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10/22/17 8:20 A

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I have been quiet on the board for some time as I try to juggle work, grandkids, and diet. Along with Colitis and allergies to cow dairy protein (casein is in everything) and chocolate (I substitute carob when I can find it) I have pancreatitis. I hope ANGELEYESEVA is right and that is my 3 although I do have arthritis as well. My best advice that I try to follow is simple meals, meat and potatoes, stew, roast chicken/turkey. I bought a microwave chip maker, basically a piece of plastic with holes in it. It came with a slicer and you can do any veg but I love doing a batch of chips, no salt, no preservatives and best of all no fat as that is what kills me but if your hubby can do the fat, homemade french fries are wonderful and will add the calories. For spice/herbs you can get little pots of the growing herbs to snip as you need and they look pretty on your window sill. I have also started grinding my own chicken breasts to make ground chicken burgers because what they make in the grocery store is just as fatty as the ground beef.
Does your husband have issues with other foods with vit c like tomatoes? again buy fresh and with a little cooking down and the herbs on your window you can do a great pasta sauce. There are several cookbooks out there for colitis (my doctor Allen Hillary Steinhart wrote 2 books one is a cookbook for crohns colitis), ask your local library to get some for you.

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1/16/17 7:06 A

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It's nice to chat with you. I guess I am not sure about the advice I was looking for. You're right. As I sit here typing to you, I know what he can eat. Whole foods. Nothing processed anymore. It affects him greatly. I guess it would be...how can I encourage a picky eater to like real food!!! LOL when I first met him, all he ate was processed and junk foods. He is better, but not over the hump!! Maybe just to hear if anyone out there is in the same situation and how to navigate through rough waters?

I was a bit disheartened that this group is not as active. Maybe it will pick up??

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1/16/17 3:27 A

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Hi,
When you have one auto immune disorder, you will likely be diagnosed with at least three auto immune disorders during your life time. Ulcerative colitis is one, and allergies are another. So, it's not surprising that your hubby has both.
I'm not sure what you're asking - do you need advice on what he can eat? I think he probably knows by now what foods he can tolerate. You've found the citric acid problem - that's serious because you're right - it's just in so many foods! But now that you know, you can avoid this problem.
I was hoping to find more people active on this board, and thus have some support, but I find it's pretty quiet here!


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1/14/17 10:08 A

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Hello,
I don't personally have GI issues but my husband does. He has gastritis and colitis. I often struggle cooking for him because he is very picky (rightly so) and everything bothers him. He is also allergic to oranges. (as well as the preservative citric acid-derived from oranges, which is used as a preservative in most foods!!) I have to tell you...it is not listed on the bottle BUT it is in laundry detergent as well. ((TIDE))(we found out why he was itching and blistering everytime I did laundry.) We now double rinse and the problem has resolved itself.

I try to use limited processed foods. my parents have dehydrated veggies from their garden, and I use them in my cooking (I have no garden currently) I am trying to keep a "clean" diet going, but with his pickiness..i am struggling. He is maintaining his weight. But is still greatly underweight for his height.(6ft, 140lbs.)

Like I mentioned, he is picky, allergic to a lot of spices-due to citric acid preservative and spices cause a gastritis flare, which then sets off the colitis.

I could go on and on...but I think you all see the picture. I guess I am asking for advice, support or where do I go from here!!??

Thanks for listening

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