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    I do not want to stop my social life because of IC. My Sunday School class is eating out for an Italian dinner. I do not know details. As a matter of fact, they might be "eating in" with people bringing food. I do not know at this point.

    But, I do want to know any suggestions for what I can eat safely.

    I will not touch tomato sauce. I do not really eat much cheese since I seem to be allergic - mind you, this is not lactose intolerance, this is full-scale cramps I get from hard cheese.

    Should I just order plain spaghetti? How about meatballs without the sauce? Any ideas?

    Thanks a lot. I really want to go to this even if I sit there without food. (Though that looks weird.)
    Last edited by futurehope; 03-30-2007, 07:56 AM.
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  • #2
    I feel your pain. My church has Italian food quite a bit too. I guess it's cheaper and easy to fix for a large group. I can sometimes get away with eating spaghetti with taking Prelief and drinking alot of water. But there are times that I pay the price. Our Sunday School class is going to eat tonight at Olive Garden. I will probably get chicken alfredo.

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    • #3
      Can you just eat the noodles with butter? Or bring your own "sauce" to pour on the noodles? It may be embarassing, but that's what I do...bring the foods I can eat. Nobody cares, if they care about YOU.

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      • #4
        When I'm really stuck, I eat pasta with no sauce at all and it's actually pretty good. If they have a pot luck where you can take food, you could just plan on taking a large casserole with IC safe foods in it. Lots of times I end up at a pot luck eating just what I brought and nobody seems to notice. And if they do, they don't say anything.

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        • #5
          Plain pasta with butter works well for me.
          You can bring a salad dressing of olive oil/pear juice/basil to put on lettuce.
          Also, if you are doing a potluck, here's a recipe that you might bring..

          Chicken spinach mozzarella lasagna
          Here's a link to a recipe for chicken & spinach lasagna
          I eliminate the onions & black pepper, though some with IC can tolerate them.
          Just make sure the chicken broth you get is IC safe (no msg, onion powder).

          http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,1635,...237197,00.html

          Enjoy!
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          -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!

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          • #6
            That recipe sounds great.

            Thanks,

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            • #7
              I thought this would be a post on a potluck type thing. I was going to say honeydew wrapped in proscuitto. If it's all premaid I'd skip dinner altogether rather than eat tomato sause. Try to get some plain noodles. Meatballs are okay without sause and good. I made some the other night with ground turkey, seasoned bread crumbs, salt and pepper and they can out very good. My husband liked them. I like noodles with butter and a little mozzerella and basil.

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              • #8
                Because we have a big family we ususally have spaghetti once a week because it's cheap and all the kids like it. What I usually do is cook up some sliced mushrooms in some olive oil and put that on my pasta with some feta because that's IC friendly. I'm getting sick of it now after eating it so many weeks in a row so I'll have to find a new idea but it wouldn't be hard to bring some cooked mushrooms and feta with you.
                Christine



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                1st hydro 4/07 showed no visible signs of IC but tons of mast cells in all my biopsy samples which did prove IC.
                2nd hydro 4/13/09 showed dark purple glomerulations and I had a capacity of 450 cc's. This hydro proved that my IC had progressed.
                I have tried every oral medication as well as rescue instills and DMSO.

                I have been lucky enough to see Dr Hanno, the top IC specialist in PA who has told me due to the fact that I have not responded to any "standard" treatments that I have a severe, end stage case of IC with a horrible quality of life (didn't have to tell me that last part!)

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                • #9
                  The mushrooms and feta sounds great! I'm going to have to try that. Your little boy is very cute Griffsmom! You kind of look like my cousin Kelley who's a new mom. People always tell me I have a familiar looking face too. It's kind of funny.

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                  • #10
                    We eat at church every Wednesday night and the ladies who fix always fix me something special. I fixed spaghetti for the family and took some Hambuger meat out before adding the tomato sauce. I fixed noodles, hambuger meat, butter and garlic for myself and it was really good. You might want to try something like this or come up with your own. Bamafan

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                    • #11
                      Thanks ABliske I really can't take credit for how cute he is though since he looks nothing like me, he looks like his daddy and his half siblings.
                      Christine



                      I have been diagnoised for 6 1/2 years now. I have taken a long break from the ICN but really miss helping out my fellow IC patients and want to get back into posting.
                      1st hydro 4/07 showed no visible signs of IC but tons of mast cells in all my biopsy samples which did prove IC.
                      2nd hydro 4/13/09 showed dark purple glomerulations and I had a capacity of 450 cc's. This hydro proved that my IC had progressed.
                      I have tried every oral medication as well as rescue instills and DMSO.

                      I have been lucky enough to see Dr Hanno, the top IC specialist in PA who has told me due to the fact that I have not responded to any "standard" treatments that I have a severe, end stage case of IC with a horrible quality of life (didn't have to tell me that last part!)

                      Proud wifey of Shane, mommy to Griffin, and step-mom to Logan and Gage
                      Also proud mom to the best Bullmastiff on earth, Claus

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                      • #12
                        You might try skipping straight to desert.... I use to do that a lot when eating out when I was super diet sensitive...... i.e., I'd just get vanilla icecream with hot fudge sauce
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                        • #13
                          If you can tolerate pesto, that is one of my favorite pasta sauces. Also I really love pasta with just garlic, shallots, olive oil, chicken, and veggies.

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                          • #14
                            Yes! I second that. Safeway carries a pesto sauce (Armanino brand), in the freezer section near the raviolis & vegetables, that I can tolerate very well.
                            I put it on pasta with cooked chicken, pieces of zucchini. Or I put a little in an omelet. Or it's good on sandwiches too. (But, it does give you some powerful garlic breath. Idea: serve it to your family after a DMSO treatment! Only we IC-ers would know why that's funny.)
                            Kadi

                            -------------------------------------------------------------
                            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
                            Source - Pinterest
                            "


                            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!

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                            • #15
                              If you end up going out, a typical menu item, or something you could ask for, is spaghetti "alla olio", which is basically spaghetti with olive oil and sometimes herbs, like oregano and garlic.

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