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    pandagirl got a reaction from Della Nova in Poop Question (lots of TMI in here, but want to confirm something)   
    Black stools can be caused by iron supplements, not sure if you're taking those? Charcoal tablets (or herbal remedies containing charcoal) can also turn poo dark coloured. If you're not taking either and if it's really black in colour (as opposed to dark brown) and it persists, then you should seek medical advice, as black stools can indicate bleeding somewhere in the digestive tract.
    I got gritty stools when eating a lot of nuts/seeds, as well as fruits with seeds in (passion fruits, raspberries, for example).
    In answer to the OP, floaters can either be fat or fibre intake related. If they are quite well formed, probably more fibre, or gas pockets in the stool (grim, I know!) but if you notice an oily sheen in the toilet bowl, or any mucus, it's more likely to do with malabsorption of fat.
    Lovely topic huh.....sadly I'm fairly well versed in poop analysis having had Crohns disease for 5 years!
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    pandagirl got a reaction from Frankiekex in Sourcing Good Food in U.K and/or Ireland   
    I'm from the UK. I get a veg box from Abel and Cole each week, all organic, most of which is grown in the UK, and is seasonal, so you won't get strawberries in winter. Digging the root veg, kale, and broccoli at the moment! I also get organic eggs from them, and you can order organic meats, game and poultry. I understand Riverford do a similar deal, my mum gets her box from them, they just don't operate in my area.
    Out of This World is a co-operative health food store, operating in Leeds and Nottingham. They will order things in for you if you ask - they are getting me some coconut aminos, and they order me Isabels grain free cassava bread mix - not Whole30 of course, but I'm grain free even outside of it and these are a rare indulgence I can enjoy without upsetting my stomach. I imagine other local health food stores may do the same, it does save on the delivery charges online.
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    pandagirl got a reaction from Robin Strathdee in Celiac Blood Test Question   
    I went on an elimination diet to try and find out some foods that aggravated my Crohns disease, and in the process of that saw a dramatic improvement off gluten. I did a fingerprick test and it came up positive. My GP then suspected celiac, blood tested, it was negative, but I was referred to hospital anyway. A blood test 2 weeks later at the hospital was positive. I then had to go on the gluten challenge for biopsy. I lasted 2 weeks before I was in A&E with severe diarrhoea, vomiting, dehydration, and problems with my balance, I was totally disorientated and couldn't walk properly, and my joints had swollen up.
    Biopsy wasn't done until 6 months later due to an NHS mix up. By which time, I'd been off gluten upon the advice of the dr who saw me in the A&E, who considered it too dangerous for me to continue the challenge, and none showed up on the biopsy. Due to the no positive biopsy I get no prescriptions, but I am assumed to be and treated as coeliac.
    I have the added complication of Crohns disease though, so whilst a gluten challenge for most people will be unpleasant, it probably won't be as bad as what I had! Depends if a diagnosis is important to you.
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    pandagirl got a reaction from Frankiekex in Sourcing Good Food in U.K and/or Ireland   
    I'm from the UK. I get a veg box from Abel and Cole each week, all organic, most of which is grown in the UK, and is seasonal, so you won't get strawberries in winter. Digging the root veg, kale, and broccoli at the moment! I also get organic eggs from them, and you can order organic meats, game and poultry. I understand Riverford do a similar deal, my mum gets her box from them, they just don't operate in my area.
    Out of This World is a co-operative health food store, operating in Leeds and Nottingham. They will order things in for you if you ask - they are getting me some coconut aminos, and they order me Isabels grain free cassava bread mix - not Whole30 of course, but I'm grain free even outside of it and these are a rare indulgence I can enjoy without upsetting my stomach. I imagine other local health food stores may do the same, it does save on the delivery charges online.
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    pandagirl got a reaction from KitchenWitch in Whole30 with inflammatory bowel disease   
    Anyone got any experience doing Whole30 with Crohns/colitis or any other digestive disorder?
