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By Patricia Raymond, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Norfolk, VA
Founder of YourHealthChoice.net

Created: 12/06/2011
Last Updated: 06/18/2020

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Q: How can I enjoy eating out at restaurants if I have Crohn's disease?

Eating out is a pleasurable activity for many of us, and having Crohn's disease should not stop you from visiting your favorite restaurants. A little advance preparation can help you enjoy dining out.

First, check out the restaurant's menu online. If it's not available online, call ahead and ask some questions related to your dietary needs. That way you can have a few options in mind before arriving. To help keep symptoms under control, look for options that are boiled, steamed or baked.

If the menu does not provide suitable options, call and ask if the chef would be willing to prepare a meal for you. Many chefs will accommodate reasonable requests. If that fails, ask your dining companions if they'd consider going to another restaurant.

For more information on Crohn's disease, visit www.HealthyWomen.org.