it could be bad.

Try to work yourself down to skim milk - start mixing some skim in with the 1% then change the ratio over a few weeks. This will help because the less fat you have in the milk the more fat and fiber you could possibly have in the foods you're eating with it.

Have you tried ground chicken? I love it. I can handle hamburger helper now and again if I make it with the 95/5 ground chicken, but you can use it to make so many different recipes in place of ground beef.

A great cheese is parmesan, lower in fat and you can shred parmesan over many foods and give it some good flavor. There are tons of low and no fat yogurts out there, but avoid any with fruit pieces while you're starting to figure out what you can have. Later on they could be okay. I have found some bagels in my grocery store, but basically I just look at every one of them and pick whatever is lowest in fat and fiber then only have them on a good day or on a weekend when I don't have to worry about being sick at work.

The first few times I went to the grocery store after being diagnosed I went to whatever foods I thought would be okay then look at the nutritional information. In some cases I would spend 15 minutes looking at every variety of a food and finding which is lowest in fat and fiber and give it a try. Though it is helpful to figure out if your body can handle fat better, fiber better, neither well, or both somewhat okay. This will help you when choosing based on the nutritional information. Also, use the food tracker here as best as you can. This will not only track how much fat and fiber you've had in the day, but if you get a flare you can look back over the previous day or two and try to figure out what caused it.

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8/25/11 11:26 P

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So I sat down and thought of all the foods I eat AS OF RIGHT NOW - keep in mind its not a good diet, one I WANT TO IMPROVE once I can actually buy my own food..

Fruits - canned peaches, bananas, and an occassional fuji apple.
Liquids - Chicken broth, 1% milk, WATER, V8, and Green Machine
Veggies - (not my fav I'll admit but want to improve) carrots, green beans, potatoes, and occassionally corn, pintos and kidney beans (these I limit)
Grains - white bread, white rice, cream of wheat, and grits
Meat - Chicken, chicken and chicken lol. Occassionally ground beef.
Spreads - Nutella, and natural peanut butter
Oils - always light olive oil.


Things I'm desperate to improve -
New veggies for sure!! and some new fruits, maybe try some yogarts, cheeses (as of right now the only I like is Mozzarella), new grains - I use to love bagles growing up and I was wondering if anyone out there has found one acceptable for GP.

I realize I'll have to do a trial and error for myself but I get so bogged down when I get into the store.. I'd like to just make a "try me" list of foods that should be closest to a low fat low fiber diet. So, anyone have some close food group suggestions?

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8/24/11 2:01 P

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That's good, because if you tend to have flare-ups like I do, on those days you'll probably want to stick to pretty much just liquids. You've got a great bad-day-go-to meal, now it's just figuring out what else will work on the good days.

As you find foods that work for you, feel free to post about them. Others can then help guide you to similar foods that might work also.

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8/24/11 12:14 A

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Yeah there was one thing I managed to talk my family into adding to the grocery list on a regular basis is Naked's Green Machine. It has no added sugars, and its a 100% boosted juice smoothie.
It has 5 3/4 apples, 1 banana, 1 kiwi, 3/4 mango, and a hint of pineapple. The boost is 2600mg spirulina, 800mg chlorella, 200mg broccoli, 200mg spinach, 100mg blue green algae, 100mg garlic, 150mg barely grass, 150mg wheat grass, 100mg ginger, 100mg parsley.
Its only 140 calories, no fiber, with tons of vitamins. Which I drink at least one 8 oz glass a day to help with getting some nutrition with the crappy food I eat right now.

I know I"m definitely going to keep this drink on my list for sure. It looks nasty as all get out, but its actually delicious!!!

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8/23/11 11:52 P

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The best advice I can give, and I give it to anyone who asks about the GP diet, is to say that every person is totally different and unfortunately you have to figure out what works for you. The general rule of thumb is low fat/low fiber. Beyond that, start with an easy to digest diet then slowly add one food at a time and give it a day or two to see if your body tolerates it or not. If you get a stomach ache, throw up, get serious bloating, etc then maybe you should avoid it. Once you get a few basic foods then you'll feel better about what you can eat and what you can't.

G-PACT does have a cookbook at their website www.g-pact.org but I highly suggest learning your body first. Some people can handle more fat, some more fiber, some less of both. A month isn't a lot of time, but getting even a dozen foods figured out will help you when you head off to school. Also cooking at home tends to be easier than eating out, so be careful when you're at school to not give into pressure from friends to grab some pizza or fried food when you know it will cause you problems.

A few foods to start out with would be liquids (ensure, glucerna, carnation instant breakfast), then foods like malt-o-meal or cream of wheat and oatmeal. Always look at the nutritional information - companies are adding more and more fake fiber (things like inulin and chicory extract are man-made fiber substances) to foods that shouldn't have fiber and it is bad for us. You can move onto no-fat or low-fat yogurts and applesauce and pureed fruit and veggie smoothies. If you're doing great eventually you may find you can have certain fruits and veggies and some foods with higher fat and/or higher fiber. On good days I have 1 apple with reduced fat peanut butter in the morning, but on bad days that will make me sick. Others can't have that at all. But that's why you add just one food at a time - if your body doesn't like it you know what it doesn't like instead of guessing between several foods.

I hope this helps! The first few weeks can be difficult, but taking it slow will help. Eventually you may find dozens of foods your body will accept and you could come up with some great GP-friendly meals you can make for your family when home on breaks.

~ Sheri ~

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8/23/11 11:20 P

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I was diagnosed earlier this year but since I'm the only one with GP in my household we didnt make two suppers, we always just made regular meals and I just picked at sides that I can eat...I was out numbered and we're tight on budget as is.
(was my sisters husband's excuse since he does most the shopping for us now --- the same one that buys 3 boxes of Fudge rounds when we all have sugar problems to start with, but like I said I'm out numbered and I hate arguing and so the less I can prevent it the less stress to my stomach)
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Anyways -- point is, in a month I will be moving out of state to start college and I'll finally be living on my own. Since I've never had the chance to find a true GP diet that works for myself I'm lost as to what I should get when I go grocery shopping on my own for the first time. I only thing I know I can eat is 3 types of cereal and lot of chicken and WAY over cooked veggies..
But I've always lived at home and since I'll be 312 miles away from home I have to learn all this on my own.
SOO
I thought I'd ask you guys for help, if you guys will share a grocery list, or GP cookbooks or just plain ol' suggestions. Thanks for at least reading.
~Gypsy

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