Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Gut Balance Revolution

From the Desk Dr. Andrew Weil, MD

Weight Loss advice from Dr. Gerard E Mullin, MD

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

3 Popular Diets for the IBS, IBD, Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis communities are trying

Everyone should be catching on, food will be our Medicine.  The following is from Trusted Therapies

There are 3 popular diets being followed by the IBS, IBD, Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis community.

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) ; The Low Fodmap Diet;  The Paleo Diet

I am trying the Low Fodmap Diet.  I find the bloating is not there for me.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015


I was given this list from a fellow sufferer, Colitis, and I am finding my stomach does NOT swell to a "nine month pregnant size" belly with no baby.  It does work and plan to continue to follow it.  Diana

Low FODMAP food (good to eat food)

If quantities are given these are the highest amount allowed
Vegetables and Legumes
  • Alfalfa
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Bean sprouts
  • Bok choy / pak choi
  • Broccoli – avoid large servings
  • Brussel sprouts – 1 serving of 2 sprouts
  • Butternut squash – 1/4 cup
  • Cabbage – 1 serving of 1 cup
  • Carrots
  • Celery – less than 5cm of stalk
  • Collard greens
  • Corn / sweet corn- if tolerable and only in small amounts – 1/2 cob
  • Courgette
  • Chick peas – 1/4 cup
  • Chilli – if tolerable
  • Chives
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant / aubergine
  • Fennel
  • Green beans
  • Green pepper (green bell pepper)
  • Ginger
  • Kale
  • Leek leaves
  • Lentils – in small amounts
  • Lettuce
  • Marrow
  • Okra
  • Olives
  • Parsnip
  • Radish
  • Red peppers (red bell pepper)
  • Potato
  • Pumpkin
  • Pumpkin, canned – 1/4 cup, 2.2 oz
  • Scallions / spring onions (green part)
  • Silverbeet / chard
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Spinach, baby
  • Squash
  • Swede
  • Sweet potato – 1/2 cup
  • Tomato – avoid cherry tomato
  • Turnip
  • Yam
  • Zucchini

  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Boysenberry
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cranberry
  • Clementine
  • Dragonfruit
  • Grapes
  • Honeydew and Galia melons
  • Kiwifruit
  • Lemon including lemon juice
  • Lime
  • Mandarin
  • Orange
  • Passion fruit
  • Paw paw
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberry
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberry
  • Tangelo

Meats, Poultry and Meat Substitutes
  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Prosciutto
  • Quorn, mince
  • Turkey
  • Cold cuts / deli meat / cold meats such as ham and turkey breast

Fish and Seafood
  • Canned tuna
  • Fresh fish e.g.
    • Salmon
    • Cod
    • Haddock
    • Plaice
    • Trout
  • Seafood (ensuring nothing else is added) e.g.
    • Crab
    • Lobster
    • Shrimp
    • Mussels
    • Oysters

Cereals, Grains, Breads, Biscuits, Pasta, Nuts and Cakes
  • Wheat free or gluten free breads
  • Bread made from oats, rice, corn, and potato flours
  • Wheat free or gluten free pasta
  • Buckwheat noodles
  • Rice noodles
  • Porridge and oat based cereals
  • Cornflakes – 1/2 cup
  • Rice bran
  • Rice Krispies
  • Almonds – max of 15
  • Amaranth
  • Brazil nuts
  • Bulgur / bourghal – 1/4 cup cooked, 44g serving
  • Buckwheat
  • Buckwheat flour
  • Brown rice / whole grain rice
  • Cornflour / maize
  • Crispbread
  • Corncakes
  • Coconut – milk, cream, flesh
  • Corn tortillas, 3 tortillas
  • Hazelnuts – max of 15
  • Macadamia – max of 10
  • Millet
  • Oats
  • Oatcakes
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans – max of 15
  • Pine nuts – max of 15
  • Polenta
  • Popcorn
  • Potato chips, plain
  • Potato flour
  • Pumpkin seeds – max of 1 – 2 tbsp
  • Quinoa
  • Rice cakes
  • Rice crackers
  • Rice flour
  • Sesame seeds – max of 1 – 2 tbsp
  • Spelt
  • Sunflower seeds – max of 1 – 2 tbsp
  • Sorgum
  • Tortilla chips
  • Walnuts – max of 10
  • White rice