    I've had some success already going grain and legume free and giving up alcohol. But I'm still on quite a few medications, although I am no longer on steroids and am tapering off 2 of my meds. I have a colon stricture and I take miralax every day at the moment, otherwise I get blocked up and it's very painful. It's got much worse over xmas when I haven't eaten as well and had some foods that don't agree with me, so I'm hoping that the Whole30 will get me going on clean eating again. I'm interested to see what stopping dairy and sugar will do as well.
    Any other Crohnies out there with Whole30 success to report?
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    pandagirl got a reaction from lulucandoit! in Whole30 with inflammatory bowel disease   
    gin - best of luck, let us know how it turned out.
    Robin - I hope you continue to stay symptom free. Thanks for sharing your story.
    The Whole30 has definitely shown me a few triggers that I didn't know I had - dried fruit, for example - I always thought that was fine, but it definitely isn't. I've seen some improvements, but I think this is a process that will take a lot of tweaking to get my diet right long term. I am definitely looking at adopting a mostly paleo diet after this - dairy isn't coming back, and I was mostly off grains anyway before.
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    pandagirl reacted to ginsinnot in Whole30 with inflammatory bowel disease   
    Disclaimer: I'm not a medical professional. But from my patient experience (any my job reading medical records all day for disability programs), here's my take.
    A really bad, as in full obstruction (which generally means inpatient care and likely surgery) will show up on an abdominal xray as it will show an abnormal bowel gas pattern and/or distended bowel. It's often the first thing ordered as it's the cheapest and when the situation is truly emergent, gets things going for the doctors.
    A CT is often ordered when they want a good look at the cause of obstruction or if a partial obstruction is suspected.
    I have had multiple obstructions due to Crohns Disease. There have been times I was treated with inpatient hospital care including complete bowel rest (nothing in through the mouth, IV "nutrition" for around 5 days) and IV steroids to calm the Crohns-related inflammation causing the obstruction.
    I've also been managed by my long-time GI provider on an outpatient basis when only partial obstruction is suspected. This usually involves a soft or fluid only diet for a few weeks. The most recent episode was a soft diet that I've slowly advanced after 2 weeks, with daily Miralax for a week as advised by my doctor. Not all the way better, but vastly improved since it first showed up. I'm still limiting my bulky fiber veg, even cooked amounts. Hardly any raw fruit, though a banana is cool because it's so soft and managed a half apple the other day. Don't want to plug anything back up. If all looks good in another week, I'll start eating some more raw veggies.
    As an aside, I've been nauseous but no vomiting. Vomiting to me generally means an ED visit. I do not vomit. I will do just about anything to avoid vomiting. So if I'm worried about an obstruction, and it's bad enough to involve vomiting, then it's the hospital for me.
    You don't say how long this has been a problem for you. I've had Crohns 8 years now I think and the first 5 were lots of hospital admits and all the big guns as far as treatment. I'd note that I don't get CTs anymore because I've had so many, just the nice expensive MRI. So if my doctor thinks we're looking at an obstruction, we rule out the "needs surgery right now" kind with the xray and try to manage the symptoms.
    Hope this helps and good luck
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    pandagirl got a reaction from Della Nova in Poop Question (lots of TMI in here, but want to confirm something)   
    Black stools can be caused by iron supplements, not sure if you're taking those? Charcoal tablets (or herbal remedies containing charcoal) can also turn poo dark coloured. If you're not taking either and if it's really black in colour (as opposed to dark brown) and it persists, then you should seek medical advice, as black stools can indicate bleeding somewhere in the digestive tract.
    I got gritty stools when eating a lot of nuts/seeds, as well as fruits with seeds in (passion fruits, raspberries, for example).
    In answer to the OP, floaters can either be fat or fibre intake related. If they are quite well formed, probably more fibre, or gas pockets in the stool (grim, I know!) but if you notice an oily sheen in the toilet bowl, or any mucus, it's more likely to do with malabsorption of fat.
    Lovely topic huh.....sadly I'm fairly well versed in poop analysis having had Crohns disease for 5 years!
