Post-Secondary School

Accommodations for Diet

Do not be afraid to ask for accommodations to meet your unique needs. If you have to use the bathroom frequently during an exam, ask that you get that time back. Request a private accommodation or private bathroom in the school’s residence. Perhaps enroll in part-time studies, or talk to your professor about the possibility of missed classes. Whatever your needs are, make them known so that you can study more comfortably.

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Planning ahead

Do your homework. Research schools and meal programs before you decide which to go with. Make any necessary accommodations before classes start, and get documentations settled.

Some schools have a mandatory meal plan – see if the school has a variety of options or just fast food. Can they accommodate you? Look into this first before committing to spending that money.

Pack your lunch if the cafeteria does not offer options you can eat, and bring your own snacks when you go out to places – especially when you go to the movies, as popcorn is one food to avoid.

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Eating out

Look up menus in advance to scope out your options. Limit or avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol. Do not be afraid to ask your server if they can make substitutions to your meal or explain ingredients that are unfamiliar to you.

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Eating in Dormitory Rooms (Student Residence)

Consider whether you can have a small fridge, toaster oven, blender or other appliance to make healthy eating on the go or in your dorm easier – like smoothies for quick healthy option.

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Support and services

Get help when or before you need it. Access student health services and work with health care providers at the school. See if your school food service provider has a dietician to discuss any special needs.

Look into peer support. There may be a Crohn’s and Colitis committee or something similar you could join. Alternatively, simply reach out to friends and let them know what you are experiencing. You would be surprised how much sharing that information can help. 

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Grocery shopping

Make time to prepare meals and snacks. Keep a stash of healthy snacks like fruit, veggies, hummus or yogurt in your dorm. Buying produce in season is less expensive.

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The Dos and Dont's for Diet

Do: Be honest, be proactive, plan ahead, experiment with your diet to reach personal goals, shop smart, participate in social activities, share your experience with friends and family, and ask for accommodations.

Do not: Be ashamed, be afraid to ask for help, follow a diet that does not work for you or choose convenience over health.

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