During a flare, you need to be extra careful about what you eat. “Always have lots of your go-tos (on hand),” recommends ulcerative colitis subreddit user Leafygirlnat. “Sometimes all I can eat is pretzels, Sprite, and toast.”
Everyone handles food differently, but there are some basics to follow, says Dr. Nandi. Case in point: High-fiber foods can be tough to tolerate. Focus on protein and healthy fats, including fish, peanut butter, and avocado. If you want veggies, make sure they’re steamed soft, and avoid the stalks. Dr. Nandi says you can also try the BRAT diet: bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast.