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What I Eat and Drink in A Day with IBD.

What I Eat and Drink in A Day with IBD

Before I begin today’s post, it’s important to say that this post is a personal diary of my food choices and not-in any way-designed to be a model or guide to follow. I’m not stating that my What I Eat in A Day should be your What I Eat in A Day, but I’m always fascinated to read and watch other people’s versions of these so I thought I’d share my own and spend today keeping track of what I eat to share with you all!

My dietary restrictions with Crohn’s disease

Some people with IBD avoid lots of different foods whilst some find that diet changes make no difference at all. Sadly, I’ve found myself in the former category and I personally need to avoid…

  • Gluten
  • Dairy
  • Fatty or Greasy Food
  • Raw vegetables-e.g. salad
  • Sweeteners and lots of Preservatives

But why? This is something I did gradually and with the help of a nutritionist and lots of reading. I have always found dairy to be problematic for me long before my IBD diagnosis, and like many of us, I always noticed that raw vegetables set my stomach off immediately. As for gluten, that discovery came later, and I noticed a marked improvement with my levels of brain fog and energy when I gave it up. I think fatty foods are another common trigger and I know it can upset many people’s stomachs, so I am not sure if that is a Crohn’s thing or just general digestion issue.

Breakfast I eat with Crohn’s

I’ll usually start the day with some gluten-free oats and easy to digest fruit such as banana. I use almond milk (and make sure I get the reinforced calcium version) instead of regular cow’s milk. I religiously add a spoonful of cashew nut butter to have some good fats to start the day. I’d like to gain weight so I try to add nut butter where I can.

Depending on how accommodating my stomach is feeling, I will also sometimes make a vegetable juice. I can’t eat a lot of vegetables (like spinach, beetroot, courgettes) so I tend to juice them instead. I try to stick to mainly vegetables so I don’t get a sugar spike and it really helps me get some goodness at least without being too fibrous. I know juicing isn’t for everyone but it really does work for me and helps improve my energy levels. However, some mornings I’ll skip it as I just want a peppermint tea instead.

Lunch options and staples

At lunch, there are a few different ‘staples.’ One is a sandwich made with chicken or tuna and hummus; using gluten-free bread. I also often make soups using bone broth and vegetables like carrots and sweet potato; which are my go-to if my gut needs a bit of a rest. I work from home so I also often reheat leftovers or cook something from scratch.

The British staple of ‘jacket potato’ (a baked potato with fillings like chicken, tuna, hummus or dairy-free cheese) is a favorite. I find avocado something I do well with so I will usually add this to my lunch to again get some fats.

Dinner options for Crohn’s

I’m not a big meat eater but I do eat plenty of chicken, turkey, and fish. My evening meal will usually be based around them and safe carbohydrates such as…

  • Mashed potato or sweet potato
  • Gluten-free pasta
  • Rice
  • Homemade vegetable wedges (I do ok with cooked carrots, sweet potato, butternut squash etc).

I try to always use plenty of herbs and spices for flavoring, and sometimes I’ll use dairy-free cheese too (it’s getting better!) Although I’m not a big spice lover, we will often make homemade curries as they are naturally gluten and dairy-free and contain lots of ginger and turmeric. Another thing I’d recommend to all IBD folks is a slow cooker! We will often put turkey, chicken or fish in there at the start of the day with plenty of herbs, potatoes, and other safe vegetables. And by evening, we have a tasty dinner! It’s so easy for days when you’re low on spoons.

Drinks, hydrating, and snacks

I am one of those strange people who has always loved drinking water! I have never liked caffeine either, so my main drinks are herbal tea and the occasional glass of red wine. I do LOVE to snack and one of my weaknesses is dark chocolate. I find I can only have this in small portions or my stomach is not happy. I also will snack on crisps (potato chips to Americans) as I am not happy unless I’ve eaten a potato in several different forms!

I hope my ‘What I Eat in A Day’ was useful. How similar or different is it to your daily meals?

