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    Another member asked for this today, and I thought it might be helpful to others as well...
    I know not all IC patients can tolerate the same things, but I am very diet sensitive, so hopefully these things are mild enough for most IC patients...

    I love love love Trader Joe's...
    Here are a few of my favorite (TJ's) things...
    Bread section:
    Trader Joe Shepherd's Bread
    Trader Joe mini bagels (plain)
    Trader Joe mini pita breads (plain)
    Trader Joe blueberry scones (also freeze well)
    Trader Joe Lavash bread (makes excellent wrap sandwiches)
    Trader Joe Cinnamon Raisin bread (thin slice one only, thick slice one has soy in it)
    Trader Joe's oatmeal raisin cookies in the tray, not the bag. (bag ones have ingredients I'm allergic to)
    Trader Joe's Truly Handmade Tortillas (be careful to get the ones that are just flour & water!)

    Vanilla meringue cookies
    Fat Free Caramel popcorn
    Light popcorn
    Mini Rounds Tortilla chips (check the ingredients to make sure no lime juice!)

    Organic milk
    Extra Omega 3 eggs
    Rice pudding

    Freezer section:
    Frozen blueberries
    Brown rice (comes in a freezer box of 3 packets) - 3 minutes in the microwave & voila! yummy brown rice!
    Double Rainbow blueberry ice cream

    Trays of zucchini
    bags of spinach
    bags of cauliflower
    4 packs of pears
    Trays of bell peppers
    If you can tolerate Asian pears, they are very inexpensive at TJ's
    Salad for One or Two-romaine or baby greens

    Pizza dough (regular one only, the one with no acids) - I use this to make pizza with a spinach sauce instead of tomato OR calzones! Yum.
    Panda brand black licorice
    Trader Joe's CheeseSticks: Parmesan (not every IC patient can eat parmesan, but I'm ok with these)
    Trader Joe's Shredded Wheat (plain, does have vitamin E as a preservative, but this cereal does not bother me.)
    Carrot juice (fresh)
    Trader Joe's 100% Blueberry Juice

    Some IC patients can tolerate plain peppermint tea & some plain chamomile tea. Trader Joe also has a low acid coffee (not decaf, so have not tried it myself-my bladder hates caffeine).

    I LOVE their french vanilla liquid hand soap.

    Have a fun time shopping!

    I am not a medical authority nor do I offer medical advice. In all cases, I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.

    New favorite quote: "God gives us only what we can handle. Apparently God thinks I'm a bad-ass" ~Author Unknown
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    Current treatments:
    -IC diet
    -Elavil 50mg at night
    -Continuous use birth control pills (4-5 periods/year)
    -Heparin/Marcaine/Sodium Bicarb home instills at night 3-4x per week, more often if needed
    -Pyridium if needed,
    -Pain medicine at bedtime daily, as needed during the day several times per week
    -Antibiotic when doing an instillation to prevent UTI
    -Colace & SmartFiber to treat chronic constipation from meds, Fleet enema as needed
    -Dye Free Benadryl 50 mg at bedtime
    -"Your Pace Yoga: Relieving Pelvic Pain" dvd, walking, treadmill at gym
    -Managing stress= VERY important!
    -Fur therapy: Hugging the cat!

  • #2
    thats sounds like a great shopping list. BUT what if you can't have dairy, wheat, and sugar and corn.
    not yet dx with ic-diagnosing myself as of aug 2006
    diagnosed ic-october 5 2006(huh just what I thought)

    cod liver oil (for vitamins a and d)
    bladder is not getting worse but maybe better
    diagnosed ibs-september 27, 2006
    don't know if it's ibs or some other underlining condition. hair loss, weight loss, constipation
    all this even though I eat.
    Mercury toxicity with Candida Albicans
    Realy toxic and sick
    Dental almagams removal and chelation for heavy metal toxins and candida cleansing as soon as fillings are out
    had catscan, ultrasound, colonoscopy
    Matthew 21 verse 22: jesus quotes"and all the things you ask in prayer, having faith, you will receive."

    I eat to live, not live to eat.


    • #3
      What a good list. Thanks Kadi--I think I'll head there tomorrow. I love Trader Joe's too. If you like butternut squash they have it fresh cubed in a bag. All you need to do is throw it in the micro for 5 min. add some butter and it's sooo yummy. I also like the gorrilla munch cereal. (it's made for kids ) It has no preservatives and only 3 ingredients. Hard to go wrong there.
      This has nothing to do with IC but while your there--they have some tiny little dog treats that are called Charlie Bear's liver treats--I think they are under $3. My dogs love them and they last a long time. They think they need a treat after every trip outside 'cause their so good they didn't go in the house.


      • #4
        Their frozen chicken egg rolls are also very friendly (and tasty!), just chicken, veggies, salt, sugar, black pepper, garlic, flour, eggs, cornstarch, and canola oil.


        • #5
          Have to get some of those too!!! Already told my husband we need to take a trip there tomorrow.


          • #6
            It's really too bad we do not have Trader Joe's around here... when I lived in Los Angeles I shopped there all the time, since there was one within walking distance from my apartment...

            *Diagnosed with severe IC in 2004
            *Also diagnosed with PFD, fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, IBS, migraines, allergies/asthma, dermatographism
            *Kept trying a million different treatments for all these things until I found what works, and I am doing okay these days with the help of a cocktail of medications and the InterStim, which was first placed in 2007. [I have had 2 revisions - one in 2010 when my battery died and had to be replaced, and one complete replacement (lead and generator) in 2012 after a fall on my stairs caused my lead to move.]
            *Current meds include Atarax (50mg at night), Lyrica (150mg twice a day), Xanax (0.5mg at night and as needed), Zanaflex (4mg at night), hydrocodone (10/325, every 6 hours as needed), Advair, Nasonex, Singulair (10mg at night), oral contraceptives, home instills containing Elmiron and Marcaine (as often as I need to do them).

            **I am not a medical authority nor do I offer definitive medical advice. I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.


            • #7
              I don't know where Winston-Salem is compared to Charlotte is, but I was looking on the Trader Joe's website and they have 2 coming to Charlotte (one North and the other South). Too bad they don't have one in Texas.