Patient Comments: Crohn's Disease - Diet

What diet changes did you have to make, or continue to make to control the symptoms of your Crohn's disease?

Comment from: ravensdodance, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 30

I have had Crohns all my life. I am now 60, was diagnosed when I was 38. I have discovered that if a food smells bad to me, or I don't feel like eating it- and do anyway, I'll get sick. So I go with what smells good, and what I want to eat. I have craved salads, eaten a big one, and been fine, but if I eat salad greens when I 'don't feel like it' I get sick. If everything looks and smells bad, I go back to green Jello for a day or two, then add rice, then back to eating what I want. I've given birth, and Crohns cramps are much worse than childbirth.

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Comment from: Burger, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 02

I have had Crohn's for 10 years and find that I have to avoid soda, lettuce, spinach, fried foods, (especially fish fries) and sugary alcoholic drinks. I am fine if I have a few beers. I have recently been taken off of medication but still have the occasional flare up. Maybe 5 times a year. Those 5 times a year are usually due to stress or 1 of the above mentioned items.

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Comment from: June, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

It appears that people vary a lot in their diets with Crohn's. I have had Crohn's for over 30 years now. I have to avoid fiber, citrus, spicy food, more recently wheat (there goes my white bread). I have 1 latte a day (more for calcium than anything else) any more milk and I have problems. No fried food and again just in the last 6 months potatoes in any shape or form. My diet is so plain; I have started eating boiled rice with peas, and chicken or cod. My Crohn's is under control and flares up only when I do or eat something I shouldn't. Not always easy as what I could eat yesterday I may not be able to eat tomorrow. Then when you are under control something stressful happens and you lose your insides. Its life, but not as we know it.

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Comment from: Kathy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

I have Crohn's disease. I had crippling arthritis associated with Crohn's disease. I am now arthritis free and my Crohn's is in remission. Strictly follow: 1) Book and website: Breaking the Vicious Cycle, by Elaine Gotschall 2) Book: The Fat Resistance Diet, by Leo Galland and google Leo Galland for a wealth of knowledge on the web 3) Take a good fish oil and MSM daily

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Comment from: Mayhaw Mary, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

I have discovered in the 10 years I've had Crohn's disease that I must avoid tomato-based sauces, but can have a few bites of fresh tomato in a salad. I must limit salads to 1 cup of lettuce & avoid iceberg lettuce. Gluten really irritates my digestion, but not in very small amounts (unlike someone with Celiac.) I do best when I have some roughage throughout the day. Oatmeal, beans, quinoa, but none in excess. My gut likes moderation!

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Comment from: Healthy 1, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 07

I've been fighting Crohn's disease for 25 years now and went through the surgery to remove my colon where it came back and attacked what I have left, a pouch inside me. I've been following a diet where I don't mix proteins and starches when I eat. I actually found the diet on the web and there seems to be a lot of truth to it. If I mix the proteins and starches, my insides bleed. If I don't mix them, I don't see any bleeding. I'm able to eat anything as long as I don't mix the two. I'm no longer taking any medication because I'm getting a lot better results by following this diet than what the drugs were doing for me.

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Comment from:, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I was just diagnosed and I am not sure what I should be eating and what I shouldn't. The only thing that I was told was to cut all spicy foods, tomato products, cheese, fried foods and anything that may cause symptoms to appear. They told me to keep track of what I eat and write it down for reference. Please someone give me some ideas of what is okay to eat.

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Published: January 03

I had to cut out all tomato products, watch the fiber in all foods, the key is to eat in moderation, I will have a very little pizza if I get a craving for it (very little). I find that if I tell myself that I can't have something I will want it that much more.

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