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   Posted 6/10/2009 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everybody ever since I was diagnosed with crohns in jan 09 I've just been eating in my house . I live in jersey and there's nothin but fast food and buffets I miss it so much LOL. Italian restaurants idk cuz pasta makes me feel wired. Well I wanna know if you have similar issues or you go out to eat and don't care or either the restaurant caters to you. Let me know what you eat.

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   Posted 6/10/2009 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
When my crohn's acts up (which has been constant as of late), I need to take care with what I eat. There is not a lot of variety, and no, most restaurants don't really cater...about the only food from take out I can eat seems to be a few french fries...I've been craving some lamb kabobs (middle eastern), and menudo too, but my poor tummy doesn't like it. Oh, I can do the Wendy's frosty...but not shakes from anywhere else...weird huh?

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   Posted 6/10/2009 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I eat a restaurants.
I am not good with food, cant cook so I eat a lot outside of the house.
I am trying to eat better I have cut out wheat and that seems to help but i have to cut out the sugar and dairy

I just moved away from home so now I am in charge of what I buy for my house so I am going to try to get more food for a chron's tummy.

My fiancé is a great cook so he is in charge of the kitchen..
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   Posted 6/10/2009 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't normally eat out. I just feel better cooking my own food really. BUT on occasion I will go to a burger place that makes everything fresh in front of you and is entirely gluten/preservative free (though the buns do have gluten). Their french fries are made in peanut oil and cut right in front of you too.

And, even though it's a seasonal thing, Macaroni Grill makes really wonderful three berry tiramisu. The mascarpone and berry jam are generally pretty gentle in comparison with most sweets. I don't normally eat premade dessert anymore though either.

I like my home cooking :)
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking: Prednisone 10 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and Align probiotics prescribed by my GI.
Diet almost completely without refined sugars, wheat, flour, gluten, high lactose dairy, and/or junk food in general.
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   Posted 6/10/2009 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I eat out quite often. I haven't found much of a connection between what I eat and my CD. Perhaps I'm not paying enough attention. I do avoid lettuce now that I have a stricture. Seems to plug the darn thing. Lots of members here have diet plans they follow. Maybe you'll have to go that route, but surely there is some restaurant foods you can enjoy. At least I hope so. Good luck!
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   Posted 6/10/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I eat out at least once a week. I never go to chain or fast food restaurants. I always order cocktails and will usually go to another place for dessert. Right now I am having a minor flare up and can't eat yogurt but most of the time have no problem with food.

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   Posted 6/10/2009 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
As of right now I eat out and eat anything I want, but I probably shouldn't be. I really want to start the Maker's Diet soon, I just can't seem to find the time to make that kind of change in my lifestyle I guess.
23 y/o Male; Dx Crohn's Disease in 2001 at age 14.
Lost 3 inches of colon and 7 inches of ileum in 2004 bowel resection.
CD returns in October 2008, thinking about doing the Maker's Diet this time.
Current meds: Pentasa: 3000 mg; Fibercon: 2 pills 3x; Imodium: 2 pills 3x
Been on: Prednisone, Flagyl, Cipro, Imuran, Entocort, Remicade
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   Posted 6/10/2009 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi i do eat out but sometimes find it difficult when having to choose off the menu there could be 5 things on the meal and i may only be able to eat 2 things from it so would seem a waste of money. i eat often at a restaurant that caters for people with different illnesses such as crohns,coltis celiac disease.... they ask you what you can and can't eat and will adapt the dish you want  to suit you i think we could do with a few more restaurants like this. Bev x

Diagnosed with crohn's at 13 now 42
resection, right hemi 1993 In remmision from 93 till last sept with no meds or docs
2 resections small bowel  and fistula jan 09 and given temp stoma
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   Posted 6/10/2009 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I always cook at my house and I like it but it sucks when you really can't go anywhere. Like a buddy of mine always goes to p.f change on his bday and I couldn't go cuz I'm not gonna sit there LOL but like if I wanna go somewhere to with my girl that ain't happenin. But hey it's life LOL thanks for the input. I guess it's keeping my diet to how it is , cuz I am feeling good

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   Posted 6/10/2009 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I eat out quite frequently (Or I did til I was laid off. Now that I have more time and a smaller budget, I'm cooking a lot more at home). Generally, I can eat anything I want. Usually only have problems if I eat salads a couple of days in a row or eat broccoli that's raw or not steamed thoroughly enough. After my resection 4 years ago, I was on a low fiber diet for about 4 months. When we'd go to restaurants, I'd just eat meat and potatoes. No salad, which felt weird and wrong! I also avoided pasta during those months and ate it only sparingly. Now that I'm in a flare, I'm trying to watch the salads again. I just started juicing fruits and veggies, too. Hope that will help meet some nutritional needs and help me shed a few pounds, too. Since my ankle has been swelling these last few months, I haven't been able to exercise like I used to and the pounds are coming on! UGH!

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   Posted 6/10/2009 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I eat out frequently, but I am fortunate to have a lot of great restaurants in my area with CD friendly selections.
Dx with Crohn's Colitis; Meds: Pred and Imuran; female in late 20s.

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   Posted 6/10/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Edo of Japan is the ONLY food I'll eat when I'm out.

