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  • fruit/veggies - can i eat the skin?

    new to the diet and i've been taking the skin off of my fruits & veggies. want to see if this is necessary because i know there's lots of good nutrients in there.

    thanks!
    jessa
    Jessica - 22 years old in Washington DC

    Symptoms began Sept 2010
    Diagnosed Sep 2011 (after being prescribed every antibiotic possible)

    Currently Trying:
    -Diet
    -Cysta-Q

    “Walk on with hope in your heart, and you'll never walk alone...”

  • #2
    I eat them with the skin on, as long as there IC friendy.
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    • #3
      If the fruits & vegetables are on the ok list for IC patients, then the skin doesn't really matter for us in terms of our IC. I have been reading lately about the "Clean Fifteen" and the "Dirty Dozen" in terms of what foods are less pesticide-contaminated & which are more important to buy organic - but that's not related to IC, just general health.
      Kadi

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      • #4
        I eat the skin, it it is edible. :-) You are right, lots of good nutrients in there.
        Julie Beyer, MA, RDN
        IC Dietitian, Patient Advocate, Speaker, & Author


        Did you know that up to 94% of interstitial cystitis patients find some symptom relief when they change their diet, and that dietary modification is recommended as a first line treatment for IC? Check out the IC Food List to get started!

        Do you need a little more help understanding the IC Diet? Schedule a phone or video coaching session through the ICN Store today.

        You can also learn more while supporting the ICN message boards by clicking on these book covers and buying the Confident Choices books from the ICN Store:

        ........ ........


        Other IC Diet Resources:

        IC Diet Webinar
        IC Diet Website
        For Health Professionals: Continuing Education About Interstitial Cystitis and Diet
        Free IC Diet Booklet: What Can I Eat?
        Confident Choices IC Diet Blog
        IC Diet Newsletter


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        • #5
          thanks everyone! that'll make it much easier
          Jessica - 22 years old in Washington DC

          Symptoms began Sept 2010
          Diagnosed Sep 2011 (after being prescribed every antibiotic possible)

          Currently Trying:
          -Diet
          -Cysta-Q

          “Walk on with hope in your heart, and you'll never walk alone...”

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          • #6
            Just make sure you clean them well, even if they are organic! I have a fruit and vegetable wash that I use to remove all pesticides/wax/chemicals. If I am somewhere other than home, I will use dish soap to clean my fruits and veggies. I am so sensitive to preservatives, some of which are used on the skins.
            Conditions:
            IBS 4/04; IC 8/05; Vitamin B-12 Deficiency 7/06; Asthma 9/06; Citrus, MSG, Sulfate/Sulfite, Nitrate/Nitrite, Sodium Benzoate Allergy diagnosed 9/06; Fibromyalgia 6/07; Pelvic Floor disfunction 2007; Hysterectomy 10/08; Fallopian Tube Cyst removed 5/10; Chronic Diarrhea since 12/10 ; Ulcerative Colitis 4/12

            Medications
            Elmiron 3x day
            Trazadone at bedtime
            Tramadol as needed for pain
            Monthly B-12 injections
            Continuous Birth Control (even though I had a hyst, to control cysts)
            heating pad, hot epsom salt baths, strict IC diet
            Interstim implant 9/11
            Ulcerative Colitis Meds - Remicade, Azathioprine, Lialda, prednisone several times a year

            Failed Bladder Treatments
            Lyrica, Elavil, Detrol, Detrol LA, Ditropan, Sanctura, Flomax, Prelief, Pyridium & Urelle (allergic!), Lidoderm patches, long term antibiotics - Macrobid and others, instillations (ouch!), CystaQ, pelvic floor therapy, fulguration, bladder injections, bladder stretching

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            • #7
              Rinsing fresh vegetables like broccoli is also a quick way to remove pesticides. Organic is good, but not always necessary.
              Julie Beyer, MA, RDN
              IC Dietitian, Patient Advocate, Speaker, & Author


              Did you know that up to 94% of interstitial cystitis patients find some symptom relief when they change their diet, and that dietary modification is recommended as a first line treatment for IC? Check out the IC Food List to get started!

              Do you need a little more help understanding the IC Diet? Schedule a phone or video coaching session through the ICN Store today.

              You can also learn more while supporting the ICN message boards by clicking on these book covers and buying the Confident Choices books from the ICN Store:

              ........ ........


              Other IC Diet Resources:

              IC Diet Webinar
              IC Diet Website
              For Health Professionals: Continuing Education About Interstitial Cystitis and Diet
              Free IC Diet Booklet: What Can I Eat?
              Confident Choices IC Diet Blog
              IC Diet Newsletter


              *Let's Connect!*

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