The IBD Healing Plan and Recipe Book: Using Whole Foods to Relieve Crohn's Disease and Colitis

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Nearly 1.4 million Americans suffer from inflammatory bowel disease and this number climbs every year. Christie Korth, a nutrition expert, helps those with Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis understand their food intolerances and lays out a holistic approach to dealing with their IBD that can help them lead healthy and pain-free lives. Korth also helps the reader explore the possibility of emotional involvement in the disease onset, making this the first book to address both the ...

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Overview

Nearly 1.4 million Americans suffer from inflammatory bowel disease and this number climbs every year. Christie Korth, a nutrition expert, helps those with Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis understand their food intolerances and lays out a holistic approach to dealing with their IBD that can help them lead healthy and pain-free lives. Korth also helps the reader explore the possibility of emotional involvement in the disease onset, making this the first book to address both the nutritional and the emotional factors of the disease.

Korth herself suffered IBD and writes with insight, supplementing the nutritional and lifestyle information in the book with her own account of achieving wellness. She also includes stories of IBD relief told by those who have worked with her. The compassionate tone, understanding, and humor in this book offer emotional support for the reader, which is a key component for his or her recovery.

Much of the focus of the book is on nutrition, and Korth introduces and explains menu planning, food choices, the concept of heating and cooling foods, common Crohn’s disease drug side effects and how to counter act them nutritionally, acid/alkaline imbalance and the major one—food intolerance. The nutritional information is enhanced by a thorough discussion of beneficial vitamins, herbs, natural chemicals that readers can take to supplement their diets. Korth shares tips on what to buy and how to take certain supplements, giving readers a complete idea of the nutritional options available to them.

In addition to the groundbreaking information on digestive wellness, this book contains 100 recipes suitable for those with IBD. All recipes — for everything from beverages to vegetables, from salad to dessert — are free of the top eight common allergens. There are recipes that are supportive to those having a flare up, and lists of foods you should eat and foods you should avoid. The book is also complete with shopping substitution cards for those who have food intolerance. Along with the abundance of recipes, Korth includes daily ideas for lunches “on the go” so busy readers can eat convenient, healthy meals.
The book also includes sample menus, exercises, worksheets, and personal habit quizzes that can help readers reflect on their own habits and explore the benefits of committing to digestive health. Illustrations, photos, and charts enhance the book’s message, and a directory of helpful websites directs readers to further information.

The IBD Healing Plan and Recipe Book gives readers the knowledge they need to manage their pain and offers companionate emotional support during the process. The book does not advocate a “one size fits all” solution, nor does it leave readers reliant on prescription drugs or surgery. Its recipe and diet advice allows readers to achieve digestive health. Though Korth is not claiming to cure IBD, she believes that with appropriate intervention, there is great hope for someone to live symptom-free using natural methods.

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"The IBD Healing Plan and Recipe Book is an indispensable reference for anyone suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or any number of other digestive disorders that require adjustments to diet in order to avoid severe digestive distress. Author Christie Korth provides a detailed analysis of the various aspects of managing digestive disorders as well as a full spectrum of tempting recipes. The recipe section is easy to access, with edge-highlighting to differentiate those pages from the expository and reference matter.

Most compelling are the author’s anecdotes about her own battle with, and eventual victory over, her IBD. This book should be on the shelf of every person who suffers with, or who lives with someone who suffers with, IBD."
- Editormum, Library Thing Reviewer

"I went into this book with pretty low expectations — I expected the same advice my doctor has been giving me for years. This book blew past my expectations, and has completely changed the way I eat. Korth speaks with a voice of experience that the reader can relate to; she is not just a medical professional spouting advice, she is someone who has lived through Crohn's and understands what it is like. The author gives detailed explanations of different ways to treat IBD with whole foods, and backs them up with dozens of recipes in the back of the book. Although this book is geared at readers with the most severe forms of IBD, I found it extremely helpful as a moderate IBS sufferer.
- Collsers, Library Thing Reviewer

