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robmpulse
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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/17/2008 7:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, my name is Rob. Been having bowel complications and abdominal pains for close to 6 months to a year now.

I was told it was IBS and nothing to worry about. I specifically requested a scope to be safe. On May 1st I had an upper and lower scope. I was diagnosed with Diverticulosis.

On May 5th, I turned 29. Is it as rare as they said for someone my age to have this?

I am waiting on my follow up visit to see how bad, etc.

I pretty much lived on processed food "fast food/restaurants) 3 meals a day for the last year. After diagnosis, I have pretty much cut out fast food completely. Maybe only once a week will I break due to having to eat right then and not being prepared (due to my schedule) and have something. Usually just a burger, no fries.

I have started eating Raisin Brand every morning for breakfast, skipping lunch, and eating chicken with veggies for dinner.

Adjusting my diet seems to be the hardest thing to do thus far. I am a single guy that is never home for lunch. What can I prepare that is both easy to make and good for me?

What are other alternatives to Chicken and Veggies for dinner?

What are other things I can eat in the AM besides Raisin Bran. While the taste doesn't bother me, it gets old eating the same thing every morning. :(

Any helpful tips and hints to make things go smoother for me? Supplements, etc?

Thanks for all the help!

Sarita
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   Posted 5/17/2008 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rob, welcome to the forum. I am sorry to hear about your diverticulosis. That means you have little "pockets" in your colon and if some sort of food particle or whatever gets "trapped" in there it could cause more problems. One way to get your colon back into shape is to start feeding it what it really needs. The processed food thing is convenient but we weren't ever really meant to eat that way! So you've made a great step by cutting out the fast food.

Eating Raisin Bran is another good start. Whole cooked oats are a big one that most people forget about, but it's one of the best breakfasts you can eat. I eat it with milk and a dab of peanut butter; delicious. Or I eat yogurt (full of healthy "probiotic" bacteria that re-establish the normal gut flora) with a pinch of granola and raspberries (although you might want to stick with the fruits that are not so "seedy," maybe something like peaches or nectarines). On special occasions I make Belgian waffles or pancakes for my sweetie and throw in whole oats and wheat germ to add some fiber bulk to the batter.

It sounds like the rest is plain ol' fashioned learning how to cook! I also find that I rarely have time for a real "lunch" as a student but one thing I like to do is pop some soup in the microwave and finish it up with a bag of pre-chopped veggies like celery and carrots, or I grab a fruit/veggie smoothie from the place across the street. For dinner I usually make a vat of something like veggie stir-fry (throw in some chopped veggies, chicken, whatever you want, soy sauce and garlic, steam it up, and you're good to go) and rice, fish (very very good for you), legumes...

There is a great cookbook I use for pretty much everything...and aptly enough it is entitled "How to Cook Everything" by Mark Bittman...that book taught me how to cook over the past 10 years (I am also about to turn 29 and I owe my culinary life to that book)!

It's time to pay attention to your body and feed it the good stuff or it's going to keep turning its back on you like it started doing before. I know it's hard to do when you have a busy schedule, but no harder than feeling ill all the time, right? :)

Again, welcome to the forum and hopefully we can help you add some healthy variety to your diet to help your guts!
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robmpulse
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   Posted 5/17/2008 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the welcome. Is it okay for me to eat rice? I thought i was supposed to stay away from that stuff since it could get "trapped"? Of course I will be asking these questions at my next visit for my debriefing, just curious.

:)

gutastrophe
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   Posted 5/17/2008 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   

So much depends on the type of IBS you have.  If you lean more toward Diarrhea, you might find that a serving of white rice doesn't bother you, although nutritionally, brown rice is always better.  If you tend toward C, white rice may prove to be a problem.  In some cases, like mine, even brown rice can be an issue because it bulks the stool so effectively that people with chronic C and motility issues can have difficulty moving things out. 

While certain foods are always "bad" for us (fast food, highly processed food), most can be eaten if you combine them properly, eat them in proper portions and at certain times of the day.  If you eat carb rich foods in the morning (oats, rice) you may find it grounds you for the whole day and is easier to digest and process than if you eat a carb heavy evening meal.  When you do eat something like rice, it is a good idea to combine it with something that has a high water or fat content like meats and greens (collards, chards, mustards). 

Having IBS forces people to learn to cook for themselves.  Since I've been cooking professionally all my life, it was not difficult for me to make the transition from heavily sauced and carb and fat laden foods to a more natural diet.  But I really feel for people who have never cooked or who don't have time to devote to food prep. 

You might think about setting time aside on your weekend to cook larger quantities of healthy meals that you can eat throughout the week.  A big pot of soup made with nutrient rich greens could certainly last the work week.  Roasting a small turkey breast or a few chicken breasts can provide plenty of sandwiches made on hearty breads.  Fiber rich root veggies like butternut squash, yams, turnips, fennel, and parsnips can be diced, tossed in some flax or olive oil, salt and pepper, and roasted at a high temp in your oven.  You can prepare enough of these to have snacks all week long.

Good luck!


Sarita
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   Posted 5/17/2008 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
What gutsy said is right on: everyone's going to react differently to everything, and you have to figure out what works for you. Definitely talk with your doctor about it and maybe look through the book "Eating Right for a Bad Gut." I liked that book...wish I remember where I lost it a few years ago...
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nervymeg
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   Posted 5/18/2008 12:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rob, welcome to HW, the changes you have made are really fantastic, kudos to you.  I am no IBS expert, but I have found cutting out fatty foods, chilli and dense carbs (pizza, foccacia) have reduced symptoms.  As Gutsy and Sarita said we all have different bodies and reactions....do you like fish? I eat a lot of tuna and my tum is happy with that, it makes a break from chicken and veg at least.  Please get back to us and let us know how you are doing...and check out the advice on this forum, they know what they are talking about :-)
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