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Living With IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Foods to eliminate, and more!!!

Updated on February 24, 2010

Do You Suffer with IBS, Suffer No More!!!

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

Choosing to eat the right foods / Learning to Cope

It has been estimated close to 20% of our population suffer with this annoying bowel condition. To this day there is no known cure for IBS, but it can be better controlled by eating certain foods or should I say eliminating the trigger or wrong foods.

Eating correctly what does that mean, well choosing the right foods is crucial for keeping the bouts of upset at bay.

People that suffer with this condition have to limit certain foods that can cause the bowel to be inflamed and that bring on the symptoms or a full fledge episode of IBS.

People that have lived with this condition usually know what foods they can tolerate and what foods wreak havoc on their now vulnerable system.

I was one of those people, having being diagnosed with IBS at a very early age. I have gone through all stages of IBS.

What I mean by stages is IBS can cause loose bowel movements that can be very frustrating and at times embarrassing. This stage of loose bowels can last for several weeks, to even months.

On the other spectrum IBS can change overnight and a person can have trouble having a bowel movement, being totally constipated for a long period of time.

In my earlier days of IBS I had tremendous stress in my life to deal with and being young I wasn’t keen to the clever ways of handling my stress triggers, and that meant numerous and continuous bouts.

So not only eating poorly/incorrectly but having to deal with stress will fuel and feed this condition, resulting in flare ups.

Some of the bothersome symptoms of IBS are the cramping, bloating of the abdomen, feeling full even after eating only a small amount of food, cold sweats when a bad bout comes on, and at times some may experience chills. And after a bad bout you will feel much drained, like the life was just sucked out of you.

I know in the earlier days when mine was at its worse, before I knew how to better control it, I would get so sick that I would almost pass out. Oh yeah, a few times I did…

IBS isn’t fun to live with, and those that have it will definitely agree. You are always making sure where the bathrooms are when away from home, because a flair up can happen in an instant without any notice. And when that happens, you have to go, right then.

IBS can be so bad for some it can hold and keep you hostage, and isolated.

For me I was sometimes afraid to go to public functions, afraid I would have a big upset and get sick, embarrassing myself in front of friends or co-workers. But being the people person that I am I would make myself go. And I usually would get sick as I had predicted. But now looking back some of it was brought on by only me. I worked myself into a panic and I ate the wrong foods, and some of them I knew to stay away from because they didn’t agree with me, but I ate them anyway. And some of it was just the simple fact I had IBS and I didn’t know how to control it.

I must be clear though, IBS can’t be completely controlled. I see it as a sensitive gut, and it will flare up at times no matter what choices we make.

But we can make better choices that will lessen the amounts we have.

Let’s talk about some of the choices I have made that have helped my IBS tremendously.

First I began eliminating fried foods, like French fries. I loved French fries and I always ordered them extra crispy. Now that just meant more grease and more stomach upsets for me.

I also ate chicken fingers, fried of course, with lots of ketchup.

After eating French fries, fried chicken fingers, garlic toast, and slaw with mayonnaise and then washing it down with sweet tea.

I’ll give you one guess. (I would be so sick)

Not only when you have IBS can you not eat greasy fried foods, but knowing I was lactose intolerant on top of that, just sent fuel to the fire. And yes I am lactose intolerant, so between the grease which is horrible for IBS and the mayonnaise in the slaw was a deadly combination for my poor gut.

Let me get back on track here, I stopped eating fried foods, I now eat zero fried foods, I cut out sweet tea, I cut out soft drinks, the carbonation in sodas are terrible for an already sensitive gut. I eat whole wheat breads, but I try to eat as least as possible of breads. No more white breads, no more white rice, only brown rice.

I replaced candy with lots of fruit. I eat apples, grapes, strawberries, pineapple, oranges, but not too many oranges, they are harder to digest. I drink lots of water, juices low in sugars, and I eat lots of salads now, where I never did before.

