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Old 09-11-13, 03:08 PM   #1
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Old Folk Question - is it just me? Sortof sensitive question...

I am 62... over the last 6 years , I have become very sensitive to many food items. In 2007 I had colon surgery and had a length of tubing removed so I know that is part of my problem but I can't really eat any food with added salt anymore. In fact I have problems with foods that contain natural salt like celery. It makes my tongue burn and is just nasty to me. I struggle being low sodium all the time. Can't handle spices either. Could never eat garlic or onions but now just smelling them make me ill. It's like everything I eat causes an upset stomach (lots of problems there)... its almost like I can only eat rice, toast, chicken soup and peanut butter without getting ill.

Are any of you also suffering from sensitive stomachs (not heart burn or indigestion but =TMI= bathroom issues). If so is it something that came on with age or what?

Only plus - no more fast food for me... just can't tolerate it any longer. No prepared foods like Lean Cuisine or any frozen food either. Chocolate has always made me sick (lactose intolerant) but I still eat it anyway... may explain everything!
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Old 09-11-13, 03:24 PM   #2
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I had colon surgery in 1998 and part of the colon was taken out and yes, I did have problems for a while, (6 years) but not too much anymore. There’s probably a lot of food I shouldn’t eat and the main one is probably ice cream.
Sometimes I get diarrhea out of the clear blue sky . Meaning it’s not caused by anything I ate, it just happens. That’s down too maybe twice a year or so now.
I was getting a colonoscopy every year until this year. Now I have to go once every 2 years. Thanks God for that, but every time I get one done they find cancerous polyps .
So I guess it’s something we have to live with and I guess you could call us very lucky to be a live.
Anyhow good luck and I hope everything starts getting back to normal for you.
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Old 09-11-13, 03:27 PM   #3
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I have always been EXTREMELY sensitive to chocolate - not all, but I can't define ahead of time which or what or why. A Wendy's chocolate frosty sends me to the bathroom in about 1 minute, as does my most recent chocolate-dipped McD's cone. Not all the time - this was the first with the cone. But, if I really want to be cleaned out - like for a colonoscopy, give me some chocolate - it tastes better, anyway, than what the GI folks give you

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Old 09-11-13, 03:28 PM   #4
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Sorry to hear of your problems.

Can you eat real chocolate -- like 85% or 90% dark chocolate? I eat some of that every day. It's good for the heart.

My wife has been lactose intolerant most of her life. She's also had IBS for years. She found out a couple of years ago she has fatty liver disease. Seems these things are all kind of related. I have a mild wheat (not gluten) allergy. So we eat a lot of the things you're eating -- almond milk rather than regular milk, rice or oat cereal, lots of veggies and fresh fruit.
If we go off the rails, we pay for it the next day.
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Old 09-11-13, 04:26 PM   #5
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For the sensitive stomach, I drink a glass of wine every night after dinner. That works. As for low-salt, no salt diet, get this book...

http://www.amazon.com/No-Salt-Lowest...+salt+cookbook

I bought this cookbook and my wife and I love the recipes. There are lots of tasty options.
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That salt issue is a bummer, since it's so ubiquitous. A saying goes "If someone else prepared it for you there's too much salt in it."

How do you react to potassium chloride? For me it tastes just as good as salt.

Do you have problems with steak?

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Digestive issues are very common after colon surgery. My wife had hear colon surgery 10 years ago and still has occasional issues that rise outta the blue.

That NoSalt is good stuff. Not only does it reduce your sodium intake, it increases your intake of potassium, which is hard to get. Morton also makes a 50-50 mix of NaCl and KCl that's worth trying out.
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I still have all my OEM plumbing, but I am lactose intolerant and I avoid milk like the plague, though in very small amounts (peanut M&Ms anyone? lol) I don't have problems. Cheese is fine as the lactose is converted to something else in the process. Wheat can be a problem for me at times and one thing I've given up is coffee, I rarely ever drink it, mainly because it screws my blood sugar up, especially in the mornings and then it acts quickly on my lower GI.

All of these issues have been with me for a number of years, I was just more ignorant of my body and what went into it so they went ignored until one day I said enough and took greater charge of my life and my eating habits. I still slack off on occasion and am not penalized too much but once in a while it'll hit me like a ton o' bricks.
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CAUTION to those on low salt or no salt diets, please make sure to get enough iodine for the health of your thyroid and yourself. Plenty of information is available regarding thyroid issues due to insufficient iodine when not using iodized salt or intake from other sources. A huge goiter and parathyroid tumor blocking half of my esophagus and causing destructive high calcium production and many symptoms associated with such has been resolved favorably for myself but very well might not have been.
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That salt issue is a bummer, since it's so ubiquitous. A saying goes "If someone else prepared it for you there's too much salt in it."

How do you react to potassium chloride? For me it tastes just as good as salt.

