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emily kate

Joined: January 25, 2011

Posted: May 26, 2014 9:19 PM
Hello! I have had UC for 3 years and need help getting my veggie and fruits daily.  Does anyone have any tips?  Every time I eat a fruit at work, it is bad news so I try to only eat fruit at home.  Every time I eat raw veggies, I get sick as well.  Do any of you have tips for flare-free fruits/veggies?  I would appreicate your help!
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Joined: July 14, 2014

Posted: Jul 27, 2014 9:37 AM
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Hello, I've had UC for 20 years, and there were some years I wouldn't eat hardly any fruits or vegetables because I couldn't digest them, as well as dairy.  Now 20 years later after being very sick the last many years, I was desperate so I thought I'd try gluten free, and to my amazement, I've been drastically better the last 7 months since I've stopped eating gluten.  I feel like my life has started over!  It was gluten that made my digestive system not work, and now that it's better, I eat fruits, vegetables and dairy every day without any problems.  I still wouldn't eat raw broccoli, but I can easily it it cooked.  I have a spinach salad with veggies almost every day for lunch. Even though I do have UC, I think it was also celiac disease because my UC symptoms are almost gone now.  I take only 2 Asacol HD a day instead of 6 that wasn't helping me while eating gluten.  I suggest you try a completely gluten free diet for a week to see if it helps.  My symptoms were so bad (2 hours at a time in the bathroom), that I had relief in just a few days of not eating gluten.  I used to eat gluten at just about every meal, and that's what was making me sick.  Gluten may not be your particular problem, but my guess is that people with inflammatory bowel disease are having a reaction to something they eat, and then they can't digest anything because their intestines just don't work.  See my other post under Managing Symptoms, Try Gluten Free.  Good luck, I know what you are going through, and I hope you get better.
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Joined: May 02, 2014

Posted: Jul 26, 2014 6:28 PM
 Reply posted for emily kate.

This is a list that has helped me in a flare. It's from one of Dr. John McDougall's books: COOKED STARCHES Brown rice Taro (poi) Sweet Potatoes Tapioca flour Winter squash Puffed rice COOKED GREEN AND YELLOW VEGETABLES Asparagus Celery Artichokes Kale Beets Lettuce Beet green Spinach Broccoli String beans *Avoid onions, green peppers, cucumbers, and radishes; they can be very troublesome for the stomach, causing problems COOKED FRUITS* Apples Papaya Apricots Peaches Bananas Plums Cherries Prunes Cranberries *Avoid all citrus fruits (including oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, lemons, and limes) and tomatoes. CONDIMENTS Only salt is allowed (if not restricted for other health reasons). This means no salad dressings, mustard, lemon juice, vinegar, pepper or other condiments. BEVERAGES Water (sparkling water is OK)
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Joined: April 01, 2014

Posted: Jul 3, 2014 9:45 PM
 Reply posted for emily kate.

Try pureed fruits and veggies.

Also try V8 juices

See if that helps
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Joined: June 16, 2014

Posted: Jul 2, 2014 12:20 PM
 Reply posted for working 4health.

I second working4health about trying pureed and cooked fruits and veggies. I'm still struggling with this myself, but I've had some luck with cooking fruit, putting it in containers, and then taking it to work. For example, this morning I sliced an apple, microwaved it for 5 minutes with a little water, added a dash of cinnamon, and ate it at work. I've done the same with frozen berries, although usually those end up in my plain yogurt.
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working 4health

Joined: June 29, 2014

Posted: Jul 2, 2014 8:30 AM
Have you tried eating vegetables or fruits that are pureed or thoroughly cooked to see if that might be easier for your body to digest?

You can also find guidance on the internet about the FODMAP guide to foods for IBD patients.

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