What is the diet?
During flares or active disease, your inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) symptoms — including Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis — may consist of many and/or urgent trips to the bathroom, loose stool, pain, cramps, gas, mucus and/or blood in stool, and poor appetite. Following the diet tips below may help to reduce symptoms and ease some of your discomfort.
What conditions is the diet used for?
Diet tips for patients with IBD
You need more calories and nutrients when you have inflammation (swelling). These tips may help you get to a healthy weight, get more nutrients and reduce symptoms.
- If you have unwanted weight loss, add in foods such as avocado, smooth nut and seed butters, olive oil, aged cheeses, Greek yogurt, and dips. Have smoothies and soups as snacks. You may need to add nutrition supplements (Ensure®, Boost®, Orgain®, OWYN®, Kate Farms®) to help you get to a healthy weight
- If you have a stricture, soups and smoothies may be better tolerated.
- When symptoms decrease, expand your diet. Add in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.