Drafted By: Shannon Thompson.

When you have a stomach disorder, like Crohn’s, you discover that there are certain foods that don’t sit well with you. Even if you don’t have a stomach disorder you may find that you can’t tolerate certain foods in your diet.

This is a personal observation, and I don’t know how much truth there is in it, but I do believe that all the additives and chemicals we absorb in our daily diets over time does something to some of us, and I don’t mean in a positive way. For those of us with sensitive stomachs and bowels it’s a real killer.


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People with Crohn’s, Colitis, and IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) have a lot in common, when it comes to diet, which is as varied as each individual. Why? I wish I knew the answer to that, but I don’t. And neither do researchers and doctors. We all handle different foods – Well – differently.

I have been to many dieticians, and they are basing their diets for Crohn’s and Colitis on what they have learned so far, but that does not work for everyone. There are a few cardinal sins when it comes to your diet if you suffer from Crohn’s disease and IBD. Dietary recommendations for people with IBD must be individualized: They depend on which disease you have and what part of your intestine is affected. Many people have food intolerances. One of the more common intolerances, lactose intolerance, is the inability to digest lactose (milk sugars).

I am not sure if I believe the trend that is going around lately about gluten. It’s a tough call. Gluten, a protein found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley, is a possible cause to gastrointestinal distress in some people.


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All red meat is very hard for your intestines to process. It takes a long time for your stomach and intestines to break it down, its sinuous and dense. Nuts and raw vegetables if not chewed enough can cause stomach pain. Apple skin and cucumber peel is hard to digest and for someone with a sensitive gut it can be pure pain. Popcorn husks are another no no. We chew as best we can, but those sharp little husks can wreak havoc in your gut. Cured meat and fatty food isn’t good for anyone. Cured meats also contain preservatives. Food’s with seeds, such as strawberries, raspberries and sesame seeds are not easy to digest so best to stay away from them all together. Anything with seed’s, stay away from. Maybe it’s the skin, maybe it’s the seeds, or maybe it’s the acidity, but many people with Crohn’s find that eating tomatoes in any form worsens their symptoms, whether it’s a raw tomato in a salad or spaghetti sauce. It has also been documented that coffee, tea and some carbonated drinks can trigger someone with Crohn’s. They can cause a lot of gas and bloating. With most of the foods listed, it’s hard for your bowels to process them if they are inflamed.


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I kept a “food diary” for months in the early years. It was a great way for me to discover what foods I ate and what the reaction my body had after eating them. And of course the ones that gave me pain over time I would eliminate from my diet. If I found the pain was too great, I would stop eating that food all together. At one point I became anemic and lost a lot of weight. My Dr. put me on a liquid diet, to give my bowels a rest. I still do this from time to time if I have what I call an “attack”. It can really help. Now a days so many of us are health conscious and juicing. It’s a great way to get your vitamins and nutrients in lieu of food for a short time.

Bottom line is, eat carefully. Its trial and error, keep a food journal. Pay attention to what you eat, and the reaction your body has to what you ate. People are being more health conscious these days. One rule I LOVE is, don’t eat anything that come’s from a box. Stay away from preservatives as best you can. It’s not easy to maintain a healthy gut. But if you pay attention, you will be happier and healthier!


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