a little of everything.
Congee is a rice porridge that’s popular in many Asian countries. Jook is its name in Cantonese. As a kid I called it “magic medicine” since I always felt better after eating it.
Even if you have limited nutrition knowledge, you probably know that fiber is good for human health. So, it surprises folks with Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis when a healthcare provider tells them to follow a low-fiber diet for their disease. It’s a catch-22. Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet, but too much fiber can upset an irritated or inflamed gut.
In early 2019, the New York Times published an article titled “Five Things I Wish I’d Known Before My Chronic Illness.” Like the author, I didn’t know how much my life would change after being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. She got me thinking “If I could travel back...
If I had to choose one piece of advice I wish everyone (with and without IBD) would follow, it’s this: Avoid highly or ultra-processed foods, at least most of the time. Most of us eat many more ultra-processed foods than we think we do. Recent studies suggest that certain food additives present in ultra-processed foods might contribute to IBD onset and flares.
Most of my life I considered myself a “healthy person.” I was fit and felt great without obsessing over my diet or health. That all changed six years ago when I developed Crohn’s disease. Suddenly, I had to redefine what being a healthy person meant for me. Then I had...
Too much added sugar is bad for us and for IBD. Research links it to multiple health conditions, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. A diet high in added sugar harms the gastrointestinal tract, disrupts the gut microbes, and worsens inflammation.