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Son recently diagnosed with UC - and he's a picky eater!

Sun, January 06, 2019 11:23 PM

My 14-year-old son was recently diagnosed with UC. He is a super-picky eater - doesn't like meat, eggs or cooked veggies. I am extremely worried about how to get enough protein in his body. He is a cross-country runner, so very slim, and in the last 2 weeks (prior to diagnosis), lost 8-10 lbs. I appreciate any suggestions you may have for getting picky, UC teens to expand their palettes. Thanks much!

FPO theraven8413
Joined Jan 6, 2019

Thu, May 16, 2024 4:10 AM

Reply posted for theraven8413.

I'm sorry to hear about your son's recent diagnosis. It can be challenging to find the right foods for picky eaters, especially with dietary restrictions. Have you considered introducing protein-rich plant-based foods such as tofu, quinoa, and lentils time card calculator ? These options might be more appealing to your son and can help ensure he's getting enough protein for his active lifestyle

FPO civic45271
Joined May 16, 2024

Fri, February 18, 2022 9:43 AM

Reply posted for haughtyslominsk.

It's critical that you completely understand what this disease is and how it affects the body. Better to ask you son's doctor about what is the alternative way to sustain the needs of his body. 


FPO haughtyslominsk
Joined Feb 10, 2022

Thu, February 17, 2022 9:20 AM

Reply posted for fetchingfetchin.

I am also a picky-eater when I had this, but to tell you guys, we don't like it! This kind of condition is really hard to deal with. Click here

FPO haughtyslominsk
Joined Feb 10, 2022

Wed, February 16, 2022 7:38 AM

Reply posted for fetchingfetchin.

Good post, keep on sharing and keep on inspiring. Click here

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Tue, February 15, 2022 10:21 AM

Reply posted for inaneimplosive1.

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FPO fetchingfetchin
Joined Feb 12, 2022

Mon, February 14, 2022 11:21 AM

Reply posted for Jake Xyrus.

Elimination diets, where patients remove certain foods from their diet to see if their symptoms abate, are a good way to identify common food triggers. Read more

FPO inaneimplosive1
Joined Feb 12, 2022

Mon, February 07, 2022 6:47 AM

Reply posted for Jake Xyrus.

Hoping that your daughter is doing well now! If she is not okay, please see the doctor for the proper treatment. drywall contractor

FPO Jake Xyrus
Joined Nov 15, 2021

Wed, August 04, 2021 3:15 AM

Reply posted for kelliwithchrons.

Any other reaction to this?

FPO Almaza2123
Joined Aug 4, 2021

Wed, July 07, 2021 12:15 PM

Reply posted for theraven8413.

Hi. I was diagnosed with UC when I was 16 and was/am a very picky eater. I'm 51 now. Back when I was diagnosed in the 80's the resources were very limited and I know my mother did the best she could. She would make egg-shakes and let me eat what I wanted just to try to put on and keep my weight - I was 5'6" and 100lb. In my 20's I ate lots of steak, potatoes, breads, pastas and other carbs. Food that was easy for myself to make and what I liked to eat. I was on Asocal and prednisone from 1986 - 2003.  

I went into remission, and I'm still in remission (knock on wood), when I was 32 (still on meds, but not steroids). All of the eating habits that I learned trying to keep on weight helped me put on 60+ pounds very quickly - 170 lbs - and I was told to lose the weight. About 4 years ago I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

It's been very difficult trying to change my diet. Processed food - bread, potatoes, crackers - have been my mainstays to keep my stomach settled. I cut out all sodas which has been a great help. But I'm still very picky and the normal methotrexate that is prescribed for Diabetes adversely affected the UC. Now I'm fighting my bad diet habits at 51. And it's one of the biggest hurtles I've had. 

I look back and ask "what could I have done early on that would have prepared me for this?". 1) I wish I had the resources available now; 2) I wasn't so deliberately stubborn; 3) I had a counselor that I could talk to outside of my family; 4) a nutritionist that could help me and my mom build a healthy diet for me that I would eat; and lastly 5) friends my own age going through the same thing.
Good luck to you and your son. Don't worry - you're doing the right thing asking and looking for help/assistance. 

FPO seiryram
Joined Jul 7, 2021

Wed, August 14, 2019 3:35 PM

Reply posted for theraven8413.

I feel for you.  My son is 13 and diagnosed with crohns only a few weeks ago.  He too isn't a great eater as he has SED/ARFID (selective eating disorder/Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) or whatever it's referred to now.  He only eats chicken, popcorn shrimp, pizza, spaghetti and grilled cheese as main courses.  No fruits, no veggies.    Since starting on prednisone 3 weeks ago, he's gained 10lbs but he can't stay on that forever. He's also taking vitamins and I make him shakes using carnation instant breakfast powder. I second the suggestion of finding something he likes that doesn't bother him and letting him eat as much of it as he can.  

Joined Aug 14, 2019

Mon, January 21, 2019 2:34 PM

Reply posted for theraven8413.

You might go to a health food store and look into those protein shakes bodybuilders drink when they want to gain weight.  I’d run it by your doctor first.

FPO charbs
Joined Oct 31, 2016

Mon, January 21, 2019 12:41 PM

Reply posted for theraven8413.

I was diagnosed with Chron's at 16 and am now 18. I have always been a picky eater and I think I always will be. My advice is to find food, even if it is just one or two things, that will satisfy with your son's stomach and let him eat as much of it as he will. As for all the vitamins and nutrients, stock him up on multivitamins and calcium and anything else he is deficient in. Your doctor can do a blood test to see his vitamin levels and he can take anything he is low in by taking pills to get higher levels. 

FPO kelliwithchrons
Joined Jul 17, 2018

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