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Nutrition for
Irritable Bowel (IBS/IBD)

Whether you have a new diagnosis or have been living with irritable bowel syndrome or disease (IBS/IBD), supporting your gut is essential to keeping symptoms at bay so you feel your best. 

With the support of a Foodsmart registered dietitian, you'll get personalized nutrition guidance to help you heal your gut and keep it healthy. Plus, with daily support tools you can find thousands of gluten-free recipes, plan meals, and have food delivered.

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Join our NEW IBS/IBD Program

 

What You'll Get
  • A program customized specifically to you – whether you have IBS or IBD
  • Evidence-based nutrition curriculum with weekly topics of focus
  • Frequent check-ins with your dietitian to customize and adapt your plan based on progress
  • Access to the Foodsmart app for meal planning, recipes, grocery delivery and more 
  • An accountability partner and long-term support 
How to Sign Up 
  • Schedule your first visit. During your first visit, mention you'd like to begin the "Healthy Gut Program". Your new dietitian will go over what the program looks like,  adapt it to your needs, and schedule your subsequent visits.
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How Can a Dietitian Help With IBS/IBD?

Your dietitian is clinically trained to support your  health with nutrition.  They will take into account your medical history, needs, and preferences and will develop a plan to help you reach your goals. They'll help you sift through the confusing and, often overwhelming, nutrition noise to figure out what works for you. They are trained to support medical conditions like Celiac disease. They also support food sensitivities and allergies. Plus, they're available on your schedule via telehealth.

Managing IBS/IBD with Nutrition

 
What is IBS/IBD?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and the more severe form of Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) are chronic gastrointestinal disorders. Both conditions cause symptoms like abdominal pain, urgent bowel movements, and cramping however the conditions are quite different.

IBD is a term for a broad spectrum of conditions like ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, which cause inflammation, sores,  and destruction of the bowel wall. 

Diagnosing the conditions is a lengthy and complex process complete with bloodwork, physical examination, symptom tracking, endoscopic procedures and scans. 

Nutrition as the treatment for IBS/IBD

Nutrition is a critical aspect of managing both IBS and IBD and it is highly individualized. Learning what foods are well tolerated and which are not is a daunting process but key to reducing symptoms. A registered dietitian is clinically trained to support members with IBS and IBD, working with them individually to guide them and develop a protocol that minimized symptoms and allows them to enjoy life worry-free.

No matter where you are on your journey, a dietitian can be an integral part of your support system. 

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The Foodsmart Approach

Your journey begins with a visit with a dietitian. If you're interested in the IBS/IBD Nutrition Program, mention it to your dietitian and they'll give a program overview, adapt it to your needs, and schedule your subsequent visits. Once you've got a plan in place, explore the daily tools available to you on the Foodsmart app. 

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Meet your personal dietitian

Choose a 30 or 60 minute visit with a dietitian to define your goals and create a plan. Your dietitian will get to know you — your goals, health history, and preferences to find an approach that is truly unique to you.

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Receive a customized plan

Your dietitian will create a nutrition plan just for you which will include a meal plan, tips and tricks, and educational tools. That's everything you need to see success!

 

 

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Build better habits with daily support

Follow your meal plan in the app and customize with 1000's of chef-crafted recipes. Plus, save time and money with automatic grocery lists, grocery delivery, grocery deal finder, and more! 

 

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See results and celebrate the journey

Schedule monthly check-ins with your dietitian to adapt your plan based on your progress or changing needs, and to celebrate your wins!

Want more info?

We'd be happy to send you more information about the program and ensure this works best with your needs before getting started.

Provide your contact information and one of our patient care coordinator will send you an email and/or call you to help answer any questions about Foodsmart and our dietitian programs.

 

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our program is driven by registered dietitians who are clinically trained in medical nutrition therapy to treat IBS and IBD with nutrition. Unlike many "one-size-fits-all" programs, we take a personalized approach to understand who you are and what you're looking to accomplish and then develop a plan just for you. We've seen numerous clinical outcomes amongst our 1.5M members and we're confident we can offer the support you need.

We work on your schedule. Whether you are available to meet once a week or once a month, we'll be here. We develop a plan that is specific to you so whether you have a goal to reach in one month or six, we can create a plan to help you get there.

While the terms and, frankly, the symptoms, can be similar, IBS and IBD are actually quite different conditions. 

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a syndrome whereby a person may experience very real and painful symptoms like abdominal pain, inconsistent and disruptive bowel movements, and digestive sensitivity. IBS is more of a functional condition in that the gut does not function optimally, but there may be no structural damage.

Irritable bowel disease (IBD), in contrast to IBS, does present with structural damage like inflammation, sores, or irritation in the GI tract. The symptoms can also be more severe, including loss of appetite, skin rashes, and joint pain. IBD is a broad term that encompasses specific conditions like Crohn's disease and ulcertive colitis. 

Typically either a primary care physician or a gastroenterologist will conduct a series of tests to diagnose IBS and IBD. Because IBD is more definitive and often presents physical changes, it is more easily identifiable through screenings. IBS is sometimes diagnosed by process of elimination. In both cases, the process of diagnosis can be a long and frustrating one. A dietitian can work with you throughout the process to help you manage symptoms and work alongside you and your care tea to get you on a path to feeling better.

Not necessarily. While some foods tend to be more generally  problematic than others, it is important to determine which foods are difficult for you to tolerate specifically. Eliminating food groups unnecessarily can not only be a source of undue stress but can also cause you to miss out on important nutrients.

The 'Healthy Gut' program is designed to help you do just that. Your dietitian will guide you through a systematic approach to determine which foods do and don't work for you and develop a plan to help you navigate your diet without feeling restricted.

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The Healthy Gut program is guided by general best practices for gut health but adapted to your specific needs. Someone with IBS or IBD may have already determined some foods that are unsuitable. Your dietitian will meet you where you are and adjust the plan to support you in areas that will help you heal your gut, reduce your symptoms, and bolster your understanding about what makes a healthy gut for you.

Symptoms of IBS or IBD can be highly individual but generally people experience abdominal pain in the form of cramps, sharp stabbing pain, or persistent aches. They also experience bloating, inconsistent bowel movements (diarrhea and constipation), weight loss, fatigue, nutrient deficiencies and secondary symptoms. 

If you're having these symptoms, it's best to consult your doctor. 

For most members, we recommend a visit every two weeks, though you are welcome to meet more or less frequently. This cadence will give enough time to make progress and have meaningful updates. If you need support in between visits, you may always message your dietitian. 

Working with a dietitian is a great supplemental addition to your overall care team. Often, when you receive a diagnosis or are experiencing symptoms, you're handed a sheet of paper and sent on your way. A dietitian can be your support system day-to-day, helping to adapt the program to your needs as they change over time. They can answer specific questions as they arise and adjust as your goals and needs change. 

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