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Enteral Nutrition, Intro

So my latest research topic is on Enteral Nutrition.  I started down this path because of a friend who has experience with it.  I’m reading Margaret Oppenheimer’s book “Beat Crohn’s: Getting Remission with Enteral Nutrition” in order to learn more.

First though, let me say that I have not stopped my current diet.  I am still doing a modified SCD diet, which in reality is an elimination diet.  I’ve taken out all of the stuff that COULD pose problems for me, and am slowly adding things in to see what they do.  I’ve had great success with this diet, and plan on continuing it for a long time.

Back to the enteral nutrition…..

As best as I can tell (and I’ve just barely started reading the book), enteral nutrition is a liquid diet that you go on for a period of time, depending on severity of symptoms, and supposedly has the chance of bringing you into remission. 

Without knowing anything yet, it still makes some sense to me, simply because if you are on a liquid diet, your body is not having to work hard to digest your food.  Instead, your system can rest, and focus on recovery.  Makes sense, right?

I’m a titch skeptical, to start, that this diet can bring on remission, though I do believe in the idea of a liquid diet to help with Crohn’s.  I am a skeptic by nature, and always want to check things out thoroughly before incorporating them into my life.  🙂

I do feel that a liquid diet could help me in the future, especially when in a flare.  During a flare if you can give your system a rest, it might subside and heal faster and easier.  Also, if it can give me a good amount of nutrition and know that it won’t upset my stomach, I’m all for that.  That’s just my thinking, though!

As I continue to read this book I’ll let you know what I find, and if I decide to incorporate it into my diet or not.  The idea intrigues me, so I am looking forward to learning more!

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Posted by on January 30, 2010 in Crohn's Journal

 

GROSS!

Okay, I choked it down, but this was gross.  Today I started the supplements that N2 gave me (he’s the one with Crohn’s).  Some of the pills were horse pills, but I was able to get them down.  What got me was all the powder stuff I had to mix in liquid and drink.  I’ve been doing the Intestinal Repair Complex, and that’s been fine.  But in addition to that I had to add a HUGE scoop of this stuff called Inflamax (it’s got stuff in it to help the gut heal, plus gives me tons of nutrients), and a probiotic.  To make matters worse, I had a wonderful blond moment and thought, “I’ll just make some fresh juice with my new juicer and add ALL this stuff to it.  It will be great!” 

Not…..

The Inflamax was very gritty, and was a “spice” flavor, which did nothing for me.  I can stomach a lot.  I even got through 2/3 of the Golytle colonoscopy prep with NO TROUBLE!  To me, it’s really just mind over matter.  Tell yourself it will taste good, and you don’t have a problem.  Convince yourself it is going to be gross before you’ve even tasted it, and you will have problems.  Simple.

But the gritty consistency was almost sickening, and that’s what got me.  I’m not sure if I didn’t mix it good enough, or it was the fresh juice, or what.  I did manage to choke down about 10 oz of the 12 that I made, but that was it.  No more.  I just couldn’t get past the “sediment” feeling as it went down my throat.

And guess what?

I get to try it again tonight!

Hooray……. 😦

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2010 in Crohn's Journal

 

Shooters

Today and last night I have had what I call “shooters.”  They don’t happen very often.  I had only two last night, and maybe 6-8 today, mostly in the morning.  On average, they might come one an hour, or two an hour and then nothing.  Basically, it’s like someone has slapped you on the face real hard, real quick, and then the pain is gone.  It lasts less than a second, but is VERY sharp.  Not enough to double me over, simply for the fact that it doesn’t last long enough for that.  But they are still sharp enough to make me take notice.  They are on the right side, mid-belly, and not what I would call lower right quadrant pain, which happens almost at the hip-joint.

These shooters are not very comfortable.  I can be dozing off, and one hits, and it instantly shakes me awake.  The eye-opener for me though was this:

If this is what “normal” Crohn’s pain feels like, I have no idea how people cope with it day in and day out.  If this pain lasted more than a minute, I think I would be crying on the floor in a huddled mess.  I have no idea what caused this, and have no idea how to stop it.  Thankfully, it has calmed down this afternoon and evening.  I hope it doesn’t come back tomorrow.  I’ve also not eaten a lot of varied food.  Broth is coming up when I finish this.

Seeing that I’m only 36, I wonder if at some point in my life with Crohn’s, will I be incapacitated with this type of pain that lasts not for a second, but for a day, or a week, or a month? 

I can’t even imagine it lasting more than 5 minutes, it was so intense.

