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The Crohn's Disease Exclusion Diet (CDED): A Comprehensive Guide

If you or a loved one has Crohn's disease, you know how challenging it can be to manage symptoms and maintain good health. The Crohn's Disease Exclusion Diet (CDED) may offer a new approach to managing this chronic condition.

The CDED is a diet that aims to reduce inflammation and promote healing in the digestive tract. It involves eliminating certain foods that can trigger inflammation and symptoms, and gradually reintroducing them to determine which ones are well-tolerated.

The CDED has been shown to improve symptoms in some people with Crohn's disease, and it may also help reduce the need for medication or surgery.

However, it's important to work with a healthcare professional, such as a registered dietitian or gastroenterologist, to ensure that the diet is safe and effective for you.

Here are a few key things to keep in mind if you're considering the CDED:

  1. The diet involves three phases: The first phase involves an elimination diet, in which you avoid certain foods for a period of time. The second phase is a reintroduction period, in which you gradually reintroduce eliminated foods to determine which ones are well-tolerated. The third phase involves a personalized maintenance diet that is tailored to your unique needs.

  2. The elimination phase may be challenging: During the elimination phase, you'll need to avoid certain foods, including dairy, gluten, and high-fiber foods. This can be difficult for some people, but it's important to stick with it to allow your body to heal.

  3. The diet requires close monitoring: You'll need to work closely with a healthcare professional to ensure that the diet is safe and effective for you. This may involve regular check-ins and monitoring of symptoms and nutrient levels.

  4. The diet is not a cure: While the CDED can be a valuable tool for managing Crohn's disease, it's not a cure. You'll still need to work with a healthcare professional to manage symptoms and stay healthy.


If you're interested in trying the CDED, it's important to work with a registered dietitian or gastroenterologist who can provide personalized guidance and support.

A professional can help you determine if the CDED is right for you and create a personalized meal plan that meets your unique needs and preferences.

In Broward and Fort Lauderdale, you can turn to a trusted nutritionist for support. Our team of weight loss nutritionists and dietitians can help you navigate the CDED and other approaches to improving your health.

Contact us today to learn more about our personalized nutrition plans and how we can support you on your journey to better health.

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