Dietitian: Healthy diet key for IBD sufferers

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   Posted 11/14/2007 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Another article I got...
Maintaining a balanced diet is important to control the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease, according to a dietitian. She says those with IBD should eat fruits and vegetables in their natural form, rather than as juice, and whole grains with fiber. Another gastroenterologist says the right treatment, along with physical fitness, proper nutrition and good mental health, can help patients live long and healthy lives. The Timmins (Ontario) Daily Press (11/9)
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   Posted 11/15/2007 7:17 AM (GMT -6)   
By natural form, I'm assuming it is meant to be raw? I agree that juices that contain sugars can cause intestinal issues. But, while in a flare, I can't tolerate even a little bit of raw fruits or vegetables. It hurts too bad. Except bananas, I find that they are a bit of a comfort.

Thanks Dawn for sharing the article :)
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   Posted 11/15/2007 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I love it, then again it reinforces what I know everyone is sick of me posting about...but it is common sense...and I know that alot of people have serious issues with eating fruits and veggies, but it's important to find which ones you can tolerate best and incorporate it into your daily diet, then hopefully as a flare calms down (or remission) adding more variety of fruits and veggies will help the body heal better and keep you out of flares or at least shorten them.

It's a viscious circle because of the simple fact that people seem to tolerate eating junk better than healthy foods yet it's the junk they're eating/drinking that's contributing to them feeling worse (exacerbating symptoms), our bodies are funny that way, our system needs to be re-taught when we eat junky and want to eat healthy, it's not necessarily going to be a smooth transition but I have no doubts, the less and less junk you put in and replace it with healthy once your body adjusts your health will improve.

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   Posted 11/15/2007 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I have trouble tolerating large amounts of fruit, and especially apples. They cause me too much gas and gas pain.

I've had good luck eating boiled collard greens, or swiss chard. The greens have lots of iron, vitamin K, and
fiber. All those are really important even for people without troublesome digestive systems.

Boiling them with garlic and a dash of olive oil will improve the taste. It's also possible to fry them in olive oil
after they've been boiled.
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   Posted 11/15/2007 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
As I've mentioned here before since taking fibre supplements daily (as directed by my GI) I no longer have issues with gas or bloating when eating fibreous foods....I do eat my apples peeled though because I prefer them that way...when I was a kid (long before IBD) I use to get a stomach ach everytime I ate an apple (with the skin on) but my mom would never let me peel them cuz she said it was wasteful, sometimes mom's don't know best...everyone is different and the only waste eating an apple un-peeled if it's bothersome is eating the whole apple...I never got D from it just really painful stomach aches.

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