The minute you’ve been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, you may find yourself swamped with information about foods you should avoid and how to eat the “right” things to keep your symptoms in check.

It’s true that anyone with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has different triggers that can make the condition feel so much worse, some of them being specific foods, per the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Ulcerative colitis, one form of IBD, is no different. Getting a handle on what those personal trigger foods are can help you to achieve and stay in ulcerative colitis remission, meaning you can actually be free of your symptoms with the right plan.

But that doesn’t mean that restrictive eating is going to stop the progression of your ulcerative colitis, and in fact, it can be harmful, Simon Hong, M.D., a board-certified gastroenterologist specializing in inflammatory bowel disease and clinical assistant professor at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, tells SELF. “One of the big issues with IBD is appropriate nutrition,” he explains. “We don’t want people to start cutting out all of these things and end up being malnourished.”

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