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When you do an internet search for Colitis or Crohn’s, you most likely will find the “White Diet” plan. In this plan you are not supposed to eat whole grain bread…. eat white bread. No brown rice…. only white rice.

The WHITE DIET consists of: Rice, Egg Whites, White meat of chicken, White bread, White kind of cheese, White beans, Non-fat milk. They advice to follow this diet only three day.

Let me explain why this is not the way to go…Colitis is a disease that causes inflammation in the intestines and other areas of the body. The overactive immune system of the colitis patient and daily bouts of diarrhea coupled with blood loss during an active flare-up drain the body of major nutritional needs, such as iron and vitamin B-12. ALL OF this is linked to gluten allergies. Gluten in the gut causes an autoimmune response; increasing inflammation, pain, malabsorption of vitamin b-12 and iron. The intestines look like a “shag carpet” (the villi should be long and wavy)…as you consume gluten, vegetable oils, and genetically modified foods, your “carpet” gets cut. You digest foods with your “carpet.” As your carpet gets shorter and shorter, you start to have absorption issues, gas, pain, diarrhea, and other serious issues. You need to HEAL the carpet with low starch, anti-inflammatory diet, along with l-glutamine and other supplements that help your “carpet” to grow.

NOTE: you digest dairy at the end of the carpet, so a gluten allergy and dairy sensitivity usually go hand in hand, but if you grow your carpet back, you usually can start to consume quality dairy (not skim milk!) again after you heal. Healing time will depend on how strict you are with your diet and supplement regime.

People suffering from this disease are also very depleted in good gut bacteria because diarrhea causes you to lose the bifido and acidophilous in your intestines…which makes flare-ups happen more often because we need probiotics for proper digestion of our food.

If Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are caught before serious damage has been done, both conditions can be treated simply by restricting carbohydrates. This chart clearly shows that when carbohydrates are limited, both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis respond very quickly. Carbohydrates, sugar and vegetable oils are extremely inflammatory and terrible for our intestinal health. Could the increase in carbohydrates and sugar be the cause of all these problems??? In 1840 the average person consumed 2 tsp of sugar a day and in 2009 a typical person consumed over 63 tsp every day!!!

TWINKIESThe main things to avoid is gluten and Long Chained Triglycerides. Long-chain triglyceride impairs the healing time in active Crohn’s disease. These fatty acids are substrates for inflammatory eicosanoid production. Polyunsaturated oils: Red meat has long been wrongly blamed for IBS. A study published in December 2009 shows that linoleic acid harms the gut but news reports and health websites mislead by blaming ‘red meat’ — which contains the least linoleic acid. It’s the polyunsaturated fats and oils, derived from seeds such as sunflower, safflower, soy and corn, which are the major dietary sources of linoleic acid; they are the most harmful oils for those with intestinal problems because they increase inflammation.

When it is absorbed in the intestinal lining, linoleic acid is transformed to arachidonic acid, which is a component of the cell membranes in the bowel. Arachidonic acid can then be converted into various inflammatory chemicals. High levels of these chemicals have been found in the intestinal tissue of people suffering from intestinal disorders.Long chained triglycerides come from VEGETABLE OILS…this means anything that is pre-packaged; salad dressings, roasted nuts, “baked” chips, popcorn, crackers, cereal…you name it! We have been wrongly pushed to replace healthy saturated fats like coconut oil with harmful fats such as canola!

HOWEVER, coconut oil is a medium-chained fatty acid. MCFA are broken down almost immediately by enzymes in the saliva and gastric juices so that pancreatic fat-digesting enzymes are not even essential. Therefore, there is less strain on the pancreas and digestive system. This has important implications for patients who suffer from digestive and metabolic problems. Since it is easily absorbed in the digestive tract it also helps other essential healing nutrients become absorbed as well. Ulcerative colitis often begins with a virus or a bacterial infection and that the body’s immune system malfunctions and stays active after the infection has cleared. Coconut has antimicrobial properties that affects intestinal health by killing troublesome microorganisms that may cause chronic inflammation. Coconut oil resembles breast milk more than any other food…breast milk helps keep babies healthy!

People with the highest intake of omega 3 fatty acid also known as docosahexaenoic acid reduced the complications of Crohn’s and colitis by 77%. Omega 3 fatty acid is found in oily fish such as salmon and sardines.


1. Consume Organic Bone broth: my son Kai drinks this every day.

TWINKIES2. Consume Coconut Oil: in my recipes, I always give coconut oil as an option. It works great for baking.

