If you’ve been diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), you’ll know that the simple act of eating isn’t so simple anymore.

Not only do food choices become complicated since certain foods can worsen your symptoms, but what you might not realise is your nutrition may be taking a hit as well.

Just as it is important to avoid foods that worsen or trigger symptoms, it is also vital to learn how to replace any resulting nutritional deficiencies.

NAPHL Health Hub Dietitian Carla Sommers (pictured) told us her top tips for people with Crohn’s disease or  ulcerative colitis, known collectively as IBD.

“I would encourage clients to have small frequent meals. Often people with IBD find six smaller meals may result in them feeling better than if they ate three large meals,” Ms Sommers said.

“Choose foods that are appealing. Try to make meal times enjoyable such as by eating in social situations and enjoying your favourite foods.  

“Above all, ensure you’re including nourishing foods and drinks.”

The Townsville Dietitian urged people with IBD to seek medical and nutritional support early to ensure you are maintaining a well-balanced diet.

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“Irritable Bowel Disease is often something that people suffer from for a reasonably long amount of time prior to seeking medical help or prior to being given a diagnosis,” Ms Sommers said.

“For individuals suffering from IBD it is important that a healthy, balanced eating pattern is followed.

“It is important to be eating enough to prevent weight loss and, in some clients, nutritional supplements may be required.

“By working with a Dietitian you can develop a balanced diet that is suitable for your situation and symptoms without eliminating food groups.”

If you’re concerned about your nutrition, call 07 4722 8750 to discuss how a Dietitian may be able to help. 

This is general health advice only. You should speak to your doctor for diagnosis and treatment of digestive concerns.