Research has shown that IBD patients have an imbalance of gut bacteria, which contributes to inflammation. This diet helps to restore balance between helpful and harmful bacteria while promoting good nutrition. Please check with a trained dietitian to see which phase of the diet you should be starting in or if you have any other questions. If you are currently experiencing a flare or any bleeding, you should select foods from the Phase 1 portion of the diet. This phase of the diet is appropriate for those experiencing urgency and frequency of bowel movements or pain, and is helpful for patients who have recently been hospitalized. At this stage, you may not be able to tolerate many foods. In particular, the texture of the food is important. This phase emphasizes soft-cooked or pureed food using a blender, depending on your personal tolerance.
Here are 13 foods that should be easy on your digestion. However, the right Crohn’s diet is highly individual—so use trial and error to see what works for you. Many varieties contain added sweetener; choosing an unsweetened product cuts about 20 calories per serving. Scrambled, hard-boiled, soft-cooked—any way you prepare them, eggs are an inexpensive source of easily digested protein. Eggs and toast are a standby for Marge McDonald, 46, during a flare up, along with potatoes and egg noodles. Insoluble fiber—the kind in raw veggies, fruits, and nuts—draws water into the colon and can worsen diarrhea for those with IBD. But even during a flare-up, pureed veggies like pumpkins, butternut squash, carrots and parsnips are fine. Lean protein, like seafood, is your best option. Shrimp and white fish like tilapia and flounder are also nutritious and easily digestible. Prepare seafood by steaming, broiling or grilling, and skip the deep-fat fryer. Papaya contains an enzyme, papain, which helps your body digest proteins; this butter-soft fruit is also rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, folate and potassium, and is available year-round.
Debra, sounds like you are on a super restrictive diet since no fruits or vegetables are permitted even if they are peeled and cooked. I need more ideas. Thanks for this Jeanette, it is great! Hi Jeanette, My hubby has just been diagnosed with Diverticulitis, he was put on a Low Residue Diet and reading through your website I found it very easy to follow. Invest in a juicer if don;t already have one. Thank you so much for this resource.