Condiments, Sweets, Sweeteners and Spreads
  • Aspartame
  • Acesulfame K
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Chocolate, dark
  • Chutney, 1 tablespoon
  • Fish sauce
  • Garlic infused oil
  • Golden syrup
  • Glucose
  • Jam / jelly, strawberry
  • Ketchup (USA) – 1 sachet
  • Maple syrup
  • Marmalade
  • Mayonnaise – ensuring no garlic or onion in ingredients
  • Mustard
  • Olive oil
  • Oyster sauce
  • Pesto sauce – less than 1 tbsp
  • Peanut butter
  • Saccharine
  • Soy sauce
  • Stevia
  • Sweet and sour sauce
  • Sucralose
  • Sugar – also called sucrose
  • Tomato sauce (outside USA) – 2 sachets, 13g
  • Vegemite
  • Vinegar, balsamic – less than 2 tbsp
  • Vinegar, rice wine
  • Worcestershire sauce

  • Alcohol – is an irritant to the gut, limited intake advised:
  • Beer – limited to one drink
  • Clear spirits such as Vodka
  • Gin
  • Whiskey
  • Wine – limited to one drink
  • Coffee, espresso, regular or decaffeinated, black
  • Coffee, espresso, regular or decaffeinated, with up to 250ml lactose free milk
  • Coffee, instant, regular or decaffeinated, black
  • Coffee, instant, regular or decaffeinated, with up to 250ml lactose free milk
  • Espresso, regular, black
  • Fruit juice, 125ml and safe fruits only
  • Lemonade – in low quantities
  • Soya milk made with soy protein
  • Sugar free fizzy drinks / soft drinks / soda – such as diet coke, in low quantities as aspartame and acesulfame k can be irritants
  • ‘Sugar’ fizzy drinks / soft drinks / soda that do no contain HFCS such as lemonade, cola. Limit intake due to these drinks being generally unhealthy and can cause gut irritation
  • Tea, black, weak e.g. PG Tips
  • Tea, chai, weak
  • Tea, fruit and herbal, weak – ensure no apple added
  • Tea, green
  • Tea, peppermint
  • Tea, white
  • Water

Dairy Foods and Eggs
  • Butter
  • Cheese, brie
  • Cheese, camembert
  • Cheese, cheddar
  • Cheese, cottage
  • Cheese, feta
  • Cheese, goat / chevre
  • Cheese, mozzarella
  • Cheese, ricotta – 2 tablespoons
  • Cheese, swiss
  • Dairy free chocolate pudding
  • Eggs
  • Gelato
  • Lactose free milk
  • Lactose free yoghurt
  • Margarine
  • Oat milk
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Rice milk
  • Sorbet
  • Soy protein (avoid soya beans)
  • Swiss cheese
  • Tempeh
  • Tofu
  • Whipped cream

Cooking ingredients, Herbs and Spices
  • Herbs: Basil, Cilantro, Coriander, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Tarragon, Thyme
  • Spices: All spice, Cinnamon, Cumin, Five spice, Paprika, Turmeric
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Cocoa powder
  • Cream, 1/2 cup
  • Gelatine
  • Ghee
  • Icing sugar
  • Lard
  • Salt
  • Vegetable oil

Friday, May 1, 2015

What you should know if you fall in love with someone who has Crohn's Disease

I found this article an inspiration for all who encounter people who suffer in silence.  So I thought I would share it with you.  I am not in a relationship, but I think that is because I am not happy with these 2 diseases, as they can be rather embarrasing.

By Kim Quindlen

Monday, April 6, 2015

Thankful for people like this, sharing their life about Crohns and/or Ulcerative Colitis

I was diagnosed in 2004 with Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis.  I have been on the same medication therapy since then.  Azathioprine, Asacol5 and Potassium.  I believe these chronic diseases work together somehow.  I go the washroom about 5 to 10 times a day but it is based on what I eat or drink.  If I just stick to water everything is better under control.  But who can avoid coffee, although I only have 1 coffee before I leave for work, also leave in 2 hours after having that coffee.  No accidents.

Yes my life is controlled.  Urgency is sometimes still there.  But I always give myself a two-hour window before leaving home.   Who would have thought the bathroom was pure gold!!

KUDOS to the many women and men who share their stories.  Without you we would not know what is like to have the ostomy or ileostomy bags.  THANKS again for sharing your stories.

