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04-18-2006, 08:33 PM   #1
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What foods do you avoid?

Everyone seems to have their own special diet or restrictions with their diet, so I was just curious what some of yours were. In the past I have been mostly avoiding nuts and seeds (including fruits like strawberries). I have found that I can tolerate poppy seed and seasame seed bagels, but I still try not to have too many or eat those that have a lot of seeds.

Currently I am on a low-residue diet. This means much of the same dietwise (no nuts or seeds) but is a bit more restrictive. Not that I am complaining though, as I still am able to eat loads of different things. Well besides the nuts and seeds I also am to avoid the skins of all raw fruits. This is only for a month after surgery, and then anything is allowed (but I may stick to a low-residue diet).

So share your diet or what foods you avoid with all of us.
04-19-2006, 08:05 AM   #2
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I really do not avoid much food on a daily basis. I do not have too much popcorn or nuts, but I still have them occasionally. Sometimes if I do have too much of it I do get a bit of belly pain, so it works as a reminder to snack on something else next time.

I also try and not eat too much junky fast-food, becuase I think that stuff is bad for you anyways.
04-19-2006, 11:34 AM   #3
danielle
 
I try to stay pretty low fat, especially nothing deep fried and try to eat things with little processing, but that doesn't always happen. So besides fast food and junk food, I also try to steer clear of too much roughage, especially iceberg lettuce.

My biggest obstacle in sticking with the plan is dinner invites from friends/relatives. I feel awkward asking about menu or anything. It seems pizza is a common one that comes back to bite me. Godfather's pizza is a shoein (sp?) for trouble. I now know to completely avoid it, but it took a few times to get the hint.
04-19-2006, 08:09 PM   #4
jyarmo
 
We don't have Godfather's pizza in Canada (or atleast, I don't think we do!). It sounds like that may be a good thing though!

I follow the Low Residue diet that mikeyarmo is currently on.
04-21-2006, 12:06 AM   #5
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I had a bad experince with fresh fruit last easter and the experience was enough to keep me away from it since. I was told by my dr I can eat caned fruits and veggies and they wont bother me. before my whole Crohns diagnoses I was a vegitarian (but still ate dairy) but know i find it hard to still be one. Expecially with my low B12 levels. Ive also noticed that salads of any kind bother me. I havent had any trouble with nuts and popcorn though but i never really ate much of that stuff to begin with.
04-21-2006, 08:56 AM   #6
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I avoid spicy foods, I know salsa and pepperoni pizza kill me (which sucks, because they're two of my favorite things to eat), I don't eat much lettuce either, that stuff always messes with me. Also, sodas and things high in sugar can be bad.
04-21-2006, 10:48 AM   #7
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I always liked my food with a bit of spice, but the doctors told me it was probably best to avoid it. It is nothing I miss now though.
04-21-2006, 11:45 AM   #8
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For me, I stay away from dairy products since after my insides healed I couldn't produce the lactase enzyme anymore. But I still eat my cheese because I need my calcium. White cheeses are better than the orange ones, well for me.

Also, never mix cheese and salad if you have Crohn's and you're lactose intolerant. It spells disaster.
04-21-2006, 04:23 PM   #9
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I know for me, I couldn't eat anything ruffage...peanuts, lettuce, etc. Anything that would irritate the bowel in any way. My big thing was Chocolate milk, and still bothers me today even after having the Colostomy. It goes right through me..does anyone else have this problem? Or with just plain milk? Curious!! Also, years back the Doctors had a theory that sugar may be the cause of Crohns, if that's the case I would have Crohns ten times over again.

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04-21-2006, 05:29 PM   #10
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cookey said:
I know for me, I couldn't eat anything ruffage...peanuts, lettuce, etc. Anything that would irritate the bowel in any way. My big thing was Chocolate milk, and still bothers me today even after having the Colostomy. It goes right through me..does anyone else have this problem? Or with just plain milk? Curious!! Also, years back the Doctors had a theory that sugar may be the cause of Crohns, if that's the case I would have Crohns ten times over again.
The only reasoning that I can come up with in regards to why Chocolate Milk is bad for you is because it is a double whammy in terms of suguar. You get the suguar in the chocolate and then you also have to deal with the lactose. Ofcourse, this is only an educated guess (at best!) but it is interesting that we all have certain "triggers".
04-21-2006, 05:40 PM   #11
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I guess I'm lucky in that my doc doesn't believe in diets. We take the trial and error approach where foods are concerned. Of course, that also includes using a little common sense on my part, something I'm not famous for.

