If you have been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, you may already know that changing your diet is one of the best ways to reduce symptoms and help keep the disease in remission. Some foods are known to cause flare-ups, and you might have your own unique list of foods that trigger your Crohn’s. To help prevent the disease from becoming active, maintain a diet of low-fat, low-fiber foods. Cooking for Crohn’s disease is not difficult, and the changes to your diet will help your inflammation heal.
Two of the worst triggers for Crohn’s disease are fried and greasy foods. When you have an inflammatory bowel disease, it is more difficult for your body to break down grease. This can cause bloating, heartburn and diarrhea, all of which can aggravate Crohn’s. Avoid eating fried, greasy foods such as hamburgers, fried potatoes including potato chips and hash browns, and fried, breaded vegetables. Do not eat fried meats and vegetables. Bake, boil or mash potatoes and eat baked chips instead of fried ones.
Foods high in fat can have the same effect as fried foods. Even butter and margarine or a high-fat steak may cause a flare-up. Avoid using butter and margarine as much as possible, even for cooking. If you use oil, use a very small amount of virgin olive oil. Instead of butter, use a low-fat substitute. Use skim milk and low-fat cream in recipes that call for milk or cream. Replace high-fat sauces with low-fat versions and use low-fat salad dressings and mayonnaise. Cook turkey bacon and turkey sausage instead of their high-fat pork counterparts, and eat baked or grilled chicken and fish instead of high-fat beef and pork.
Even though fruits and vegetables are healthy, eating them raw can cause gas and bloating and potentially trigger a flare-up. Fortunately, with many of these foods, these effects are reduced or eliminated by cooking them. If certain vegetables cause your Crohn’s disease to become active, try steaming or stewing them instead of eating them raw. Prepare soups instead of salads. Fruits can be baked or stewed if you cannot tolerate them raw. Remove the peels first to cut down the risk of aggravating your Crohn’s. Reduce or eliminate nuts and seeds from your diet, even in cooked form, as the high fiber content of these foods can trigger diarrhea.
When you are planning to cook for Crohn’s disease, you should also consider eating with the food combining principles. Food combining is a way to eat that helps your digestive system stay stronger and healthier by eating specific foods in compatible combinations to avoid digestion problems. When you eat foods that work against each other in your stomach, it produces excessive amounts of conflicting acids. The result is gas, pain and an upset stomach.
Food combining eliminates this conflict. By only eating the right combinations of foods, your stomach only needs one type of acid to digest what you eat. The pain and heartburn will disappear and you will have better digestion than you even thought possible. Food combining is easy and safe for the entire family, so try it and see why millions of people are eating their way to better health.