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    pandagirl got a reaction from Mich in Stomach pains and bloating   
    I'd suggest probiotics as well - they work quite well for me in conjunction with enzymes.
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    pandagirl got a reaction from Robin Strathdee in Whole30 with inflammatory bowel disease   
    Azathioprine sucks, but nowhere near as much as steroids for me. Those things blow me up, make me sick and I have to then take a bunch of medications to sort out the side effects!
    The stuff they tell you to eat when flaring - man alive it's a sugar and simple carb fest for those nasty bacteria.
    My GP is a gem. It's the GI doctors at the hospital I have the problem with, they are completely closed minded and they HATE patients who do their own research. One of them rolled his eyes at me and said "Oh, we have a Googler" to his colleague. I can't stand their arrogant, superior attitude - like they are members of an exclusive club and nobody else can decipher articles in medical journals or the results of research studies I would have thought that patients who want to take responsibility for their own health would be a dream, especially for the NHS where our medical care is paid for by the state, but all they seem to want to do is throw drugs at me and tell me off like a little kid if I dare ask questions about what the hell is in it and what it might do to my body.
    One of them flat out denied there was any evidence for low carb diets improving Crohns, luckily I had come armed with three different studies showing the opposite! Thankfully, my GP is more supportive, with the caveat that if I begin to flare I need to go back to her quickly so I don't end up in the GI ward again!
    Surprised I haven't been kicked out of my GI unit by now really
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    pandagirl got a reaction from Robin Strathdee in Whole30 with inflammatory bowel disease   
    Azathioprine sucks, but nowhere near as much as steroids for me. Those things blow me up, make me sick and I have to then take a bunch of medications to sort out the side effects!
    The stuff they tell you to eat when flaring - man alive it's a sugar and simple carb fest for those nasty bacteria.
    My GP is a gem. It's the GI doctors at the hospital I have the problem with, they are completely closed minded and they HATE patients who do their own research. One of them rolled his eyes at me and said "Oh, we have a Googler" to his colleague. I can't stand their arrogant, superior attitude - like they are members of an exclusive club and nobody else can decipher articles in medical journals or the results of research studies I would have thought that patients who want to take responsibility for their own health would be a dream, especially for the NHS where our medical care is paid for by the state, but all they seem to want to do is throw drugs at me and tell me off like a little kid if I dare ask questions about what the hell is in it and what it might do to my body.
    One of them flat out denied there was any evidence for low carb diets improving Crohns, luckily I had come armed with three different studies showing the opposite! Thankfully, my GP is more supportive, with the caveat that if I begin to flare I need to go back to her quickly so I don't end up in the GI ward again!
    Surprised I haven't been kicked out of my GI unit by now really
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    pandagirl got a reaction from Tom Denham in Day 18, already planning to binge..advice?   
    I reckon pretty normal. It takes time for our bodies to get used to a new way of eating. Your sugar demon is calling, and bingeing on junk will only feed it. But I'm sure you know this!
    I gave in to cravings after 10 days, so I absolutely know how this feels, but trust me you will not feel better for it, it will not make your diet better in any way shape or form, and it will not make it easier to eat paleo long term. I was getting cravings I think because I needed to eat more - I wasn't feeling satisfied because I was still calorie restricting. Maybe you need to eat a bit more at meal times, or include some more carbs like sweet potatoes or root veg?
    I do know how much it can suck though to feel like this. But keep going. Honestly, you will feel better for it in the end.
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    pandagirl got a reaction from Tom Denham in Day 18, already planning to binge..advice?   
    I reckon pretty normal. It takes time for our bodies to get used to a new way of eating. Your sugar demon is calling, and bingeing on junk will only feed it. But I'm sure you know this!
    I gave in to cravings after 10 days, so I absolutely know how this feels, but trust me you will not feel better for it, it will not make your diet better in any way shape or form, and it will not make it easier to eat paleo long term. I was getting cravings I think because I needed to eat more - I wasn't feeling satisfied because I was still calorie restricting. Maybe you need to eat a bit more at meal times, or include some more carbs like sweet potatoes or root veg?