I have a favorite one that I get at my local eating establishment. I usually indulge in it almost twice a week.

It consists of mixed greens, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries, peppered free range chicken, pecans, and topped with Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing, which I use sparingly.

I love it and I can feel good about eating it.

I stopped eating cheese, ice-cream, those kind of things really did a number on my system. I just couldn’t tolerate them. So by cutting them out, it has drastically improved my digestive system.

I no longer eat red meats which are bad for anyone, but especially those who suffer with IBS.

I think the best thing anyone can do that has IBS is to listen to what their body tells them. If you eat something that you know has caused you discomfort over and over again, and you continue to eat it, you are going to suffer the consequences.

I still live with IBS, but I went from living in a daily fear of not knowing when I would get sick, or where I would be when it would happen. To knowing that most likely unless I ate the wrong thing on purpose, that I was probably going to be just fine.

I worked on what I could and couldn’t eat with IBS and being lactose intolerant. I eliminated those bad trigger foods, and it has made a significant difference in my life.

I only wished I had listened to what my system was trying to tell me years ago. I would have saved myself a lot of stomach ache.

If you are reading this article, I hope you too will be diligent in changing your eating habits. I promise once you do, you won’t miss the bad foods that are holding you prisoner and making you feel sick while doing so.

I told myself for years I couldn’t live without a soft drink.

And I would drink a coke or sprite everyday with most of my meals, and now I don’t miss them or care for them in the least.

Plus all that carbonation made me feel fat, bloated and unhealthy.

Not only have I noticed the changes in my digestive system working better, but my skin and hair looks healthier too.

IBS can’t totally be cured 100%, but if you take the time to listen to your body and eliminate the trigger foods, the wrong foods from your diet, it can change drastically for the better.

Here is one last suggestion:

Drink warm peppermint tea after a meal, it is so soothing to your system and aides in digestion; it’s great for those with a slow digestive tract or those with IBS.

Change is good; we all need change to stay fresh and alive….

Best Wanda Hudgins


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      6 years ago

      Thank you! Means a lot :)

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      6 years ago

      Best of luck to you too, Natalie. I'm finding out there is a solution to IBS, you just have to find a doctor that cares enough to find it, like I have. My GI doctor days are definitely over!!!

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      6 years ago

      I've had the same problem with doctors in the past, they tried to tell me I suffered from all sorts but in the end I found a doctor who actually helped and referred me to get my diagnosis. My doctor also suffers from IBS so he is trying his hardest to help me out. I'm so glad to hear your finding a solution! Hoping the best for you! I'll take the food advice on board and try it out for a few weeks! Thanks, means a lot!!

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      6 years ago

      My best advice to everyone is to do an elimination diet. Cut out the main allergen groups of wheat, dairy, corn & nuts for 2-3 weeks and keep track of how you feel. I've discovered that 80% of the population has an intolerance to wheat, so start there. I've been under the care of a functional medicine doctor for several weeks now and he has done wonders for me. He is positive he can cure me instead of just treat me. I am finding I can eat twice as much as I used to, still maintain my weight (I do need to gain some) and I have been completely symptom free for 3 weeks now. No pain, cramps, loose movements, constipation etc. Your body is designed to be self preserving, as long as you feed it the right fuel, it will perform flawlessly. I am very excited at my progress so I hope this helps. Sadly, GI doctors don't want to cure you, just to push pills and order tests.

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      6 years ago

      I suffer from IBS and much like everyone else, I feel like there is no one to talk too, but after reading this article I have realised that there are people out there who know exactly what I'm going through. I'm only 17 and I have lived with IBS for the past year and it has been very hard. I isolated myself from the world but I'm slowly starting to regain my confidence in going outside. I still haven't managed to find out what exactly triggers my episodes so things are still quite tough. This article is going to help me a lot now that I know I'm not the only one who has felt this way! Thanks!

