Living with Crohns and Ulcertative Colitis. Personal experience with the chronic disease. Coping mechanisms and life style change. I am not a doctor, and the opinions expressed on this blog should NOT be substituted for the counsel of your doctor.
I was given this list from a fellow sufferer, Colitis, and I am finding my stomach does NOT swell to a "nine month pregnant size" belly with no baby. It does work and plan to continue to follow it. Diana
Low FODMAP food (good to eat food)
If quantities are given these are the highest amount allowed
Vegetables and Legumes
Bok choy / pak choi
Broccoli – avoid large servings
Brussel sprouts – 1 serving of 2 sprouts
Butternut squash – 1/4 cup
Cabbage – 1 serving of 1 cup
Celery – less than 5cm of stalk
Corn / sweet corn- if tolerable and only in small amounts – 1/2 cob
Chick peas – 1/4 cup
Chilli – if tolerable
Eggplant / aubergine
Green pepper (green bell pepper)
Lentils – in small amounts
Red peppers (red bell pepper)
Pumpkin, canned – 1/4 cup, 2.2 oz
Scallions / spring onions (green part)
Silverbeet / chard
Sweet potato – 1/2 cup
Tomato – avoid cherry tomato
Honeydew and Galia melons
Lemon including lemon juice
Meats, Poultry and Meat Substitutes
Cold cuts / deli meat / cold meats such as ham and turkey breast
Fish and Seafood
Fresh fish e.g.
Seafood (ensuring nothing else is added) e.g.
Cereals, Grains, Breads, Biscuits, Pasta, Nuts and Cakes
Wheat free or gluten free breads
Bread made from oats, rice, corn, and potato flours
Wheat free or gluten free pasta
Porridge and oat based cereals
Cornflakes – 1/2 cup
Almonds – max of 15
Bulgur / bourghal – 1/4 cup cooked, 44g serving
Brown rice / whole grain rice
Cornflour / maize
Coconut – milk, cream, flesh
Corn tortillas, 3 tortillas
Hazelnuts – max of 15
Macadamia – max of 10
Pecans – max of 15
Pine nuts – max of 15
Potato chips, plain
Pumpkin seeds – max of 1 – 2 tbsp
Sesame seeds – max of 1 – 2 tbsp
Sunflower seeds – max of 1 – 2 tbsp
Walnuts – max of 10
Condiments, Sweets, Sweeteners and Spreads
Chutney, 1 tablespoon
Garlic infused oil
Jam / jelly, strawberry
Ketchup (USA) – 1 sachet
Mayonnaise – ensuring no garlic or onion in ingredients
Pesto sauce – less than 1 tbsp
Sweet and sour sauce
Sugar – also called sucrose
Tomato sauce (outside USA) – 2 sachets, 13g
Vinegar, balsamic – less than 2 tbsp
Vinegar, rice wine
Alcohol – is an irritant to the gut, limited intake advised:
Beer – limited to one drink
Clear spirits such as Vodka
Wine – limited to one drink
Coffee, espresso, regular or decaffeinated, black
Coffee, espresso, regular or decaffeinated, with up to 250ml lactose free milk
Coffee, instant, regular or decaffeinated, black
Coffee, instant, regular or decaffeinated, with up to 250ml lactose free milk
Espresso, regular, black
Fruit juice, 125ml and safe fruits only
Lemonade – in low quantities
Soya milk made with soy protein
Sugar free fizzy drinks / soft drinks / soda – such as diet coke, in low quantities as aspartame and acesulfame k can be irritants
‘Sugar’ fizzy drinks / soft drinks / soda that do no contain HFCS such as lemonade, cola. Limit intake due to these drinks being generally unhealthy and can cause gut irritation
Tea, black, weak e.g. PG Tips
Tea, chai, weak
Tea, fruit and herbal, weak – ensure no apple added
I found this article an inspiration for all who encounter people who suffer in silence. So I thought I would share it with you. I am not in a relationship, but I think that is because I am not happy with these 2 diseases, as they can be rather embarrasing.
