Eating out on the SCD
While the SCD is a great thing for people with IBD, the hardest part of it (for me, at least) is eating out at restaurants. I know, at most places 75 percent of what's on the menu ISN'T allowed. It can feel super frustrating to look at all those enticing options and know that at certain places, most of them are off-limits. But, like with the diet in general, you should be thinking about what you CAN have rather than what you can't. Just requesting a few simple tweaks to a menu item can make it a-okay to have. For me, it took a really long time to have the courage to take charge and ask what different menu items were made of and how they were prepared. The diet and disease can feel like a stigma, and I would always be afraid to ask in fear of judgement or that people would think I'm weird for having such a strict diet. I mean, what's weirder than a 17 year old boy asking for a piece of broiled salmon over salad instead of a burger and fries? I still sometimes struggle with asking for accommodations and such, but once you get over it, you realize that the servers are there to help you, and want to cooperate in anyway possible to make your experience better. And let's be real--even if the server DOES think you're weird or something, (which will rarely happen, trust me) you'll probably never see them again.