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IBD: Tips and Information

Take the best advantage of your meal plan with the information below

With our Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Meal Plans, you stack the odds in your favour. To take maximum advantage of our meal plans, take the time to read the information below.

Important Advice and Useful Tips

What you SHOULD do

  • Continue to take your medication as prescribed by your health provider team. Same goes for any supplements or vitamins that were prescribed to you.
  • Limit liquid intake during meals. Drink between meals, to facilitate nutrient digestion.
  • Record your meals and symptoms in a food and symptoms journal. The goal is have a varied and balanced diet as much as possible. Watch out for these ingredients, as they contain insoluble fiber, and may cause some symptoms, mainly during active phases of the disease:
    • Fruit and vegetable peels
    • Whole grain cereal products
    • Nuts and seeds
    • Raw fruits and vegetables and lettuce
  • Consult the Food for thought brochure for more nutrition and food tips and tricks.
  • For more information about Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis, look at this video.

What you should watch out for

  • If suffering from bouts of diarrhea, make sure to stay well hydrated
  • Before starting taking a supplement that was not prescribed by a health professional, make sure to talk to your medical team. For more informations on different supplements for inflammatory bowel disease, read our article: Choosing the Best Supplement for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

What you should NOT do

  • Avoid restricting your diet unnecessarily. A food and symptoms journal as well as a registered dietitian can help you figure out which foods are problematic.
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FAQ: Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (IBD)

Who are the IBD menus for?

These menus are indicated for people suffering from Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis and who are in remission, without any intestinal resections.

What is the diet for IBD?

IBD menus aim to satisfy your nutritional needs (energy, protein, vitamins and minerals: Mg, Se, Zn, Na, Fe, Ca, vitamines A, B9, B3, and B12, D, E, and K).

They also aim to reduce digestive symptoms. It’s why the meals are divided into several lighter food intakes and why probiotics are on the menu.

The research has not demonstrated the need to remove certain foods from the diet for IBD. Thus, our menus include a wide variety of foods. Nevertheless, since tolerance of certain foods is very personal, our service allows each user to eliminate foods or food groups that would trigger its symptoms (eg lactose, etc.)

Why is this diet recommended for people suffering from Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis?

During periods of remission, it’s recommended to adopt a varied diet that respects the recommendations of the Canadian Food Guide. This helps contribute to your health, to satisfy your vitamin and mineral needs, and to assure that you get optimal amounts of fiber.

What is the difference between your program and the information I can find on the internet or in books about diets for IBD?

Our menus provide you peace of mind. No need to rack your brains for what to eat! With these menus, it will be much easier for you to adopt a varied and balanced diet. In addition, the menus ensure you eat the right foods to reduce your symptoms and meet all your nutritional needs. Our team has already done all the work for you!

Do I have to buy specific foods to follow the program?

Absolutely not! Our menus are made with natural foods that you can easily find in supermarkets, all-natural/organic food stores, or from your local merchants and grocers.

If I have questions, is your team there to respond?

Of course! We want you to reduce your symptoms and regain good health and we are here to help you. As a subscriber to the IBD program, you can ask your questions to our nutritionists who will respond as soon as possible. If you need a more complete support, we offer the VIP Dietitian service, which provides, among other things, three individual consultations.

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Info Nutrition: Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (IBD)

The most recent recommendations (references) for IBD consist of 50 nutritional targets that must be attained day after day, so as to optimize diet in remission periods of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis..

These 50 targets can be grouped as follows:

  • Proper daily calorie intake, to promote the achievement and maintenance of a healthy weight. We currently offer 2 caloric levels to best meet your needs: 1,700 and 2,100 calories per day.
  • Optimal intakes of vitamins and minerals, especially magnesium, selenium, zinc, sodium, iron, calcium, vitamins A, B3, B9, B12, D, E and K
  • Optimal intakes of carbs (including fiber and added sugars), fats and proteins
  • Optimal intakes of good fats (monounsaturated, polyunsaturated) and the optimal omega-6 / omega-3 ratio
  • No trans fat, and limited amounts of saturated fats and added/concentrated sugars
  • Optimal number and size of meals and snacks, to facilitate nutrient absorption
  • Appropriate number of servings of the 4 food groups of Canada’s Food Guide:
    • Vegetables and fruit, including 1 serving of dark green vegetables and 1 serving of orange vegetables every day
    • Grain products, including a majority of whole grain products
    • Low-fat milk and alternatives, including probiotics
    • Meat and alternatives, including fish
  • Optimal composition of snacks in terms of carbohydrates and lean proteins
  • Adequate intake of foods that are specifically recommended (sources of lean proteins, probiotics, etc.)
  • Adequate intake of foods that need to be limited (fermentable foods, etc.), with the option to eliminate an individual’s problematics foods
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IMPORTANT: The information provided on this website does not replace a medical consultation and is not intended for self diagnosis. We recommend that you seek the advice of your doctor or healthcare professional before undertaking a change to your diet or lifestyle. See Terms & Conditions.