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5 Ideas for Dining in Style With Crohn's Disease

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Geoffrey Zakarian

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Geoffrey Zakarian

When it comes to food, I believe in style. And if you're on a diet that's restrictive, I think it's even more important.

1. Make It Miniature. From what I understand, smaller meals are often easier for people with Crohn's disease to digest. Take the opportunity to work on a few elegant bite-size hors d’oeuvres and appetizers that you can use for parties.

2. Make It New. Rice pudding isn't exactly considered chic. But you can add your own twist to it and change perceptions. Comfort food can be sophisticated.

Panna cotta might mean “cooked cream,” but who says you can’t throw in almond milk instead? Chef Geoffrey Zakarian shows us how to make a non-dairy, low sugar, Crohn’s-friendly panna cotta that will satisfy your sweet tooth without irritating your gut.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Feb 15, 2016

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3. Collect Beautiful Things. Even the blandest food can appear beautiful on the right platter with elegant serving pieces. Instead of the classic white plate, look for pieces with color.

4. Focus on Presentation. Presentation is a big part of making a meal memorable. Even if you're not going to eat it, a sprig of something green or a slice of something bright can give zest to a monotone plate, as can spices and herbs.

5. Remember Ambience. Dining isn't just about the food. The experience matters. Light candles or buy flowers. Set the table properly. Use cloth napkins. Put on some music. You may not have much of an appetite for food, but we all have a need for relaxation.

Disclaimer: This column provides lifestyle tips. It is not medical advice. There is no specific diet that is recommended for people with Crohn’s disease. Discuss any nutrition questions with your doctor.

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Medical Reviewers: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Mar 10, 2016

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