Suggestions re book on IBS

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Luvzminis
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   Posted 10/8/2009 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Can anyone suggest a good book about managing IBS, and particularly an IBS diet?  What has helped you?  Thanks in advance.

yo-yo
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   Posted 10/8/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi there,

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. 

Yo-yo


Luvzminis
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   Posted 10/8/2009 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for that info, yo-yo.  I'll definitely check out the book.
 
I'm somewhat familiar with the gluten-free diet, but would you mind if I asked a few more questions?
 
Do you buy gluten-free bread, pancakes, etc. or do you just stick to more basic "meat and vegetables" meals?  Sometimes it's hard to find gluten-free products locally, though there is a food co-op near here which has some flours, etc.  Also, do you combine this diet with no sugar?
 
Just wondering what you would typically eat.  I did notice that some of the "regular" cereals in the cereal aisle are now advertised as "gluten free."
 
Thanks again for any more info!  Sounds like a great plan.

beanley
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   Posted 10/8/2009 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Eating for IBS and The First Year: IBS by Heather Van Vorous.

Here's the link to her website. There's a great forum there too.

http://www.helpforibs.com/

Before you go gluten-free, I would suggest trying Heather's IBS diet. It worked perfectly for me. Plus taking Metamucil and Bentyl (dicyclomine) a prescription anti spasmodic.
fibro, migraines, ibs


Luvzminis
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   Posted 10/8/2009 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks beanley!  I really appreciate all the resources and suggestions.  Just having one of those "feel pretty rough" days, and all the suggestions give me hope.  God bless, you guys.
 
BTW, I noticed that now Rice Chex and Corn Chex say "gluten free" on the boxes.

yo-yo
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   Posted 10/8/2009 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

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. 

Yo-yo


Luvzminis
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   Posted 10/15/2009 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
A very belated thanks, and sorry for the delay!
I'll check out those sources.  I've been trying gluten free recently, and it does seem to help!  I'm also ordering the books previously mentioned, next week.  Thanks again, everyone!
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