Do you have problems with steak?
I have never been able to eat alot of red meat... I love steak and eat it only on special occasions and in small amounts. It will cause some issues but not bad. Is potassium chloride different than salt - I thought they were the same. for me its a taste thing... the salt gags me - also it burns my tongue. I didn't have this issue several years ago, it developed recently within the last 3 - 4 years.

I admit I have always had some problems - for instance food allergies to garlic and onion, lactose intolerant, but could always eat other stuff. Now for instance, I can't do stir fry because even low sodium soy is too salty and the oil on meat gags me. Going out to dinner use to be a real pleasure but now i stress out about getting sick and its like Dverfox says... immediately into the bathroom stuff - I never know what effects me (although I know if I have anything with cream in it - I am going to be sick - I have learned to eat salads without dressing and potatoes without any fixings).

Guess I am just getting to be an old fuddy duddy... can't eat out; can't eat at home... so why am I still so fat? You would think I would be trim but yes unfortunately I can eat dark chocolate without probems (also hard cheese and premium ice creanm - go figure!).
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That NoSalt is good stuff. Not only does it reduce your sodium intake, it increases your intake of potassium, which is hard to get. Morton also makes a 50-50 mix of NaCl and KCl that's worth trying out.
I will look for this - in my blood work I struggle with sodium and potassium levels - its always too low... thanks for the information!
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I can eat anything.

However, for a couple years I was having gallstone attacks, and during that period I had to watch what I ate. Too much oil or fat, and I would be puking and curled up for hours. Thank goodness that ended!
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Not just you Pam

I've picked up a case of acid reflux back in my late 50s that requires about 4 or more hours of waiting for bed time after eating.....and more than that when I eat some cheap packaged burritos or the like. I also have to watch what I eat more before riding whereas only grease used to bother me then when younger.

No more chicken sandwitch century food etc.
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Wild shots in the dark:

1. Go to University of Arizona's site and search "FODMAPS".

2. Check magnesium and zinc levels.

3. Consider probiotics. I like Align.

4. Talk to you doctor about bile-binding resins.

Now I'm going back to get a good night's rest at the Holiday Inn Express.
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I have never been able to eat alot of red meat... I love steak and eat it only on special occasions and in small amounts. It will cause some issues but not bad. Is potassium chloride different than salt - I thought they were the same. for me its a taste thing... the salt gags me - also it burns my tongue. I didn't have this issue several years ago, it developed recently within the last 3 - 4 years.

I admit I have always had some problems - for instance food allergies to garlic and onion, lactose intolerant, but could always eat other stuff. Now for instance, I can't do stir fry because even low sodium soy is too salty and the oil on meat gags me. Going out to dinner use to be a real pleasure but now i stress out about getting sick and its like Dverfox says... immediately into the bathroom stuff - I never know what effects me (although I know if I have anything with cream in it - I am going to be sick - I have learned to eat salads without dressing and potatoes without any fixings).

Guess I am just getting to be an old fuddy duddy... can't eat out; can't eat at home... so why am I still so fat? You would think I would be trim but yes unfortunately I can eat dark chocolate without probems (also hard cheese and premium ice creanm - go figure!).
My wife is diabetic, so no sugar or carbs, we had a friend stay with us who is gluten intolerant, that made things really interesting for a while....
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Something to think about in regards to constant Diarrhea, have your iron levels checked.
10 years ago, I couldn't be more than a couple of minutes from a toilet after eating (going out to eat would nearly be a disaster). My iron levels were checked, they were off of the charts, turns out I have Hemochromatosis. As my iron levels were brought under control, the issue went away, and what a relief it has been.
Hemochromatosis is common but goes undiagnosed for a lot of people.
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I dont have salt issues (so not really sure if I should reply). I am more sensitive to raw onions now. Not a huge deal but I did love them on burgers and salads. I have to watch my chloesterol and triglycerides so I am limiting red meat and adding more chicken and fish. I have been fortunate that way. That can all change if I come out of remission for non-Hodgkins lymphoma. That happened in 2005 (original was in 1991) and that did mess with my digestive system.
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I've actually gotten alot of my stomach issues under contain now relying on a Nutribullet and preparing "shakes" pursuant to the directions (1/2 veggie, 1/2 fruit, additives such as almond milk, rolled oats, nuts etc). If I have a shake, no stomach problems... if i eat food, then food allergies or other issues kick in. I am still extremely intolerant of salt but have to take it in as I am low sodium. Doctor can't figure it out... oh well, excuse to eat french fries (I kid!).
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Cripes. I woke up on the couch a few days ago with infomercial for Nutribullet on the tube. You mean that really works?
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Nutribullet, Banana, Almond Milk, and protein powder. Good Stuff!
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I used to have asthma as a child but then outgrew it. Twelve years ago the beginnings of asthma again made an appearance. The asthma is well controlled but in the last few years other signs of allergies have cropped up. I am otherwise, at 75 y.o. completely healthy. As a former life long smoker, and having worked with all sorts of chemical substances as a boat builder, I imagine the body has a limit to the abuse it can deal with and cumulative effects appear.
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