I have the same problem with "ruffage" as Deb. If it ain't cooked down into mush, I ain't eatin it. Raw fruits and veggies aren't my friends! I do however, have a weakness for strawberries and figs, and if I don't eat too many, I usually do pretty good.

Nuts are pure hell for me. I love nuts, especially cashews, pecans, and macadamia nuts and I will nibble on a few on special occasions, like Christmas when my Mom makes the World's Best Pecan Pie. But I end up paying dearly for it. Last year she put the pecans in the food processor and ground them to a fine powder that looked a little like flour and it hurt me a lot less, so she makes me a special one now. But I only allow myself one piece.

Anything spicy or acidic I stay away from. That's a hard thing to do here in Cajun country! And I don't dare eat citrus or drink citrus juice...boy howdy!

I stick mainly to soft foods and a bland diet because I know from experience that my poor guts can take it. I can't seem to pass by a KFC without stopping for an order of mashed potatoes. For fruit in my diet, I stick to baby foods...they're really good!

Greasy food kills! Pizza is about the only greasy thing I'll indulge in, and then only rarely.

Here's a very weird thing about me: I can eat potatoes any way you can cook them and I do fine...EXCEPT for baked potatoes. Make me sick as a dog! Somebody explain that one to me.
04-21-2006, 05:44 PM   #12
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Here's a very weird thing about me: I can eat potatoes any way you can cook them and I do fine...EXCEPT for baked potatoes. Make me sick as a dog! Somebody explain that one to me.
Ree, I wish someone could explain all of these weird (scratch that-- "unique") traits we all have. I never realized how limited medical science was until I had Crohn's...there never seems to be a guarentee with any new medication or treatment!
04-21-2006, 05:51 PM   #13
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My doctor tells me I'm "special"..bahahaha!
04-21-2006, 09:23 PM   #14
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I do not think your doctor is alone Ree in not thinking diet is imortant in reducing symptoms or flair ups. My surgeon went as far to say that I was free of crohn's and could eat anything, then why did my GI put me on more medication and book a colonoscopy for me? No matter what anyone tells me, I think that I will always be watching my diet more carefully for the remainder of my life. The short-term thrill of some foods are just not worth the pain and cramps they cause. Besides if I was able to live without these foods in the hospital or on a liquid diet, I know I can live without them now.
04-22-2006, 09:34 PM   #15
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no more frosted mini wheats for me. I loved that cereal.
04-23-2006, 01:09 AM   #16
ReeRee
 
Yeah Randy, and ya might want to stay away from the Doritos too. I ate a bag of them once and spent a week in the hospital for it. OUCH!
04-23-2006, 01:51 PM   #17
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i have to try & aviod most foods that dont digest properly.. Like mushroom, poppy seeds, strawberrys, grapes and other foods like that... But i still eat them anyhows but i try not eat them too often as i do get very bad pain
04-23-2006, 02:14 PM   #18
ReeRee
 
Corn. That stuff shoots thru you like a laser beam!
04-23-2006, 03:26 PM   #19
Janet
 
I avoid popcorn, Pizza Hut, nuts, seeds, caffinated coffee, corn, and a lot of fried foods
04-24-2006, 03:24 PM   #20
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i got diagnosted at the begging of march. i dont have any special diet im on right now. trial and error. the things that bug me at the moment are raw vegetables, seeds and nuts, popcorn, anything with citric acid, and lettuce
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04-24-2006, 06:36 PM   #21
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Hi Kassandra, those are all the things to avoid at this point. They can in most cases start a flare up, because they're hard on the bowel. Did you're doctor tell you what foods to avoid at all? Not everyone however, would have a problem, but I found talking with most Crohns patients, anything ruffage would start up a flare. Although, it is good to experiment to see what foods you can tolerate, and which ones you can...in moderation.
04-25-2006, 04:57 PM   #22
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well i have a reasonably normal diet most of the time i try to avoid citris fruits oingion and although i eat nuts i make sure i chew them well I also try to reduce the amount or skin that i have like corn ect
04-26-2006, 06:35 PM   #23
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newbie here. first post.

