Eat Well To Successfully Manage Crohn's Disease
Dieting for Crohn's Disease
If you're living with Crohn's Disease, you know how crucial choosing an appropriate diet is to managing the condition. Especially for people newly diagnosed, keeping track of the numerous triggers to prevent flare-ups can be overwhelming, and if not careful, can lead to malnutrition. The fact that food triggers are unique to each individual does not make managing this condition this any easier.
It is important that your body receives the nutrients it needs to stay healthy while balancing an appropriate diet for this disease. With the right information, managing this complicated condition doesn't have to be so difficult.
Knowing which foods cause and increase inflammation in the intestinal tract will be beneficial for your diet.
Foods to Avoid:
- Gas inducers, such as greasy and fried foods, and beans
- Carbonated drinks
- Raw veggies
- Peanuts, popcorn, and other hard, "chunky" foods
Equally important is knowing what to eat, and making calories count. You must choose foods that will keep you nourished without aggravating your symptoms.
Foods that might be good for digestion:
- almond milk - Many people with CD are lactose intolerant. Almond milk is a great alternative. It contains almost as much calcium as dairy milk.
- Eggs - Eat these however you like, they're quite versatile so they can be easily incorporated into a diet plan.
- Oatmeal - Oatmeal is so mild, it can sometimes be eaten even during a mild flare-up.
- Vegetable soups - This is a great surprise, considering raw veggies are typically a no-no. Vegetable soups provide a chance for nutrients otherwise missed.
- Pureed vegetables - Pureeing is a new approach at making sure the right vitamins are being received. This method doesn't take out the nutrients in vegetables the way boiling does. Enjoy pureed butternut squash, pumpkins, and carrots.
- Salmon, chicken, and other poultry - 25% of your day's calories should come from protein, since it promotes healing, which makes these all a great choice.
- Tropical fruits - while local fruits can cause irritation, tropical fruits such as bananas, papaya and mangoes are typically easy to digest.
- Pureed beans - Again, this is another example of the new approach to Crohn's Disease dieting. Pureeing helps in providing alternatives to common favorites. Pureed chickpeas are an excellent example, as they are great sources of lean protein and other beneficial vitamins.
Dieting properly with Crohn's Disease is entire possible once you know what foods to eat, and which foods to stay away from. The trick is choosing mild foods that won't cause inflammation. It takes some studying, but soon, making responsible dieting choices will become second nature.