This is a FANTASTIC example of using a half-elemental diet to provide bowel rest and heal an abdominal abscess and fistula. Remember, not everyone needs to go on a full-elemental diet (or has time, or can afford it!).
There have been studies of the benefits of a half-elemental diet – but I suggest if you want to try a half-elemental diet, instead of eating ‘whatever you want’ for the free diet portion, you implement one of the following options, in conjunction with Absorb Plus:
1. For the “regular food” portion of a half-elemental diet, here are some very well tolerated shake recipes using gentle food ingredients you can find at your local grocery store or farmer’s market.
2. If you can eat some regular food, then sticking to this list of low-residue foods – tailored specifically for IBD – may help keep your gut happy. Along with probiotics and possibly wild oregano oil to combat intestinal infection.
3. Here are some well-tolerated protein shake recipes here which are better tolerated than normal food. People use these shakes when they’re ready to transition off an elemental diet, before they start eating regular food. So these shakes may be all you need.
4. Or you can use my Food Reintroduction Chart (given in Listen To Your Gut and The IBD Remission Diet) and try to stick to the foods listed in Phases 1 and 2. These foods have a history of being well tolerated, yet nutritious. If this is too difficult, then at the very least, stick to the Maintenance Diet guidelines (again, given in both books) and avoid these top allergen foods: dairy, wheat (gluten), corn, soy, sugar and refined carbs.
The reader below implemented a half-elemental diet, along with protocols from my IBD Remission Diet book:
I have had a great experience with Jini’s protocols! I haven’t had a chance to read all the way thr