Preparing for Thanksgiving

May 10, 2019

Whether you plan on hosting dinner in your own home or visiting friends and family, the right planning can help you avoid sudden trips to the bathroom when gathered around the table. Check out these helpful hints and delicious recipes that are easy on your digestive tract and are sure to impress all the guests!

Avoid irritating foods and beverages.

While Thanksgiving is the prime time to enjoy endless amounts of your favorite dishes, monitoring your diet is an extremely helpful step to take. There are several foods and beverages that are known to trigger incontinence. Some of these items include:

  • Caffeinated beverages such as coffee
  • Chocolate
  • Tomato-based and spicy foods
  • Milk and other dairy products
  • Citrus fruits and juices
  • Alcohol

Tomato-based and spicy foods, as well as citrus juices and chocolate, can irritate your bladder, causing more frequent or accidental urination. Understanding which ingredients may be triggers to your body are going to help make picking out recipes and trying new dishes much easier.

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash

While vegetables are usually part of a healthy diet, many are hard to digest and can be intolerable when you have ulcerative colitis. Depending on your specific case, well-cooked, skinless vegetables such as spaghetti squash. it’s low calorie, low-carb, and a great alternative to creamy potatoes and gravy. You surely won’t be the only one with this on your plate

Servings: 12


  • 6 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable broth
  • 2-pound spaghetti squash
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Mix water and vegetable broth in a medium-sized pot and set aside.
  2. Cut the top and bottom off the squash. Stand the squash upright and trim the skin, making sure to cut off all the cream-colored rind. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Lay the flat sides down and cut into 1/4-inch slices.
  3. Bring the pot of liquid to a boil and cook the squash for 5 minutes. Check for tenderness, and if necessary, cook for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Remove the squash with a slotted spoon and place in an oblong pan or dish. Cool slightly.
  5. While the squash is still warm, break it apart into strands of “spaghetti.”
  6. Season with lemon zest and seasoning salt, mix well, and serve.

Recipe provided by Everyday Health

Easy Apple Crumble

Apple Crumble

Suffering from Crohn’s can really put a damper on dessert, but here is a delicious recipe to ease your mind (and tummy) when it comes to flare ups. It’s a well-known traditional favorite, and some even prefer it to pie! Using the almond flour with coconut oil instead of dairy products will not only help you, but give this dessert a rustic, fruity, yet nutty flavor without the bloat. You may need to make two of these!

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins


  • 2 x 770g tins of pie apple.
  • 1+1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup mixed nuts (roughly chopped) or cashews, macadamias and walnuts.
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/3 cup honey


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350F)
  2. Put the pie apple into a baking dish.
  3. Mix together the almond flour, coconut, mixed nuts and spice.
  4. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave (about 30 seconds) and add to dry ingredients.
  5. Melt the honey briefly in the microwave (about 15 seconds) and add.
  6. Spread nut mix onto apples
  7. Bake in oven for 15 mins

Recipe provided by An Aussie With Crohns

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