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First off, my apologies for being so behind on writing.  The Christmas season was a blur of vacations and family gatherings.  It has been wonderful, but incredibly busy.

There was one slight hitch in my holiday festivities: I CAN’T EAT.  I am still doing nightly TPN (total parenteral nutrition), which means that what I take in by mouth is extremely limited.  So ya know how everything you do around Christmas centers around food?  And remember the last time you were on a diet and had to limit how much you ate around Christmas and how deprived you felt?  Now imagine if you weren’t allowed to eat anything, or practically anything.  Bottom line: Not eating at Christmas is really terrible!

Some Call it Cheating:

With so much food around I have found someways to maximize my tastebuds and minimize my feelings of deprivation.  Not to say it still isn’t hard, but I’m getting better at not eating and only sorta cheating….

  • If I can only have one bite, I am going to make it the best bite possible.  For example, my mom made cinnamon rolls the other day.  So what did I do?  I cut the very center bite out of the cinnamon roll and ate that!  It was delicious!

Restaurant Rescues

Now the restaurant game can be tricky.  Sitting there while everyone else is eating.  Every once in a while I snapchat a picture of my empty plate setting and draw a picture of food.  Only people who know me think it is actually funny, but I am highly amused

That being said, I keep myself occupied during restaurant meals with two strategies.

Me, Me, Me or All about You:

  1. First off, I talk a lot.  Everyone I have gone out to eat with recently knows everything about my life. While everyone else enjoys their wonderful food, I talk about myself.  But then again, I kind of do that any ways…
  2. Secondly, I entertain myself on social media.  No one can really get mad at me for being on my phone when Im not allowed to eat.  So instead I tweet, Facebook and snap about everyone else eating.  Like fun fact, when hungry, my family can eat their meals in under 5 minutes flat.  It was impressive!

I’ll just try a bite of yours:

Also, when out with people I know.  I like to take a bit of everyone’s food!  That way I at least get to taste what everyone is eating!  Its almost better then getting my own meal!!!!! I’m actually being sarcastic if you hadn’t picked up on that.

Or, I get soups at restaurants.  But I’ve learned I have to be really careful with what soup I get, because bisque and cream based soups are too heavy for my stomach to handle sometimes.

Okay so this was kind of a weird post and I don’t know if anyone will find it helpful or interesting, but maybe someone somewhere can relate!   My life is weird and I am okay with that, but I will say I am tired of waiters looking at me like I have an eating disorder when I don’t get anything at restaurants.   But what can you do!  Well this is all I’ve got for today, gotta go pretend to be an adult in my not so normal life.


Sarah Brocker

Hi my name is Sarah Brocker and I have Crohn's Disease. I've got 8 scars and am missing two feet of intestines and my life isn't normal, but whose life is normal? I want to use my experiences to help you, even if it means sharing embarrassing experiences. I am also looking to break the stigmas associated with IBD in order to make living with IBD just a little bit easier. All I want to do is help, so please, let ME help YOU!

One Response to There is Food Everywhere!

  1. Get Health Online

    thanks for sharing this info…

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