If you’re like me, and you have Crohn’s / UC, there’s a good chance that your diet could use some improvement. We’ve all seen articles and books about how important it is to eat right. A.) What should we be puttting in our bodies? What foods are good; what foods are bad? Like many, I thought that following the high-fiber diet was helping me. Even my doctors told me to follow this diet. But in the end I felt bloated, and not particularly healthy. Then I made a change. If I stopped eating oatmeal, bananas, whole grain this and whole grain that, along with the other high-fiber foods that were supposed to make me feel healthy, I felt better.

“A high-fiber diet is supposed to be good for many gastrointestinal disorders, but you feel miserable when you’re on it. Like many of my patients, I thought it was my fault. I thought I wasn’t combining the right beans or eating the right grains. In fact, I was on the wrong diet. I changed diets. I started eating more chicken and fish. I got more protein from animals. Like a lot of health professionals and people who want a healthy diet, I started out as a vegetarian, but I soon concluded that it just didn’t work.” — Restoring Your Diegestive Health – Jordan S. Rubin N.M.D. and Joseph Brasco, M.D.

I’ll be honest; I don’t know anyone who’s diet couldn’t use some improvement. One reads about how to increase your gut health through dietary changes, and that’s true. But there’s some good news. You don’t have to make all these changes at once. Experts on the subject of gut health agree. A healthy gut; a.k.a. eating healthy is the most important part in beating Crohn’s / UC. I’ve only been trying to change the way I eat for a few months and I already feel better.

Here’s what I’ve done to change my diet thus far: I.) CUT OUT DAIRY — the easiest way for me to cut out dairy was to switch to goat milk and goat cheese. There’s also almond milk, but goat milk in my opinion taste better and is better for you. II.) DON’T EAT BREAD THAT’s HIGH IN STARCHES — Dave’s Killer Bread is an awesome product. It’s organic, no bleached flour, It’s gluten free, vegan, contains no milk, no nuts, no eggs, and no soy. III.) WAFFLES CAN BE GOOD FOR YOU — If you’re a breakfast freak like me, you might try Van’s gluten free, dairy & egg free, they’re baked w/ whole grain brown rice instead of eggs (Eggo’s), no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. Made with good ol’ cane sugar & sea salt. IV.) SNACKS — Almond milk pudding. Gluten free, vegan, soy free, 100 calories per cup. I’m not a calories counter so I don’t know if that’s a lot or a little but they’re good.

These are just a few ways you can easily substitute crap food for good food. Think about it.. especially if you have Crohn’s / UC. You can start to feel better already with just a few changes.

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