General

What is eataware?

eataware exists to help people understand the effect that diet can have on Crohn's disease with the goal of helping people live a symptom free life. As a person living with Crohn's disease, I have spent the best part of a decade learning about diet and the effect it has on my condition and how to keep it at bay.

eataware is intended to save people all that time! Here you'll find the outcome of years of experience, reading through journals, blogs, scientific studies, dietitians and all the help and advice I have to offer.

Remember, Crohn's disease affects millions of people around the world. You are not alone. And there are plenty of people that want to help you - starting here.

Advice

Where do I start?

Many people viewing this page will either be newly diagnosed or a loved one of someone diagnosed with the daunting task of looking for a place to start.

This website contains everything you'll need to get started and start feeling well again, including what foods to avoid/include, advice and meal recipes.

Here's our quick start list:

Vitamins

Vitamins and Supplements

Talk to your doctor or specialist about any deficiencies you might have as having Crohn's disease can mean you stop getting important minerals and vitamins, here are some common deficiencies and what to take for them:

B12 (sublingual)

Many people suffer from a lack of energy due to their Crohn's so I recommend taking sublingual b12 supplements to keep up your energy levels. It is important to get the sublingual version of b12 which dissolves under the tongue. This is because many people with Crohn's disease struggle to dissolve b12 through food and tablets due to damage to the gut.

Calcium

Avoiding dairy has been recommended to me by many dieticians so it makes it very difficult to keep recommended calcium levels in your diet. I recommend taking a daily calcium supplement (it's in fact the only supplement I take) along with introducing Edemame beans and Sesame seeds to your diet which are the safest way to get Calcium.

Advice

Coping with joint pain

One of the main memories I have when I was first diagnosed was the debilitating joint pain, which seemed to affect me mostly in my wrists and knees, though I have many friends and fellow sufferers that also get it in their shoulders and ankles.

The good news is this is now a distant memory for me, once I got my diet under control it almost never surfaces or affects my daily life. Nearly all people newly diagnosed that I speak to suffer from joint pain. Do not worry, by making just the smallest changes to your diet you can start to ease this.

My main recommendations for easing joint pain are to remove fatty or oily foods from your diet. Replace red meats with poultry, replace pork sausages with leaner turkey sausages, also replace minced meat with turkey mince. Remove any fast foods and convenience foods and make your own sandwiches etc. You should hopefully start to feel better in a couple of weeks.

I have also found certain acids seems to affect my joint pain over time. Try and reduce really acidic fruits and drinks. Especially avoid the acids from onions. My favourite solution to this is to use the green of the spring onion and throw the white parts away, you still get a great onion taste without the affects of it.

Lastly, you need to remove dairy from your diet. Which can be difficult as this includes yogurts, cheeses and milk. But thankfully due to vegan cultures becoming so popular there are plenty of alternatives to look into.

Diet

The "Liquid Diet"

The thought of a liquid diet can be the most unappealing option of food possible for some people.

However, a liquid diet can be life saving. In my case, quite literally. When I was first diagnosed I was on a liquid only diet for a month while everything healed. This meant I avoided needing any surgery and allowed everything to heal over time itself.

There are a few liquid diet options available but I can't recommend Huel enough. I will always keep a pack of Huel powder in my cupboard as my ultimate safety net if symptoms start to appear and I need to give my gut a rest.

The best thing about Huel is this isn't a protein powder. Huel has everything you need for a full 3 meals a day food replacement. And it doesn't mean carrying around a ton of powder with you either!

Huel also has a selection of flavour packets you can add to the powder to mix up the flavours. I personally recommend the "Original Vanilla" which is much less sweetened than the newer "Vanilla" version.

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