Chinese food is ok for me if I avoid really greasy stuff (such as fried eggrolls), really spicy stuff, and really tough/hard veggies. So if I choose correctly on the menu I'm happy. I like flavorful chicken or tofu or shrimp dishes (with garlic and/or ginger for example) but that isn't fiery hot. I don't eat beef or pork at all anymore.
I've read that buffets can be trouble for people with IBD. So I mostly avoid buffets. When food is sitting out bacteria starts growing on it. Bacteria are on pretty much everything all the time and it usually isn't a problem. One book I was reading the author (who is a nutritionist who has IBD herself) talks about trips to emergency room after eating at some buffets where her husband and friends ate at the same buffet with everyone else was fine. It seems that us IBD folks are just more sensitive - it does NOT imply that the restaurant has done anything wrong.
- female 41, diagnosed ulcerative colitis Feb 2005
- just got off prednisone after a 5month taper from 80mg down to 0mg!!
- currently 6-MP/mercaptopurine/purinethol 75 mg, asacol/mesalamine 4800mg (4 pills x 3 times day), Canasa 1000mg nightly
- VSL#3, Benefiber, multivitamin, chewable calcium, fish oil, biotin, sometimes iron pills