Do you have an interest in Pinterest?
Pinterest can be a great resource for IBD sufferers to find recipes and lifestyle tips, as well as join a community that supports your condition. Pinterest is a social platform at its heart. You can connect with people, share things, comment and follow. You can even start or contribute to open boards which anyone can pin to.
To get you started on your obsession with Pinterest (and trust us, it will be an obsession) here’s a few boards that we recommend.
This board is full of delicious recipes (the zucchini lasagne is to die for!) that are gluten free and may be friendly for those with Crohn’s disease. There’s a nice mix of sweet and savoury with a hearty/comfort food leaning so you won’t feel like you’re missing out on the good stuff because of dietary restrictions.
This board is a great combination of funny and thought-provoking pins. If you suffer from IBD, some of the pins are sure to prompt a knowing laugh. There are also some pins with links to informative resources, like the best foods to eat during a flare up.
The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America has a great selection of boards with topics from natural medicine through to awareness and inspiration boards. There’s even a board dedicated to ‘The Face of Crohn’s and Colitis’ with stories of celebrities and public figures with IBD.
But remember, Pinterest isn’t just about re-pinning pins from other people’s boards. Feel free to get involved and begin your own ‘pin boards’ – they can be a handy tool to keep track of and share your favourite recipes. Your boards might even help or inspire fellow IBD sufferers out there in the Pinterest community. You can also use Pinterest a bit like a visual blog and upload your own photos to document your experience, making it a great tool for building community and raising awareness.