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Dietary strategies for IBD: Whole 30

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Quality Rating

Criteria for starring system: 

  • Incorporates appropriate microbiome strategies
  • Incorporates appropriate gut healing strategies 
  • Inflammation reduction is a priority
  • Long-term symptom reduction
  • Easily implemented

  • Reduces disordered eating patterns


Caveat for starring system: This system is our opinion based on the available research at this time. We reserve the right to modify our recommendations as new literature is published and we learn more about the complexities of IBD. Review our recommendations with an appropriate amount of discretion and understand that oftentimes there is not a one size fits all approach for every situation.


Whole 30

Overview: Whole30 aims to eat only “real” foods for 30 days. The diet allows meat, seafood, eggs, fruits, vegetables, natural fats, herbs, spices, and seasonings. The diet eliminates foods without recognizable ingredients, added sugar, alcohol, grains, dairy, carrageenan, sulfites, and baked goods. 

Meets criteria for: 

  • Encourages whole foods
  • Eliminates additives that can be harmful in IBD 

Does not meet criteria for: 

  • Incorporates appropriate microbiome strategies
  • Incorporates appropriate gut healing strategies
  • Long-term symptom reduction 
  • Inflammation reduction is a priority
  • Easily implemented
  • Reduces disordered eating patterns