Have you ever heard someone say that eating a vegan diet can help with your Crohn’s / Colitis symptoms?
It’s something I’m commonly asked about.
For some people, it would simply never be a consideration.
I must admit, I think I personally would find it very hard to give up meat and fish. It forms such a large part of my diet.
I’m regularly contacted by people claiming that veganism can cure Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis, which clearly is simply not true. These are conditions that can’t ever be “cured”.
That said permanent remission is possible, as is a significant reduction in symptoms long term.
However, I’m of the opinion that a vegan / vegetarian diet is NOT the BEST way to get to that place.
In my experience, when someone has some meat and fish in their diet it is generally beneficial to them in terms of having a more varied diet, more nutrients, healing the gut and controlling energy levels.
That’s not to say that being a vegetarian or vegan you can’t do those things, or that you can’t overcome your symptoms. Because you can. I’ve helped many vegetarians in the past. But at the same time I do believe that having some animal protein in the diet makes it easier and quicker to turn things around.
But People Do Feel Better For It
Most of the people who sing the praises of veganism are bias because they are doing it for ethical or religious reasons.
Those who aren’t, and have seen benefits in their health by following a vegan diet, have normally seen those benefits because by moving to a vegan lifestyle they have cut a lot of poor quality foods out of their diet. It might be poor quality meats, gluten, dairy, etc, or just the fact they are eating more vegetables (which are critical for overall health).
Its great that they feel better by doing this but that’s not to say they wouldn’t feel even better if they had some GOOD QUALITY meat or fish added in.
Everyone has a requirement for a certain amount of protein in their diet…
You don’t only get protein from meat and fish and eggs, but it is certainly the most effective way of getting it.
If you don’t eat those things, then you do need to make sure that you’re eating sufficient amounts of non-animal protein sources to get to a sufficient level of protein in your diet. That’s not always easy to do when eating only good quality foods.
Another issue that arises from not getting enough animal protein in your diet is that it can lead to certain nutrient deficiencies.
A B12 deficiency (a major cause of fatigue) is very common in both people with IBD and people who follow a vegetarian diet, and supplementation may often be needed.
A quick summary would be that by leading a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle it is possible to turn your symptoms around when living with IBD. But it’s not necessarily the best way to do it and having some meat, fish and/or eggs in the diet can make it a whole lot easier.
Obviously any questions just let me know, and if you are interested in working with me on one of my programmes to help transform your health then just get in touch here www.iamgregwilliams.com/apply