Work with your parents, doctor, and dietitian to find substitutions for foods you have to go without.
Try and avoid the greasy, yeasty foods. I have noticed that eating a lot of pizza at once can cause a flare up, or eating a lot of bread in a short window of time.
When away at college, make sure to have some comfort foods in your dorm so you don't need to eat at your dining hall, especially if that food is going to bother your stomach even more. (Shared by CCFA's National Youth Leadership Council)
When eating out, ask for sauces that may bother your stomach to be put on the side in a separate container so you can control how much you want to eat of it, if any at all. (Shared by CCFA's National Youth Leadership Council)
If you find yourself in a group situation where there's absolutely nothing you can eat, then at least drink! Having a glass or cup in your hand can make you feel less self-conscious when everyone around you is chowing down.
Pay attention to how sugary foods (which include carbohydrates like pasta) make you feel. Bacteria can feed off sugar and produce a lot of excess gas, which can contribute to bloating and pain.
When you first get diagnosed, it's normal to feel a little freaked about what you can and can't eat. Keep in mind that learning how to eat right for your disease doesn't happen overnight. It takes time, along with trial and error. Be patient.
If you have no appetite, try eating small, frequent meals instead of a few big ones each day. You might also talk to your doctor or registered dietitian about liquid nutritional supplements or recipes for homemade shakes and smoothies.
If it's depressing to think in terms of giving up certain foods "forever," why think so far ahead? Instead, start short-term. Try giving your diet two weeks to see how you feel without these foods, then go from there.
If you're bumming about giving up your favorite foods, try to find the next best thing...or create it yourself! Check out these satisfying switches:
Rice puffs with melted butter or Pirate's Booty
Almond butter, cashew butter
Toasted flour tortillas
Natural or veggie hot dogs without nitrates