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Foods you can/cannot eat

Boobits
Posts: 28
Joined: Oct 2011

Are there certain foods that you all can't tolerate anymore? Is it hit or miss or do you know for certain?

I cannot eat beans/legumes, and more's the pity because I love them. Also, I ate a baked potato with canned chili (no beans) and that set me off the next day. Dairy is out because I'm lactose intolerant, and boy, do I miss yogurt and cheese. Strangely enough, my beloved hot sauce doesn't seem to bother me.

Would love to know your food issues, too.

pjs62
Posts: 95
Joined: Sep 2011

I think this is something we've all had to deal with. I've had to learn thru trial & error! The main thing for me is meats....I can tolerate poultry & maybe seafood in small quantities but beef not so much. I've also given up anything spicey. I try to eat small meals or snacks thru out the day & this seems to help.
Have you tried the natural milk products for lactose tolerance? I'd so miss my milk & yogurt (love smoothies!). I've discovered almond milk or vanilla soy milk which are very good (on cereal, drink in smoothies or by itself). Maybe this is an option.

gratefulmom
Posts: 15
Joined: Feb 2011

I am now 16 months past treatments and no longer have any food issues. Once in a while I eat way too much chocolate because I'm a recovering choco-holic and that will make things more frequent but I can pretty much eat anything now. I think it only took me about 3 months to get to that point.Maybe you will get better with time too !! Good luck !

azgal
Posts: 31
Joined: Oct 2011

How far out from tx are you?

I think it's very common after treatment (and all my docs agree) to never be able to well tolerate any raw veggies like salad greens and many cooked veggies, especially, and including, many popular deep fried veggies and other seeds like beans. Lettuces and other raw salad greens and the fixins, even cooked ones (raw or cooked cukes, greens, mushrooms, etc.), seem to be the worst offenders for many. For me, anything "rich" surely means extended stays in the bathroom, often painfully for several days or at the least life disrupting for a couple of days. Regardless of whatever the food intake I can't leave the house without first allowing several hour's time for several bathroom trips, no matter what is ingested....always being wary of the infamous "instant" reactions possible to foods without warning. Not that it's the same for all, but I must always be on guard no matter what I eat or drink (to the point of not eating/drinking for hours before an outing, which is not a healthy way to go) if I would like to avoid bladder and bowel issues while out.

After all day staying close to the bathroom, this evening I was taken out to dinner to a very bland dinner of a non seasoned grilled chop with bland mashed potatoes and unseasoned green beans. On the way home from there I had to stop off to pick up a bag of dog food at the local pet supply and didn't even make it the 15 minutes from the dining establishment to the parking lot of the pet supply without an accident. :/ Often one never knows what might trigger it....from a cup of coffee to oatmeal or really just anything being put into the system. It's a good thing to aways carry a "kit" of sanitary wipes, gallon baggies for soiled clothes, and a change of fresh clothes just in case. The blue backed bed liners (cheapest at walmart) under me in the seats of vehicle have been of great help to me.

Wishing you all the best in adapting to the new norm.

Angela_K
Posts: 370
Joined: Jan 2011

and I can tolerate all food in moderation. I added some food groups back very slowly right after treatment and didn't completely avoid any food. Today I won't sit and eat a big bowl of beans, but I will eat a half cup at a time if I want to with very little, if any, problems. My husband, however, farts like a pack mule. :) :)

Good luck. Keep trying as your body may begin to tolerate foods better!

Angela_K
Posts: 370
Joined: Jan 2011

and I can tolerate all food in moderation. I added some food groups back very slowly right after treatment and didn't completely avoid any food. Today I won't sit and eat a big bowl of beans, but I will eat a half cup at a time if I want to with very little, if any, problems.

Boobits
Posts: 28
Joined: Oct 2011

LOL!! I sure can relate to the gas passing; I used to be like your husband, told my GI doc that I could put most men to shame. That's when he told me to stop dairy for a month and see what happens. Amazing! That was why I was madly farting.

I really would love to eat beans again, maybe if I'm patient, it will happen.

I appreciate everyone's comments about food. It's mostly trial and error, I've found so far. If I try things, I'll be sure to do it in moderation!

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mp327
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Joined: Jan 2010

I would suggest keeping a food journal for awhile. Write down what you eat and what the consequences are afterwards. That way, you'll be able to identify foods that you can tolerate and those that you can not. Also, don't give up on any food, but try to gradually add it back into your diet in very small amounts. I didn't think I would ever be able to eat beans again either, but I do just fine with them now. I still go easy on salad and raw fruits and veggies, but can tolerate them in small amounts if not eaten too frequently. It's definitely a trial and error thing. If you're unsure about something, eat it at home when you don't need to go out and see what happens. That's the only way you're going to know at first. Good luck!

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