This girl that I know wants to be a vegetarian, but she has Crohn’s disease. I don’t really know anything about how it works, but I looked it up online. One website said that it’s healthier for people with Crohn’s to have a diet of mostly plant-based foods. I was wondering if someone could provide me with more information on the subject? Because I know someone else who says that she has digestive issues (possibly Crohn’s, she never told me exactly what it was) and has less problems when eating meat. A lot of the people I hear from about having issues like this say that eating meat is easier for them. Is this true, or is it just something they believe because of other things they eat?
My friend has Crohn’s disease and he lost a lot of weight when he became a vegetarian, which is bad for a person with that position. The doctor actually told him he had to stop being a vegetarian so he could gain his weight back, which isn’t easy for him. He feels bad about it, but I think it’s possible to be a vegetarian if it doesn’t upset her Crohn’s disease.
Hi @sarrie! I actually have a good friend who has Crohn’s disease, and she has been a vegetarian since she was just a little girl and is doing well. By maintaining a healthy, plant-based diet that’s tailored to her needs, your friend can definitely choose to ditch meat. She should talk to her doctor or nutritionist and let them know that she’d like to eliminate meat from her diet, and discuss the best foods to eat instead given her particular situation. Does that help?
Digestive issues and vegetarianism/veganism can sometimes be difficult. I have a gluten and whey intolerance and if I eat foods with these ingredients I get sick. I also have an extremely sensitive stomach that causes terrible acid reflux when I eat large quantities of fruit.
A lot of foods contain gluten and whey. My diet is already extremely limited without adding my vegetarianism to it. It is going to become even more limited now that I’m cutting back on eggs and dairy.
Onto your question: Is veganism/vegetarianism healthy for individuals with digestive issues? Yes, why not? Don’t get me wrong it probably won’t be easy. I know I had and still do have countless hurdles to overcome with my diet.