Different people with Crohn's Disease have different diets. That's just the way it is. What one person can tolerate with no pain is no indication that another person with Crohn's Disease can eat that same food without negative results.
I can eat popcorn and nuts, most people with Crohn's cannot. Other people can drink alcohol, I cannot. You might ask how that can be. No one knows the answer to that question.
So given that fact, what's a person with Crohn's Disease to do? How do you know what is right for you? The simple answer is... You need to customize your own diet. While it may take some time to work out the details, I promise you it will be worth your while.
How to customize your diet
The first step is to keep a journal of what you eat and if you feel pain after eating. (To download the free Journal I offer from this site, click here. )
The purpose of keeping a journal is to become objective in what foods are causing you pain and which are not. Guessing won't help. Trusting your memory won't cut it.
When you have discomfort after a meal or a snack, you can look to your journal to see if there is a pattern to your discomfort and the eating of certain foods.
It's more important for someone with Crohn's Disease to learn how to eat healthy than for the average person. Because our bodies absorb less nutrients because of the disease, we must learn what eating healthy means, and practice what we learn.
You must create your own dietary laws.
I've been lucky. The only thing I've had to eliminate completely is alcohol. I never drank a lot, but when I did, it never failed to cause some pain. So I quit drinking all together.
Most people with Crohn's Disease who are going through a major flare-up, go on a liquid diet to let everything settle down. This can include a nutritional drink like Ensure.
It's important to realize that your diet for Crohns Disease will vary according to your present condition and symptoms.
You might want to take a hard look at "hard" food like nuts, popcorn, etc. They are hard to digest and might cause blockage if your intestines are badly inflamed. You might need to eliminate them.
Because of the blockage worry, you might consider eating smaller meals more often.
Drink plenty of water. It's not unusual for a person with Crohn's Disease to have dehydration.
Even if we do practice healthy eating habits, there is no guarantee we will get what we need. We will probably need to supplement with extra nutrition.
Because Crohn's Disease affects the area of the intestines where a lot of the absorbtion of nutrients takes place, you might need to take supplements. Do not buy a brand you've never heard of. This is not a place to skimp on pennies. Quality matters.
Sufferers of Crohn's Disease are often unable to properly digest and absorb carbohydrates, fats, proteins as well as many vitamins and minerals. A high quality nutritional supplement can provide the nutrients the body needs for proper health.
If you are looking for a comprehensive vitamin and mineral supplement then Total Balance might be the answer for you. It has a full array of all of nutrients you may be lacking, including Vitamin B12, folic acid, magnesium and potassium.
**2016 Visitor's Choice Recommendation**
A number of our visitors have written in about the Breakthrough Crohn's Disease Guide. They report that this book has taught them a lot about the disease and new ways to treat, cope and prevent flare-ups.
Here's a link to this new recommended book: Breakthrough Crohn's Disease Guide
Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet
The reviews from people who have gone on this diet are remarkable in how positive they are. To learn more about this great book, just click here
Another highly recommended book with Crohn's Disease diets is:
The New Eating Right for a Bad Gut : The Complete Nutritional Guide to Ileitis, Colitis, Crohn's Disease, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Read more about it here.
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