If you are trying to gain weight and diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, there are many choices you will need to make. For many people with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, collectively called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the simple act of eating can no longer be taken for granted. Because IBD affects the digestive system, diet and nutrition are impacted in a variety of ways. Food choices can become more complicated since certain foods may worsen symptoms. Attention must be paid to avoiding foods that worsen or trigger disease symptoms.
These disorders cause chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, the area of the body where digestion and absorption of most nutrients take place. Inflammation is the body’s response to tissue injury and in IBD, the immune system reacts inappropriately, leading to inflammation. Inflammation then impairs the ability of affected GI organs to function properly. Ongoing inflammation leads to symptoms such as abdominal pain and cramping, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, weight loss and fatigue.
As a personal trainer in Mississauga, I recommend the following method of eating:
Recommendations on Foods to Eat:
Eggs: An excellent source of protein and are generally very well tolerated and easy to digest.
Almond milk: is a better alternative to regular cow’s milk as it’s a good option for people who don’t tolerate lactose.
Vegetable soups: Eating veggies in their raw forms can aggravate Crohn’s symptoms. It’s best to cook your vegetables or have them in low-fat broth or stock and pureeing veggies to create a highly nutritious meal that’s easy on the digestive tract.
Avocados: Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat and a great source of fiber, potassium, vitamin E, B vitamins, and folic acid and again easy on the digestive track.
Vegetables: Eat cooked vegetables rather than raw vegetables. Steaming vegetables until they are very soft preserves more of the nutrients than boiling them. Avoid vegetables with a tough skin. Some vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, have a tendency to produce gas. It is best to avoid eating these if gas is a problem for you. It is also a good liquid to use when cooking vegetables. Avoid skins and seeds in fruit.