We’ve all been there: Strangers send messages offering unsolicited advice about how to manage your Crohn’s disease, how to cure your symptoms, or how certain products can cause or prevent flares. We all have heard the "my friend’s friend did this" spiel. It happens more than you’d think. I am not the first person to share personal stories and invite others into my life, and I’m sure others have received messages like this, too. I have had individuals try to sell me vitamins, candles, makeup, and whatnot – things that will "help" my issues. I even have received suggestions about my mascara. I’ve received genuine suggestions with helpful information and messages from people checking on me. But even today, I still receive messages with unrealistic suggestions and incorrect statements about how to deal with my issues. I also have had those who try to shame and blame me for my own suffering. Offering recommendations is one thing, and I'll usually respond with a thank you. But to continue to question me and tell me what "helps" only negates my battle, and suggests that I do not try to heal or help myself and that I do not know my own body best. So, I wanted to tackle some IBD and diet-related specifics. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC) are autoimmune diseases considered inflammatory bowel diseases. Crohn’s makes the processes of your stomach difficult because your stomach is fighting against itself. Healthy bacteria are seen as harmful, and your body induces inflammation to fight itself. This causes ulcers and intestinal wall thickening that leads to more inflammation, creating a cycle. Eating becomes harder and more dangerous when getting the nutrients your body needs, and your bathroom visits become that much more frequent.