Des recettes diététiques en live to help people suffering from a chronic inflammatory bowel disease

On that day, it was a general rehearsal in the coquettish cuisine of Eric Balez, “patient-expert” (1) of the François-Aupetit association (2).

The video studio was installed on a table coin, in two steps from the refrigerator and on the entrance port. The cables from the cameras meander to the living room and the spotlights are on the cucumbers and seasonal zucchini. A real film set that gives a “little hollow” in the morning.

The Laurentian is preparing to launch a new project: live cooking classes adapted to chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The first show will be broadcast on June 24.

Eric Balez and Isabelle Agostinelli, “patient-experts” of the François Aupetit Association, will host a cooking show for people with chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Photo SW.

In this innovative project of recipes adapted to MICI, he is joined on the set of the show by Isabelle Agostinelli who is also the “patient-expert” of the association. The goal will be to offer an appointment every quarter.

“Food is a topic very little addressed by doctors, remarks Eric Balez. Gastroenterologists often deal with the disease and treatments, but there is no support for the diet.. “

However, IBD can have an impact on diet. In fact, in the acute period (these diseases develop in bouts), abdominal pain, diarrhea or bloating disrupt the daily lives of patients. The doctor may then prescribe a residue-free, that is, fiber-free diet to limit irritation of the digestive tract.

Often patients see their doctor again six months later. They have kept the diet residue-free and no longer dare to eat normally for fear of flare-ups. Start to avoid meals between friends and turn off “regret Eric Balez.

And to emphasize that food deprivation is not the answer: “A low-fiber diet helps relieve digestive symptoms but does not prevent an inflammatory outbreak.”

On the set, Isabelle Agostinelli will bring her expertise as a dietitian. “The goal is to help patients gradually reintroduce food. For example, to make cucumber more digestible, simply break the fiber by mixing it. For zucchini, it can be seeded, peeled and then cooked. There are simple tips to avoid hardships. “

Often courses given by “patient-experts”

Over the course of the shows, Eric Balez and Isabelle Agostinelli will bring some of their experiences to the plates. It must be said that the two “hosts” of the culinary show themselves experienced many difficulties related to their illness.

With hemorrhagic rectocolitis (RCH) since the age of 14, Eric Balez has beaten three cancers. Isabelle Agostinelli was diagnosed with RCH at the age of 24 and had to follow a fiber-free regimen for several years.

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The live show is part of an extensive MICI outreach program, launched in 2017. This year, Eric Balez created the online platform “MICIconnect” with the help of the François-Aupetit association.

Fatigue, nutrition, treatments, biotherapy, social rights, insurance, pregnancy … explanatory sheets allow the dissemination of information about these diseases, and today, plus 10,000 people are enrolled.

One year ago, Isabelle Agostinelli imagined “e-accompaniment” workshops on the “MICIConnect” platform. “We created these video conferencing workshops around several topics: microbiota, diets, digestive discomfort, body reconnection …”

The live cooking classes will be “la cerise sur le gâteau” and will allow you to implement the topics covered during the accompanying cycles.


1. The term “pacienți-experți” design of patients trained in therapeutic education and whose experience can be used to help others.

2. The François-Aupetit Association, also known as “afa Crohn RCH France”, is a French association created in 1982. Its aim is to overcome Crohn’s disease and hemorrhagic colitis.

Meeting on June 24 at 6:30 p.m.

The first live cooking show will air on Friday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m. For their first date, Eric Balez and Isabelle Agostinelli propose cooking a cucumber gazpacho and a zucchini crumble.

Participants will ask questions via direct chat. This first workshop addressed the issue of reintroducing food, especially raw foods.

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

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What is “MICI”?

Chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) includes Crohn’s disease and hemorrhagic rectocolitis (RCH), two diseases that are characterized by inflammation of the digestive tract wall. They concern 250,000 patients in France (10 million worldwide).

In Crohn’s disease, this inflammation can be located at all levels of the digestive system, in the mouth throughout the year. But, it is most often found in the intestine. In hemorrhagic rectocolitis (RCH), the inflammation is located in the rectum and colon.

These are chronic diseases, ie long-term illnesses. They evolve in periods of thrust interspersed with periods of remission.

Source www.afa.asso.fr.

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