    I do know how much it can suck though to feel like this. But keep going. Honestly, you will feel better for it in the end.
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    pandagirl reacted to Nathalia Bailey in Binge ruined my Whole30   
    I just quit mfp this whole 30 also. I logged everything for a full year but wasn't seeing any results. It's definitely all about that "I still have calories left over" kind of mentality.
    It has been so AMAZING to actually feel my hunger and my satiety. And I don't think about food at all anymore unless I'm hungry. Total lifechanger.
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    pandagirl got a reaction from Tom Denham in Slim Rice   
    I figured as much. I did struggle to see the point of it, and I definitely wasn't sure about the whole "eaten in Asia for centuries" claim....not sure where in Asia, having spent a lot of time in South East Asia and Japan and travelled in China, and never seen anything like it. They ate, shock horror, real rice. and I rarely saw anyone overweight, let alone obese.
    I just kinda wondered if anyone here had heard of it. Seems new over here (UK).
    I've heard of the cauliflower rice thing, unfortunately it's one of those veggies that has a really bad effect on me (Crohns) so I have to pass on that one, though it does sound nice.
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    pandagirl reacted to Tom Denham in Slim Rice   
    I appreciate that you are just asking a question, but I am afraid my need to rant has just overwhelmed me.
    No. No. No. Crap like this is the opposite of what we are asking your to eat during a Whole30.
    Feeling full on fewer calories is a lie the diet marketers scam you with. One reason the Whole30 works is that you eat real food that offers serious nourishment. Eating crap to fill yourself up does not nourish your body and sets you up to crave and binge. No one who wants to be free and healthy can afford to eat crap like "Slim Rice."
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    pandagirl reacted to Robin Strathdee in Whole30 with inflammatory bowel disease   
    I think this is really important for those of us with digestive disorders! I spent 10 months living on oreos, milk and spaghetti-o's because they required little to no digestion. Then, we wonder why it's so hard for us to break that illness cycle! Everything we were eating when we were sick was making us sicker!
    So glad to hear you're feeling better Gin!!
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    pandagirl reacted to ginsinnot in Whole30 with inflammatory bowel disease   
    I'm on Day 8 and I thought I'd update. I was worried last week that I wouldn't be able to complete a Whole30 limiting myself to soft foods for the partial obstruction. But I've been able to and I thought I'd share
    I've eaten a lot of squash and sweet potatos, cooked til soft. I've eaten a lot of eggs. I've had some meat, but in fairly small quantities. I've had chicken soup, cooked until everything nice and soft (some leeks, celery, carrots, onion). I've eaten a lot of avocado/guacamole and coconut butter for my fats.
    I haven't had much in the way of greens. No raw fruit or veggies.
    I've been able to stay full and satisfied by having 3-4 meals each day, 4 because the meals have often been smaller due to the GI issues.
    And this week, today Monday Day 8, I can feel the Whole30 working it's magic. I've still got the bowel issues from my Crohns, but my mood and energy are way better after 1 week of clean healthy eating. So I'm really glad I've stuck with it.
    Psychologically, this is a big deal too. Because in years past, a Crohns flare or partial obstruction included being advised to eat easily digestable foods like white bread. For a lot of years when I was initially diagnosed, I lived on the worst of the SAD (think pop tarts, bagels, bread, etc) when I wasn't on a liquid diet (of jello, canned/pureed soups, pudding). So my initial mental response was to want those things when I started feeling awful.
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    pandagirl got a reaction from praxisproject in Daycare is Forcing Us to Feed our 13 Month Old Crap (long rant)   
    Oh man. I'm sorry to hear you didn't get anywhere. I can't believe they are being so inflexible. Surely it's your choice how your child is fed, and nutrition is pretty fundamental.....