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    1 year ago

    A lot of your restrictions are similar to mine, although I try extremely hard not to consume pepper, cloves, seeds, nuts, berries, most vegetables, dairy, and gluten. I advoid carbonation and high fructose corn syrup. I have switched to tea versus coffee because of the acidity. All my pastas and pizzas are homemade other than the noodles, which are gluten and dairy free. Tacos don’t taste the same when you remove all the seeded spices. I can have some fresh fruit like melons, pears, mangos, and apples as long as the seeds and skins can be removed. I can have rooted vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, carrots (have to keep carrots to a minimum), acorn squash, butternut squash, and pumpkin. I use a lot of onions, onion powder, and a little garlic power on my meat. Haven’t noticed too much issue with any particular kind of meat. Sometimes I’ll bake homemade cookies and muffins using oatmeal, glutenfree flour, and other ingredients. I have also found a company that makes dairy/nut free chocolate, it’s called “Enjoy Life.” I try too as much as possible, even though I have to be very specific with ordering out and deal with people not understanding dietary restrictions. I’m not sure I would be as healthy as I am if I didn’t pay very close attention to my diet. Thank you for allowing me to read your story and be able to relate to another similar to me.

  • ajcoms
    1 year ago

    I am gluten free, dairy free, and low to moderate FODMAPs. I do not eat grains, except for maybe a small amount of rice once in a while. I cannot eat oily/greasy foods or fatty meats – the oil ends up in the toilet . I never eat processed foods. I eat quite a bit of protein from organic meats and eggs. Also nuts and avocados are great. I love veggies, and eat several cups daily. And Somehow, coffee, wine, and liquor are fine! Lol

  • Amanda Osowski moderator
    1 year ago


    I love this post and I always find it interesting and helpful to hear what other IBD patients have had success with! A lot of what you shared is familiar to me – Almond milk, protein whenever I can get it, etc. I also rely a lot on potatoes or pasta or rice to help settle my stomach when it is uneasy or when my Crohn’s is active.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Amanda (team member)

  • thedancingcrohnie moderator
    1 year ago

    Love this post. I always find it so intriguing to see what others eat on the daily. You have a great variety of foods and I must say I am jealous of your breakfast! I wish I could have oats. Any grain puts me in a flare so I have to stay far away.

    It’s a great tip you mention that nut butters are a good source of healthy fats. For those of us that are desperate to put on weight, nut butters are an awesome tool.

    Always dancing,
    Elizabeth (team member)

  • 1 year ago

    I find that if I even eat a tiny bit of peanut butter I get very gasey. My one comfort food is cream of wheat made with water.

    I have had 3 resection and have no gall bladder. I hate food. If I don’t eat I’m ok but eventually I have to and the minute I eat anything I am in the bathroom. I have been living with Crohns got 50:years. Any suggestions would be appreciated

  • JC
    1 year ago

    I was having similar symptoms to you. I’ve had one resection so far.
    I was doing really badly for a long time and decided I needed a 2nd opinion so I went to see a new doctor privately who took me under his care immediately.
    One of the first things he done for me was had me talk to a dietician. From there I went onto a temporary liquid diet using Ensure drinks. Each drink has over 300 cals and I took 9 a day. No solid food, just Ensure drinks and within a week I no longer had to run to the toilet and stools became normal. After a month or so I went onto the LOFFLEX diet which is basically slowly introducing solid food one thing at a time while still taking the Ensure drinks.
    Its now 6 months later as I type this and Im down to 3 Ensure drinks per day and still on the LOFFLEX diet. Im currently introducing White Wheat and seeing if it agrees with me. Ive gained 8 kilos and in better condition than I ever have been since developing Crohns in 1998.
    I strongly urge you to think about my post and start off with getting a 2nd opinion on your condition and treatment. The hardest part for me was actually going to the hassle of finding another doctor. To do this you need to phone up a private hospital and make an appointment with a doctor who specialises in IBD. Then go from there.

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