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   Posted 6/10/2009 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I eat out a lot. Usually dinner once a week and lunch/breakfast on the days I work. I can find something most places. I don't so McDonalds types, but I can find things at sandwich shops, coffee shops ... Even sit down chains usually have something ok for me. Like someone else said, there's usually part of the meal I can't eat. I have strictures so I don't eat the salad or have to pass on some soups or sides. If they won't allow a substitution I can usually give them to my husband or whomever I'm dining with.
Hoping to stay in remission after the birth of a healthy baby girl. On Pentasa during my pregnancy, went med-free 2 months to nurse (stupid), but back on Pentasa and still nursing.

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   Posted 6/10/2009 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I eat out frequently with my Hubby. But I will say that it usually food that is friendly to my Crohns. i.e. Seafood or chicken generally. I don't do fast foods really, except Subway or Quiznos. Those I can handle.
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   Posted 6/10/2009 3:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Subway not so good for me LOL but hey maybe restaurants will start offering some cd freindly meals

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   Posted 6/10/2009 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I actually have more of a problem with the texture of food. So I stick with mash potatoes, soup, and such.
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   Posted 6/10/2009 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I eat out at least once a week, I just need to avoid fried food as that really effects me.
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First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

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   Posted 6/10/2009 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I really like going out to eat, but there are limited things I feel comfortable eating, and ordering endless broiled chicken does get boring! I avoid fried food and salad, and can only eat a tiny amount of red meat. I can eat pasta too most of the time. For me it's a social thing...I just like being out with family or friends. I try not to focus on all the stuff I can't eat anymore, and try to enjoy the company. I NEVER eat fast food anymore. I hope you find somewhere that works for you.
50 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
currently taking Pentasa- 4 500mg pills per day, Metamucil and colace for constipation

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   Posted 6/10/2009 10:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I eat out, and the only concession I request of the restaurant is to give me a close and clear path to the restroom.
I do not care for fast food places (though I will admit to an unhealthy 'jonesing' for a McD burger once in a while) and at restaurants it depends on the severity of my symptoms if I eat the salad or not. I eat a "go with the flo" steak at Longhorn and everywhere else I try to order salmon.
IHOP is an automatic order of French Toast.

I figure I'm going to have problems no matter what, so I'm just a bit careful of what/when I eat and deal with whatever comes. The thing I miss The Most, is seeing great action flicks at the theater. Once in a while I can sit through an entire movie, but if I have to get up and just ruins it for me and makes whomever I'm with distracted from their enjoyment of the movie.
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2001 Dx'd with UC.  No remission.  No improvement with Remicade.  5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon.  Dx changed to Crohn's.  Remission for 8-9wks after surgery, symptoms returned after resuming 6MP.  Changed maintenance med to Methotrexate (MTX) and had great results with IM injections.  Nausea and symptoms returning with oral MTX.  Switched back to IM injections and am slowly improving.

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   Posted 6/10/2009 10:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Geez.. what a pain, huh? I mean, sometimes you are in a hurry and you simply do not have time to fix a meal. I can occasionally do McDonald's fries and a hamburger (no bun). I limit all the things I would limit at home. When we go out to eat, I try my best to avoid wheat, dairy, sugar, etc. Sometimes you just don't know what's in something, but you have to do the best you can. I don't eat the bread they usually bring out, and I don't eat mashed potatoes because they will most likely have milk in it. I splurge on french fries or something along those lines, because it's my only indulgence!! Like others, I would avoid lettuce. The green stuff is very nutricious, but can be very detrimental to CD patients. I hope this helps! Good luck!
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   Posted 6/29/2009 10:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I found a restaurant called chicken lovers but it's far from me . It's called chicken lovers and I get grilled chicken with steamed carrots amazing but I'm just so sick of the same thing all the time. Even cereals all I eat is rice based cuz I'm afraid all the other ones even tho they don't contain wheat have too much sugar. Sometimes I think past that I can barely eat but there's days were it just gets to me. Food is such an enjoyment of life

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   Posted 6/30/2009 4:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I eat out twice a week...
I eat a third of each meal and take the rest home...
Hey jordan... be an O's fan for over 40 yrs...
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   Posted 6/30/2009 5:41 AM (GMT -7)   
We eat out A LOT. Sometimes it's just easier to cook with the VISA card and sometimes I just need to get out of the house (I work from home now). I explained to my husband long ago that I can pretty much find something on any menu that I can handle unless I am really flaring. If all else fails, i order dessert since I seem to do real well with those!
I went to a chain last night (we rarely visit them because we are fortunate enought to have a lot of good family owned restaurants around). All their rolls have seeds on them (sesame seeds are on my "never again" list). I asked for a dinner roll on the side and hold the bun on the chicken sandwich. problem solved. This is why when we need a fall back chain, we go to this one.
I worked at McD's for years including after my rupture. I can even find something to eat there if I find one willing to make odd things---toasted cheese for me especially.
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
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   Posted 6/30/2009 5:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I eat out alot - too much for my budget really. :) I have a problem with grills at places like Denny's or IHOP, must be what they keep them greased with, I don't know, but otherwise, I can pretty much eat anything.
Crohn's Disease. 
Diagnosed 13+ years ago. 
Been in remission for short periods of time but each time I come out of remission my disease seems to have spread.  No longer isolated in my ileum, now from stomach down to rectum.  Currently have C-Diff.
Current Medications for the Crohns:  Humera 40mg injections every other week, Imuran 150mg, Levsin, Welchol 625mg, Prednisone 10mg(started weaning off, now going back up in dosing), Flagyl 250mg, Calcium, Acidophilus & Potassium
Previous Medications I've been on:  Asocal, Pentasa, Cipro & Entocort

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   Posted 7/1/2009 7:49 PM (GMT -7)   
i don't.
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