I'll Be Dedicated to making nutritious food choices.
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Your Diet Journey
Start your Diet Journey to rethink how you're nourishing your body, explore
your diet options, and understand the risks and benefits associated with certain
foods and diets. Complete all five challenges along your journey to earn your Top
By the end of your journey, we hope you'll be dedicated to
maintaining a nutritious meal plan along with a treatment plan that
helps you better manage IBD.
Why Choose Nutritious Foods?
Maintaining a well-balanced, nutritious diet is something we all should strive
for. But it's especially important if you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
because you're more susceptible to malnourishment than people without IBD.
Benefits of good nutrition
Good nutritional status may lead to:
- Improved IBD symptoms
- Increased effectiveness of medications
- Proper absorption of proteins, calories, water and other nutrients
- Lower risk of iron and calcium deficiencies
- Bone health
- Normal growth patterns (children and teens)
- A healthy body weight
- Regular hormone levels and menstrual cycles (women and girls)
- Good hydration
Risks of malnourishment
Poor nutritional status may lead to:
- IBD flares
- Decreased effectiveness of medications
- Poor absorption of proteins, calories, water and other nutrients
- Iron and calcium deficiencies
- Bone loss
- Possible growth retardation (children and teens)
- Weight loss
- Fatigue and/or low energy
- Irregular hormone levels and menstrual cycles (women and girls)
Test Your Knowledge
Eating the right foods is all you need to do to effectively manage IBD.
Test Your Knowledge: Results
Sorry, but the correct answer is False.
A healthy diet can help you maintain good nutritional status and manage symptoms,
but medications are recommended to effectively treat IBD. Work with your doctor,
nutritionist or other health care provider to create the meal plan and treatment
plan that are right for you.
Virtual Refrigerator Game
If your IBD is active (causing symptoms), there are
certain foods that are more likely to cause discomfort,
and certain foods that can help easy discomfort.
Can you tell the difference?
In our virtual refrigerator, you'll find some common "trigger"
foods and "friendly" foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Drag the
trigger foods to the red plate, and drag
the friendly foods to the green plate.
At the end we'll let you know how you did!
Tell Us About You
Which special diet(s) are you on (or have you been on)? (Check all that apply.)
Hear what nutritionist Sally Ritz has to say about special diets. Watch video
Tell Us About You
It's important to remember that while many people have reported that certain
diets have helped provide symptom relief, most have not been proven scientifically,
and their benefits have not been shown in research studies. Always talk to your
doctor or dietitian if you have questions about a particular diet or are considering
Learn more about these diets.
Get the Facts About Nutrition
Which of the following is true:
Get the Facts About Nutrition: Results
And so are options B and C.
And so are options A and C.
And so are options A and B.
All of these are reasons why it's so important for people with IBD to maintain
good nutritional status.
Learn more about the importance of good nutrition, and the relationship
between food and IBD.
Prove Your Dedication
Starting today, I will: (Check all that apply.)
Prove Your Dedication
We are so glad you're being proactive in managing your IBD!
Food Journal today, and make an appointment to create your customized IBD
meal plan with your doctor or dietitian.
Maintaining a nutritious diet, and knowing which foods to avoid and which to include
in your diet, may help you better manage your IBD and ease your symptoms.
You might want to start a
Food Journal to help you and your doctor or dietitian see if there are problematic
foods in your diet, and if you’re meeting your nutrition needs. Also, consider working
with your doctor or dietitian to develop a customized IBD meal plan.
Learn More About IBD and Diet