What is a Crohn’s disease diet plan?
You’ve probably read about different types of diets for Crohn’s disease on the Internet. But the fact is, there is no scientifically proven diet for inflammatory bowel disease. Most experts believe, though, that some patients can identify specific foods that trigger their gastrointestinal symptoms, particularly during disease flares. By avoiding your “trigger foods,” you may find that your GI symptoms of gas, bloating, abdominal pain, cramping, and diarrhea are more manageable. At the same time, you will give your inflamed intestines time to heal.
If you have had problems absorbing nutrients due to Crohn’s disease, it’s important to follow a high-calorie, high-protein diet, even when you don’t feel like eating. In this setting, an effective Crohn’s disease diet plan, based on recommendations from experts, would emphasize eating regular meals — plus an additional two or three snacks — each day. That will help ensure you get ample protein, calories, and nutrients. In addition, you will need to take your doctor-recommended vitamin and mineral supplements. By doing so, you will be able to replenish the necessary nutrients in your body.