Yikes……

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2010 in Crohn's Journal

 

Zucchini noodles

I must say that these were good, but in no way were they filling.  I cannot see how they would suffice a normal person for a meal.  A small part of the meal, yes.  But they couldn’t even work for noodles with spaghetti, I think.  Just too much work for too little food.  I was very disappointed in the amount of “noodles” that one zucchini gave me.  Maybe a 1/4 of a cup total. 

Basically, you take a zucchini and peel it (without the skin) with a potato peeler.  It comes off in long, skinny slices.  You then put it on a tray that has butter on it, salt it a little, and let it bake for around 25 minutes at 215 degrees. 

They were really good, but were just not enough.  It also might have been the liberal use of real butter and sea salt that I used that made them good, 🙂 but it was a good treat for tonight.  Something different is always a good thing!

I also made a small hamburger and put onion and chives goat cheese in it.  Not very good, I must say.  But at least it was a good try!

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2010 in Recipes, Sides

 

Well….

After I made those brownies the other night, I had some pretty good gas and gurgles that lasted into the night.  Nothing painful, but still uncomfortable at times.  Yuck…

I know that on the SCD peanut butter is one thing that some people cannot handle.  The brownies had a cup of natural peanut butter in them.  It really stinks if I actually can’t have peanut butter.  There are so many things to do with that! But maybe eventually I’ll be able to do it more?  I hope….

I’ll try the Almond Crisps later this week and see if almonds do anything to me.  It’s been awhile since I’ve had them.  It seemed before that I was able to handle them, but who knows!

Tonight for dinner I’m trying the zucchini noodles from SCD.  I’m not anticipating that they will replace real pasta, but I am hoping that it will give me something I can eat and add variety to my diet!

That is one of the biggest drawbacks to Crohn’s:  the bland diet.

Ah well.  We Crohnies get used to it….I hope!

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2010 in Crohn's Journal

 

Brownies

Not much else to say today.  We are in the house just chillin’ and watching movies.  I am making myself SCD brownies though.  🙂  I think I deserve them.  I decided to go with them instead of the cookies even though I so far seem to be able to handle the nut flour in the cookies.  The brownies though just have the peanut butter and honey and egg, so I KNOW I can enjoy it!

It was pretty pathetic earlier this week though.  My good friend and I went to lunch together.  Normally, we would share a yummy plate of food.  But now, I can’t do that!  She looked at her prime-rib dip and steak fries, looked at my scrambled eggs, and said, “It just doesn’t seem right!” 

Ah well.  Such is life with Crohn’s.  I’m glad I can eat what I can eat, and am losing the weight I am (30 pounds so far!).  Maybe tomorrow I’ll have something more profound to say. 

Maybe……

🙂

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2010 in Crohn's Journal

 

Cool website

Today I found myself trying out my new juicer that my husband got me for my birthday.  Actually, it not only makes juice, it can “chop, shred, slice, dice, mix, and make your meal preparation easier than you can imagine!”  (Hahaha…read that last line as if it was some guy on an infomercial!). 

Anyway, it is a pretty cool appliance.  To try out the juicer, I made a juice of apples, carrots, celery, beets, and a titch of ginger.  Overall, the juice was really good!  I want it a bit colder when I drink it, so in the future I’ll either chill the juice or just add ice cubes.

So as I was drinking the juice I wanted to learn about the foods that I just put into it.  I searched the Westin A. Price website (I know that he was one of the first pioneers into and a promoter of a more “primitive” diet).  I also looked up Sallon Fallon and Mary Enig (also two very highly regarded people in this area).  I found some things from them, but was losing patience.  Sometimes I have a lot of time and energy to devote to “googling” around the web.  But today I wanted my answers right away!

So I googled the individual foods, and besides Wikipedia, I kept being sent to this website:  http://whfoods.org/

Here’s why I like this site:

When you search for and find a food, it is talked about in a very organized fashion with good titles to the different sections.  It tells the benefits, vitamins and minerals, and all sorts of other things about this food but without overwhelming you with needless facts.

When I am adding a new food into my diet, I want to learn what the benefits or potential risks might be associated with it.  For instance, through this website I learned that beets can be good for reducing inflammation.  I found that ginger can too.  So my juice today and two inflammation-reducers in it.

Still, this website doesn’t contain ALL the information I would want to know.  In looking up beets on Wikipedia, I found that some ancient civilizations would use beets to treat constipation.  Now, that’s a good thing for me right now since I do tend towards that direction.  But if someone does not have that problem or is a “normal” Crohnie with diarrhea, adding lots of beets might not be the best idea.

Anyway, it was a great website and likely one I will come back to over and over again!

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2010 in Crohn's Journal