Live diet recipes to help people with IBD

On that day, this was a rehearsal in the beautiful kitchen of Eric Bales, the “patient expert” (1) of the François-Aupetit Society (2).

The video studio was set up on a corner table, a stone’s throw from the refrigerator and front door. Camera cables make their way into the living room and the highlight is cucumbers and zucchini in season. A real movie set gives a “little hollow” in the middle of the morning.

Laurentin is preparing to launch a new project: Live Cooking Classes Adapted to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The show will premiere on June 24.

Eric Balis and Isabel Agostinelli, “patient experts” from the François Auppetit Association, will host a cooking show for people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). SW image.

In this innovative project of recipes adapted for IBD, Isabel Agustinelli joined him on the show group and is also the association’s “patient expert”. The goal would be to bring an appointment every three months.

“Food is a topic that doctors have discussed little about. Eric Bales remarks. Oftentimes, gastroenterologists take care of disease and treatments but there is no support for the nutritional portion. “

However, inflammatory bowel disease can affect the diet. Indeed, during the acute period (these diseases develop in flare-ups), abdominal pain, diarrhea or bloating disrupt the daily life of patients. The doctor can then prescribe a diet without residue, that is, without fiber to reduce irritation of the digestive system.

Patients often see their doctor again after six months. They maintained the leftover diet and no longer dared to eat normally for fear of a flare-up. They start avoiding meals with friends and break up.”Sorry, Eric Balize.

And to insist on the fact that food deprivation is by no means the solution: “A low-fiber diet helps relieve gastrointestinal symptoms but does not prevent infections.”

On the set, Isabel Agustinelli will present her expertise as a nutritionist. “The goal is to help patients gradually reintroduce food. For example, in order for cucumbers to be more digestible, it is enough to break the fibers by mixing them. For zucchini, you can plant them, peel them, and then cook them. There are very simple tricks to avoid the pain.

Courses offered by “patient experts”

During the programmes, Eric Bales and Isabel Agustinelli will add a little of their expertise to the dishes. It must be said that the “hosts” of the cooking program themselves faced many difficulties related to their illness.

Suffering from Ulcerative Colitis (UCH) since the age of 14, Eric Bales has beaten three types of cancer. Isabel Agustinelli was diagnosed with RCH at age 24 and had to follow a fiber-free diet for several years.

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The live broadcast will be part of an extensive program to disseminate MICI, launched in 2017. That year, Eric Balez created the online platform “MICIconnect” with the help of the François-Aupetit Association.

Fatigue, diet, treatments, vital treatments, social rights, insurance, pregnancy … Explanatory papers make it possible to circulate information about these diseases, and today, more than 10,000 people have been registered.

A year ago, Isabel Agustinelli – on the “MICIConnect” platform – imagined the “E-Support” workshops. “We created these workshops around several topics: germs, diet, digestive discomfort, reconnecting with the body…”

Live cooking classes will be the ‘icing on the cake’ and will allow you to apply the topics covered during the support sessions.


1. The term “patient expert” refers to patients who have been trained in clinical education and whose expertise can be used to help others.

2. The François-Aupetit Association, also called “afa Crohn RCH France”, is a French association founded in 1982. Its goal is to overcome Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

See you on June 24th at 6:30pm.

The first live cooking show will start on Friday, June 24th at 6:30pm. At his first meeting, Eric Balis and Isabel Agustinelli will offer to cook gazpacho with cucumber and crumble zucchini.

Participants will be able to ask their questions via live chat. This first workshop will address the issue of reintroducing foods, especially raw vegetables.

Information and registration at the following link: http://miniurl.be/r-44n2.

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What are “MICIs”?

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC), two diseases characterized by inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract. It concerns 250,000 patients in France (10 million worldwide).

In Crohn’s disease, this inflammation can be localized at all levels of the digestive system, from the mouth to the anus. But, it is found at the level of the intestine most often. In ulcerative colitis (UC), the inflammation is localized to the rectum and colon.

These are chronic diseases, that is, long-term diseases. It develops with periods of relapses interspersed with periods of remission.

Source: www.afa.asso.fr.

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