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What is advisable or suggested diet for people with Crohn's

Sun, April 07, 2019 1:39 PM

Hello Everyone,

For some reason, I have a very bad habit of burying my head in the sand when it comes to Crohn's. I was diagnosed about a year ago (I think). I have been meaning to research this. I don't know what I should and should not eat.

So far I have been lucky, I have had a flare up 4-6 months ago when I was in a lot of pain, but it has been okay mostly since then. However, over the last month, I have started to see some of the early signs. This has got me thinking if I should be more proactive in managing my situation. Because so far I haven't been overly picky about what I eat and what I don't eat. I have been very busy and not paying attention. 

So what I want to know from other sufferers is what are the common foods that make it worse, and what are the foods which are good for you and also keep the symptoms down.

Please help and advise if you can.

Thank you.

FPO RyanLondon
Joined Nov 23, 2018

Mon, May 20, 2019 10:30 AM

Reply posted for Misselmo.

I've lived with chrons for 25 years and have talked to lots of people and lots of doctors, and the only thing that's certain about diet is this: Nothing.

Everyone is very individualized.  Moreover, when I was younger popcorn would send me to the hospital, but now I eat it with no problem.  Dairy used to be the only thing I could eat, then I found it caused a lot of discomfort.  So I've found my own dietary requirements change.

The only thing constant for me has been that brussel sprouts almost always cause a blockage and a trip to the ER.

Note: I have a j-pouch; but I've been in many support groups and everyone has different dietary good/bad lists.

FPO Ethan
Joined May 18, 2019

Tue, May 14, 2019 12:29 PM

Reply posted for RyanLondon.

Well, as you will soon learn as you dive into research, there is a lot of information. Pretty much every plan or diet you see is going to have IBD folks who swear by it and others who swear because of it.

The best bet, as already noted, would be to ask your GI for a recommendation to a Registered Dietitian (RD).

The problem is, all of us are unique. What some folks can eat, others cannot. What helps your symptoms is going to hurt others. Some IBD folks can drink coffee all day long. Others cannot have it at all. Some find that going gluten free helps. Others find that bread/wheat products are one of the few things they can eat without triggering anything.

When I was diagnosed in 2016, I also jumped on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP). It is an elimination diet where you cut out everything that could possibly cause a trigger and then slowly, very slowly, reintroduce things to see how your body actually handles them. This helps you identify what works and does not work for you (same way you introduce foods to a baby, actually).

The problem I had with AIP is that because it eliminates so many things, it relies pretty heavily on veggies and salads. Most everyone with IBD struggles with raw vegetables and nuts (I found nut butters work for me, but your mileage will vary).

Personally, I found a few things that I have cut out completely. I have gone gluten free because I found that when I reintroduced it, I would get severe cracks in the palms of my hands and other skin issues. (Skin issues are common with IBD, by the way.) I avoid all nuts, though if they are highly ground/smoothed I cam okay. I eat small salads very rarely. No whole corn, but corn products are okay (corn chips, corn tortillas, grits).

There is no diet "magic bullet" for IBD. You have to go through the process to see what works for your specific body. Eventually, you come to it by trial and error.

If you want to try anything like an elimination diet, please, please, please work with your GI and an RD as you do. Nutrient deficiencies are a very real threat as we work our way through what we can and cannot eat. A dietitian will help you navigate those pitfalls and stay as healthy as you can.

(Some RDs specialize is GI issues and even IBD specifically. If you are lucky and have access to one who does, take full advantage!)

Hope this helps.

FPO djwemlcc
Joined May 14, 2019

Tue, May 14, 2019 8:23 AM

Reply posted for RyanLondon.

Experts advice would be good.

FPO FrankGambrell
Joined May 14, 2019

Fri, May 10, 2019 5:57 PM

Reply posted for Misselmo.

I'm new here. I'm surprised that there are only 2 replies to the " What Can I Eat" question.
I'll look at other posts, there must be more than 2 people responding.
Any suggestions helpful and I'll google crohnes also. I'm trying to help a friend who has it.

FPO Biodad
Joined May 10, 2019

Thu, April 25, 2019 1:32 PM

Reply posted for RyanLondon.

I don't have crohn's but have UC. I have been reading this book that deals with diet when it comes to all autoimmune diseases like Crohn's and UC. Might check it out. I am currently on the AIP (autoimmune protocol) diet. I was just diagnosed last month.

Joined Apr 17, 2019

Mon, April 22, 2019 10:49 PM

Reply posted for RyanLondon.

Yes I would like to know that as well. I read that raw vegetables are bad for Crohn's but other than that I know nothing else. I am newly diagnosed 1 week. Wish I was more help.

FPO Misselmo
Joined Apr 22, 2019

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