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A couple of months ago, I started a thread about my anxieties on losing weight and feeling too thin (I have IBS-D and every time I get D, I lose weight). A number of you with the same situation responded to the thread and to me personally. I said that I would keep everyone informed on any information I came across about gaining weight. I am now working with a dietician, and she has given me a brochure on how to increase calories and protein with having to eat too much. The key is to eat high calorie foods. The following is from the brochure. I hope it helps. To increase calories:For those people, like myself, who are lactose intolerant, I suggest using Lactaid milk or any other brand of milk that has had the lactose removed.*Add butter or margarine to foods, such as soups, vegetables, sauces, cooked cereals, rice, eggs and mashed potatoes.*Serve breads warm so that more butter or margarine can be spread and melted into them.*Blend whipped cream into flavored gelatin and puddings. Use as a topping on desserts (such as pies), fruits or hot chocolate.*Use sour cream on vegetables, potatoes and meets. Try using it as a base for dips, salad dressings or to make a rich sauce or gravy. As a dessert idea, add brown sugar or honey to sour cream and serve with fruits.*Spread cream cheese on breads or add to dips, flavored-gelatin salads, sauces, casseroles or sandwiches.*Use peanut butter or other nut butters on crackers, toast and fresh fruits, such as apples.*Add bacon to sandwiches, casseroles, vegetable dishes and salads.*Add avocado and olives to salads and sandwiches.*Use honey or sugar as a sweetener in coffee, tea, cereals or on fruit.*Add raisins, dates, chopped nuts and brown sugar to foods, such as hot cereals and puddings.*Add marshmallows to fruit or hot chocolate.*Use mayonnaise in salad dressings, meats and egg salads or as a condiment on sandwiches. Dip vegetables in mayonnaise.*Use cream in place of mild when making soups, sauces, hot cereals and puddings.*Be generous with the amount of sauce and gravy you pour over rice, noodles, potatoes, and meats.*Use breading on meats, poultry and fish.To increase protein (Warning: Eggs are on the list, and my doctor has told me that egg whites are one of the hardest things to digest. If you�re having problems with diarrhea, you might want to stay away from eggs for awhile.):*Add extra chopped or pureed meats to soups, stews, casseroles, vegetables, potatoes, rice or noodles.*Add chopped eggs to sauces, casseroles, potatoes, rice, noodles, salads or sandwiches.*Select recipes that contain eggs, such as custards or eggnog. Avoid eating raw, uncooked eggs.*Add grated cheese to sauces, casseroles, potatoes, rice, noodles, vegetables or salads.*Try fruit and cottage cheese for an easy, nutritious food.*Add chopped nuts to salads, sandwiches or desserts.*Use nut butter on celery, apples, bananas, crackers or toast. Try adding nut butters to cookie recipes or frostings. Even try spreading it on chocolate bars for a delicious treat.*Add powdered mild to a variety of foods, such as hot cereals, soups, casseroles, puddings, sauces, gravies and scrambled eggs.*Boost the protein in whole milk by adding 1 cup of powdered mild to 1 quart of whole milk. Blend well and chill. Use this "Double strength" milk in cooking and for drinking.The brochure also suggests eating frequent small meals instead of 3 big meals a day.------------------
 

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DebbyO - thank you for your thread.Since I am a "D" with minor weight gain, I don't need this info but it will surely help those who are losing weight.Just wanted you to know I had read this.
 

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DebbyO - thank you for your thread.Since I am a "D" with minor weight gain, I don't need this info but it will surely help those you are losing.
 
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DebbyO, Thanks for the tips, I thought I was starting to gain and am losing again, I'm very discouraged.Have you heard anything about using something like Slimfast along with your meals not as a replacement? The egg thing was interesting since I perceive them to be so easy to digest, I keep getting proved wrong. I'll definately use some of the tips.
 

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I am curious if she gives you guidance as to how much. If you followed all those suggestions for calories, you'd be loading up on serious saturated fats.Don't be so sure you're wrong about the eggs. I cannot imagine why egg whites are hard to digest either.
 
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Jackie-I thought eggs were easy to digest also. Everytime I would start to recuperate from a bout of D I'd eat eggs because they were a comfort food for me. Well, I'd end up with D again, and it never occurred to me that it could be the eggs. I was really sick in April, and I was seeing my doctor every other day because my D kept coming back. Well, he gave me a three-day progressive diet plan and mentioned that eggs should be the last thing reintroduced into my diet--because they are so hard to digest. It finally dawned on me that my D was from the eggs I had been eating. I stopped eating the eggs and the D stopped! Try eliminating the eggs from your diet and see what happens. What do you have to lose?-DebbyO------------------
 
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Hi DebbyO - Thanks for thinking of us thin people who are trying to gain weight. My IBS-D is doing really well now thanks to Calcium and some other things that I've been doing. Wish I could follow your advice but one of the things that really causes me problems is fat.I eat a good well balanced diet and am holding my own but at this point, no weight gain. As I improve I will be adding things to my diet so maybe then I will. I also cannot eat eggs - they definitely give me D - learned that the hard way cause I used to be able to eat them and after a couple of bad experiences realized that eggs were the culprit.Pat
 
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Here are some more tips for extra calories:1. Peanut butter cracker sandwiches (72 calories each)2. Peanut butter and honey rolled up in a flour tortilla shell (410 calories each)-DebbyO------------------
 
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