Condition #1: Constipation
Constipation may be a secondary symptom of many other health conditions and or medications. The underlying cause needs to be evaluated and treated accordingly. Adequate fiber and fluids help relives constipation. Approximately 25-38 gram of fiber (cellulose, psyllium, inulin, and oligosaccharides) and 64 fl oz fluid is recommended to relieve constipation. Our day 1 constipation meal plan provides a daily average of approximately 40gm of dietary fiber with 78 fl oz of fluids.
Condition #2: Diarrhea
Diarrhea is considered a common symptom of many gastrointestinal diseases as well as infectious diseases. Diarrhea is defined as an increase in bowel movement frequency and or increase in stools’ water content. Restoring normal fluid and electrolyte balance is an essential part of nutrition therapy. Our Diarrhea nutrition therapy is based on 4 small meals, less fiber, fat, and sugars to help stop diarrhea and provides up to less than 15% of daily fat intake. For this reason, it leans toward a high carbohydrate meal plan as is appropriate for this condition.
Condition #3: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder (GERD)
GERD occurs when stomach acid frequently flows back into and irritates the esophagus (food pipe), causing a burning sensation and a bitter taste in the mouth. Nutrition therapy includes consuming whole grains, fiber, and protein-rich foods, with low fat, less citrus foods, and avoiding caffeine and spices as they may aggravate acid production. This meal plan provides low fat up to 23% of daily fat intake, i.e., less than the recommended 30% of daily intake.
Condition #4: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Individuals with IBS may have abdominal pain or discomfort associated with altered bowel habits like constipation, diarrhea, or mixed symptoms over a period of at least three months. This meal plan is based on low in lactose, low on fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, and monosaccharides (FODMAP diet) with prebiotics and probiotics to ease the IBS symptoms. You may keep a list of foods that help you feel better and what makes you feel worse.
Condition #5: Celiac Disease
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where the gut becomes sensitive to gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye), damaging the small intestine’s lining, which is where nutrient absorption occurs. Nutrition therapy includes adhering to a lifelong gluten-free diet to allow healing and prevent complications from chronic malabsorption. Foods manufactured in gluten-containing food facilities (like oats and nuts) must also be avoided completely.
Condition #6: Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an autoimmune chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Our IBS meal plan is based on low fiber because that would be less irritating and easy to digest. You can slowly increase fiber as tolerated.
Condition #7: Lactose Intolerance
Lactose is the type of sugar in milk and dairy products. Our body uses the enzyme lactase to digest this sugar, the absence of which causes lactose intolerance. As a result of the inability to digest milk sugar, symptoms like diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas, and bloating may arise. Nutrition therapy in this meal plan is based on limiting or avoiding dairy products and substituting with non-dairy items to correct symptoms.
Our Gut Health meal plan is designed considering the seven common gut conditions that are treatable through diet modification and management, and are following evidence-based dietary patterns!
Our meal plans are:
- Carb-consistent with the right balance of healthy carbohydrates, protein, fat, and fiber according to the respective conditions.
- Meets national dietary regulatory standards of “MyPlate” and dietary guidelines for Americans to ensure daily adequate nutrition.
- Nutrient distribution is approximately 50 -60% healthy carbohydrates, 15- 20% protein, and 25-30% healthy fats with less than 10% saturated fat, no more than 300 mg cholesterol, 2300 mg sodium, and no trans-fats. Fat content varies based on the gut condition, for example, low fat during GERD.
- Provides about 25-30-grams of total dietary fiber with whole grains, whole fruits, and vegetables, and no more than 10% added sugars.
- Built using wholesome foods and recipes that follow some healthy food combination principles for optimum health.
- Use various herbs and spices to enhance flavor and the therapeutic value of the food & provide a world of tastes with dietary diversity.
- Based on vegetarian meals (Lacto-Ovo), seasonal, and future 50 foods for better health, a better planet, and better value.
Our Gut Health meal plan comes with:
- Five calorie levels (1200, 1400, 1600, 1800, and 2000), grocery list, built-in recipes, & a free 30-minute consultation on using the menu.
- Three meals and one snack. You can fit those meals and snacks based on your daily routine.
- Our meal plans are built based on a home-cooked dinner style. Meal prep tips are included in the menu as necessary.
- Colored food items come with a clickable recipe card, which includes household serving sizes on the label. Our recipes are also uniquely rated with a colored dot to help you eat healthily. E.g., green-dot food items provide you the freedom to eat beyond its serving size if needed.
Disclaimer: Please note that this Meal plan is not medical advice. This can only be used as general guidelines for a healthy and balanced diet for your health and wellness. This menu does not ensure an adequate and safe level of intake for a single person. Please consult your health care provider prior to following this menu plan to ensure your personal medical, nutritional needs are met. If you have certain health conditions, then purchase our Medical Nutrition Therapy Plan for a customized meal plan tailored to your unique medical, nutritional needs to help improve/maintain your health and wellness. Please also note that provided nutrient values on the meal plan are estimated only. Some assumptions may have been made. While we use reliable scientific software and do our best to ensure accuracy, we make no representations or warranty regarding the accuracy of the information provided. Thank you, enjoy the meal plan, and eat with intention, responsibility, and confidence!