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Crohn’s Disease Suggested Dinner Menu, plus Recipes

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011



You already know what you can’t eat on a Crohn’s disease restrictive diet…here are some foods you can eat! Because IBD doesn’t stand for Insufferably Boring Diet…


Choosing a diet you can stomach

If you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, then you know that certain foods trigger gastrointestinal flare-ups that cause diarrhea, stomach cramping, nausea, and vomiting.

Following an IBD-friendly diet is instrumental in preventing damage to the small and large intestines, and promoting digestive health.

There are no unanimous opinions when it comes to following a diet for inflammatory bowel disease.  Some swear by the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), which permits most cooked and raw vegetables, including broccoli, beans, and celery, while the Low Residue diet follows a selective list of permitted vegetables that are rarely, if ever, eaten raw.

Ten Foods to avoid if you have Inflammatory Bowel Disorder

Know your bowels

If there is any one rule regarding following a healthy Crohn’s meal plan, it is that you should pay attention to how your body reacts to certain foods.  Keeping a food diary is a great way to keep track of useful info like:

  • What foods you ate today
  • What time you ate
  • How much you ate
  • How it made you feel later
  • What feelings or thoughts you were experiencing at the time

The following delicious recipes are usually healthy for Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis patients who are not suffering flare-ups:


Quinoa Salad with tomatoes, feta, and parsley

This quinoa salad recipe, taken from the Crohn’s-Sanity forum, is very adaptable.  If dairy is a problem for you, then leave it out, and you’ll still have a delicious, light appetizer to serve with the salad course.  Remember, quinoa requires a through rinsing through a fine sieve before cooking, in order to avoid a bitter aftertaste.


New England Clam Chowder Recipe

This clam chowder is one of many scrumptious recipes featured in the Creative Colitis Cookbook, which boasts 100 recipes that follow the low residue diet plan.  This creamy broth gets its high vitamin B12 content from clams. Many varieties of seafood, as well as meat, poultry, and dairy items, are rich in vitamin B12, a crucial nutrient for patients with inflammatory bowel disease.  

Related:  Nine Healthiest Canned Foods: Many Contain Vitamin B12

Main Course:

Grilled Turkey Breast

What could be more presentable than a large tray of steaming, aromatic grilled turkey with rosemary?  If you don’t own a barbecue grill, you can always roast this delectable dish in the oven.  Taken from Living with Crohn’s Disease.com.

Butternut Squash Risotto

As featured in Crohn’s Health Center, butternut squash is one of many light, comfort vegetables that are agreeable with individuals with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.  This recipe combines sweet squash and rice with a seasoned broth.  Omit the garlic if they are not on your diet.


Coconut Lemon-Ginger Cakes

These cupcakes come from the Ramble On blog, and are gluten-free, nut-free, and SCD-friendly.  Made from very few simple ingredients, they smell heavenly fresh out of the oven.  When cool, top with an icing made with powdered sugar, soy milk, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.

Some more great reads:

101 Helpful Sites for Kids ‘n Teens with Crohn’s (and their Parents)

On the Run with Crohn’s? 6 Ways to Ease Public Restroom Anxiety

Natural Treatments for the Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease


Crohn’s Health Center

Crohn’s Disease Diet Plan

Low Residue Diet

Natural Treatments for the Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease

Friday, May 13th, 2011



Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disorder of the intestines which causes symptoms such as diarrhea and stomach cramps, in addition to non-gastrointestinal disturbances such as arthritis, eczema, chronic fatigue and mental distraction. Some of the debilitating symptoms of Crohn’s disease may be treated naturally through dietary changes.


What is Crohn’s disease?

Crohn’s is classified as an auto-immune disease; the immune system is triggered into attacking the body’s digestive system, causing inflammation as the body attempts to counteract the symptoms of a weakened immune system.

What causes Crohn’s disease?

Scientists have noted a correlation between Crohn’s disease patients and the presence of anti-yeast antibodies. Crohn’s sufferers tend to have diminished lectin binding proteins, which are essential for utilizing mannan, a yeast derivative. Low levels of lectin combined with a compromised immune system result in production of anti-yeast antibodies which neutralize mannan, often creating a yeast infection or similar inflammation in the gut lining.


What are some natural treatments for Crohn’s disease?

Many of the symptoms of Crohn’s can be avoided by making certain dietary changes.

Here are some tips for preventing Crohn’s naturally:

  • Avoid yeast products and foods which trigger allergies, such as gluten, soy products and certain nuts.
  • Heavy protein foods are also to be avoided, such as meat, cheese and eggs, all of which are essential sources of vitamin B12.
  • In order to avoid getting vitamin B12 deficiency, Crohn’s disease patients are strongly urged to take regular vitamin B12, as vitamin deficiency is a common symptom among Crohn’s patients who neglect to take sufficient vitamin supplements.
  • For more information about avoiding B12 deficiency, read: Worried about Low B12 Lab Results?
  • Nightshade vegetables such as eggplants, onions and tomatoes are known to cause stomach upset in Crohn’s sufferers, and are to be avoided.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids are effective at encouraging a healthy response to inflammation which results from Crohn’s. Other natural anti-inflammatory agents are berries, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and rosemary.
  • Naturally fermented foods are helpful for producing good bacteria, and are excellent treatments for sufferers of auto-immune diseases. Vegetable dishes which promote healthy “gut bugs” are sauerkraut, kimchi and pickled cucumbers.

Also read:

Gut Bugs:Winning the Bacteria Battle

Crohn’s Disease: What You Can Do about it Now


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