If you live with Crohn’s Disease, you probably know that eating certain foods can trigger digestion issues. Having a special diet plan, avoiding certain foods, can prevent these triggers and allow intestinal healing.
Crohn’s Disease is a chronic condition that causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. It is not isolated to one area, it can affect any part of the GI tract from the mouth down to the colon. However, it typically affects the end of the small bowel.
What is the Crohn’s Disease diet plan?
The Crohn’s disease is a diet plan that avoids foods that trigger their GI symptoms. By avoiding these trigger foods, most people will experience fewer symptoms such as gas, bloating, or diarrhea and promote intestinal healing.
Foods and drinks to Avoid
The foods and drinks that trigger a person’s Crohn’s Disease symptoms can vary. Here is a list of foods and drinks to avoid that commonly trigger symptoms in most people:
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Dairy Products, Including Butter Substitutes
- Carbonated Beverages
- Fried Foods and Fatty Foods
- High-Fiber Foods
- Raw Fruits & Vegetables
- Spicy Foods
- Red Meat & Pork
Food Substitutes and What You Can Eat
Here are some food substitutes that are easy on the digestive tract that can reduce Crohn’s Disease symptoms and allow intestinal healing. It is important to note that this diet can affect each individual differently and it is recommended to use trial-and-error for which foods and drinks are best for you.
- Almond Milk: This is a good low-calorie alternative to those that are sensitive to dairy products.
- Oatmeal: A lot of people find oatmeal to be ok to eat during flare-ups. Oatmeal has insoluble fiber, which absorbs water and passes it more slowly through your digestive system.
- Vegetable Soups
- Salmon: Substitute red meat for a fish like salmon, lean protein is your best option to promote healing.
Starting a Crohn’s Disease Diet Plan
Before starting a diet plan to treat your Crohn’s Disease, it is important to consult your specialist or dietician to ensure you are on the correct diet plan that promotes healing. Your doctor may recommend vitamins and/or minerals to supplement your diet plan. It is important not to restrict your diet too much, which could lead to malnutrition.
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