I may need to visit some relatives to help move my grandfather into a nursing home. Having recently had a rough past few months with my IBS, I am on a pretty restricted diet. These relatives aren't familiar with this health issue and have very irregular eating schedules. I must eat every few hours. It's also normal for them to go out to eat a few times when they have guests, and they like diner/Southern-style food, which of course is heavy and often fried. I don't want to inconvenience them; I've figured out how to make energy/protein bars I can carry around with me and eat when things get busy. But I don't want to insult them if we end up going to a restaurant or dining event that features foods I really cannot eat. They have lots of questions, and I want to explain things, but I don't want to completely gross them out. The unpredictable character of the symptoms of course makes things much harder- these relatives are very plan-oriented. And there are some foods that I cannot yet explain why I can't eat, so it'll be hard to give them categories of things to avoid. I've thought of just going to the market when I get there and buying myself some ingredients to make a few days' worth of food, but I don't want to rudely take over their kitchen. I guess I could make enough to feed them too? How do you guys negotiate situations like this?