|Specific Health Concerns|
The White Diet
If you are currently experiencing diarrhea, intestinal cramping, or intestinal bleeding begin the white diet.
(Please note that this article has been derived directly from Inflammatory Bowel Disease. It is suggested that you read the full article so that you may more thoroughly understand the disease and its classifications.)
Do not eat the following:
Any Fats. Fats stimulate the gall bladder and liver to release bile. This bile is comparable to taking acid and pouring on open wounds. The open wounds are the sores, ulcers, and inflamed areas of your intestinal tract. Not eating any fats means no salad dressing, no fried foods, no butter, no oil, no shortening, no dairy products.
Any Fiber. Fiber acts as a scrub brush in the intestinal tract. This would be comparable to taking a scouring pad and roughly rubbing the sores, ulcers, and inflamed areas of your intestinal tract. Ouch! Not eating any fiber means no fruit, no vegetables, no whole grains, no legumes, no bran.
Any Protein. Protein is the most difficult of all foods to digest. It takes a long time and a lot of work to break proteins down. We do not want any proteins to remain in the digestive tract for long. The breaking down of the proteins is a putrefying process which exposes the sores, ulcers, and inflamed areas of your intestinal tract to further irritation. Not eating any protein means no meat, poultry, fish, dairy, legumes, nuts, or seeds.
Any of the above foods (fats, fiber, or proteins) can cause further damage to existing sores, ulcers, or inflamed areas of your intestinal tract. Therefore, the intestinal tract will quickly try to rid itself of these offending agents by smooth muscle contraction. This results in intestinal cramping and diarrhea.
Any dairy product. Dairy products have a protein in them that is very difficult for the human digestive system to handle. Dairy products, especially milk and ice cream, are one of the major offending factors in inflammatory bowel disorders.
Any artificial sweeteners. The body reacts to artificial sweeteners as it reacts to toxins. This will stimulate the liver to release bile. We must minimize bile release while we are pursuing healing of sores, ulcers, and inflammation.
Any caffeinated beverage. Caffeine is a direct stimulus to the liver to release bile. Again, we must minimize bile release during the healing process.
Any tea or coffee including herbal teas or decaffeinated coffee. Teas and coffee have a substance called tannin. Tannin is acidic and will further irritate the tender areas of your intestinal tract.
Any fruit juices or flavored beverages. The fruit juice is acidic and the flavored beverages will be a stimulus to the liver to release bile. Both types of beverages will aggravate existing sores, ulcers, or inflamed areas.
Do not smoke. There are many substances in tobacco that are toxic. These toxins stimulate the liver to release bile.
Beware of medications that you may be taking for another problem. Many times these medications will cause inflammatory bowel disorders. Read the prescribing data insert that comes with your prescription. Common medications that affect the gastro-intestinal tract are steroids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), and antibiotics to name just a few.
The above list basically eliminates all foods and beverages from your diet. The things that are left are easily and quickly digested, providing some nutrient value yet giving your intestinal tract a rest at the same time. The following is the DO EAT list.
• Eat white rice, white noodles, white breads, Rice Krispies®, Rice Chex®, ramen noodles (NO seasoning packet—just the noodles), Cream of Rice® hot cereal, Cream of Wheat® hot cereal.
• Do not use pepper, margarine, butter, or any sauces on your rice, noodles, or bread. Everything must be plain and white.
• Drink only water. The water should be distilled or reverse osmosis.
Eat as much as desired of the above foods. Please be aware that you will have a tendency to be hungry as these foods are very quickly and easily digested. Expect to be somewhat irritable while you are eating this way. As all the foods are carbohydrates your blood sugar levels will fluctuate creating some mood swings and irritability. However, it is only for a few days, and you will be able to continue in your job or responsibilities without interruption, while still allowing the intestinal tract time to heal. Also, be advised that you will lose some weight while eating this way. It is very reasonable to expect a 3-7 pound weight loss in the three days that you will need to eat in this manner.
If you follow this diet, your diarrhea and/or intestinal discomfort should stop in three days. Intestinal lining cells live for only three days. After three days, new cells will have had a chance to grow in the inflamed areas without being abused with large releases of bile, fiber scrub brushes, or the lengthy protein breakdown process.Returning to Normal Eating
After three days of the white diet, your intestinal cramping and/or diarrhea should have stopped. If it has not, something may have been overlooked. I would encourage you to contact me (Karen R. Hurd) directly at Karen@KarenHurd.com.