    Hope you get somewhere finding alternative care. The closed mindedness of the medical profession boggles the mind really. It's the same here in the UK, doctors in general do not support people following gluten free diets if they are non-coeliac. My cousin is coeliac like me, and has 3 kids - 2 coeliacs and one non coeliac, and non coeliac husband. Her kitchen is totally GF, the eldest has terrible irritable bowel because his coeliac disease was missed until he was 10, and he can't tolerate any grains. Her kids all eat the same, even the middle one who isn't coeliac. Her doctor told her that she should be feeding the middle child gluten because he isn't coeliac and he could be missing out on nutrients! Now I don't know of any nutrients that gluten containing products have that you can't get from fruit and veg....argh, the ignorance is so frustrating
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    pandagirl got a reaction from Derval in Binge ruined my Whole30   
    Well I've managed now 2 days on my "MFP detox" - am focusing on eating paleo, eating enough at meal times and not snacking unless it's pre/post-workout.
    I am anxious about not logging, but I keep telling myself if I feel I am starting to put on weight I can reduce portions or cut out fruit and up veg rather than resort to counting again.
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    pandagirl got a reaction from Della Nova in Poop Question (lots of TMI in here, but want to confirm something)   
    Black stools can be caused by iron supplements, not sure if you're taking those? Charcoal tablets (or herbal remedies containing charcoal) can also turn poo dark coloured. If you're not taking either and if it's really black in colour (as opposed to dark brown) and it persists, then you should seek medical advice, as black stools can indicate bleeding somewhere in the digestive tract.
    I got gritty stools when eating a lot of nuts/seeds, as well as fruits with seeds in (passion fruits, raspberries, for example).
    In answer to the OP, floaters can either be fat or fibre intake related. If they are quite well formed, probably more fibre, or gas pockets in the stool (grim, I know!) but if you notice an oily sheen in the toilet bowl, or any mucus, it's more likely to do with malabsorption of fat.
    Lovely topic huh.....sadly I'm fairly well versed in poop analysis having had Crohns disease for 5 years!
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    pandagirl got a reaction from Derval in Binge ruined my Whole30   
    Well I've managed now 2 days on my "MFP detox" - am focusing on eating paleo, eating enough at meal times and not snacking unless it's pre/post-workout.
    I am anxious about not logging, but I keep telling myself if I feel I am starting to put on weight I can reduce portions or cut out fruit and up veg rather than resort to counting again.
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    pandagirl reacted to kaybee in Binge ruined my Whole30   
    Yeah, that Fitness Pal is no pal of yours. Toss it. You can do this! Listen to your body and stop looking at random numbers. What would you say to your best friend if she were in this situation? Sometimes you gotta be your own best friend!
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    pandagirl reacted to Fenderbender in Binge ruined my Whole30   
    So you had a nice ten day run! ten days of good health.... I don't measure success in how well you preform,how fast,how strong,how much you lose....rather now well you pick yourself up and dust yourself off when you slip and fall face first into the mud. Success is getting knocked down over and over again and not quitting.....
    Make yourself healthy, you deserve it, and just start over again.... Even if you only get 11 days next time....just keep going!!!!
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    pandagirl got a reaction from Robin Strathdee in Celiac Blood Test Question   
    I went on an elimination diet to try and find out some foods that aggravated my Crohns disease, and in the process of that saw a dramatic improvement off gluten. I did a fingerprick test and it came up positive. My GP then suspected celiac, blood tested, it was negative, but I was referred to hospital anyway. A blood test 2 weeks later at the hospital was positive. I then had to go on the gluten challenge for biopsy. I lasted 2 weeks before I was in A&E with severe diarrhoea, vomiting, dehydration, and problems with my balance, I was totally disorientated and couldn't walk properly, and my joints had swollen up.
    Biopsy wasn't done until 6 months later due to an NHS mix up. By which time, I'd been off gluten upon the advice of the dr who saw me in the A&E, who considered it too dangerous for me to continue the challenge, and none showed up on the biopsy. Due to the no positive biopsy I get no prescriptions, but I am assumed to be and treated as coeliac.
    I have the added complication of Crohns disease though, so whilst a gluten challenge for most people will be unpleasant, it probably won't be as bad as what I had! Depends if a diagnosis is important to you.