Ivy I am surprised when you say a low residue diet causes people to gain weight. I have been on a low res diet for about 1 1/2 years and my weight has not changed, in fact I have probably lost weight. And I am a thinner Crohnie. Maybe I am thinner too because I really don't have a very large appetite. I eat a small quesadilla and a 1/2 banana for breakfast, usually have some raisin bread toast for a snack, 1/2 sandwich of some sort for lunch, and some light snack about 4 pm. Then nothing else for the rest of the day. Just not a big eater, used to be when I was younger, but not anymore.
On my low residue diet, I stay totally away from all red meat, it is just too hard for me to digest. There are reports that I have seen that they are telling even healthy people to eat red meat no more than 1-2 times a week and it should always be lean red meat. I only eat chicken, turkey or fish. Being married to a wonderful Mexican man, I also eat alot of rice and beans. And no I don't get gas from the beans. For some reason they seem to agree with me very well.
When having flares, what do you think about drinking Ensure for a meal since it has lots of vitamins and is easy on the digestive tract?