Keep track of what you eat
While food doesn't cause IBD, it can make IBD symptoms worse. Different food can affect patients differently. To know which foods to avoid, it is helpful to keep a diary or daily log of what you eat, along with a description of your symptoms. This will help link problem foods that worsen the symptoms so that they can be avoided in the future. It will also help a doctor or dietitian plan an individualized diet better tailored to your needs.