A Plant Based Diet for Crohn’s


I have been experimenting with a fully raw plant based diet for about 2 weeks now and honestly I feel pretty darn good.  My doctor told me to stay away from foods like you see in the photo and I guess that is true if your insides are in bad shape.

I have been able to maintain my weight at about 160lbs with uncooked olive oil and avocado as good fat.  The calories also come from the fruit that I have in the morning for breakfast and for snacks.

The idea I am working on here is that all of these plant based foods do not activate an inflammatory immune response causing Crohn’s to flare up. I have seen a lot of research out there of foods like meat, wheat and dairy that cause the body to go on the attack for those that are sensitive.  In the process it now attacks your healthy tissue = Crohn’s Disease.  Then again there are those who will benefit from these foods and not receive any ill effects due to everyone being different in they way the process foods.

Many have changed over to this plant based diet and have seen a total turn around in their health ailments.  Just to name a few: fullyrawkristina, Joe Cross, Tracee Sloan and many others.

I am once again Crohn’s medication free and I am trying to use the food as my medicine along with juicing every other day.  I do take a small stress management medication once daily though.  This was very hard for me to do and change to every other day juicing.  I did that because I was eating so many good healing foods that I no longer need the juice every single day!  Plus I am a teacher and I am poor:)

Here is what I have been eating:

Breakfast:

  • Oatmeal almond cereal with almond milk – Not Raw
  • bananas
  • melons
  • pineapple
  • oranges/tangerines
  • apple slices
  • dates

Lunch:

  • Salad with power greens
  • avocado
  • olive oil
  • tomatoes
  • oranges
  • apple cookies with almond butter
  • bananas
  • Soaked raw cashews

Dinner:

  • Sometimes a different salad
  • Zucchini pasta with different food processor created sauces
  • Lettuce wraps with veggies

I do need more variety and I do have a few things that are not completely raw, but most of it is ALIVE.  When the food is cooked many of the nutrients and enzymes die at a certain temperature.  Although there are foods that benefit from being cooked such as tomatoes which release more Lycopene then when raw.  These are the components that you need to heal and feel great and your are not getting them in cooked food.

The overall plan is to put in foods and juice that totally create a new environment in the gi system.  Taking a probiotic to try and do that is great, but in combination with this lifestyle it should be amazing.

Lastly, I know that the food is not cooked, but it is incredibly flavorful in its natural state!

Photo Credit:  www.fullyraw.com

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “A Plant Based Diet for Crohn’s

  1. Nick, it’s great this diet is working for you, but you should be very careful what you’re writing…there are so many researches on the internet…some are true and some are false…some are half true…
    …”meat, wheat and dairy that cause the body to go on the attack”…this statement is so not true!! Meat does not cause inflammations and also does not diary….where did you hear that??!! Organic meat and raw milk and homemade yogurt or kefir with right probiotics are very beneficial for gut. Some cooked food like bone broths and stocks are very healing. Also cooked tomatoes are very healthy because more you cook them more lycopene they produce, which has significant antioxidant properties…
    I’m not saying not to eat raw…I’m saying that balanced diet is the most sufficient for a person. I am a living prove! I’ve been a vegetarian for many many years, juicing, eating healthy organic raw vegetables, no diary and so on and I got ulcerative colitis…really?? How is that possible??
    Now I’m on GAPS diet and it is working…it’s based on MEAT stocks and broths, bone marrow, proteins, probiotics, fats, juiced vegetables, fermented foods, fish oil…also diary…
    Vegans have flooded the world with their scientifically unsubstantiated theories…there are so many self-proclaimed nutricionists all around who are giving DANGEROUS advices and people get sick, underweight, lack of B12… I was one of those ‘victims’…
    I have nothing against vegans or you, I’m just saying be careful what you’re writing…stay on one diet for at least one year and then write about it, because it can be very dangerous for some people. Some people don’t have enzymes for digesting some foods and they don’t know that, or they have leaky gut, some have intolerances…that can be very dangerous for their health, especially for people with crohn’s and ulcerative colitis…
    However, no offense!!:) Take care!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • You make very valid points and I made a few changes to the post after thinking of your suggestions. Sometimes it takes a reader with a different point of view to see ways to better what I am saying.

      I also agree with being on a diet for a longer period of time before writing about it. I don’t really urge people to do exactly what I am trying, but I just like to share some tips that work for me on here from time to time.

      I appreciate your honesty and knowledge on the topic and I actually agree with all that you have said above.

      It is just so hard to write for everyone because we are all so different.

      Keep me on my toes please – moyca – I hope you are feeling well. Take care:)

      Like

  2. You are such a great person Nick! Most people would be insulted…honesty is my ‘problem’ sometimes:) I totally understand your enthusiasm…I’m the same, but in the past few months I learned that patience is the key…many times I thought I succeeded and after a couple weeks or even days that didn’t work anymore…
    Every single diet needs time…I appreciate you’re sharing all these stuff with us. We learn from each other:)
    I’m finally on the right path…it will be a looong one, but…it’s worth!! You know that:)

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s