What to Eat with IBD


What to Eat with IBD: A Comprehensive Nutrition and Recipe Guide for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, by Tracie Dalessandro MS RD CDN

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I can’t say enough about this book.

Tracie Dalessandro is a dietitian with Crohn’s disease, so she knows what it’s like to fear food. She begins the book by describing her experience with Crohn’s disease and how it encouraged her to become a registered dietitian. Tracie explains the power of using diet in conjunction with traditional medicine to control your illness instead of allowing it to control you.

Tracie has completely changed the way I think about food. She makes an important distinction between foods that heal and foods that hurt. She describes an IBD as an open wound – red, swollen, and exposed – and encourages readers to think about the types of foods they wouldn’t want to rub against it; these are the foods to avoid. She provides helpful lists of breads, fruits, and vegetables that promote healing, as well as those that don’t. Tracie also includes a sample shopping list, menu ideas, and 50+ “gut-friendly” recipes.

Finally, Tracie discusses the importance of supplementing our eating with critical vitamins and minerals to combat malabsorption. She explains which vitamins are most important, depending on where your inflammation exists (the small or large intestine), and she describes the body benefits and best sources for each vitamin.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who fears food and feels as if you can’t eat anything with an IBD. I know what it’s like to live that way and this book truly helps.