Bowel Disease

Nutrition Tips

& Recipes

When it comes to your digestion, certain foods can be more difficult to digest than others, which is crucial when managing Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Choosing a diet that restricts intake of foods that are high in fiber and hard to digest can help patients minimize gut distress. With our IBD diet guidelines, you’ll be able to better plan your meals to minimize IBD flare ups.

Inside, you’ll find comprehensive yet easy-to-understand information on IBD and the steps you can take on your own to prevent flares, manage symptoms, and avoid long-term complications.

Vetted by medical experts, we hope the information in our patient guide will help you, alongside your provider and care team, navigate daily life with IBD so you can get what you want, need, and deserve from your treatment plan.

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About the Editors

Dr. Theodore Fields

Theodore Fields, MD, FACP, is an Attending Rheumatologist at Hospital for Special Surgery and Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is the rheumatology medical editor of, the HSS website providing comprehensive education on musculoskeletal disease treatment and prevention for physicians and patients. He is the Clinical Director of the Early Arthritis Initiative at HSS, which focuses on education of patients and physicians about early intervention in inflammatory arthritis. His special clinical interests are rheumatoid arthritis and gout. His most recent publications have focused on clinical aspects of gout and on improving education for patients with gout.

Willa Bryer-Douglas

Willa Bryer-Douglas was diagnosed with gout in 2013. Since then, she has researched the condition thoroughly on credited sources like PubMed or major hospital and medical school websites. She is a member of our CreakyJoints Gout Patient Council and hopes that these patient guidelines can help others living with gout control their disease.

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If you’re struggling with symptoms of IBD, you’ve probably heard a lot about how diet may or may not help manage your disease. 

By downloading our free IBD guide, you’ll get access to information on the foods that can help you minimize IBD symptoms.