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07-02-2008, 05:52 PM   #1
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vegans with crohn's?

anyone else a strict vegan or vegetarian who has crohn's. what has your experience been?
07-02-2008, 09:51 PM   #2
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I'm not. However I was wondering if you were implying you are. That would surprise me because many people try to attribute crohn's to poor diet. There's no way a vegan has a poor diet.
My doctors and I don't think diet is a cause. Although I've always eaten bland food. I don't have to avoid salsa and other spicy foods because I'm not a fan.
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07-03-2008, 07:26 AM   #3
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well butt from most of what I understand it seems crohn's is pretty genetic. I have been very for 3 years so its possible that before my diet led to activating it who knows?

i know that I used to have a lot of dairy and they say milk/cheese products may be the cause or irritate crohns.
07-03-2008, 10:43 AM   #4
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I would love to go Vegan...don't think I could though
07-04-2008, 06:05 AM   #5
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How come Erica? It is pretty easy once you get the hang of it.

Here is a link to a free veg starter kit http://www.goveg.com/order.asp
07-08-2008, 05:15 PM   #6
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Farm boy, son of a farm boy. Love my veggies.. tho not a vegan or vegetarian. Do you know what the IBD nutritionist had me swear off? Fresh veggies, most can or frozen veggies unless they're cooked to a mush (ugh!). All gassy and most green veggies (like, I can have iceberg lettuce, shredded or minced, in small amounts). I exist on a low fibre, low residue, low lactose, hi protein diet... I do get protein from some veggie meat substitutes, since I limit my red meat consumption. I miss Caesar salad (romaign) or Greek (baby spinach).. Oh how I miss olives black, queen, manzanilla... or pickles, or hot peppars, etc.. I will stop now, else everyone is going to witness a grown man crying like a baby
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07-08-2008, 06:42 PM   #7
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Kev

What is low residue? Also, do you think you can blog about your attempt to quit smoking when that comes along. It might help you and others???

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07-08-2008, 06:42 PM   #8
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I think there are some vegan-friendly foods that would also be considered Crohn's-friendly if you need to have a diet of soft, easily digestible foods. Silken tofu, applesauce, canned pumpkin, soy ice cream, jelly (NOT Jell-O, but the stuff made from fruit and pectin), bread, potatoes, pasta, soup, smoothies...

I think it would be possible to be vegan with Crohn's so long as the disease doesn't limit your diet too much. Because once you narrow the list of foods you can eat down to just a few, it's more likely that you won't get all the nutrients you need, even if you take vitamins. But if you don't need to watch your diet for IBD, being vegan is probably a very healthy idea. for anyone.
07-08-2008, 07:57 PM   #9
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Oh, I dunno.. blogging while quitting smoking... sheesh. I won't make any hard promises... but if I can squeeze in the time, and controll my cravings, will do. It's a bit of a stretch, but there are connections between smoking and bowel diseases.
07-08-2008, 10:23 PM   #10
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Being vegan can be very healthy, but being a strict meat eater can be similarly healthy too. Depends on if you know what you're putting in your mouth.
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07-08-2008, 10:40 PM   #11
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My mind went to a very dirty place....


mmmm carrots!
07-08-2008, 10:43 PM   #12
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lol Isla

Benson those words are very true.
07-08-2008, 11:54 PM   #13
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I love veggies and I love meat. During the work week my diet consists of chicken, turkey, veggie burgers and veggie sausage along with lots of veggies, pasta, beans and rice. Once the weekend is here..bring on the large chunks of red meat.

I live in the midwestern US and I have withdrawals if I don't have a KC strip steak every couple of weeks. It just melts in your mouth. The BBQ here is unbeatable. The ribs just fall off the bone. There is also a sports bar/restaurant (The Other Place) close to my house that I frequent and they have the best vegetarian pizza but I always have them add Canadian bacon and Italian sausage.

Of course all of this applies only when I'm flare free.

