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06-03-2016, 06:04 AM   #391
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Lemons provide numerous health benefits, including its ability to prevent asthma and inflammation, boost the immune system, increase iron absorption, reduce the risk of stroke, and maintain a healthy complexion, according to Medical News Today.
09-22-2016, 04:01 AM   #392
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I use to not worry about what I ate but as I've gotten older and had more surgeries Ive had to change a few things. I also developed diverticulitis. With Crohns I can no longer eat corn, nuts,hotdogs or sausages without pealing the skin off,lettuce,spicey foods (of course) and all beans with a shell. With the diverticulitis I cant eat the smallest seeds like as in strawberries and cucumbers
10-24-2016, 01:46 AM   #393
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Sugar, wheat/gluten, and any type of cheese. (Research Casomorphins. Naturally occurring Opioid peptides in cheese that cause constipation.)

Organic fruit and vegetables. Eliminating the 3 things ^ above has allowed me to once again enjoy a variety of food.
10-24-2016, 06:06 AM   #394
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1. Crohn's
2. Nothing
3. Everything

I looks like you can't eat anything according to your list!

If you're Crohn's is active then I've found digesting anything hurts, doesn't make it worse, but it hurts.

If you're in remission, then as long as it's balanced you're fine. Scientifically, it's never been proven that any sort of food can cause Crohn's, just that some aggravate it but again, that's never been proven. It's a very personal journey and one that you can only really have through trial and error.

I thought at one point that I couldn't eat bacon because it seemed to be followed by an attack, but it was just coincidence (thankfully, I LOVE bacon!)

My number one rule is just rest your digestion with liquids, so soups, smoothies etc. If you followed this list, then you can't eat veggies or fruit etc. but you can as long as it's easy for you to digest.

I just had surgery and the only advice regarding food I was given was to avoid red meat for about 6 weeks and ease slowly into veggies and fruits with skins because of the fibre but right now, my body needs the fibre and is telling me to up it so I am. You just have to listen to what your body is telling you

I have a blog that explains in more detail my experience if anyone wants to take a look. but please note, being on here isn't to promote it! Just to help and get advice myself
12-31-2016, 02:18 AM   #395
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This is such a useful list. In the UK it has been my experience that no one pays much attention to diet and I have had crohns for nearly 40 years. Currently in a flare so using ensure plus, mashed potato, turkey and white bread with the occasional soup. When well I eat quite widely but stay away from fatty foods and foods with high fibre, alcohol.
03-17-2017, 09:06 PM   #396
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Safe Foods
- Rice
- Quinoa
- Millet
- Chicken
- Turkey
- Bison
- Beef
- Most vegetables (examples: sweet potatoes, onions, zucchini, asparagus, green beans, cauliflower, carrots, Brussels sprouts, squashes, etc)
- Most fruits (berries, bananas, apples, watermelon, pineapple, etc)

NOT Safe Foods
- Gluten
- Cow Milk, milk products (except butter)
- Corn
- Soy
- Oats
- Tomato
- Potato
- Peanuts
03-24-2017, 11:02 PM   #397
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I think that there are a lot more entries here since the initial summary list was made in 2011. Anyone tried to update it? This is a terrific resource to me. My daughter just was diagnosed with Crohn's and we are trying to figure out how to help her with diet. Thanks! Madnance
03-24-2017, 11:09 PM   #398
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I think that there are a lot more entries here since the initial summary list was made in 2011. Anyone tried to update it? This is a terrific resource to me. My daughter just was diagnosed with Crohn's and we are trying to figure out how to help her with diet. Thanks! Madnance
She might want to keep a food diary to see the foods that irritate her guts.

