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   Posted 6/30/2008 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Not been in touch for a while but the IBS is back with a vengeance it seems. Loads of painful trapped gas and very soft first thing. I had improved quite a lot but we have experienced rather a stressful time recently with one thing and another so maybe that explains a lot.

I got so confident I had improved that I started on the salads which I really like in the summer. NOOOO not a good idea - could all these raw veggies and fruit have triggered things again?

Hope you are all coping. This IBS really does get you down at times doesn't it?

Oh well. I managed to see a peregrine falcon on a birding trip recently so that lifted me a lot.

Take care

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   Posted 6/30/2008 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Definetly could have. Those are things I was taken off of when diagnosed with IBS. That, red meat and dairy. I can eat some lettuces like butter lettuce and some romaines but I usually use spinach and don't have a problem plus it is good for you but no other raw veggies and only canned fruit or sometimes stone fruit without the skins.

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   Posted 7/1/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Some people can't deal with lettuce at all, but I have found a DEFINITE difference between fresh lettuce and bagged pre-cut salads. I started getting D when I was in college (before I had other problems), and when I talked to my mother about what was suddenly causing it, she had me run through all the foods I was eating. When I got to the part about having a salad every day, she said bingo, that's the culprit. Apparently they put some sort of chemical on cut lettuce to keep it from turning brown. This can cause D in some people, especially if you eat it frequently, as I was doing. I quit eating the school's salad bar and the D suddenly stopped. I told my husband this when he asked why I always bought a head of iceberg lettuce instead of bag-o-lettuce. A while later he said that he had been having D off and on for a week and he wondered if it was from his salad? He switched to buying a head of lettuce, like me, and D problem went away.

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   Posted 7/2/2008 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow, didn't think about that. The ingredients don't say what the chemical is, I guess because it's not "added". They just list the Lettuce, etc. However, they do wash it (and they don't mention with what), so, it must be at that phase that the chemical gets added / left behind and it's not technically an ingredient.

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   Posted 7/2/2008 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Whoa - I didn't think of this either. I've heard they spray salads on salad bars though. Back when there was a bagged spinach e-coli scare I vowed not to buy bagged salads.

But here of late, I've been buying them again.

Thanks for the reminder Keriamon!

I think I'm going back to making my own salads. I have heard you should wash each large piece of lettuce, front and back, if using Romaine for example. Then after cutting or tearing into pieces, wash again in a colander. A double washing. To be sure it's very clean.

Bagged salads - who knew!

And you know what one of the most simple salads for us is don't you - iceberg lettuce wedges! Sooooo easy to make.....drizzle any salad dressing you like on it. Of course I have a picky family so they think this isn't really a salad......hubby's into all these new fangled salads, baby greens with dried fruit, feta cheese and candied nuts. Ugh....

Post Edited (Marsky) : 7/2/2008 7:10:06 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/2/2008 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for that. I always use the bagged variety but will not do so in future. Iceberg for us every time!! I just assumed it was washed in water and that was that. A bit naive maybe. Just recently too I have found that my weight has increased - only by 2lb from 8.6 to 8.8 - can this happen with IBS. I have kept up the same level of exercise and not increased my food intake but there you go. Maybe it is a maifestation of the menopause - everything else seems to be!!!!
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