Holiday Eating???

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   Posted 4/9/2009 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I am about to go to the big family dinner yet again. All holidays and i am very thankful to be with my family and loved ones. But I feel so stressed out about going. I seem to put bad things in my mouth with out thinking and Always end up sick by the end of the evening and all the next day.

I know this is my own fault but what are your tips for getting through the food fests?

I am hungry like everybody else and everything there is party special delicious. I would stay home just to avoid the food but my family really doesn't like that. On the whole they are not very supportive of my (maybe crazy schemes) to eat special food and not eat when I don't feel good. I still have lots of cooking to do. I have loved to cook before I couldn't eat any of it.

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   Posted 4/9/2009 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I love family get togethers - gorge myself on things I know will make me sick - I just cant seem to help myself either. Not much help to you though Trigirl :)
Have fun with your family.

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   Posted 4/9/2009 11:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm very lucky! My mom tries to make the main dish SCD legal for me. Not everyone has family support like that, so I certainly appreciate it!

If I were you, I'd take a few of your "safe" foods to your family get together. That way, you'll have something to eat if all the food is stuff you know will bother you.
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   Posted 4/10/2009 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I totally know what you mean. I can't usually control myself when there's so much awesome food around. I am currently following a low residue diet, and I know Easter is going to be hard. I made a vow to myself that I will have "a little" of what I want. In moderation, I am usually fine. Good Luck to you!

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   Posted 4/10/2009 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm with minty... If I attempt to face a family buffet of goodness with an "I'm not having any of it" attitude, I fail immediately and cry in pain for days.

If I go in with a certain "allowable" amount of cheating... I find I can savor the treats without over-doing it so badly. I also take a whole heap of extra digestive enzymes.

Have a good time over the holiday. Family is too important to skip for fear of a belly ache. Just decide before you go what you're going to allow yourself. Good luck!
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   Posted 4/10/2009 11:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Maybe you could eat something safe beforehand, so you won't be ravenous and overdo the bad foods at the family dinner.
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Current Meds: Humira since 7/08, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, B-Complex, Vitamins D, E, & K, Calcium, Magnesium
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 2 foods

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   Posted 4/11/2009 4:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I was going to suggest the exact same thing as spookyhurst. If t isn't possible to have a snack before you go maybe you can take something to nibble on once you get there to curb your hunger a bit.

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   Posted 4/11/2009 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I usually suggest to my mom a "safe" food to be made for me, to make sure there's something there I can eat without worry. Usually I request mashed potatos, and if she doesn't want to make them, I bring them myself.

Could you suggest a food to be made, or bring something with you that you can safely eat?

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   Posted 4/11/2009 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I think after having this DD for so long, I am pretty good about staying with my safe items. Luckily for me in our house Easter dinner always had alot of my safe foods. I always ate only the turkey or ham, mashed potatoes and rolls. I love corn, but have had too many painful experiences with it, so I don't touch it.
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   Posted 4/11/2009 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
What do many of you eat for Easter that is safe? Any suggestions. Just 3 weeks post-op from resection surgery. Thanks
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   Posted 4/11/2009 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Since my Mom passed away 11 years ago, I am the only one on both sides of the family who has any idea how to cook, so ALL family meals are at my house. That makes the food choices easy, but the work level stinks. Usually by the time the food hits the table, I'm tired and don't feel like eating. Also, when I am cooking a big meal, the smells seem to fill me up, so I'm never really hungry anyway.

But for Easter, we are having a big ham, mac and cheese, home made rolls and a bunch of vegetable sides. I really only eat the ham, rolls, and mac and cheese. I will enjoy them all in the week ahead.

Hope you all have a wonderful Holiday weekend.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

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   Posted 4/11/2009 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all. I feel armed with a plan. To bring some food I can eat and then stay away from the food, kitchen and people eating. I can do that. (I think) this is like trying to diet when you're losing weight only punishment way worse for cheating. Happy holiday to all.
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