When you first go home, you will need to drink only liquids or eat different foods from what you normally eat. Ask your health care provider when you can start your regular diet. You should eat a well-balanced, healthy diet. It is important that you get enough calories, protein, and nutrients from a variety of food groups.
Certain foods and drinks can make your symptoms worse. These foods may cause problems for you all the time or only during a flare-up. Avoid foods that make your symptoms worse.
- Too much fiber may make your symptoms worse. Try baking or stewing fruits and vegetables if eating them raw bothers you.
- Avoid foods that are known to cause gas, such as beans, spicy food, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, raw fruit juices, and fruit(especially citrus fruits). Avoid or limit alcohol and caffeine. They may make your diarrhea worse.
Eat smaller meals, and eat more often. Drink plenty of liquids.
Ask your provider about extra vitamins and minerals you may need, including:
- Iron supplements (if you are anemic)
- Nutrition supplements
- Calcium and vitamin D supplements to help keep your bones strong
Talk with a dietitian, especially if you lose weight or your diet becomes very limited.