What Do I Eat When Flaring with IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)?
So, you are currently in the flare and everything hurts, you might even have the fear of food.
When there is a severe inflammation most of the foods you are eating are too difficult to digest, especially proteins. So most recommended foods from your regular doctor are simple carbs: white toast (gluten by the way), bananas, and white rice…..And that is where we get into an even bigger problem when avoiding proteins and eating only carbs. This will send you into an even bigger problem, getting on a blood sugar instability road and interfering with healing, because sugar spikes will support the inflammatory cascade.
What I am sharing here today is what worked for me and often works for my clients. Please, read my disclaimer and follow your doctor’s orders while consuming my content.
Also, I wanted to say that it has been a while since I have been in a flare, but my clients do very well with this concept.
You start your day with organic green powder drink mixed with water. I also open the capsules of soil-based multi strains probiotics and mix it in there and drink it with the straw. When you drink slowly and from the straw, there is less osmotic effect, which means less chance of diarrhea later. You would give some time for your body to absorb what the body can from this green drink.
About 30 min to 1 hour later you would want to think about breakfast. Now, I do not know where you are as far as the intensity of the flare, but one of the safest things I found for breakfast was meal replacement shake. It must be great quality and plant-based protein. Drinking the shake alone can also have an osmotic effect, especially if you have leaky gut, so try bulking it up with previously milled flax seeds(this part can get tricky if you have flaxseed intolerance or sometimes flax seeds can have a laxative effect so finding your bulking agent is important, when I work with my clients, we sometimes have to switch a few before finding a perfect bulking ingredient). I also add frozen blueberries into the shake for the taste, vitamins, nutrients, and to make it thicker.
The next meal is lunch and that is when I use “real food”. Cooked quinoa with MCT oil and 2 soft boiled eggs with some sautéed zucchini. This meal is usually mild enough, filling enough and most of my clients report digesting this well.
Dinnertime is your soup time. Make is thick, hearty, and chunky with cooked veggies and at the end add some bone broth or organic cooked chicken soup made from chicken feet, so there’s so much gelatin and collagen to help your gut lining heal.
Give this sample flare menu at least a month. You want to change this up for sure, but this is the concept to stick to. Many people do not give enough time for a diet to work. For example, lots of my clients have some degree of gluten intolerance but they said they tried to be off gluten and it did not help. And when I ask for how long, they can say a week or a month. That is not enough time to see the improvements from going fully gluten-free.
I am sure you noticed that I did not mention to remove anything from your diet, but if you want to heal fast, you will get gluten, dairy, and sugar completely out of your menu.
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