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Crohn's & Colitis Diet Guide: Includes 150 Recipes [Paperback]

Hillary Steinhart , Julie Cepo
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15 May 2008
"Dietary strategies and delicious recipes that help manage inflammatory bowel disease." Good nutrition is a top priority for people living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and also for their families and friends. There is often a fear of trying new foods, as well as other concerns. Is a current diet appropriate? Can the usual foods purchased at the grocery store still be part of the daily diet? Crohn's and Colitis Diet Guide addresses these concerns and more. The authors explain how nutrition plays a central role in the management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and discuss the importance of maintaining general health during times of disease activity and periods of remission. They also show how a person's nutritional status affects immunity, wound-healing and other physiological processes. Reliable, well-researched dietary advice combined with 150 outstanding recipes provides a crucial resource for those managing IBD. Although good nutrition does not cure IBD, and although -- with certain exceptions -- nutritional therapy does not always control disease flares, good nutrition is important for health maintenance, symptom management and well-being.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Rose Inc; 1 edition (15 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778801853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778801856
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 17.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A valuable resource to dietitians and other health professionals who care for patients with IBD.--Cathy Alberda, MSc, RD"Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada" (01/01/2012)

About the Author

A. Hillary Steinhart, MD. MSc. FRCP(C), author of the companion volume "Crohn's and Colitis: Understanding and Managing IBD," is head of the combined division of gastroenterology for Mount Sinai Hospital and the University Health Network in Toronto. He is also an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Julie Cepo, RD, is the inpatient clinical dietitian for the gastrointestinal program at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital. Her work involves IBD patients and their families, and she specializes in nutrition support as well as therapeutic diet education.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Everyone's experience of IBD seems to be different so I have found it difficult to find any effective guidance on diet, as the wife of an acute Crohn's sufferer, to ensure that what we're serving up is going to help rather than hinder.
The other multitude of books in my "Crohn's library" all seem to contain conflicting advice, and some even recommend ingredients which really should be avoided altogether, particularly during a flare-up.
This book is different in that it really fits with my husband's illness, and it provides medical explanations for it's recommendations. It has enabled me to cook with confidence a far greater variety of food than we had felt safe to enjoy previously. It also provides some really useful tips for how to modify other recipes and make some potentially aggravating ingredients safer.
Some of the ingredients are American (or are given American names), but I've not come across anything that can't be found or replaced easily.
Following the advice in this book has had an amazingly positive impact on my husband's condition - I wish I had found it as soon as he was diagnosed and saved myself a lot of worry (and money wasted on other books), and him a lot of discomfort!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 4 April 2009
Found this book really helpful as my partner suffers with crohn's and we were given little to hno help by the hospital and by his doctors about what to eat, apart from a dreadful diet sheet from the hospital, have had no problems sourcing ingredients most stuff we have got from sainsburys and some stuff from holland and barrett. A great guide to get us started on what was better for him to have without him missing out on nutritional value. Yes only to be used as a guide, we have to following the "low residue" diet bit in it which involves eated soluable fibre but not insoluable which has been working really well for my partner. I love the muffin recipes in the book to and I have enjoyed alot of the recipes to and so has our daughter.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 3 Nov 2011
By Grekel2
Having just been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis this book has really helped me after leaving hospital with not a lot of informatiion on what I can and can't eat during a flare up. I have used a few of the recipies which are really easy to follow and simple to cook and have found that they haven't irritated my conditions. Really helpful for those suffering with Colitis.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Healthy eating for a Crohn's sufferer 7 Sep 2012
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I bought this and another book on the same subject for my 85 year old mother-in-law. She has suffered from Crohn's disease for most of her adult life. Following a recent 'flare up' of the debilitating condition, she went back to her doctor, who sent her back to hospital. She was seen by several specialists, including a nutritionist and a dietitianist.
On release from hospital she was given several diet sheets and other information leaflets. I read them. Two of the diet sheets contradicted each other and consequently I considered them not to be trusted.
I searched the web and came across the two books. I bought them both for her. This book is easy to follow (as is the other one) and has much advice and background information on her disease. She finds it interesting to read and now knows more about her condition than she knew before. She follows the recipes exactly. Both books are aimed at the American market but the quantities and terminology are easy to translate.
The advice in the book allows her to experiment with her diet without using ingredients which would cause another flare up.
Result? She has had no recurrence of the problem since receiving the book and she has started to put back the weight she lost during the last series of 'flare-ups'.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helped me out 4 Nov 2011
By EG Hej
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After years of healthy eating, I was faced with coping with a low residue diet. All my recipes and all the ingredients in my fridge and cupboard were geared to the sort of diet I could no longer eat. After a fortnight, I had run out of permutations on fish, chicken, white rice and pasta, and thought I was condemned to eat only about 6 meals! I use this book for inspiration and adapt the recipes to suit my needs and they work very well. The recipes are all tagged to help you choose something suitable to your needs and there are tips on how to adjust the recipes if you are on a low residue diet.

