Recipes That Go Easy on Your IBD

Cooking for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Is Easier with These Recipes

When you have IBD, you may find yourself becoming not only a decent cook, but also fairly knowledgeable about nutrition. The more you know about IBD and how it is affected by diet, the better off you will be.. Image © Neustockimages / E+ / Getty Images

Eating right when you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be a real challenge. For some people with IBD, it's obvious if a food is contributing to the discomfort of the disease, but for others it's more difficult to tell. To complicate matters more, a food that's just fine today may cause problems tomorrow.

There is no one diet that is recommended for every person with IBD. There are times when physicians might recommend certain medical diets, including a restricted fiber diet, a clear liquid diet,  or a full liquid diet.

These diets might be used before or after a test or surgery, or during a flare-up of the disease. In some cases, a diet might be prescribed for a longer period of time, but none of them are typically recommended for use in the long term. This is because one of the goals of treatment of IBD is to get back to as regular a diet as possible, in order to avoid malnutrition.

Guidelines On Forming A Diet Plan

However, many patients report that advice about diet is difficult to come by, especially when IBD is in remission. Is it OK to eat anything, or should there still be restrictions? That's ultimately a conversation to have with your medical team, but in many cases, diet is a going to be a result of trial and error. It's going to be up to you to determine what works best, though your medical team can help you to figure out how to get the vitamins and minerals you need.

There are a few guidelines that may help shape your diet plan:

  • High fiber foods may be difficult to digest.
  • Fried foods or foods high in fat may contribute to diarrhea.
  • Dairy products may cause gas and bloating if lactose intolerance is a problem.
  • Raw fruits and vegetables -- while a part of a healthful diet -- may cause discomfort during a flare-up.
  • Carbonated beverages may contribute to gas and bloating.

    There are many recipes developed for people with IBD that may be helpful. Be sure to read the ingredient list carefully -- we're all different, and what works for some may not work for all.



    Chilled Desserts


    Side Dishes


    Main Dishes

    • Shepherd's Pie: Made with turkey instead of beef, this recipe is an old-fashioned favorite.

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