Btw, Isla carrots are very nutritious.
07-09-2008, 12:03 AM   #14
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Isla said:
My mind went to a very dirty place....


mmmm carrots!
Yeah, dirty carrots.

Like the part in Old School when they used carrots in the "lessons" at the get-together. Great movie.
07-09-2008, 12:12 AM   #15
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Here is a link on the low residue diet

http://www.gicare.com/pated/edtgs02.htm

As for the carrot line, I won't touch that... And I'd be careful. You don't want Bugs Bunny suing you
07-09-2008, 12:15 AM   #16
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carrots can be very good
07-09-2008, 01:42 AM   #17
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moving on from carrots, please. some of us are still young and innocent.
07-09-2008, 02:15 AM   #18
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RHOV said:
moving on from carrots, please. some of us are still young and innocent.
Jeff can handle it.
07-09-2008, 02:30 AM   #19
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maybe I can't!
07-09-2008, 11:02 AM   #20
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It is really I who can't handle -

It's like the old saying the one who smellt it dealt it...

I am the one with the dirty mind, so dirty that I had to instantly replace the "meat" with a carrot... it is better for me anyway
07-09-2008, 12:51 PM   #21
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Ah, the job search. I was hoping to hear back from one yesterday. I interviewed, they loved my credentials, etc.. Then told me I had to write a psychological profile in order to be hired. It had to be sent off to the psychologist in the US, analyzed, and she would determine, training, experience, credentials aside, if I would fit in. Can you believe it? For a truck driving job? anyway, yesterday came and went with no response, so I sent off an e-mail. Still haven't heard, and its driving me bonkers. Didn't get to sleep til 3 AM last nite. Spent the whole day, in our heatwave, sitting beside the phone.
The only positive thing was another company I've been playing phone tag with the past week finally got thru to me in person. I interview for that Thursday AM
As for the psyche thing, either it was delayed by the July 1st/July 4th holidays, or I'm as crazy in reality as I think I am in spirit. I need to find something ASAP
07-09-2008, 01:39 PM   #22
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sounds like that firm are the crazy ones, Kev - going to such extremes for a trucking job!! i wonder if they'll ever find Mr Perfect for their vacancy!

good luck with the interview tomorrow morning, i'll keep my fingers & toes crossed for you.
07-09-2008, 02:02 PM   #23
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Well, it may be just the delay due to those almost back to back holidays.. Or they might use it as an out not to hire someone so... politically correct term would be.. distinguished looking... which translates as 'ancient'.. Who else on staff has any 'charioteer' experience? ;-) Funny thing is, they claim it's because they only want folks who will fit in.. Can you imagine me not fitting in, except in a chorus line...

Just, that's its pretty hard on the old ego right about now...
07-09-2008, 06:41 PM   #24
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You would totally fit in a chorus line - kick em high hun!
07-09-2008, 10:30 PM   #25
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Hmmm, yeah... picture it... one of them head-dresses like the dancers in vegas wear... black fish net stockings, matching garter belt, a low cut merry widow.. and the piece de resistance ... black, stiletto high heels... size 14, EEEEE
07-09-2008, 10:38 PM   #26
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lol I'm a little scared(:
07-09-2008, 10:40 PM   #27
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No picture then it didn't happen! That's how us geeks roll.
07-09-2008, 10:42 PM   #28
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huh... I figured with all the technical know how on this site, someone would PS a pix of me like that... Way easier than finding shoes my size. Least it kept me straight.
07-10-2008, 12:01 AM   #29
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I got mad PS skillz - I am graphic artist... but boy lack of motivation is rampant in my house. I am definately one of those underacheiving computer nerds that is so pasty white from lack of sun my skin is almost see-through
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Thanks pen.. They did call back, I passed the profile, they offered me a job, but I won't go into that here (covered in another post). As for the smoking clinic, if I don't try now, then I'd have to wait till the fall sometime.. Want to try it now, and if it did/does cause a problem, it probably won't be for 5 - 6 months anyway (just going by my previous history). Think if I stick with the nicotine patch I'll be okay. But thanks for the advice
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