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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Essentially this is both a resource book on the practical issues of nutrition and IBD as well as being a recipe book with over fifty recipes for meals, snacks, drinks and puddings which will be kind to your gut.

Chapters in the book include: The Principles of Eating Well, Food Safety, Planning Your Meals, The Need for Vitamin & Mineral Supplements and the recipes which include something for every meal of the day.

The resource information is well presented and makes easy reading - at no time does she boggle you with science or bizarre terminology. It is also quite evident that the author is a fellow sufferer (of first Ulcerative Colitis and eventually Crohn's) and the personal insights that she gives are useful and more honest than in other books that I've read on the subject.

As only about half the book is dedicated to what we can't eat and why - it isn't as in depth as other books on the subject of IBD and diet but it does cover the pertinent points so it's a nice easy book to read if you don't want something too heavy. I would suggest that you use this book alongside James Scala's The New Eating Right for a Bad Gut as the two work well together without overlapping each other.

As I said before - the recipes in the book cover something for every meal of the day including snacks, drinks, soups and side dishes. There is quite a lot of choice and each recipe highlights what nutritional benefits it has, which is always a bonus. And as another reviewer pointed out, the measurements are American, although it's not too difficult to convert these. If I had one complaint it would be that some of the recipes do use things that are sometimes quite bad for the gut (or at least mine) such as dairy products, sugar or peanut butter. But since everyone's different I guess that's not too much of a complaint as there are plenty that I can and do use.

If you've got either UC or Crohn's then I would highly recommend this book if you're trying to help yourself feel better by controlling your diet - I'm sure you won't regret it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2008
I was bought this book by my long-suffering boyfriend and it really helped. It's difficult when you have Crohn's to have meals which won't upset you, but still have all the nutrients you need. The author isn't overly scientific, but at the same time all the facts are there and laid out in a simple and easy to understand way. Although there are certain foods included in some recipes that I don't particularly like or that I know upset me, with the list of fruit and veg that hurt and heal at the beginning of the book it is quite easy to substitute certain ingredients. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who suffers with Crohn's or UC, and because the author is a fellow sufferer it feels like you're getting good sound advice.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2007
[...] Received this book and it was so good to read about it from someone who completely understands what its like to live with IBD. Yes we can eat fruit and veg! The book tells you which foods to have and which to avoid and why, has nice recipes (in American measurements, but just look up conversion online), chapter on what supplements to be taking. Bliss. [...] I would recommend this book to anyone struggling to know what to eat with IBD, when you're worried about eating things that will upset you, so you just eat stuff that's not particularly healthy just so you will be ok to get through the following day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2009
Found a few bits of interest in this book, but all the recipes are Amercan Cups etc and most recipes have ingredients that I am unfamilar with. I'm not sure that my local store stocks canola oil, cilantro, jumbo shrimp etc. I know from experience that every IBD sufferer diet requirements are different, so I guess I was just hopeful that I might find some answers in the book as it had been recomended on a Crohn's Forum site.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2009
Having been diagnosed with severe ulcerative colitis on 15 Oct and not having had an appointment with specialist until Nov 30, I wanted to know more about this illness. This is an excellent book and also helped me understand the medicines I had been prescribed and what the future holds. I highly recommend it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2009
I would highly recommend this book for any sufferers of IBD (or family members of sufferers). My partner has Ulcerative Colitis and I've found this is a handy guide to what to eat during a flare-up and has some delicious recipes. I found some of the recipes a bit expensive for my budget - but there are also some good cheap meals for a healthy gut too. I personally think there will be at least a few recipes to suit all tastes and budgets, and in addition to this I found the advice in the beginning chapters invaluable. As some other reviewers have stated a few of the recipes measure ingredients in American `cups', but I found most recipes use standard measurements and it is easy to look up the conversion for a `cup' online.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great book for those who suffer from IBD. Simple language, easy to read and it approaches the essential. I read it all in a couple of hours and it gave me great tips to improve my diet, teaching me a lot of new stuff. Good recipes as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2013
This book provides a useful overview to the importance of diet in management of Crohns. Although the book is American, the recipes are pretty easy to adapt for the UK.
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on 6 July 2013
I have been looking for a book like this for ages and this has been fantastic! It gives a really good insight into what foods are stomach friendly and provides some simple recipes. A really gem. I wish I could buy it on my kindle so I could have it on me all the time.
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on 31 July 2012
Excellent book, have been looking for this advice since being diagnosed with IBD. At last I know what I can eat that does not aggravate my condition and what foods to avoid. Would recommend to anyone with IBN or Crohns.
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