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Eating Out With IBS
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When I was first diagnosed with IBS, my Naturopath put me on a very strict diet, and I thought there goes my social life. My friends liked to eat out once a month, and hosted barbecues, every other weekend in the summer. There were also birthdays and holidays to consider. I didn't want to turn down my social commitments, but I didn't want to go out and swell up like a balloon, or be doubled over with stomach cramps either. Evenings out with friends and family are not a lot of fun when you are in pain. Until my IBS was more or less under control, and I had worked out what most of my trigger foods were, I elected to come to parties after the meal was done, or skip them all together. I did a lot of reading about IBS and finally came up with a plan.

My first meal out was at a local pub. A week before we were scheduled to meet, I called the pub and requested to talk to the chef. I didn't tell him I had IBS, which a lot of people don't understand, I said I was highly allergic to my trigger foods. We went through the menu and came up with a few entrees I could eat with a little modification. I then spoke to the reservations staff and explained the situation, she marked in the reservations book, allergic to, and listed my problem foods. The day before the dinner, I called the pub again to ensure that everything was in place, and the staff that night would keep a close eye on my food preparation. I went to bed that night feeling a little worried, but wasn't a nervous wreck. The night of the dinner went well, I had a plain meal to most peoples standards: grilled fish, plain steamed veggies, and plain rice, but I had no reactions! I thanked, and tipped, the staff well that night. I also called and thanked the chef the next day. I've been back there several times since then with out any problems.

I thought eating out at my friends houses would be a snap after eating at the pub, but it's been a bit of a mixed bag. One of my friends has not the slightest clue of what wheat is or what it is in, no matter how many times I explain it to her. When I go to her house I bring something I can eat from home, just in case, and offer to help in the kitchen where I can keep an eye on the meal prep so I'll know if any of my trigger foods are used.With other friends I have suggested pot lucks, I may be only eating what I brought, but I have a pleasant night out.

My room mate's family and my own have been great. They actually cook my vegetables separately, or build the meal around food I can eat. It helps that my mother also has IBS, though her trigger foods are different than mine.

I've found that having IBS doesn't have to take away your social life as long as you plan in advance, and don't mind telling a little white lie to restaurants.


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Brandon8  

My dad needs this lol

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