Medically reviewed by Dr. Omer Shahab, Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist
The aroma of barbecues, the laughter of family and friends, and the joy of outdoor activities define the essence of summer holidays. However, when living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, indulging in the festivities requires a touch of careful planning. But fear not! A healthy Fourth of July with IBD is not only possible but also enjoyable. This guide will walk you through some savvy strategies to manage your IBD and still have a blast this holiday season.
Know Your IBD: Inflammatory bowel disease encompasses chronic conditions leading to inflammation in your gastrointestinal tract. From Crohn’s disease affecting any part of the digestive tract to ulcerative colitis focusing on the colon and rectum, IBD can trigger symptoms like abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue, and weight loss. There’s no known cure for IBD yet, but managing the disease can hinge on the right medication, lifestyle modifications, and a healthy diet.
Celebrate with IBD-friendly Eating:
Living with IBD means adapting your lifestyle, but it certainly doesn’t mean bidding farewell to the joy of festivities. Remember, everyone’s IBD journey is unique, so be sure to consult your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian to craft a diet plan that best fits your needs. With a dash of planning and a spoonful of smart choices, you’re all set for a healthy, happy, and memorable Fourth of July.