Library Journal
Certified holistic health practitioner and Crohn's disease survivor Korth seeks to provide readers with holistic alternatives to manage inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) so they can better live a productive life. After Korth introduces her own experience with Crohn's and her approach to IBD, she discusses the disease itself and common Western treatment methods such as medications and surgery. Then she moves on to different holistic approaches. Food intolerance, inflammatory and anti-inflammatory foods that affect IBD, and supplements are also covered. Korth offers examples and anecdotes about patients she treated by modifying their diet to relieve their symptoms; to empower her readers, she incorporates quizzes, worksheets, and grocery shopping cards of substitutions for eight of the most common allergens. The book also includes a "Recipe Corner," which gives suggestions for everything from beverages to desserts. Korth lists cited references and resources (mostly of IBD-related food websites) at the book's end. VERDICT For those seeking an overview of IBD, take a look at John Hunter's Inflammatory Bowel Disease: The Essential Guide to Controlling Crohn's Disease, Colitis and Other IBDs. Korth's book is recommended for readers looking for a recipe-heavy discussion of IBD.—Rebecca Raszewski, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897936125
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 343,499
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Christie Korth is a Crohn's disease survivor, author, certified health coach and holistic nutritionist who found her way to health and wellness after nearly succumbing to a severe case of Crohn’s disease. After harnessing the power of nutrition and gaining her health back, she then went on to be the founder and director of Happy & Healthy Wellness Counseling based just outside of NYC. She studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Columbia University and the Clayton College of Natural Health and is a certified holistic health practitioner with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Christie is the Corporate Nutritionist for Brain Balance Achievement Centers, where she designs the nutrition protocol for franchises across the country. Christie is a nutrition expert for Dr. Oz’s Sharecare.com and frequently contributes nutrition articles to Long Island Parent Magazine. Christie lives in New York with her son, her husband, and her cat.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

My Story 1

My Approach 5

My Mission 6

1 Inflammatory Bowel Disease 101 7

Stephanie's Story 8

The IBD Family 11

Who Gets IBD? 13

The Science Behind IBD 14

Common Treatment Methods Used in Western Medicine 15

Why a Holistic Approach? 17

Working on Your Primary Health Puzzle Pieces to Manage IBD 18

The American Lifestyle and a Holistic Approach to Disease 19

How Can Blue Zones Teach You about Holistic Health? 22

IBD Medications and Nutritional Deficiencies 26

How to Adopt a Holistic Lifestyle: Making Positive Changes 28

Take a Stand-Change Your Digestion! 29

Food for Thought 34

2 Food Intolerance and Inflammatory Bowel Disease 36

Frank's Story 37

Food Intolerance and IBD 38

Understanding Your Immune System 39

Food Addiction, Leaky Gut Syndrome, and IgG Reactions 44

Common Sensitivities 46

The Top Eight Allergens 46

Food Intolerance and Proteins 46

The Science Behind IBD and Food Intolerance 50

Testing Methods for Food Intolerance 56

The Food Diary 56

The Digestion Diary 57

The Food-Elimination Diet 63

The Reintroduction Diet 65

The Rotation Diet 69

Grocery Shopping Cards 71

3 Now That I Know I Have IBD, Which Foods Can Affect Me? 81

Steve's Story 81

Food Politics 83

Back to Nature: Organics 101 86

Sugar and IBD 90

Caffeine Consumption and IBD 97

Tips for Kicking the Caffeine Habit 99

4 Soothing Foods for the Intestines 100

Michael's Story 100

Anti-Inflammatory Foods 101

Fruits and Vegetables 102

Whole Grains 106

Essential Fatty Acids 107

IBD and the Vegetarian/Vegan Diet 108

Put It All Together 111

Healthy Anti-Inflammatory Lunch Ideas for Those on the Go 113

5 Establishing a Supplement Regime for Inflammatory Bowel Disease 115

Daphne's Story 115

Supplements for a Special Digestive System 117

Nature's Painkillers 126

6 Essential IBD Resources 129

Tiffany's Story 129

Eating for Your Blood Type 130

Your Menu Planner 133

Sample Allergen-Free Menu 135

Mindful Eating 136

To Sum It Up 140

7 The Recipe Corner 143

Erick's Story 143

A Note Regarding the Nutritional Information in the Recipes 144

A Note Regarding Organic Foods 144

A Note Regarding Healthy Fish, Meat, and Poultry 145

Breakfast 146

Smoothies and Beverages 163

Appetizers and Snack Foods 175

Soups 183

Beans 187

Meat and Poultry 191

Fish 203

Grains and Pasta 208

Vegetables 216

Salads 227

Snacks and Desserts 233

Dressings, Sauces, and Dips 248

Notes 256

Resources 263

Index 267

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