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any riders w/ crohns disease??(4 posts)

any riders w/ crohns disease??stik__boy
Jul 15, 2002 8:33 AM
have crohns disease and i have problems with nutrition because of it. i was wondering if theres anyone else out there that may have solved the problem of getting enough carbs.....? (crohns is an auto-immune disease that attacks the digestive tract, typically leaving people with an inability to absorb nutrients properly in the small intestine due to scar tissue....)
re: any riders w/ crohns disease??brider
Jul 15, 2002 9:03 AM
I've had semi-controlled ulcerative colitis (a related but not the same contition) for about 5 years. I've found that it's my sleep patterns that have more to do with any flare-ups than nutrition. I find that fiber in the diet is EXTREMEMLY effective, so I avoid high-fiber foods. Doing the same may help you, as it would slow the food movement through the digestive tract and give more time for absorption. Just something to give some thought.
look into l-glutamine supplementation (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 15, 2002 9:39 AM
Have had it for 30 years and still going strong.hrv
Jul 16, 2002 7:16 AM
What's helped me over the years is eating a diet that's not entirely recommended for someone with chron's: fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains , nuts. If all I eat is low fiber foods I start running into problems. There also is evidence that we might benefit from a low- or no- wheat diet. I tried that for about 6 months once and althought it was very difficult, I felt the best I have in years. Substituted other grains for wheat: amaranth flour, quinoa, rice, etc. Made breads and pancake type rollups.

Like Brider said, sleep/rest is very important. We all want to push it but for us it's easy to overdo it. I'm finding that out in training for racing this season. We should be listening to what our bodies are telling us way more than the average person.

Also, I've found that accupuncture has helped me restore the 'flow of energy' thru my system. Sounds vague, I know, but it works for me.

I'd be glad to discuss further if you want. Good luck and good riding!

marty
mco@gorge.net