3. NO SUGAR, this includes starch too. White rice consists of glucose molecules hooked together in a long chain. The digestive tract breaks it down into sugar.

4, NO VEGETABLE OILS: found in ANY pre-packaged food: cereals…”organic” cereals too!, roasted nuts, “ORGANIC CHIPS”, boxed meals, frozen dinners, granola bars…

5. Supplement with l-glutamine, aloe vera, and other healing supplements. And large doses of bifidobacteria for intestinal health. Please contact me for more help with supplements.

6. Eat the “Healthified” way!

How about bringing out your ‘inner child’ with a grown-up dessert at your next dinner party!


1 ½ cups blanched almond flour (or 1/2 cup coconut flour)
¼ tsp Celtic sea salt
½ tsp baking soda
2 TBS Butter or Coconut Oil
1/3 cup erythritol
1 tsp stevia glycerite
3 large eggs (6 eggs and 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk if using coconut flour)
1 tsp rum extract

In a mixing bowl combine almond flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix butter, sweetener, eggs and rum extract until smooth. Stir wet ingredients into dry. Grease Twinkie pan. Spoon batter into the pan. Bake at 325° for 30-40 minutes. Cool and fill with mascarpone cream.

4 oz mascarpone cheese (or cream cheese)
4 TBS espresso
3 TBS erythritol OR a touch of stevia glycerite (to taste)
1/4 tsp rum extract

Mix together until smooth (it will thicken overnight). Squirt into Twinkies with injector tool. Dust Twinkies with unsweetened cocoa powder and a shaved ChocoPerfection chocolate bar.  Dip into a cup of espresso! Makes 8 servings.

NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per 72-gram serving size):
Traditional Twinkie = 300 calories, 9g fat, 1g protein, 54g carbs, 0 fiber
“Healthified” Almond Flour Twinkie = 204 calories, 16g fat, 8.5g protein, 5g carbs, 2.3g fiber (2.7g effective carbs)
“Healthified” Coconut Flour Twinkie = 197 calories, 10.8g fat, 9.4g protein, 12.5g carbs, 7.5g fiber (5 effective carbs)

Click HERE to find the Twinkie pan with cream injector on sale for $8 off!

(The above chart is from: Lutz W. Dismantling a Myth. Selecta-Verlag Dr. Ildar Idris GmbH & Co, KG Planegg Vor München, 1986: 125-180.)


Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • patrice says:

    Yes! Thank you! When my husband was hospitalized with UC I was horrified when the dietitian recommended a diet so full of sugar and processed carbs. We ignored her advice and I fed him vats of anti-inflammatory concoctions. and NO starch, NO sugar, NO processed foods. He is in remission for the most part, and best, he can now eat his favorite: good cheese! Your blog makes so much sense. Thanks again.

  • Anonymous says:

    I hope this question isn’t dumb but when adding espresso, is this already brewed?

  • chafor says:

    Where did you find the graph about a low carb diet and improvement of these disease?

    • The reference is at the bottom of the article. (Above chart is from: Lutz W. Dismantling a Myth. Selecta-Verlag Dr. Ildar Idris GmbH & Co, KG Planegg Vor München, 1986: 125-180.)

  • Deb says:

    I don’t have a twinkie pan but I do have a donut pan. Of the 3 twinkie recipes on your site, plain, PB Reeces, and Tiramisu, which one would be the closest in texture to a cake donut? Instead of filling the donuts I would just make a glaze to cover them but I would like the texture to be closer to a cake donut than a sponge cake. Thanks in advance for your recommendations. I love your site and all of the information that you provide.

  • diana brest says:

    I make a wonderful TIRAMISU with TWINKIES cakes, it is amazing, nothing changes, it is really tiramisu, when I do it.
    Everyone wants me to make it every year.

  • Heather says:

    These look amazing! So far I’ve made at least 10 of your recipes in the last 2 weeks and I loved them all!!! Especially the flourless chocolate torte and tonight I made the eggplant “French fries” and they were a big hit!
    One question…I’ve been cooking with coconut oil and I love it. My only concern is that you mention it is similar to breast milk. I am a neonatal nurse and I breast fed my daughter so I agree that breast milk is AMAZING STUFF! My only concern is that I put some serious Michelin Man rolls on my daughter and I am hoping that the coconut oil will not have the same effect on me! They were cute on her, but I am trying to lose weight, not gain! Any insight? Thank you!! 🙂

  • Amy B says:

    I was reading what you are saying about L-glutamine for healing Leaky Gut. My son has been diagnosed with that. He is gluten free as well as dairy free. He is 13 and weights 87 lbs. How much should I give him, how many times a day and with food or without? btw…thank you for all you do!

