crohn’s disease Archive

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

Chronic Illness is a Thief: Fighting Back

Chronic illness is a thief. It steals your identity and turns you into someone you never thought you’d be. It turns you into a liar, making you tell people you are feeling fine when you are not just so you don’t burden them with your constant problems.

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

Update: 30 Days on Autoimmune Paleo Protocol for Crohn’s Disease

Today marks 45 straight days of eating squeaky clean paleo (with additional eliminations) and 30 days of paleo with autoimmune modifications. That means no grains, legumes, or dairy. I also eliminated nuts, seeds, coffee, chocolate and alcohol and then cut out eggs and nightshades for the past

Nourishing Bone Broth Made Easy

Bone broth is a key part of my gut healing protocol. It is rich in nutrients and the gelatin in it is a traditional treatment for Crohn’s disease. It is also rich in glycine which, according to Sarah Ballantyne of The Paleo Mom, aids digestion by helping to

Autoimmunity… Simplified

Autoimmunity is a complex subject, even for medical people and scientists (which I am most definitely not!). It can affect pretty much any body system, is difficult to diagnose, and its causes appear to be multi-faceted. And even though various autoimmune disorders often overlap with one another,

Starting the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol

Dear eggs and nightshades… It’s not you, it’s me. It has been swell knowing you, but it is time for me to say goodbye for now. I will see you again in 30 days and maybe we’ll be friends again, but for now you need to join

How I Became Gutsy by Nature

“You are actually one of the least complicated cases I will consult on this week,” says the big shot surgeon at Famous Medical Center in response to my husband’s query about whether or not she’d ever dealt with a complicated surgical history like mine before. She isn’t

Crohn’s Disease and Gluten: 4 Reasons Why IBD Sufferers Should Not Eat Wheat

If you have Crohn’s disease your doctor has probably told you that diet doesn’t matter. You can go ahead and eat whatever you’d like, just avoiding foods that seem to aggravate your symptoms like raw vegetables or spicy foods. If you have strictures, you might be advised
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