Eating out with Crohns!

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   Posted 2/11/2009 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I just got diagnosed recently and a few months from now I want to go out to eat once in a while, what places do you all go to and what do you usually order?

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   Posted 2/11/2009 10:23 PM (GMT -7)   
hi there. depends how i'm feeling...sometimes i'll eat anything anywhere...other times i'll only go if i know the restaurant has at least 2 stalls (can't take the chance with 1 being occupied).
and then other times you won't catch me eating out. i have to say i feel "free" and very happy when we eat out and i'm feeling good. just take it easy with spices etc, until you're sure what you can handle.

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   Posted 2/11/2009 10:31 PM (GMT -7)   
So I guess its a hit or miss and is so different for everyone. I guess I am gonna start experimenting. Thank you

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   Posted 2/11/2009 10:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Experimenting would be the way to go! There are a lot of places I avoid now with a stricter diet, but when I was not on the scd diet I would eat at texas roadhouse and order their amazing steak and gorge myself on the free bread rolls. Mimi's Cafe also offers a lot of safe options and has a gluten-free menu.

It really all just depends on what you can eat...
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 5 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

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   Posted 2/12/2009 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   
If I know where I'm going, or might be going, I try to check out menus online. Most of the chains have them posted, and if I'm really curious about something, I'll call and talk to the manager about what might be in a specific dish. I've found you get more genuine help by calling then if you ask when you're already there!
diagnosed w/Crohn's 11/06. 35f with 2 boys and a wonderful husband. 150 mg Imuran, bentyl, entocort, vicodin as needed, Humira, metoprolol for orthostatic hypotension and heart palpitations. Bowel resection 9/07. Active disease back, darn it 8/08. 11 year old son with IBS-C, on Bentyl.

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   Posted 2/12/2009 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   

It really is a matter of how you feel at that moment.  How many of us have been at the place where we feel fine...make plans...get to where we want to be and BOOM!!!! feel sick......this can happen when you head out to eat....

so just keep your options open.....for me what works is to recognize what I want to do after I eat.  Sometimes eating fried food increases the chances of a bad reaction so if my wife and I are planning on shopping, going to a movie or a club after the meal out....well then I just make sure I choose items that have less of a chance of causing me to feel bad.   If we are just going to eat and head home....then I will probably take a chance and pick foods that I really really really enjoy but know have a risk has always been worth it.

I travel a lot for my job so I am away from home/dining out probably 11 out of 21 meal periods a week.  If I am on the road for work then I usually take it easy so as to not affect a meeting the next day or end up having an issue at 30,000 feet when flying home.  This is the hardest because I am usually traveling to places with great restaurants and my clients really want to go somewhere nice.

On top of that I am in the food business and when younger trained to be a chef, so I love food and dining out.

again, the question here is "how do you feel?" and you just need to know that if you can't eat it at home without an issue you probably can't eat it out either.  For me Sushi is usually a very safe meal....

dx IBS 1999   UC 2000   CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
tried Naltrexone Jan. 19, 2007 Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose one shot every week. Also nightly dose of mesalamine.
Surgery Nov 4th, 2008 removed 30 inches of small bowel.
 Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
52 yrs old

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   Posted 2/12/2009 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   

For me veggies seem to be the hardest to eat out. Sometimes they are not cooked well and the crunchy ones give me fits. I have learned one stir fry place I like will really hurt me unless I ask them to cook the veggies more.

sometimes eating out is tough, I also am usually bad when I eat out and pay for it later. Seems like I will never learn my lesson cool



Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 on Soma and Lyrica



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   Posted 2/12/2009 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
good point hspenser...for us it's usually a movie and dinner...not dinner and a movie...etc...

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   Posted 2/12/2009 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I find going to a place with a variety of food is most helpful.... But even if you're careful, the food can upset your belly... :(... *Had an experience with that not very long ago*
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

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   Posted 2/12/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
It likely varies for each person, no different then eating at home. about the only thing I eat outside of home is Edo of Japan, because it's fresh food, not processed and has no additives or MSG's which can exacerbate symptoms, and I'm thrilled because it tastes soooooooooooooo good.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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   Posted 2/12/2009 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I usually go to a generic place that has a variety of options. I am in Canada and I usually suggest we go to Kelcy's (a chain) because I know that they have things I can eat, and whoever I am out with can usually find items they like too.

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   Posted 2/14/2009 2:22 AM (GMT -7)   
It varies greatly between people. I had a colon resection about 8 months ago, and I have no dietary restrictions, and nothing really bothers me. In general watch out for dairy especially milk, and high fiber foods.
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