Crohn’s Disease Archive

Coffee and Crohn’s Disease: 5 Reasons to Ditch Your Coffee Habit

Should you drink coffee if you have Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or another inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)? I confess, I am a coffee lover who has never been able to give up the habit completely – despite having made big announcements to the contrary! I have successfully

Autoimmune Disease: Balancing Conventional Medicine and a Paleo Diet

Last night I was honored to be part of a panel discussion on the topic of balancing conventional medical treatment of autoimmune disease with a paleo-based approach to diet. There are some great diet reviews at, you can find one that is right for you. Regular

I’ll never be a Paleo Success Story (and why I’m OK with that)

If you are looking for a “Paleo Success Story,” you won’t find it here. If you’ve landed here because you Googled something about paleo and curing Crohn’s disease, then I am sorry to tell you that this post is going to disappoint you. I don’t have any before

Clostridium Difficile: A Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) Success Story

Regular readers of this blog and followers on social media know that I was diagnosed with an intestinal infection due to clostridium difficile (commonly known as “c. diff“) about four months ago. In my last post, I shared the treatment up to that point and that the next

My latest health challenge: Clostridium difficile infection

This is not a fun post to write. I have mentioned that I’m being treated for a recurrent clostridium difficile on social media a couple times, but mostly I’ve kept this latest health challenge to myself. If you know anything about the symptoms of a c diff

Traditional Food Diet and Crohn’s Disease

What is the best diet for people with Crohn’s disease? Should you be gluten free? Paleo? Vegan? Raw? Should you follow an autoimmune protocol? Or maybe you should be on the trademarked “Specific Carbohydrate Diet“? What about FODMAPs? I’ve tried pretty much all of these diets (and

Resistant Starch and Crohn’s Disease: Friend, Enemy, or “Frenemy”?

Once upon a time in a not too distant past, the phrase “paleo diet” was synonymous with “low carb.” Along with grains, starchy tubers were shunned and consumption of fruit was to be minimized. That perspective started changing in 2010 when Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet began publicizing

1 Year Ago Today… My Journey to Healing Crohn’s Disease With Food

January 22 is like a second birthday for me. One year ago today, on January 22, 2013, I made the life-changing decision to take a shot at healing myself and managing Crohn’s disease through diet. I had read the book Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall

Healing Diet for Crohn’s Disease: The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)

This post is the first in a series I plan that will review healing diets for Crohn’s disease. I started with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ (SCD) because it is the first one I tried myself. Look for future posts on paleo, autoimmune paleo (AIP), Perfect Health Diet, and

Crohn’s Disease and Omega-3 Fatty Acid: How Much Do I Need?

The role of omega-3 fatty acids (that’s the stuff in fish oil pills) in the prevention and treatment Crohn’s disease is definitely not settled, both among conventional physicians and alternative medical providers, so the answer to how much omega-3 we need to be consuming is not easily