I was diagnosed in 2004 with Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis. I have been on the same medication therapy since then. Azathioprine, Asacol5 and Potassium. I believe these chronic diseases work together somehow. I go the washroom about 5 to 10 times a day but it is based on what I eat or drink. If I just stick to water everything is better under control. But who can avoid coffee, although I only have 1 coffee before I leave for work, also leave in 2 hours after having that coffee. No accidents.
Yes my life is controlled. Urgency is sometimes still there. But I always give myself a two-hour window before leaving home. Who would have thought the bathroom was pure gold!!
KUDOS to the many women and men who share their stories. Without you we would not know what is like to have the ostomy or ileostomy bags. THANKS again for sharing your stories.
Always looking for food to help with my Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis and came upon this tidbit of info that may help us alleviate our inflammation and swelling we encounter almost everyday.
We are never told that certain foods can help us, we are just given prescriptions. It is up to every individual to do due diligence in finding what works for their health.
I am always looking out for me and any fellow sufferers out there. So without further adue, The Avocado Seed. I love eating avocado, but had only heard you can sprout the seed and plant your own. Did not know you can eat the seed. So give it a try, see if it works for you.
Top benefit of eating avocado seeds
Avocado seeds contain nourishing oil that is rich in antioxidants. In fact, 70% of the antioxidants are found in the seed alone and the other 30% are actually in the flesh and skin. These potent antioxidants have the ability to lower high cholesterol levels and prevent several kinds of heart conditions such as heart disease and strokes.
The super fruit’s seeds are also a great alternative for reducing inflammatory disease within the body, but works particularly well with easing swelling in the gastrointestinal tract.
You can even use it to help ease diarrhea away and to prevent and relieve constipation naturally.
Some find it soothing to gastric ulcers because the seed contains antioxidants in it known as phenolic compounds. These compounds contain antibacterial and anti-viral properties, which makes the seeds effective at preventing ulcers within the lining of the digestive system.
How you prepare the avocado seed
All you have to do to get these seeds into your diet is slice open an avocado carefully, remove the seed, place it into a plastic bag and crush it with a meat mallet or hammer. After, place the crushed seed into a blender and grind it into a fine powder. Then, sprinkle the seed mixture onto meals and eat up to receive the health benefits from this amazing super food.
The American Gastroenterological Society has issued new guidelines for treating Crohn's disease that is based on symptoms and treating inflammation. Past treatment was geared toward relieving symptoms that failed to prevent complications including fistulas, abscess and strictures, the group notes.
Physicians now have a new tool for treating Crohn's disease. Guidelines released by the American Gastroenterological Society (AGA) are geared toward treating inflammation rather than clinical symptoms.
Goal of Crohn's therapy is now deep remission
The new goal of therapy is "deep remission" of Crohn's disease, meaning physicians should make treatment decisions based on both symptoms and endoscopic remission.
Based on study reviews, gauging treatment based on patient symptoms fails to prevent complications that include abscesses, fistulas and strictures.
Inflammation is determined by tools that include endoscopy, the blood test C-reactive protein (CRP), MRI, CT scan and by taking tissue samples of the colon.
The AGA notes that treatment of Crohn's disease is "evolving". William J. Sandborn, MD, AGAF who authored of the clinical decision tool said in a press release: "This clinical support tool represents a big step forward for the treatment of Crohn's disease and was created using a rigorous review process."
The new Crohn's disease treatment algorithm include budesonide, steroids and azathioprine for low-risk patients, and biologic therapy with tumor necrosis factor (TNF) antagonists, combined with budesonide, steroids and azathioprine for patients at high risk for complications.
Drug monitoring is recommended for patients who lose response to biological therapy to help with decision making.
The new guidelines for Crohn's disease treatment is also designed to provide clinicians with a uniform approach for treating the inflammatory bowel disease.