Best food for IBD?

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Created February 28, 2013 at 12:51 PM


What are the best foods i could eat every day while having IBD/IBS? It seems like nothing has helped yet, but are there any 'safe' foods which have alot of nutrients and don't hurt my tummy?

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on February 28, 2013
at 03:50 PM

Without taking a paleo angle, here's what I found to be true for myself years ago. I've been symptom free for a couple years now. My explorations to resolve my own issues were actually how I discovered mostly like-minded people in the paleo world.

  • Completely avoid wheat and all wheat products -- especially bread -- at all costs
  • Avoid beans and lentils; prefer thoroughly cooked lentils to beans if at all
  • Avoid grains and pseudo-grains, even rice
  • Minimize insoluble fiber -- i.e. keep "roughage" to a minimum, e.g. leafy greens
  • Minimize nuts and seeds
  • Chew consciously and throughly. This is especially important when/if you consume greens, nuts, or grains like rice.
  • Eat some soluble fiber, but beware when the foods high in soluble fiber are also high in insoluble fiber (e.g. psyllium husks taken supplementally would probably hurt you a lot, as they are high in both)
  • Get fiber especially from resistant starch (which you get from starchy foods that are cooked, then cooled a bit). I personally found resistant starch a life saver when my conditions were at their worst. These foods can be nutrient dense (winter squashes, sweet potatoes) or at least calorically dense and easy to digest (yucca, potatoes, taro, etc). Your results will vary, and again watch out for insoluble fiber in these foods. Be careful introducing these foods - for a long time, potatoes would cause me issues, where sweet potatoes and yucca wouldn't, for e.g.
  • Cook the vegetables you choose to eat to make them easiest to thoroughly masticate.
  • Consider cooking fibrous fruits you might eat (a raw apple would destroy me back in the day).

... and for the paleo finish:

  • Find the fats and meats/fish that you tolerate best, and eat them liberally; fats will be the easiest way to keep calories up, if you are especially suffering greatly and have trouble or dread eating

Sincerely, good luck.



on February 28, 2013
at 09:32 PM

Meat, obviously, eggs should be okay. Pureed zucchini was my first veggie introduction when I was quite sick- steamed thoroughly and pureed, its actually pretty good with olive oil and lemon juice added. Orange juice and vegetable juice. Well-cooked tomatoes might be okay, and I'd cut up some herbs and cook them with my eggs or whatever, as herbs are so good for you, but that might be too much roughage, not sure how bad your condition is. Cooked berries, if you can handle them, are delicious. And I second greymouser's comment about the potatoes- sweet potatoes aren't for me, but I could always handle white potatoes.

This is probably obvious, but when in doubt, cook and puree.



on February 28, 2013
at 05:33 PM

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