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Foods I Used to Love

Ah, the life before Crohn’s Disease.  What a great life it was.  Besides being so much more sociable, I was able to eat whatever I wanted and whenever I wanted.  I don’t brag much, but I would not gain weight, even if I ate tons and tons of calories.  Here is a explanation of the food I miss.  If I would eat these types of quantities of food now, I would get very sick.  Oye to Crohn’s.

The Foods I Used to Love:

  • Steak – Red meat is hard to digest even with an “iron stomach.”  I would have a steak at least once a week.
  • Red Sauce – Got to love this Italian treat. I used to eat regular plain pizza, spaghetti and meatballs.  So so good.  Today, I am in the bathroom for the night if I have lots of red sauce.  The acid in the sauce is way too much for my colon…or lack there of.
  • Seeded Anything – I love the crunch! I have to stay away from seeded bagels, rolls, and other food items now as I have read that the seeds do not digest well. They could make my small bowel very ulcerated.
  • Salad – Oh my gosh!  This is a food item that I strongly miss.  I used to make my own salad, and have it a few times a week.  I would also go to Salad Works and order a big salad on the weekends.  I liked the healthy food option. Leafy greens do not digest well for me, and make me have a ton of urgency now.
  • Ice Cream – My favorite snack!  Although I have a few spoonful’s once or twice a month now, I used to have so much way back when. I loved milkshakes and sundaes.  The milk does not agree too much with my stomach.

Could this list go on and on?  Absolutely.  I could think of hundreds of foods that I used to eat.  It all comes down to self control and management.  It took me a long time to train my mind.  I had to train my mind to stay way from foods that I love.  Think about it: It’s like being on a constant diet.  I actually have to do a “cross-benefit analysis” when I come across these food items.  I ask myself, how much am I going to suffer if I eat this food item?

Don’t worry, in another article I am going to explain about a few times when I did eat the above items!  Being a Crohn’s patient for eleven years now, it took a long time to understand that bland food (not a lot of seasoning or sauces/gravy) was going to be part of my norm.  Every day is a struggle for me when it comes to food.  I always want what I cannot have.

What foods did you have to give up after you were diagnosed with IBD?

I know everyone’s disease is different, but are there any diet tips anybody wants to share with me to make things easier?  Thank you!

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  • thedancingcrohnie moderator
    9 months ago

    For me, once I cut out grains, diary and processed sugars, my symptoms really subsided. The main foods I miss are pizza, bread and lasagne. I really have to stay away from them.

    Always dancing,
    Elizabeth (team member)

  • Cent0rea88
    2 years ago

    Before I was diagnosed with IBD about 2 months ago, I could eat anything just fine. Now I’ve cut off almost all carbs, sugars, starches, and grains because my dietitian recommended the infamous SCD diet. Basically, I’ve been eating nothing but eggs, apples, and fish for the last few weeks. Going out to eat is hard because I can’t really order anything more than a salad. The good news is that I have gone almost 4 weeks completely symptom free.

  • Bowelblast
    2 years ago

    I was type 2 diabetic before I got diagnosed with crohns, so there were already some things I had to cut back on such as big glasses of orange juice. Now, with this low fiber diet, there are many more. The irony is that some of what is good for my crohns is not for my diabetes. White bread and cake, for example are murder on my blood sugar. Also, if I just ate a little of cheese cake I could still control my carbs, but more than a bite of pizza will not go down well. I was just diagnosed with crones this August, so there is a lot more I need to discover about what I can safely eat.

  • MzCatastrophe
    2 years ago

    This makes me sad! I’ve had to cut the same things from my diet, except I can still eat nuts and seeds in small doses. I can no longer eat corn (it’s in everything!) or gluten either. It’s so hard to find anything that’s safe. You’re exactly right about the bland foods. When I go out to eat with friends and they ask me what I can have, it’s so hard to answer because everyday is different.

    I did, however, spend a lot of time using my mind to determine what my body could handle. With years of practice, I am now able to imagine eating a food, and my body reacts to the thoughts. It doesn’t react with actual symptoms, but I’ll get a twinge of nausea or an “ick” feeling which generally means stay away. The mind is a powerful tool in controlling my food-related flares! It’s not perfect, but it’s kept me from needing medication which is a huge win in my book.

  • trinimom
    2 years ago

    I feel your pain. I’ve had Crohn’s for over 27 years. Now have Short Bowel Syndrome with just 6 feet of small and 4 feet of large intestine left. Many years ago, a dietitian told me that whenever I have cravings for things that I know will have a bad effect, just have a little taste of it to satisfy the craving. For example, if you love peanuts, just have a few, chewing it properly. This has worked for me over the years. It’s all about how much and how often.

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