Crohn’s Disease is absolute misery, let’s face it. Most foods make you nauseated and sometimes vomit. You have constant cramps and diarrhea, and you’re losing weight no matter what you do. ARGH!! Could something in your diet be doing this?
Those who have had Crohn’s for a while have probably figured out that these foods will do a number on them; but, for those newly diagnosed these are foods to avoid or to eat with care until you figure out which of them make you feel worse than you already do. The thing is though, one day it could be raw fruits and the next it could be a cup of coffee that sends you to the bathroom immediately.
Foods to avoid are:
- Raw fruits and vegetables and anything else with a lot of fiber in it will irritate the bowel. Corn on the cob is a real problem because the hulls don’t digest at all. Some raw fruits like a peeled apple, a banana, or other soft fruit might work for you but be cautious until you find out.
- Fried or fatty foods go through like water.
- Red meats can increase the diarrhea. So can pork.
- Carbonated beverages can give you more gas and so can beans, lentils, broccoli, onions and cabbage.
- Foods with caffeine like coffee, tea, and chocolate increase the bowel action.
- Spicy foods could create more heartburn and cramps.
One of my favorite foods is fried chicken with spicy breading. Deep fried chicken no longer agreed with me so we started making it at home with Shake & Bake or Oven Fry coating. We coated it according to directions and rather than putting oil in the pan to bake it we would just use a non-stick cooking spray. No, it wasn’t nearly as crisp as it would have been if we had used the oil but I got the flavor I wanted and the protein I needed without the grease.
We also came up with our own coating recipe that was very basic. It’s bland but serves quite well.
Soak chicken in buttermilk for two hours at least. Over night is better. Buttermilk helps break down the protein threads and makes it easier to digest. Dredge the chicken through beaten egg and water and coat with the coating. Bake at 425 for 50 min. Turn chicken over at the 25 min. mark.
1 C. Flour
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Pepper
1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
1/8 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp. Paprika (It’s just enough for flavor)
1/4 tsp. Rosemary
Adjusting preparation methods can sometimes make foods to avoid foods to eat.