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      6 years ago

      I recently had a food sensitivity test done and I'm sticking to what it showed, which was mostly what I've already stated. Basically for me now, gluten/wheat,dairy, corn products & chicken is all out. Pork, Fish & Turkey are still okay & I've discovered a lot of fruits, vegetables & nuts I can enjoy, I feel better and am a lot healthier to boot.

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      6 years ago

      Oh my god great story I just found out last week I have IBS and this is so helpful and so are the comments people have put. Thanks

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      6 years ago

      Very nice hub. I wrote a similar one on ways I've handled my IBS-D. I share all of your horror stories with living with this and I keep a food journal and a bathroom visit journal daily. I've had to eliminate so much over the years, my list of what I can actually eat is pretty short. Chicken, Pork, Fish, Rice spaghetti w/light sauce, Turkey, fruits, vegetables, except corn and light on the gluten and no more than 3g of fat per serving. I also take probiotics(Ultimate Flora) which helps as well. My diet is very boring and repetitive but it beats the alternative.

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      6 years ago

      Reading this made me feel so much better about myself. Don't take this the wrong way..but I'm glad I'm not the only one suffering with IBS. Everyone thinks that IBS isn't that big of a deal because it's so common..but it is a big deal. I've been hospitalized countless times due to severe stomach pain. I've had an endless amount of blood drawn. I've had 5 MRI's and 16 x-rays. I've had 2 scopes. I've had to travel to different hospitals all around the state to find out what was wrong with me. I was staying up until 5am at the lastest with stomach pains so severe, I would lay down in my bed and shake. Not purposely, of course. I've tried so many different medications and seen so many different doctors. I've had to leave friends houses, public events, and family get togethers because of stomach aches. I can't go anywhere without worrying about getting sick... I've lost a good amount of my social life due to that issue. I've isolated myself from everyone because nobody understands just how serious having this condition is. I've become afraid of getting other illnesses, such as the common flu or cold. I've become quite the germaphobe. I have a fear of being around people who just don't feel good. I fear going out with my friends, because I don't want to get a stomach ache and ruin everyones night by being the sick one. I have terrible anxiety and sometimes panic attacks because of this condition. I take 3 different medications during the day. Having IBS isn't a joke. I just wish more people would understand that.

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      6 years ago from New York

      Reading this blog is crazy, it's as if you know so many things that I have gone through. IBS is a terrible thing to live with but for the last 12 years I have been taking digestive enzymes. This has changed my life. It is almost as if I don't have IBS anymore. After all of the doctors I had seen,all of the medication I had tried, and the special diets I never thought there was anything that could help me like this. Please read my blog Living With Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I have been reading the other blogs on IBS and I can't believe that there are so many other people that suffer from it. I know when I was dealing with it,I felt so alone.

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      Accutane Lawsuits 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this nice hub'. My wife is a victim of Accutane medicine. And now she is suffering IBS. We are in the middle of this Accutane Settlement, hope we can getback what Accutane give damage onto my wife's live.



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      8 years ago

      This is a good article and in conjunction with other IBS treatments it can be very helpful. Websites such as and also give good information on diet too.

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      Steve Andrews 

      8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Great hub about a problem I have developed! I can see I am going to have to cut out some foods I have been eating from my diet!

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      8 years ago

      i have been suffering from ibs from past one year .as i am a classical dance student i feel difficult to manage with this problem.but i try not to think of my problem,still i get dominated by the stress i felt very stressed ,but after reading this article i got hope .thanks for sharing your experiances ,till now i thought i was the only one suffering from this syomtoms and no one to understand my problem.

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      Marc Woodard 

      8 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Good article, I wrote on IBS about a year ago and posted at my health repository within my home page site found within my profile. I commend you for educating those in the healthy lifesyle to prevent unnecessary illness and disease. Preventative health education is what this country needs so desperately. IBS creates so many problems for people and by just eating right and changing a few behavioral habits clears almost all of the problems.


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