ZUCCHINI

Zoodles. Zucchini Boats. Zucchini lasagna. You name it, zucchini can do it. This latest food fad is taking over the gluten-free world as an amazing pasta substitute option. Zucchini is also a nutritional powerhouse. High in Vitamins A & C, this veggie supports eye, teeth and bone health, is an anti-inflammatory and immunity builder. It also has a slew of other minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, zinc and even omega-3’s. Sounds like the perfect food, right?  Well, (as always) with Crohn’s, things aren’t quite that simple.   Continue reading

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SUMAC, The “Citrus Substitute” Spice

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Do you have trouble with acidic fruits like lemon or limes, but love the flavor?  Well, Sumac may be your answer. Sumac is a Middle Eastern spice with a lemony, citrus-like sour and tart flavor, often used to flavor salads and meats. You can submerse sumac berries in water, (extracting their juice) to make sumac lemonade.  You can freeze the sumac juice and add it to meals (or simply use the sumac in powder form) to create that citrus flavor you may have had to avoid lately. Continue reading

KOMBUCHA

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Have you tried the increasingly popular drink, Kombucha? Kombucha is an ancient Asian probiotic tea, naturally fermented with a living colony of bacteria and yeast. Kombucha has been noted to have numerous health benefits. It improves digestion, boosts your immunity, and can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. This tangy, vinegar-like drink can also increase your energy, reduce joint pain, and is thought to even prevent cancer.   Continue reading

PASS THE BUTTER?

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Dairy is yet another one of those “tricky foods” with Crohn’s. Some individuals with Crohn’s (out of fear from past indigestion and discomfort) pass on dairy all together as a precaution, while others may be lactose intolerant in addition to having Crohn’s. This can leave some people missing out (perhaps unnecessarily) on the important vitamins that dairy consistently provides, such as promoting bone and teeth heath with Calcium and Immunity Support with Vitamin-D. Continue reading

KEEPING A FOOD DIARY WITH CROHN’S

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Crohn’s awareness is on the rise. Whether the news headlines are covering controversial marijuana use for NFL players struggling with this disease, or women getting shamed for wearing a stoma bag at the public pool, Crohn’s Disease is being talked about and that’s a great thing. But at the end of the day there are still so many unanswered questions. Awareness is generating research, so we are moving in the right direction. Unfortunately, for now, the research often seems to create more questions than answers. Studies connecting Crohn’s from everything to food poisoning or simply genetics, can leave us scratching our heads in frustration and feeling overwhelmed. That is why keeping track of individual struggles, successes, and food tolerances is so important. Continue reading

FLARE-UP FRIENDLY FOODS

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When you are having a flare up, food can absolutely become the enemy. Because everyone suffering from Crohn’s has such different reactions to food, knowing what to eat during a flare-up can be scary – often causing one to steer clear of food all together. The bummer is that maintaining nutrients and energy is essential for helping your body fight off the flare. Continue reading

TUMERIC


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TURMERIC is seriously all the rage right now. You can’t check out a food blog without some mention of this “superfood” and all of it’s amazing health benefits. Studies have shown turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, (some say even matches the effectiveness of certain anti-inflammatory drugs,) it fights depression and promotes a balanced mood, and relieves aches and discomfort, and the list goes on and on. Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant, a member of the ginger family, and is commonly used in Asian and Indian food. With so many of it’s medicinal healing powers being ailments of Crohn’s Disease, this seems to be a really great food to check out. If you have used this spice, please share with us! We would love to know.  Continue reading