Monday, March 2, 2015



What new therapies for IBD Can we expect?


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Saturday, November 1, 2014

It's a Gutsy job, someone has to do it.......

By Trusted Therapies Team
Trusted Therapies is a doctor and patient-powered community whose goal is to improve the lives of people affected by chronic diseases like Crohns and Ulcerative colitis.

What Doctors have been saying about the latest IBD research.



For my personal medication treatments, I am on immuno-suppressants Azathioprine, I do take Vitamin D / C / B12 as it is known that these intestinal diseases do not absorb all of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals, the body needs.  Asacol-5 and Potassium.  

Sticking to a Whole Foods diet does improve your chances for remission.  And it is worth it!!  Diagnosed 2004 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014


Always looking for food to help with my Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis and came upon this tidbit of info that may help us alleviate our inflammation and swelling we encounter almost everyday.

We are never told that certain foods can help us, we are just given prescriptions.  It is up to every individual to do due diligence in finding what works for their health.  

I am always looking out for me and any fellow sufferers out there.  So without further adue, The Avocado Seed.  I love eating avocado, but had only heard you can sprout the seed and plant your own.  Did not know you can eat the seed.  So give it a try, see if it works for you.


Top benefit of eating avocado seeds

  • Avocado seeds contain nourishing oil that is rich in antioxidants. In fact, 70% of the antioxidants are found in the seed alone and the other 30% are actually in the flesh and skin. These potent antioxidants have the ability to lower high cholesterol levels and prevent several kinds of heart conditions such as heart disease and strokes.
  • The super fruit’s seeds are also a great alternative for reducing inflammatory disease within the body, but works particularly well with easing swelling in the gastrointestinal tract.
  • You can even use it to help ease diarrhea away and to prevent and relieve constipation naturally.
  • Some find it soothing to gastric ulcers because the seed contains antioxidants in it known as phenolic compounds. These compounds contain antibacterial and anti-viral properties, which makes the seeds effective at preventing ulcers within the lining of the digestive system.

 How you prepare the avocado seed

All you have to do to get these seeds into your diet is slice open an avocado carefully, remove the seed, place it into a plastic bag and crush it with a meat mallet or hammer. After, place the crushed seed into a blender and grind it into a fine powder. Then, sprinkle the seed mixture onto meals and eat up to receive the health benefits from this amazing super food.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


My medication regime consists of the following

  • 5-Aminosalicylic Acid 400 mg.  I take 4 pills 3 x per day
  • Azathioprine 50mg x 3 per day
  • Potassium Chloride 8meq x 1 per day
This began since Day 1 in 2004.

  • A treatment of Prednisone in the beginning to "tame" the beast.

Crohn's disease treatment takes a step forward: New guidelines issued

2014-09-19 08:40

The American Gastroenterological Society has issued new guidelines for treating Crohn's disease that is based on symptoms and treating inflammation. Past treatment was geared toward relieving symptoms that failed to prevent complications including fistulas, abscess and strictures, the group notes.
Physicians now have a new tool for treating Crohn's disease. Guidelines released by the American Gastroenterological Society (AGA) are geared toward treating inflammation rather than clinical symptoms.
Goal of Crohn's therapy is now deep remission
The new goal of therapy is "deep remission" of Crohn's disease, meaning physicians should make treatment decisions based on both symptoms and endoscopic remission.
Based on study reviews, gauging treatment based on patient symptoms fails to prevent complications that include abscesses, fistulas and strictures.
Inflammation is determined by tools that include endoscopy, the blood test C-reactive protein (CRP), MRI, CT scan and by taking tissue samples of the colon.
The AGA notes that treatment of Crohn's disease is "evolving". William J. Sandborn, MD, AGAF who authored of the clinical decision tool said in a press release: "This clinical support tool represents a big step forward for the treatment of Crohn's disease and was created using a rigorous review process."
  • The new Crohn's disease treatment algorithm include budesonide, steroids and azathioprine for low-risk patients, and biologic therapy with tumor necrosis factor (TNF) antagonists, combined with budesonide, steroids and azathioprine for patients at high risk for complications.
  • Drug monitoring is recommended for patients who lose response to biological therapy to help with decision making.
The new guidelines for Crohn's disease treatment is also designed to provide clinicians with a uniform approach for treating the inflammatory bowel disease.
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