Have Crohn’s? Get the Nutrition You Need

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Living with Crohn's disease requires some careful thought when planning meals. Here are a few tips to help prevent flare-ups and still get the nutrition you need. If you're trying to eat healthier, start by making a plan. Write down a list of foods that you like that don't irritate you, and think about what times of day you prefer to eat.

Smaller meals can be easier on your digestive system. And each meal can also help you tackle specific nutritional needs. Fruits and vegetables are great sources of many vitamins that help prevent flares and soothe symptoms of Crohn's disease.

Getting enough protein in your diet can be difficult. Lean protein sources like chicken, fish, eggs, and firm tofu can be supplemented with nuts, seeds or black beans, but some people can find these irritating. Avoiding things like candies, donuts, and greasy food can go a long way in preventing flares.

Smoothies with protein powder are a great way to supplement your protein needs. Avoiding whey protein and preferring plant protein will be easier on your system. If you're having trouble getting all your nutrients, you can always talk to your doctor about a multivitamin to fill out your nutritional needs.

Before making any major changes to your diet, check with your doctor to ensure the best results. No diet is one-size-fits-all, but with some planning, you can eat well and avoid flare-ups in your daily life.