a little of everything.
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.
The IBD Save-The-Day Game plan is a list of activities for me to do on days when I feel like crap. It’s designed to help ease mild symptoms, keep momentum, and make progress when Crohn’s tries to hold me back.
The notion that food has no effect on IBD is bonkers, yet it’s one of the most common pieces of advice given to patients. Let’s set the record straight. What you eat directly and indirectly affects your immune system, inflammation and, ultimately, the course of your IBD. This may be contrary to what you’ve read or heard….