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    Hello Everyone,

    I am recently diagnosed, following the elimination diet, and was assuming Peanut Butter
    is a NO? Butter is on the usually OK, Peanut Oil is I think on the should be OK, but peanuts are on
    the usually problematic list. So I assume peanut butter is out (I know how individual this is, but
    wanted to see if anyone has an experience). Just am getting pretty tired of the same things.

    I was so suprised to see the debate about eggs. I have been eating LOTs of eggs trying to get my protein but still am having some flares. I have hard time thinking its the eggs? Not sure what is in them that would cause a problem. NOt too much left to try!!!!

    The dr's assistant said I am going overboard on the diet and I will screw up my health, that I should try things and see if they bother me, and then elminate them. However, when I am already miserable, havign flares for no apparent reason, mearly hanging on by a thread, crying myself to sleep every night, I am not willing to do somethig on purpose that might bring on a flare or make it worse!!!

    The frustrating part is how do we really know what is causing flares, when they happen for no apparent reason? Last week the dr thought it was my period, but this week who knows? Still recovering from a disasterous cystoscopy and hydrodistion (had it on jan 7) so this may be part of the healing.
    I will be starting Rimso treatments on Jan 30. Very very nervous.

    Thank God for this website and all of you; don't know how I would get through this otherwise. MY hubby is wonderful and supportive, but its not the same as communicating with others who are suffering with this awful disorder.

    God Bless you,


  • #2
    I was always able to eat eggs and peanut butter - even at my worst. Figuring out what the triggers are does suck - I tried eliminating all the biggie biggies and then reintroduced (unless I already knew for sure they set me off - like tomato. It is a a scary way to find out, but the only way I really learned my triggers was to try one. Some foods that bothered others did not bother me at all.

    Good luck. I hope when a little more time has passed since your cysto w/ hydro that you will begin feeling better. kissing

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    I've been virtually symptom free and able to eat & drink whatever I'd like for about 8 years now.


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    • #3
      I can also eat eggs and peanut butter. This diet really can be tough sometimes. I also just cut out the biggies and then go from there. Hang in there, it gets a little easier as you get more used to it.
      It is possible that your bladder is still healing from the cysto. It can take some time to heal from that.

      Good Luck and let us know how you are doing.

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      • #4
        Hi Stacy hi

        I want to Ditto your last paragraph.

        This site has helped me so much with diet, meds, questions and how to handle everything.

        I too can eat eggs for protien with no problem. Like you, newly dx'd, have been afraid to try things. Too scary right now. Most say trial and error is the way, except for obvious NoNo's.


        • #5
          Hi Stacy!
          At least from my experience it can be doubly frustrating because one day eggs seem to bother me, the next they don't. I haven't figured out why. The egg and the toast are a constant...

          Until recently I could eat peanut butter, now I can't. I can't eat tahini either.

          As far as eating healthy, if you stick to safe veggies and meat, you should be fine. I'd say you just don't want to overbalance with starches and sugars. I've found that the Atkins diet worked well for me.

          My typical diet is egg & toast for breakfast w/glass of milk.
          Water during the day.
          Salad w/olive oil, mozerella cheese and some meat for lunch.
          Meat and vegetables for dinner.
          Snacks like low-carb ice cream or popcorn after dinner.
          And at least a 1/2 hour of exercise (I like Denise Austin - low impact & mix of cardio, yoga & pilates).

          HTH! wink


          • #6

            I am allergic to peanuts, so peanut butter is a no for me. I buy a product that is called 'no nuts' which is made out of peas. It taste a lot like peanut butter. I was so thrilled when I found it. I live in British Columbia and it is made in Alberta. So, I'm not too sure if it is available in the US. Perhaps there is a similar product. I find ours in the health food section in the grocery stores or health food stores.
            Good luck!

            Peace, Love, Health, and Happiness!


            • #7
              Just a thought on the cysto/hydro - I was in a 3 week flare after I had mine. I was miserable. Then I had several weeks of complete remission. That procedure could very well be a contributing factor in your symptoms right now. Try to be patient and hopefully it will pass as mine did.

              The diet thing takes a long time to figure out. It is frustrating and doesn't ever totally make sense, but does get easier. For me, hormones play a big part in it, along with diet.

              I went a long time without eating any eggs or peanut butter, because I had tried and always went into a flare when eating them. Now, I have learned when and how much I can handle. It takes practice! And I never eat them two days in a row. Maybe that's just my security! Nuts for me are not usually a problem.

              Wishing you well,


              • #8

                I know exactly what you mean about the diet. Its been really hard for me to figure it out because one day I can eat something and it won't bother me and the next day I can eat the same thing and it will. I think hormones and stress play a big part for me. I have eliminated white flour, sugar and anything with preservatives from my diet, but I think I will have to do a strict elimination diet starting with eating only low starch veggies and meat for several weeks to really figure out what my food triggers. Its really hard to get psyched up for such a strict diet.

                Good Luck, Cate