When you live with ulcerative colitis, trying everything and anything you can to reduce the pain of flareups can be exhausting. From medication to exercise and everything in between, you’ve done it all. While you may have made changes to your diet by limiting certain foods, what if we told you you can add in tasty recipes instead? We’ve broken down some recipes based upon how you may be feeling.
Remission: Low-Fat, Anti-Inflammatory
When you’re in remission, you’re doing everything you can to avoid a flareup. One way to do so is by following a low-fat, anti-inflammatory diet. The Mediterranean diet tends to hit on a lot of valuable fresh ingredients to aid in reducing inflammation.
Some foods you may want to try are salmon and tuna as well as whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables. You’ll want to avoid added sugars, processed foods, and white bread.
Looking for a day of Mediterranean meals? Look at these meal plans from HealthLine.
- Breakfast: Veggie and olive omelet
- Lunch: Whole-grain sandwich and veggies
- Dinner: Mediterranean whole-wheat pizza made with cheese, vegetables, and olives
During a Flare: Low FODMAP Diet
FODMAP stands for the group of cards known as fermentable oligo-, di-, mono-saccharides and polyols. These carbs are most often linked to digestive symptoms. Such foods in the FODMAP category include certain vegetables and legumes, fruits with high fructose, meat substitutes, cereal, grains, and pasta and dairy.
There are obviously a lot of foods you should try to avoid–so what can you eat?
Check out these low-FODMAP meals:
- Breakfast: Gluten and dairy-free blueberry pancakes
- Lunch: Minestrone soup
- Dinner: Vegetarian macaroni and cheese
Helpful Ulcerative Colitis Diet Tips
While you may feel like there’s a lot of rules and do this, not that, mentalities, it doesn’t have to always feel that way. While we’ve given you a lot of information on meal plan options during remission and flareups for your ulcerative colitis, we’re compiled a few fast tips you can start without an added trip to the grocery store.
- Limit your caffeine consumption. Did you know that caffeine is a stimulant? And when you already are having frequent bowel movements, irritating your system is the last thing you’ll want to do. Instead, drink plenty of water and try chamomile tea if you like to start your day with a warm beverage.
- Some spices heal. Curcumin is a compound found in Turmeric, a spice commonly used in Indian food that has anti-inflammatory properties. But be warned–for some people, it can cause the bowel to go into overdrive.
- No cheese, please. Just like dairy is a no-no for those with lactose intolerance, it is also a to be avoided item for those with ulcerative colitis. Mostly because many individuals with ulcerative colitis also have lactose intolerance.
Life with ulcerative colitis can be overwhelming and painful. But what if we told you there was another way to reduce your pain without diet changes?
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NOTE: Content included here is not medical advice, and only is intended as information for adults. Always consult with your health care professional before making changes to diet, exercise, medication, or before use of any product or device.