For many years, I had IBS along with my fibro, until I had a huge flare of what I thought was IBS that turned out to be Ulcerative Colitis. It settled down after a couple of months on the medications the dr dx'd. However, I still had some rumblings of IBS and always the notion and awareness of something going on in my belly. Not hurting exacting, just something. Then I read Shari Lieberman's book called "The Gluten Connection How gluten sensitivity may be sabotaging your health and what you can do to take control now". In a nutshell, it is a very well written book and asks you to try a gluten and dairy free diet for 2 weeks. Well, I tried it and felt much better. After 2 weeks, I added back in the dairy as the author suggested and still felt great ( dairy not being the problem) I have been gluten free for almost 2 years now and no more IBS symtoms, no more feeling of "something going on down there in my belly". I lost about 5 pounds and the bloating in the belly area diminished some. So, that's my story. Gluten free worked well for me and I wouldn't go back.
You asked about gluten free products. I have tryed some of the frozen bread products and wasn't impressed with the taste. I have a bread machine and I buy a bread mix by Glutino called Gluten-Free Pantry Favorite Sandwich Bread Mix. It is quite good, slices easily and isn't crummbly. I slice it up and put it in the freezer in smaller portions and just pull it out to make toast or a sandwich. Also, Bob's Red Mill makes gluten free products and the cornbread is very good as is their buscuit and baking mix. I also freeze those. The only thing I really miss is pizza, as I haven't found a gluten free one that tastes good to me.
Actually, if you eat at home most of the time you don't feel at all deprived. Eating out is a problem at fast food places as most everything is made of wheat or coated with it. I basically order salads at fast food places. If you go to a regular restrauant, you shouldnt have much problem. Steak, fish, potatoes, vegies and salads are available. Just ask if you arent sure if something might have gluten. All in all, I really don't have a problem with being gluten free and I don't miss the bloating and the noisy, full, weird feeling in my belly.