Holidays and celebrations often include rich foods and drinks that can trigger symptoms in people with inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis. To avoid flares, one can work with a registered dietitian to identify unique food triggers and create a tailored eating plan. Common holiday foods to avoid include those high in fat, sugar and spice. Overeating can also exacerbate symptoms. Eating small meals slowly, sticking to a normal eating schedule and getting enough sleep helps avoid overeating. Certain low-fiber fruits, lean proteins, refined grains and cooked seedless, skinless veggies are easier to digest.
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