    • cemmerich says:


      1 capsule of bifido bacteria (TAKE 3 TIMES A DAY for 1 week, then back down to just once a day).
      Dairy-free Encourages growth of beneficial microflora in the small intestine. Protects the mucosal barrier from increased permeability. Promotes healthy mucosal and systemic immune responses. It helps increase SEROTONIN, which increases mood and decreases cravings which helps stay on the “healthified” way of eating easier. It helps with intestinal flora: relieves bowel irritation and related functional discomforts. Probiotics are the “good” or “friendly” bacteria that are normal inhabitants of the intestinal tract. Boosts immune system (everyone in my family takes this everyday…even my 1 year old…bifido is found naturally in breastmilk). It improves digestion of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Promotes regular bowel movements. I have a chapter in my book about it): (KEEP IN FRIDGE!)

      2. 2 grams of l-glutamine 3 times a day! (to heal intestinal lining, increase muscle strength: I write a whole chapter in my book about it): A healthy intestinal lining is essential for proper digestion, immunefunction, liver function, and overall health, primarily through its role as a barrier preventing the absorption of unwanted molecules. Helps anyone with intestinal issues. Glutamine plays a major role in DNA synthesis and serves as a primary transporter of nitrogen into the muscle tissues.

      3. Aloe Vera also help heal gut. 🙂

  • Kristy says:

    Question- my daughter was diagnosed with u/c about 3 years ago. She is 17, weighs 85 lbs, and has not started her period yet. What can I do for hormones so that we can get her balanced so she can actually start. I have not taken her in to a Dr yet- I was hoping that we could balance her and she would start on her own. She is horrible at taking supplements/medicines so alot of her illness is due to lack of responsibility. She does ok, we are dairy free, but I am going to step things up a notch and go gluten free. I am going to add l-glutamine, so grateful for this info!! Aloe seems to increase the bathroom trips so I have stayed away from that— but should I have her do it again?

    • cemmerich says:

      Well for hormones she should take 1300mg evening primrose oil 3 times a day. But gluten free will also be essential.

  • April says:

    Hi Maria . I have been grain and sugar free for over a year now. I’m at a healthy weight now after losing 70+ lbs. I have recently been disgnosed with diverticulitis. Know they are recommending the white diet for a few days then increasing to high fiber (which I was already doing with fiber in the form of veggies and fruits) but I am struggling to find foods to eat that stick with sugar and grain free that fall into the low fiber area to heal my gut… Any unsite would be helpful . I am on massive antioniotivs right now, when should I add probiotics? Thanks on advance for your feedback.

  • Susan says:

    I was diagnosed with Crohn’s in 1975. I was 24 and weighed 95 lbs. I suffered for years until I came upon web sites like yours that pointed me in the right direction. Your article is beautifully done and I sincerely hope that those with Crohn’s or ulcerative colitius take your advise. Love the Twinkies recipe; I’ll have to try it.
    Thank you for all the well researched information you provide. The recipients are a ‘bunch’ of luck folks, including me. 🙂

  • Blanca says:

    Hi Maria, this recipe looks delicious! I am exited to try this recipe, but I have a food sensitivity to erythritol what can I use instead? I have coconut sugar, would that work?


  • Patricia says:

    How many twinkies does this recipe make?

  • Heather McD says:

    I’m very thankful that DJ foodie added this recipe on facebook today… I’ve been looking at your site off and on for a while and had been curious if you had mentioned anywhere the effects of a low carb/ketogenic lifestyle on people with ulcerative colitis. I’m 34 and was just diagnosed last year with UC. I’ve also had PCOS since I was 13 and some other related issues more recently. A couple years back I was doing very well eating low carb and had lost just over 100 lbs from my heaviest weight. Unfortunately, since I was diagnosed with UC I’ve gained about 50 lbs back. It’s been a struggle to find what foods send me in flares to avoid and what I can eat to lose weight and be healthier. My UC is also atypical since I have mostly constipation. Are there more articles on here that you have that you could direct me to that I should look at? Thanks!

    • cemmerich says:

      Yes, this lifestyle if great for colitis. I have helped several clients with UC. Also with PCOS. Here is a recent testimony. “My PCOS is gone! after a month and a half eating grain free and sugar free (in addition to gluten and mostly dairy) my blood work came back with 0 markers of PCOS! :)” – Elise

  • Chey says:


    Very cool recipe, and very cool job.
    Thank you for sharing with us ! Will try tiramisu twinkies very soon. = )

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