Stress Cravings

f4oebIs it just me or does ongoing holiday stress start to eat away at your willpower and make it easier to turn your cheek to those stringent Crohn’s diet recommendations?  Let’s blame it on endless holiday social situations where we’re faced with platters of nuts, fried foods and other awful sights.

At a holiday party earlier today I tucked a few morsels of “bad” food on my flimsy paper plate to avoid snide looks by coworkers who question why I’m so picky and not appreciative of their simmering Crock Pot concoction.  To me, that simmering mystery meat looks more like a cauldron of stomach aches, late nights in the bathroom, and flare onset foods.  I’m actually not picky, my dears!  I’ll eat anything, I just CAN’T!  You don’t want to see the action in the bathroom if I eat this lethal combination of Taco Bell, spinach dip, spicy jerk chicken and meatballs.  I covered it all in a few leafy greens and collapsed into my seat, sneaking a glance at my watch to see if I would have time to eat before dinner.  Not so, I came home starving and frustrated.

My husband says I should bring my own food, snide looks ignored. But I already feel like a spotlight is shining on me wherever I go, reminding the world that I’m different. Bringing my own food to a holiday party is like adding a karaoke mike to the spotlight.

Instead, I slap on a fake smile at every holiday soiree and compliment the most unappealing of dishes to keep the peace and cram my face with healthy Crohn’s friendly food immediately before and after.

It’s a small price to pay to keep on Crohn’in on. The holidays are hard enough. Veering from our regular diets is just a recipe for disaster, pardon the pun.

Written by Jamie from Crohnie Travels. Visit her blog for inspirational tips about traveling with Crohn’s and much more!






    We don’t always eat simply to satisfy hunger. We also turn to food for
    comfort, stress relief, or as a reward. Unfortunately, emotional eating
    doesn’t fix emotional problems.

  • pottygirl

    I have crohns and with it other complications. As for all the foolish people that say that this illness can be controlled with diet, just plain nuts even a low residue did not change a thing. Sad at this point no drug has or they do then just stop. I to have constant pain sleep with heating pad. Sleep through the night, who can do that when your in the toilet every hour. Also for all the bathroom trips and how I eat I can not lose a pound at one point I was skin and bones then medium then down right fat or I think so. I sleep on a disposable bed pad well I am sure you know why, plus laundry you got to kidding me I am an expert if it wont come out throw it out… I have truly learned to get through all this with laughter. One I am sure you all know is the run and squat dance to the potty or maybe the drive like a wild women to find a bathroom. oh yes lets not forget the famous walk of shame to the bathroom you know the one were you cover your butt for fear of what all will see and the reality that when you get there you have nothing to put on only toilet paper to clean up, so now you have the I have a bladder problem look. Trying a new drug and truly one more time hoping for the best (Entyvio). I say to all it is very hard but remember Laugh and if you must have a small short cry but always remember although you feel and it seems that way there are many people that know what you go through and truly care. Best of luck to all and happy potty time

  • Beaverley Hellbelly

    So true! I was saying the same thing to my wife the other day. She kind of didn’t believe me, I felt her first reaction was scepticism, probably because I’ve never mentioned it before, you know, not complaining. So she assumes everything is fine with the samosas and raw broccoli salad, and humus or five-dip salad, and yes the undercooked BBQ burgers from Walmart, still half frozen. Refuse and be cast out!

    Not ready to jump to the vegetarian side or raw-food blender smoothie junkies yet either…