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    Ranch Dressing???

    My doctor just told me I can eat any of the "creamy" dressings - blue cheese, ranch, etc. (not creamy italian). This seems too easy!?! I haven't seen anyone mention Ranch Dressing as a safe alternative to regular dressings. Do you eat Ranch Dressing without any problems??

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    I'm fine with Marie's Lite Creamy Ranch dressing or Marie's Creamy Ranch dressing. They are available in the refrigerator section of the produce department at many grocery stores. These are ok for me because they do not have preservatives like most. I'm only ok with the Ranch ones though. I tried the poppyseed one & had a flare. One trick that really works is to put the Ranch dressing on the side of the salad and to dip your fork in it before bites of salad. That way I get the flavor without eating so much of the dressing. I do this at restaurants & also take Prelief (a calcium supplement that reduces acid) with the dressing.
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    I'm also ok with ranch dressing which is kind of odd since there is mayo and vinegar in the ingredients in the ones that are already made. When I make my own at home I leave out the mayo and just use buttermilk with the packaged mix. I can also eat thousand island dressing when I go to dinner if I don't over do it which is also odd due to the ingredients but hey I don't want to question it when I find something that agrees with my bladder!

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    I too can eat ranch dressing. I don't drench my salad in it but I put a decent amount on it.

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    Ranch Substitute

    Puree tub of cottage cheese and add dry Hidden Valley Ranch if it's IC friendly.

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    is Hidden Valley ranch IC friendly?
    symptoms when in a flare:

    I feel everything in my urethra but I know its really my bladder. Pressure, stinging, urgency,tingling feeling thats hard to describe.
    *I have a fibroid on my uterus near my bladder.

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    Physical therapy hasnt really helped but I love her! I've learned so much! She states that my muscles around
    My urethra are very tight.

    currently seeing a Gyn in my town and a Uro in Seattle (4 hrs away)

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    here's a link to a vegan ranch dressing that sounds really good. just leave out the lemon and pepper if you are sensitive to those things!
    http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2012/01...+Vegan+Blog%29
    I would add some fresh or dried dill to make it taste more like the real thing.
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    I do just fine with ranch dressings as well. I just do the popular namebrand but the Marie's dressing is fabulous too!

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    I make my own "Ranch" with my IBS I really have to stay away from cream. I use goat yogurt (I seem to do well with goat products) and then I add a packet of organic ranch seasonings. Works really well, and even my bf is into it.

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    I find that for me I am fine with anything that is a creamy dressing. I eat ranch,ceasar. three cheese ranch,blue cheese. I have no idea why I can get away with eating these but I can't eat an apple of any kind even the safe ones. I have not idea what's up with that.
    If you are going to try it I would only try a small amount and see how you do.
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    Tried:
    Detrol:only took one pill and it made me sick
    Elmiron:caused horrible pain(took 1 week)
    CystaQ:caused alot of burning and pain(only took one pill)
    Wellbutrin:only on it for three days as it caused alot of bladder pain
    Elavil:Took one pill and it caused a flare that lasted almost two weeks. It was the longest flare I've ever had. Never again..ouch
    Prelief:made my bladder burn and feel tingly.

    Take:
    Uracyst:Started May 19 2011
    Enablex:take one pill daily with no issues
    Naproxen:for pain as needed
    Baking Soda with water:as needed and it's a God send. It brings down my pain within 20 mins.
    Venofer: Started April 2012 by IV for low Iron. I do not tolerate oral Iron so this is the route I had to take.Does not bother my bladder but did have other side effects. I take Benedryl with each treatment to avoid side effects.
    Supplements:Whey Protein powder daily

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    Re: Ranch Dressing???

    I use Hidden Valley bottled dressing with prelief.

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    Re: Ranch Substitute

    Quote Originally Posted by DawnGrace View Post
    Puree tub of cottage cheese and add dry Hidden Valley Ranch if it's IC friendly.
    ok, that is genius
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    Instillations 3x/week: Parson's Solution
    uribel and prelief as needed

    Also took Desert Harvest Aloe (3 in the morning and 3 at night) for a year and had great luck.
    No longer need them, so I only take them during flares.

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    Re: Ranch Substitute

    Quote Originally Posted by DawnGrace View Post
    Puree tub of cottage cheese and add dry Hidden Valley Ranch if it's IC friendly.

    Quote Originally Posted by miniguinea73 View Post
    ok, that is genius


    I don't understand why that's genius. The ingredients in Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix ingredients are: maltodextrin, buttermilk, salt, monosodium glutamate, dried garlic, dried onion, lactic acid, citric acid, spices and artificial flavors. Buttermilk is acidic, monosodium glutamate...well, hello...preservative! Dried onion, artificial flavors...doesn't sound very IC friendly to me!

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    Re: Ranch Dressing???

    Quote Originally Posted by Briza View Post
    here's a link to a vegan ranch dressing that sounds really good. just leave out the lemon and pepper if you are sensitive to those things!
    http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2012/01...+Vegan+Blog%29
    I would add some fresh or dried dill to make it taste more like the real thing.
    It looks great ... minus those ingredients ... haven't been able to find any mention of chia seeds regarding the IC diet. Anyone have experience with those?

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    Re: Ranch Dressing???

    I have had sprouted chia seeds many times without any problems
    Daughter your faith has made you well,go in peace, and be healed of your disease.(Mark 5:34)

    Tried:
    Detrol:only took one pill and it made me sick
    Elmiron:caused horrible pain(took 1 week)
    CystaQ:caused alot of burning and pain(only took one pill)
    Wellbutrin:only on it for three days as it caused alot of bladder pain
    Elavil:Took one pill and it caused a flare that lasted almost two weeks. It was the longest flare I've ever had. Never again..ouch
    Prelief:made my bladder burn and feel tingly.

    Take:
    Uracyst:Started May 19 2011
    Enablex:take one pill daily with no issues
    Naproxen:for pain as needed
    Baking Soda with water:as needed and it's a God send. It brings down my pain within 20 mins.
    Venofer: Started April 2012 by IV for low Iron. I do not tolerate oral Iron so this is the route I had to take.Does not bother my bladder but did have other side effects. I take Benedryl with each treatment to avoid side effects.
    Supplements:Whey Protein powder daily

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