Chron’s disease has many symptoms but the worst ones are the uncontrollable diarrhea and abdominal discomfort. Because of these symptoms many foods won’t agree with a Chron’s disease patient. Foods that usually agree the most have a tendency to be blander than what you might be used to.
Baked, plain, chicken breast is a good source of protein and vitamin B’s. Stay away from breaded or fried chicken because they could contain spices or additives that will not agree with your tender gut.
Softer fruits like bananas, pears, grapes, honeydew and watermelon. These fruits will be easier to digest than the harder fruits. You can peel an apple and whip into a smoothie if you like. You should eat as many of these fruits and you can tolerate because people with Chron’s disease don’t absorb nutrients well and can become malnutritioned.
Vegetables like potatoes, carrots, and sweet potatoes are good sources of vitamins and minerals too because they can be cooked thoroughly so they are tender. They can also be mashed and mixed together for interesting taste combinations. You could add some thoroughly cooked (steamed tender) broccoli that has been cut up very fine to your potatoes for an added boost in important vitamins and taste.
I’m thinking back on my encounter with Chron’s disease and how I managed it. For the first two years I was able to eat most of the foods listed above but during the last year, before I has surgery, I had to make my diet even more bland. I found a few foods that kept me going when I was literally in the bathroom every hour to hour and a half all day long.
Potatoes, white rice, puddings, and ice cream were my staples for, actually, over a year before surgery. Thank goodness I have a husband who was very inventive with those foods so I wouldn’t go on strike and not eat. He would cook when I ran out of ideas or was just too sick to go to the kitchen. He would use chicken broth to make rice more palatable, he would make mashed potatoes with heavy cream and lots of butter, he/we discovered that rice pudding worked well even though it has cinnamon in it. Vanilla ice cream and whole milk were my saviors. Many people can’t tolerate dairy products but I always could.
Everyone with Chron’s disease is different but we all have similarities too. Sometimes it just takes trial and error with foods to come up with what works for you. I know you feel miserable a lot of the time and I know you know where every restroom in your area is by heart, and maybe even created a few of your own in a hurry. I’ve been down this road and remember well how it felt.
God bless each and every one of you. Stay strong and don’t be afraid to ask those around you to do the cooking if you are having a particularly bad day.
Chron’s disease foods to eat