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Does Crohn’s Disease Mean Chronic Dietary Restriction?

Unfortunately For Those With Crohn’s Disease, What is Happening in This Area Isn’t Always Easy To Deal With

Does having Crohn’s disease mean chronic food restriction? It doesn’t have to.  Ditto for this view from the medical eye of a well-known Paloise (from Pau) French Gastroenterologist.  Oui! In the land of gastronomy delights there are ways to live with Crohn’s disease while enjoying that gourmet touch in your diet.  For those reading with just a vague notion of Crohn’s disease; there are two phases:  remission and flare-up.  If you are in the remission phase, a well-balanced higher protein, lower fiber diet is recommended.  In a flare-up phase, your diet is restricted and a diet plan is customized with your medical team.  Although there are general dietary guidelines with Crohn’s disease, each person is different and knows the types of foods that cause them digestive discomfort.

Back in October, a Crohn’s awareness and support day united the French gastroenterologist, a chef, the region’s delegate for Crohn’s disease and a gourmet food store owner.  The goal was to show Crohn’s disease patients and their families the wide dietary possibilities.

Celebrating What Delicious Foods Can Be Eaten With a Tasting Morning

Seared Bonnet with Spicy Zucchini Spread

French Bonnet (similar to Tuna) Getting Ready to Be Seared

In the remission phase, fish is a great source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids. Two big pluses for nutritional value.  What was interesting was that the fish was just quickly seared in a very hot oil and served almost raw. If you know that your fish you will eat is very fresh, it is okay for those with Crohn’s disease to enjoy fish this way.
Poached Pears In A Wine Sauce

Poached Pears in Wine

Normally the higher fiber fruits like pears are not on the Crohn’s eating plan.  However, these pears were peeled and boiled for 15 minutes in a wine sauce. They were then left to soak in the wine for 24 hours and served cold.  Delicious! Because the cooking and soaking decreased the fiber content of the pears, this was also an acceptable food to eat.

Finally, what would a degustation be without some wine? In France, it wouldn’t happen. So, there is the wine!  This food demonstration was just the aperitif.

What Would A French Tasting Be Without WIne?

What followed was an amazing lunch at a nearby restaurant called Ze Bistrot.  Le Chef prepared a scrumptious meal customized around the dietary needs of Crohn’s patients.  Le menu?

Cream of Pumpkin and Mussel Soup, Chicken Breast with a side of Mashed Carrots and Citrus Fruits, Clafoutis Pear Dessert

It is great to support and promote awareness for Crohn’s Disease. It is even better to really see that those with Crohn’s disease can still enjoy a normal life with delicious foods.  Here is a link to support the American Crohn’s Society and the French one, called AFA.

Those with Crohn’s disease often succeed even further with their diet and nutritional status with the additional help of a registered dietitian (RD). If you or someone you know has Crohn’s disease look for nutrition help from your local RD.

If you have Crohn’s disease shout out your feedback below. Do the diet recommendations in France correspond to those in your country?  Do you use alternative supplements such as linseed oil or fish oil supplements to help your digestive system? Would love to hear your personal success stories!

Here is a Facebook page link to the gourmet olive oil and food shop in Pau that held the tasting. The owner speaks English and is very knowledgable and helpful.  The shop is called “Olivers & Co.” If you are in the center of Pau, stop in his shop! You won’t be disappointed.

As always, wishing everyone a Bon Appetit!


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3 Responses to Does Crohn’s Disease Mean Chronic Dietary Restriction?

  1. Aida March 1, 2012 at 18:42 #

    Hi there! This post could not be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this write-up to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

    • mbrighton March 3, 2012 at 23:10 #

      Hi Aida, Thanks for passing the article on. Appreciate it.


  1. Suzanne Saxe-R, Ed.D - December 13, 2011

    RT @mbrighton66 Does Crohn’s Disease Mean Chronic Dietary Restriction?: A degustation tasting day for those with…

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