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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

FODMAPs and Crohn’s Disease: A Beginner’s Guide

If you have Crohn’s disease then you may have heard of a group of carbohydrates referred to as FODMAPs, especially if you happen to live in Australia where the bulk of the research into these foods has occurred and a low-FODMAP diet has gained widespread acceptance as

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

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

Update: 60 Days on Autoimmune Paleo Protocol for Crohn’s Disease

It has now been 60 days since I started the autoimmune paleo protocol (AIP) and I am happy to report that over the last 30 days I have begun reintroducing foods, mostly with success. I’m feeling great, I’ve gained another 2 pounds (finally back to the baseline

The Sleep Solution: End Your Insomnia Naturally

In recent months I’ve made a major overhaul in my diet and am feeling fantastic, but the one area of good health that has remained elusive to me is quality sleep. Some nights I have trouble falling asleep, other nights I nod off right away but then

Low-FODMAP and Paleo Autoimmune Protocol: What Can I Eat?

UPDATE: This post remains one of the most consistently visited on my blog, even five years after I originally wrote it. That tells me that there remains a huge need for information and recipes that help people follow the Paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP) while also managing digestive

Fermented Foods for Natural Gut Health

It must be the German ancestry me in, but I adore a good sauerkraut. The fact that it is a fermented food and good for my gut health and managing Crohn’s disease is just a wonderful excuse for me to eat it regularly rather than just as

Vitamin D and Crohn’s Disease: How a Paleo Lifestyle Can Help

In the first years after I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, no one ever mentioned vitamin D to me but recently my gastroenterologist has been paying close attention to my levels. For good reason. A simple Google search on “vitamin D and Crohn’s disease” returns thousands of