Memorial Day “Taco Bar” Party

 

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Memorial Day parties seem to imply the certainty of firing up the BBQ.  Although the warm weather and day-off from work scream “time outside,” that doesn’t necessarily mean you must have the traditional grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and pasta salads….especially when you have Crohn’s. Carcinogens from open flames, red fatty meats and salad dishes can cause a onslaught of digestion problems for people with IBD. But planning an outdoor party can get tricky when you have specific foods you have to avoid on a restrictive diet. You certainly don’t want to feel like you are an outsider at your own party when it comes to the menu….you want to participate just like everyone else.  Striking the balance of preparing a meal that everyone can enjoy but with options that you can actually eat is the ultimate goal.  Here is where the “taco bar” comes into play as one of our favorite party options with Crohn’s. Continue reading

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Bean Flour (and Bean Pasta)… Crohn’s Friendly, Or Not?

 

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Legume Based Pasta By Cooking Light

 

As a person who researches supposedly “Crohn’s Friendly” foods, (as if there is an overall answer…ugh,) I have been a bit uncertain as to how this trending movement of “Legume Pasta” would work for people with Crohn’s. Typically I have steered clear of sharing recipes with a lot of beans in them. More often than not they seem to cause problems. I mean, if they are known for upsetting stomachs for people around the world without IBD symptoms, what are they going to do for someone who struggles just to tolerate an apple if the skin is on? Continue reading

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS & DEPRESSION – Best Foods to Boost Your Mood With Crohn’s

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As the temperatures keep dropping and the days get shorter, we all know that winter is well on it’s way. With the excitement of the holidays and festivities, pulling out those cozy sweaters and warm slippers can be a fun change of pace from the hot summer. Then suddenly, BAM. Daylight Savings hits, and it is dark outside before you even get home from work or school. The reality of winter seems to hit with full force in a single day, and you know you won’t being seeing much sun for the next several months. Not to mention, the change in time can throw off your entire sleep schedule. This can be an extremely depressing time for many people. Studies have shown that increased numbers of depression cases reported after daylight savings is too significant to be dismissed as a coincidence. Continue reading

HOW DO YOU HELP A LOVED ONE WITH CROHN’S?

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Our little Crohnie is just 12 years old. She started showing severe symptoms as a baby at just 6 months, and had a permanent feeding tube inserted in her stomach by the time she was 15 months old. Finally, after years of tests and colonoscopies, Kylie was officially diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Although her feeding tube was eventually removed, doctors were quite hesitant to make this official diagnoses because her symptoms started at such a young age and didn’t necessarily align with what they understood about Crohn’s at the time. Either way, Kylie doesn’t remember a time “Before Crohn’s.” In some ways, I think that may be helpful, in other ways, it is not so great. She has always felt different.  Continue reading

KEEPING A FOOD DIARY WITH CROHN’S

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Crohn’s awareness is on the rise. Whether the news headlines are covering controversial marijuana use for NFL players struggling with this disease, or women getting shamed for wearing a stoma bag at the public pool, Crohn’s Disease is being talked about and that’s a great thing. But at the end of the day there are still so many unanswered questions. Awareness is generating research, so we are moving in the right direction. Unfortunately, for now, the research often seems to create more questions than answers. Studies connecting Crohn’s from everything to food poisoning or simply genetics, can leave us scratching our heads in frustration and feeling overwhelmed. That is why keeping track of individual struggles, successes, and food tolerances is so important. Continue reading

WHY SHEET DINNERS ROCK (ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE CROHN’S)

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It’s no secret that when you have a restrictive diet, you find yourself eating food different than everyone else almost all the time. Sure, you may be having dinner together with the family, but you get the “special” gluten-free bread or rice pasta that no one else clearly enjoys or they would have it themselves. Sometimes altered variations of what everyone else is eating just doesn’t cut it, and to be quite honest, you would rather make a completely different meal for yourself instead. That is why I LOVE sheet pan meals. They are super easy to make, easy to clean up, and best of all, you can make exactly the foods that you want that you know will make you feel good.  (Although don’t be surprised if you start making larger portions because everyone at the table wants a bite!)

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WHY IT’S TIME TO START MAKING YOUR OWN SAUCES AND DRESSINGS WITH CROHN’S

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In an age of seemingly endless “gluten-free, “all-natural,” “whatever-you-want it to be” options these days, most sauces found in stores seem pretty safe for people with restrictive diets.  But with Crohn’s Disease, it can be a bit trickier because there are so many foods to consider in something as complex as a sauce.  Sure, the bottle may be labeled “gluten, or dairy free,” but HOW much sugar is in it? Just HOW spicy is it? The wrong amount of any of these items can send a Crohnie’s digestive track into a rage and to the bathroom for the rest of the night. That is why getting into the habit of making your own sauces and dressings is a great thing….seriously. Continue reading