If the intestinal cramping and/or diarrhea has stopped, it is time to slowly return to a healthy way of eating. Follow the plan below to return to a full diet but still allow the continued healing of the intestinal tract.
• Day 1 after the completion of the White Diet: Continue with all the foods listed in the White Diet, but add chicken—only the white meat. Bake, broil, or boil the chicken. Do not fry the chicken. If there is no return of symptoms on...
• Day 2—add potatoes. Only eat the white of the potato. Do not eat the skin. Do not eat fried potatoes or French fries. These have a lot of fat and will send you back into intestinal distress. Baked potatoes, boiled potatoes, or mashed potatoes (do not add any butter, oil, or milk) are okay to eat. Continue with all the foods listed in the White Diet and the Day 1 addition. If there is no return of symptoms on...
• Day 3—add turkey and oatmeal. Eat only the white meat of the turkey. Eat no more than 1 cup of cooked oatmeal at one meal. Continue with all the foods listed in the White Diet and the Day 1 and 2 additions. If there is no return of symptoms on...
• Day 4—add cooked vegetables and applesauce. Do not consider corn a vegetable. Do not eat corn. Continue with all the foods listed in the White Diet and the Day 1, 2, 3 additions. If there is no return of symptoms on...
• Day 5—add eggs and fish. Also add 1 tablespoon of cooked legumes (beans such as navy, pinto, garbanzo, kidney, white, black, etc.) Continue with all the foods listed in the White Diet and the Day 1, 2, 3, 4 additions. If there is no return of symptoms on...
• Day 6—continue with all foods mentioned above as desired, but increase legumes to 2 tablespoons daily. If there is no return of symptoms on...
• Day 7—continue with all foods mentioned above as desired, but increase legumes to 1/4 cup. If there is no return of symptoms on...
• Day 8—continue with all foods mentioned above as desired, but increase legumes to 1/3 cup. If there is no return of symptoms on...
• Day 9—continue with all foods mentioned above as desired, but increase legumes to 1/2 cup. If there is no return of symptoms on...
• Day 10—continue with all foods mentioned above as desired, but increase legumes to 3/4 cup. If there is no return of symptoms on...
• Day 11—continue with all foods mentioned above as desired, but increase legumes to 1 cup. If there is no return of symptoms on...
• Day 12—resume eating all foods except do not drink milk or eat ice cream. Limit red meats to 2 servings per week. Reduce consumption of sweets to two or less servings per week. Do not drink caffeinated beverages. Do not drink soda (regular or diet). Do not use artificial sweeteners. Be cautious with medications that are damaging to the gastro-intestinal tract. Continue to eat 1 cup of cooked legumes daily.
If at some point in the plan above, some symptoms of intestinal distress occur, fall back to the last day where there were no symptoms. Stay at that day's plan for eating for three full days. Then begin to proceed again with the next day. For instance: Jane Doe implements the White Diet for a chronic case of diarrhea. After three days the diarrhea has stopped. Jane proceeds to Day 1 of the Return to Normal Eating Diet. She does very well until she reaches Day 10. At Day 10, she sees a return of some of the diarrhea. Return to Day 9's plan for a full three days. Then if there are no further symptoms, proceed again to Day 10. Please note that this plan is very effective for the vast majority of individuals, but there may be considerations in particular individuals that need to be factored in. If you are one of these individuals, please feel free to contact me personally. I will help you in your particular situation. You call my office to schedule a consultation at 715-877-3510.
- A Note About the Plans for Healing -
You will notice that the Plans for Healing on my various articles as published on my web site include the use of supplements (in the majority of cases). I have included them at this time because most of the people that access my web site, I never have the opportunity to speak to personally. Therefore, I cannot address each person's particular situation as it warrants. The supplements will certainly help, however, be aware that food alone can cure, without the use of supplements.
In fact, it is my goal to be able to see healing with food alone. In my private practice, where I counsel clients individually, it is only occasionally that I might recommend the use of supplements. Food is powerful. As Hippocrates said, "Let food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be food." That is also my philosophy.