• Gloria Gloria
    September 18, 2010
    What is a good diet for ischemic colitis?
    Gloria Gloria
    September 18, 2010

    I have ischemic colitis and have been hospitalized twice in two years.  I've changed my diet, but generally I am afraid to eat. I have lost too much weight and am now too skinny. What can I eat to put weight on and not cause a flare-up?



  • Elizabeth Roberts
    Health Guide
    September 20, 2010
    Elizabeth Roberts
    Health Guide
    September 20, 2010

    Hi Gloria,


    I fully understand your problem. I struggle to maintain my weight at 115 lbs. I'm 5'6" and have been as low as 96 lbs.


    However, there really isn't an answer I can give you to your question. What someone can eat and tolerate tends to be pretty individual, which means you are going to have to do some experimentation. And, yes, it could cause your gut to go off. I actually find that what I can eat and tolerate can change every few weeks as my body gets used to eating the same thing, so I try to rotate what I eat, i.e. if I eat rice one day I don't eat anything rice-based for three days, etc.


    You may not be able to tolerate all of these, but some foods that are good for nutrition include:

    avocadoes -- yes they have fat, but it's good fat.

    eggs are good

    hard, aged cheese

    good quality yogurt -- no preservatives or unnatural sweeteners

    apple sauce


    white rice

    brown rice




    baked chicken breast

    baked white fish


    That's a good beginning, but, really, you're going to have to experiment. Eat small quantities of anything new at first and see how you feel. Eating smaller portions is always better, I find. When you do find foods that work, don't go crazy eating too much. It can taste good, but you'll pay later.


    Be patient with your body, but do nourish it. It just doesn't function well without fuel.


    Best of luck to you,



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