Two warnings - I use the "cups" measurements, the conversion to mls doesn't seem quite to work. Secondly, the index includes all the medical terms and the recipes mixed in together; for example, the "Tandoori haddock" recipe is followed in the index by "fistula" which can be a bit off putting when you're struggling with a low appetite.

The beginning of the book contains information about IBD and treatments, together with nutritional advice. All in all, I find the book very helpful.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good dietary information 27 Mar 2009
A good basic guide to the nutrition for colitis and crohn's sufferers.
The recipes, however, are aimd at the American market, so sourcing some of the ingredients may be a little difficult.
Overall, the book is a very helpful addition for the bookshelf for both the patient and health professional providing it is used as a guide only!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars would reccomend this to fellow sufferers 26 Feb 2011
I was diagnosed with Crohns Disease about 15 years ago. I wish that this sort of literature had been available then. I do have quite a comprehensive knowledge of my condition now, but I'm always seeking other opinions and information about Chrons. I found this particular publication very interesting and informative, and didn't feel to bogged down with the medical jargon. I have also learned a few more thing about this condition that I wasn't aware of before. Well worth reading.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
This is full of information on the disease and good diet advice. Very good book. Knowledgeable in every aspect thankyou
Published 2 months ago by Karen Storrie
4.0 out of 5 stars Book
Very good book, useful tips and recipes and very informative on Crohns
which members of my family have. Happy with it.
Published 4 months ago by Bevsi
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpfull
I found this book very helpful not just for the recipes but it gives you a lot of information about Crohn's and Colitis as well.
Published 6 months ago by Zoe McAteer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good recipes good introduction into what crohns and colitis is! Very clear and easy to follow but the only issue I have had is with obtaining some of the ingredients but overall I... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sati
5.0 out of 5 stars excellant buy
New to colitis I found this book a big help. It did what I wanted which was to provide me with dietary advice and recipes. Read more
Published 8 months ago by margot cobb
5.0 out of 5 stars positive
My niece has had many problems, and this has been eye opening and positevely mind opening and very helpful. Her surgeon was pleased she was doing something to help herself.
Published 8 months ago by Pen
4.0 out of 5 stars Understanding your condition
No knowledge is wasted and understanding and making a meal of it is all part of loving yourself despite illness
Published 9 months ago by Mrs J Spilling
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful guide
My wife has colitis and this book outlines all the treatments and options available; some of the receipes refer to Canadian or USA menus.
Published 10 months ago by Mr. D. J. Daniels
3.0 out of 5 stars crohn's & colitis Diet guide
Not enough information on what diet each problem needed also a bit to much information about the complaint which could be a bit frightening to a new patient
Published 11 months ago by avril gritsas
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is an absolutely brilliant book for anyone with Crohn's or Colitis. Even having had Crohn's for many, many years, having recently had a bad flare up I found so many good diet... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jan
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