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