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Posts Tagged ‘ulcerative colitis diet’

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

Ten Foods to avoid if you have Inflammatory Bowel Disorder

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011



What foods should I eat…or avoid if I have IBD? Here are some proper nutrition tips for ulcerative colitis


Ulcerative colitis is a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD) that creates painful ulcers in the large intestinal tract and the rectum.  One of the main causes of ulcerative colitis is poor digestion.  

Sufferers of ulcerative colitis experience symptoms such as:

  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Inflammation of the colon
  • Stomach cramping
  • Nausea
  • Excess weight loss
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency

    (Read more about preventing vitamin B12 deficiency here: B12 Deficiency: Don’t Ignore the Symptoms)

Some good rules of thumb


While diet doesn’t cause ulcerative colitis, it does affect chronic pain symptoms that are associated with IBD. 

Below are some helpful food preparation tips for eating with ulcerative colitis:

  • Cook vegetables well.  Raw or partially cooked vegetables are difficult for ulcerative colitis patients to digest completely.
  • Cut your food into small pieces that are easy to masticate thoroughly.
  • Avoid very small food morsels, such as corn kernels and peas; swallowing tiny bits of food without chewing them properly creates stomach upset, such as cramping and diarrhea.
  • If you experience any setbacks, it’s a good idea to restrict high fiber food items, such as whole wheat breads, legumes, and cereals, at least until your diarrhea has subsided.

Ten foods to avoid if you have ulcerative colitis:


Caffeine not only draws water out of our system, contributing to dehydration, but it also triggers bowel movements. 

If you have ulcerative colitis or any other type of IBD, then caffeinated teas, coffee, and chocolate could wreak havoc on your digestive system, in addition to robbing your body of much-needed fluids. 

Try sipping on something more tummy-friendly, such as comforting herbal tea and carob chip cookies.  

Trouble staying awake?  Read:  Boost Energy Now! 20 Practical Tips for Fighting Fatigue


Bubbly Beverages

Carbonated drinks are refreshing, but they are full of tiny air bubbles.  Swallowing excess amounts of air causes flatulence and irritates the stomach linings of chronic colitis patients.  If you cannot resist the lure of an icy cola on a hot day, then sip slowly.  Nix the straw, as it will only make you swallow even more air.


Alcoholic beverages act as stimulants, and may aggravate the intestines.  However, not all alcoholic drinks are cut from the same cloth, so to speak.  White wines go down easier than red wines.  Avoid beer and mixed drinks that often cause diarrhea. B12 and Alcohol Consumption

Milk Products

Contrary to popular belief, there is no direct correlation between lactose intolerance and IBD, though individuals with irritable bowels might have a slight sensitivity to milk sugar. 

If you have colitis, then your best option is to cut back on dairy whenever possible.  A pat of butter on some low-fiber toast or a bit of milk in your coffee is okay, but don’t get into the habit of drinking large amounts of cow’s milk. 

Opt instead for other calcium-rich foods such canned salmon (bone-in), collard greens, and fortified low-pulp orange juice.  

Addicted to ice cream?  Who isn’t?  Try out one of these  10 Most Tempting Vegan Ice Cream Recipes.



Unless your body is accustomed to digesting beans and legumes, then you should proceed with caution

For many of us, beans such as garbanzos and pintos are difficult to digest and cause uncomfortable bloating and gas. 

That doesn’t mean you should cross three-bean salad or minestrone off your list, though, as beans are rich in protein and vitamin B12

Some methods of cooking beans produce less gas, and chewing thoroughly helps to aid digestion.  If you buy canned beans, rinse well to remove sugars, and experiment with pureed bean recipes, such as hummus or low-fat bean dip.

Stringy Veggies

Some vegetables are hard for IBD patients to absorb, and fibrous veggies such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, onions, and celery are high on that list.  Focus on the have’s instead of the have-not’s.  You can have delicious, vegetarian side dishes without the accompanying tummy aches.  Some yummy green-light veggies include roasted cauliflower, carrot pennies, and baked potatoes.

Seeds, Skins, and Pellets

Certain foods irritate the lining of the intestines as they shove their way through our digestive system.  These include:

  • Fruit seeds, such as those found in strawberries, figs, and melon
  • Sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • Dried fruits
  • Fruit skins, such as cranberries, blueberries and persimmon
  • Spongy pithy foods, such as mushrooms, citrus rinds, and orange marmalade
  • Fruity pellets, such as corn and pomegranate


Fatty Foods

Oil is not absorbed well in colitis patients, so avoid high-fat meals and condiments.  These include:

  • Rich sauces, such as Alfredo sauce and other cheesy toppings
  • French fries, and other fried foods
  • Fatty meats, such as steaks, ribs and hot dogs
  • Condiments such as mayonnaise, melted butter, and rich salad dressings


Small nut pieces are hard for the body to digest completely, and may irritate the stomach. 

Colitis patients should avoid treats containing roasted peanuts, cashews, or raw almonds.  Ground nuts and seeds are fine, though. 

Small amounts of creamy peanut butter, all-natural almond butter, or tahini are great sources of healthy fats.


Whole Herbs and Spices

If you suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disorder, that doesn’t mean that you have to suffer from a diet of bland, tasteless foods as well.  Take advantage of the many pungent, sweet, and tangy herbs and spices that are available, but remember to grind them well. 

If you buy dried seasonings, make sure that seedy spices such as cumin, pepper, and nutmeg have been ground to a fine meal.  Chop up fresh herbs, such as dill, basil, and rosemary, into small pieces before adding them to casseroles, roasts, or sauces.

Read more about Crohn’s and colitis:

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

“I’ve heard of the X Factor and Fear Factor…But what’s Intrinsic Factor?”

15 Steps to Better Digestion


Foods to Avoid If You Have Ulcerative Colitis- Health.com

Diet in Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative Colitis Diet Plan: Best and Worst Foods

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