I was only recently diagnosed with Crohn's. since then, I have given up coffee (which I did tend to overdo) as well as refined sugar. I'm really not completely sure what foods I should avoid, but I am ruling out oils and red meat. before this recent attack (sorta my first), I was eating a lunch that included raw carrots and tortilla chips almost every day. maybe that had something to do with it.

does anybody else suspect that eating refined sugar promotes growth of unhealthy bacteria in our gut, bringing on the symptoms? is there anything to that?
04-26-2006, 07:17 PM   #24
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Martin said:
does anybody else suspect that eating refined sugar promotes growth of unhealthy bacteria in our gut, bringing on the symptoms? is there anything to that?

That is one thought that is believed by those who follow the Simple Carbohydrate diet. Basically it eliminates all white sugar, lactose (most dairy products) and other complex carbohydrates. I have never met a doctor or a gastroenterologist who condones or believes in this diet, however there are many individuals who have found it to work for them. It is a very restrictive diet and must be followed perfectly, but it has worked for some. It is up to you to decide whether or not it can work for you, but it is a viewpoint of some.
04-26-2006, 07:21 PM   #25
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Martin said:
newbie here. first post.

I was only recently diagnosed with Crohn's. since then, I have given up coffee (which I did tend to overdo) as well as refined sugar. I'm really not completely sure what foods I should avoid, but I am ruling out oils and red meat. before this recent attack (sorta my first), I was eating a lunch that included raw carrots and tortilla chips almost every day. maybe that had something to do with it.

does anybody else suspect that eating refined sugar promotes growth of unhealthy bacteria in our gut, bringing on the symptoms? is there anything to that?
Greetings Martin from the east side of the state. I could never give up my coffee... NEVER! I don't thnk I have any problmes withrefined sugar. I actaully haven't really noticed it, I'll be on the look out about this for myself.
04-26-2006, 08:54 PM   #26
Jenni
 
i avoid dairy cuz im lactose intolerant thanx to the colitis.
i avoid red meat cuz that stuff kills my stomach
i avoid alot of sugar cuz that can cause ur frequency to go up
i am not sposed to eat seeds and nuts and hard stuff
and i try to stick to a low fat and no fast food diet cuz once again frequencey so yeah lol
04-26-2006, 10:39 PM   #27
Kossy
 
PEANUTS!!! Have always shot out of me faster then.. well I don't know it just goes threw really fast. Now that I am an ostomite I have to be extra careful, they can cause a nasty intestinal blockage.

Here's a pretty funny link to the song "Just a peanut"...JUST A PEANUT

So crank up the speakers!
04-26-2006, 10:40 PM   #28
Kossy
 
great now the link doesn't work... sorry everyone.. I'm dumb
04-26-2006, 11:23 PM   #29
ReeRee
 
Martin said:
newbie here. first post.

I was only recently diagnosed with Crohn's. since then, I have given up coffee (which I did tend to overdo) as well as refined sugar. I'm really not completely sure what foods I should avoid, but I am ruling out oils and red meat. before this recent attack (sorta my first), I was eating a lunch that included raw carrots and tortilla chips almost every day. maybe that had something to do with it.

does anybody else suspect that eating refined sugar promotes growth of unhealthy bacteria in our gut, bringing on the symptoms? is there anything to that?
Martin, I never thought about it until I came here. A few people have mentioned it. I can't live without my sugar. I'm hoping there's nothing to it. But my nephew Lucas researches everything for me. I'll get him on the case! What about Splenda? Or those kinds of things?
04-26-2006, 11:25 PM   #30
ReeRee
 
Kossy, I remember the peanut song!! I was singing it just the other day...lol. We used to sing it at church camp and stuff. Thanks for the blast from the blast.

YOU ARE NOT DUMB!!!! It was perhaps just a blond moment?

Now go fix that link! I want to hear the whole song!
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