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Can keeping a daily food diary help you self-manage your Crohn's disease?

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Keeping track of the foods you eat each day can help you identify the "offenders" -- foods that may trigger symptoms. Avoiding these foods, especially when your disease is active, may give you better control of the symptoms.

You can also use a daily food diary to help you and your doctor determine if you're getting a properly balanced diet. It can show whether you are getting enough protein, carbohydrates, fats, and water. It can also show whether you are getting enough calories to maintain your weight and energy.

From: Creating a Crohn's Disease Diet Plan WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Diet and Nutrition."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Crohn's Disease."

USDA: "Diet and Disease."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Digestive Disorders."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 21, 2017

SOURCES:

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Diet and Nutrition."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Crohn's Disease."

USDA: "Diet and Disease."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Digestive Disorders."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 21, 2017

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