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It’s happening: that dream trip that you’ve been planning for ages is finally booked. Does the idea of travel fill you with excited butterflies? It should. With a digestive disorder like Crohn’s disease, however, the idea of traveling can be a stressful one that causes some patients to avoid travel altogether. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Planning can make traveling less uncertain and allow individuals living with Crohn’s disease to explore their surroundings with less worry about potential health issues.
Tips for Travel
Whether traveling by air, by rail, or by car, there are things that one can do to make the travel process easier. Here are a few tips to take as one prepares to travel:
- Find a doctor early. Knowing where a doctor is in the destination city can lift a huge worry off of a Crohn’s patient’s shoulders. Ask your regular doctor for a recommendation.
- Take enough medications along. Ensure that you have enough crohn’s medication for the whole trip, and take extra, just in case something happens. Keep pills in the original containers if you’re flying.
- Pack copies of prescriptions and take a typed physician’s statement.
- Create a low-stress itinerary. Consider booking a travel package or deal from a company with a good reputation in order to minimize travel problems and stress. Also, book flights that are nonstop or have few connections.
- Talk to your health insurance provider. Know your coverage and its limits, especially if traveling abroad.
- Let flight attendants know of your condition. If you have Crohn’s disease, letting your flight attendants know might convince them to allow accommodations like access to the first-class restroom if necessary.
- Create a Bathroom Kit. Keep the kit with you and include things like extra undergarments, hand soap, toilet paper or wet wipes, and plastic bags, just in case you encounter a bathroom that is not stocked properly.
These tips may lessen the stress that travel can bring, and the potential for a stress-related Crohn’s disease flare up. So, pack your bags, find a doctor, and enjoy your trip! For more information about Crohn’s contact Crohns.net
I have been following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for 15 years. In that 15 years, cereal has become a thing of the past. Finding something that is SCD friendly is pretty difficult. With the popularity of Paleo there are more and more gluten, grain, and sugar-free items on the market, but most seem to contain at least one SCD illegal ingredient.
So, I was pretty excited when the folks at Wildway Granola contacted me about their Paleo and SCD-friendly granola. Of course I had to try it and they were nice enough to send me some samples of their flavors – Banana Nut, Apple Spice, and Coconut Cashew. I love it!
You can check out the ingredients list right here.
Like most SCD foods, the granola has a soft texture because it doesn’t have any sugar. It doesn’t even have honey. Dates are the primary sweetener and those are soft. But, the pumpkin seeds and other nuts give it a satisfying granola texture.
It makes a great yogurt topping!
And one of my favorite ways to use it – as a topping for an individual apple crisp!
These date cupcakes are light and airy and not too sweet. They are a great snack or light dessert – and I won’t tell if you have it for breakfast.
Being that this is made with dates and has not baking soda, it came out a lot lighter than I expected. I love the texture of these. A lot of times almond flour recipes come out a little heavy and sometimes oily, but these have stayed light and fluffy.
Making homemade broth may not be the first thing on your mind in these warm summer months – it’s been around 90 here for days and days – but broth and/or stock is an important staple of the SCD diet.
I like to make up a bunch and freeze it by the cup to have handy for recipes. Making broth is super easy and once you do it, you’ll never want to have anything else (which, we’re not supposed to do on SCD anyway).
The perfect summer SCD recipe – Strawberry Lemonade Cream Pie.
This uses rich and creamy lemon curd, combined with whipped cream yogurt. Yogurt can be made with whipping cream, the same as it’s made with milk. You’ll probably want to save it for an occasional treat, but it is pretty awesome for dessert making or just for a topping.
One of the questions I am asked most often is if there is any kind of commercial yogurt that can be substituted for the homemade SCD yogurt.
The answer to that question is no.
SCD yogurt is fermented for 24 hours, which provides the correct bacteria levels for the diet. The official Breaking the Vicious Cycle website has a great section on yogurt and provides a ton of info about it.
With all the kinds of yogurt out there, I know it can be tempting to try them out. These days people are demanding more from their yogurt – less sugar, higher quality, pasture milk, etc, – and that’s great, but it’s still not SCD friendly.
2,500 years ago Hippocrates said that “All disease begins in the gut.”
We all know that when you’ve got an “upset stomach” it can derail your day, your week, your year, and your life. Suddenly you’re missing work, canceling social engagements, and you become afraid to go anywhere. The thought of traffic jams, airplanes, and business meetings strikes terror in your heart. Forget about traveling, the beach, and hiking in the mountains.
Life becomes about your gut and avoiding the pain and embarrassing situations it can cause. Even though we’ve told everyone we just have an “upset stomach” we know that there’s more going on than that. I’ve been there and I know how these symptoms can disrupt your life. I used to have trouble staying awke at my desk at work – something my co-workers started to notice. The turning point for me was making my friends turn around and take me home when we were on our way to the movies one day.
I made up my mind that was never going to happen again. I made up my mind to take control of my life by taking care of myself and changing my diet.
If you’re like me, you probably miss having a sandwich. You may have even tried making some SCD bread only to find it doesn’t work all that well for a sandwich that has anything more than peanut butter and jelly on it.
Personally, I’m not a fan of almond flour bread, so I’ve been trying to find suitable substitutions. There’s something to be said for being able to stack your favorite sandwich ingredients together with a little mustard. It’s satisfying. And sometimes putting all those exact same things in a salad just doesn’t do it.
I’ve seen collard wraps in the deli section at the store, but I’ve never been able to try one because of non-SCD fillings. I finally decided to try it on my own. I discovered quickly that you can’t just wrap a raw collard green around some stuff and have something palpable, they take a little prep.