Diagnosed in 1990. On Humira, Imuran, Gabapentin, Colestipol, Synthroid, Lialda. Resection in April of 2010. Allergic to Remicade, Penicillin, Flagyl, Doxycycline. Thyroid issues and psoriasis and neuropathy and mild cerebral palsy. Mild arthritis in my lower back.
08-08-2017, 08:36 PM   #399
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2. UNSAFE: Corn, caffeine, most fast food
3. SAFE: lemon, ginger, any green juice, quinoa, chicken, almond milk
10-16-2017, 03:52 PM   #400
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First day back to work. Have to add death by chocolate cake to the banned foods list as it had triggered bad abdominal cramps that knocked me out sick for a whole week (it is now cramps by chocolate cake ). That cake never bothered me before, my system is getting more sensitive. Haven't had cramps that bad in a few years, good thing I didn't eat the whole slice. Chocolate seems to be OK in moderation, can't have the dense stuff.
10-20-2017, 07:04 PM   #401
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Still learning even after 15 years.

UNSAFE: hard to digest food like: deep fried foods, dairy (cheese & milk), gluten, red meat, chicken, alcohol, caffeine, buckwheat, candy, chocolate, fizzy drinks, raw broccoli.

SAFE: nourishing soft easy to digest mushy foods like: kichari, poached or scrambled eggs, steamed fish, porridge with stewed apples, steamed vegetables, smoothies, homemade vegetable juices, soups, bone broths, risotto, butter.

Still manage to eat well despite everything.
11-21-2017, 08:38 PM   #402
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Coffee seems to be off most people's lists but I have been told (by a Crohn's specialist) to drink more! Also have kefir and kale. Some doctors say more fibre others less. Milk is no good but no real trouble with cheese, yoghurts etc. Specialist has some strange fascination with avoiding emulsifiers and vegetable oils. Good luck on that one!
12-11-2017, 10:08 AM   #403
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food is so important, I'm off meds and use foods and herbs to manage crohns disease, It took a long time to get a diet for me and to eat what I'm suppose to because I lived off fast food for years and thought I was eating good,
03-05-2018, 03:44 PM   #404
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I've attached the list we created that seems to be working great. Regarding supplements, the only ones used right now are a liquid multi-vitamin/mineral, turmeric, and etherium gold. Have been following this for three weeks and all symptoms have decreased, bowel movements are more "normal", and energy level is getting better everyday. We have one more appointment with a doctor for a second opinion before starting Humira, which we're trying to avoid, and before adding anything or making any changes to current treatment plan.
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05-13-2018, 11:10 AM   #405
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Do you not think that food intolerances vary person to person as personally i feel food plays a huge part in managing IBD. (i have a mix of a few types).??

tomatoes have inflammatory properties so i dont agree that they are high risk unless you have a degree of intolerance.

Spicy foods for me send me into a flair and i avoid artificial sugars too.
would however recommend pineapple as it has a chemical that exfoliates your guts as crude as that sounds but helps me so much in feeling normal day to day.
05-13-2018, 12:33 PM   #406
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I stay away from processed and fried. I start with peppermint tea first thing in morning. I have something like toast or biscuits. Then protein pasta and chicken with turmeric,garlic, salt pepper and a super tonic on the side (
I eat two more meals that include fresh fruits or cooked fresh vegetable and a meat/protein. I have a few sweet things I can eat and do. I eat nuts and jerky in between. I drink water and sweet tea with lemon juice. I started eating very bland after the last surgery. potatoes, bread, chicken and water. After two years have worked up to this diet. I eat in front of the tv with something funny on and Relax while I eat.
05-13-2018, 01:17 PM   #407
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1. Crohn's
2.Eggs, ground meat of any kind (especially sausages/cased meats), lunch meat, raw peppers, milk, fried foods, shrimp, crab, pineapple, coffee, artificial preservatives or sweeteners, corn, popcorn, jerky, too many herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage), bone broth
3.bananas (especially greenish ones), nuts, seeds, legumes, beans, avocados, potatoes, carrots, chicken, oatmeal, butter/bib lettuce, rice, whole wheat, peanut butter, apples, fresh mint, ginger root, warm spices (turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom), sprouts, cauliflower, microgreens, broccoli, squash, green tea

I kept a food journal for about 3 years and made notes about what work and didn't work for me, these are the ones I know for sure.
Ren, LPC
Crohn's Disease, diagnosed 2006
Small Bowel Resection 2008
Previous Meds: Asacol, Entocort, Imuran
Curent Meds: appropriate nutrition!

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