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Do you ever crave a hamburger and fries but worry about triggering your symptoms?
In this post, we share our 3 go-to tips we use with our clients to help improve their tolerance and enjoyment in eating burgers and fries.
Tip 1: Swap it out
Reduce your symptoms and improve tolerance by swapping out inflammatory and/or trigger foods for better tolerated alternatives that are still satisfying. For example:
- Instead of a beef burger, try a salmon burger, lean ground chicken/turkey burger, or opt for a veggie patty
- Instead of lettuce, add avocado on top
- Instead of a bun with many ingredients, choose a bun with simple ingredients you can pronounce
- Instead of having deep fried french fries, try air fried french fries or make homemade steak fries on the grill or in the oven
Tip 2: Reduce the portion size
Reduce the portion size of inflammatory and/or trigger foods to improve tolerance. For example:
- Instead of using 100% ground beef/pork, try a 50% beef/pork + 50% lean turkey burger instead
- Instead of having all the deep fried french fries, try having a 3/4 or 1/2 portion size and get something else to eat that won't trigger symptoms (but is still satisfying) if you're still hungry
Tip 3: Have it as is
Sometimes having the meal as-is is worth the potential symptoms. Remember, even pro-inflammatory foods are only inflammatory when consumed frequently over time so having them here and there is okay.
We always encourage our clients to honor their hunger cues and make satisfying modifications to meals that reduce symptoms but preserve their enjoyment in eating.
How to get more tips like this
If you're looking for more personalized meal adaptations that will help you reduce your symptoms and still eat the foods you love, we'd love to help.
Reach out to start working with a Romanwell IBD dietitian today!