Anyone tried a Bland Diet??

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dissolvedgirl
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   Posted 3/1/2009 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been able to get rid of almost all IBS symptoms, except for gas. no matter what i do i seem to have it constantly, no matter what foods i eliminate, or what pills i take to prevent it. I was on the Candida Diet for a while, thinking i had an intolerance to gluten or wheat. But no luck at all!! :( i'm looking into the "Bland Diet" hoping that eating less irritating foods will help. Has anyone ever tried this diet before? Did it help any in eliminating gas?

Marsky
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   Posted 3/2/2009 5:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes! I'm currently on this bland diet, what my husband has nicknamed "The White Diet", since most of the foods I eat are white. Bay's plain English Muffins (found in the dairy aisle near cream cheese), plain white bread (I find that fresh bakery bread from your neighborhood bakery is the best for my gut), applesauce, bananas, mashed potatoes (instant over real is sometimes better for my touchy gut), white rice, turkey, chicken.

I can add iceberg salads, frozen cooked vegetables such as corn or peas. Fresh, cooked well vegetables such as green beans, asparagus, carrots, etc.

But I avoid all fresh berries (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries), fresh pineapple, kiwi, oranges. Occasionally I can enjoy a peeled very ripe yellow apple.

I avoid nuts and candy too.

You can perform a search for "low residue diet", which is in a sense a bland, plain diet. Dubbed the BRAT diet.

But I definitely notice a difference when I eat very plain foods. These seem to irritate my GI tract the least. And sometimes even turn around D-like symptoms if I've eaten something I shouldn't have. You can tell when I need a "good for my gut" dinner, I buy a cooked/roasted whole deli chicken from my local Kroger store, a container of Bob Evans plain mashed potatoes, I then either make fresh green beans or make frozen vegetables, add a bagged iceberg lettuce salad mix, etc. Along with possibly fresh rolls or bread (plain bread type, the italian bread loaves you heat and slice, etc.).

I also keep Stouffer's plain dinners on hand, the portions are ideal. One of my favorite meals are the simple turkey, stuffing (which I skip) and mashed potatoes. Or a chicken pot pie. I usually try to keep one or both in my freezer. If my family is eating pizza or chili, I just eat a meal I know will go down well for my gut.
Marsky/Mary's story.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!

Post Edited (Marsky) : 3/2/2009 5:23:19 AM (GMT-7)


Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 3/2/2009 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Your diet is exactly what the Doctor told me to eat when I was having problems. White, white, white, rice and pasta were OK, cooked veggies, canned fruits, no dairy. Once my stomach calmed down I could go back to normal food but if it kicks up again I go back to chicken, turkey and fish. Oh, also no red meat. I can't always handle salad but I try it from time to time. Find that fresh spinach is easier to digest for me and really better for me, nutrient wise.

Marsky
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   Posted 3/2/2009 9:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Canyonbabe, this diet really does make sense when your insides are irritated, to the point of being swollen and having repeated bm's. Not exactly D but numerous in amount. My surgeon said to eat anything I wanted. Wrong advice! I read about a low residue diet online and went on it. Within 48 hours I was a new person, I could leave my bathroom and bedroom area! I could actually go somewhere in the car and drive the car! I felt so free. A week or so later I had another post-op appt. I mentioned the diet and how much it helped me (still does!) My surgeon paused, giving my sudden diet news some serious thought. I thought, oh no, he's going to say - go off that diet! And I made a split second decision in my mind, if he said that, I was going to lie thru my teeth - go off the diet, sure I'll do that. Not! But he actually said - you know what, that diet makes complete sense to me! I quickly agreed and said of course - well then, if any of your other patients are having trouble like I am, tell them about a LRD! Now he said he would but I'm not so sure he did that. LOL. But I got my point across - I could no longer eat anything I wanted. Those days were over for me and for the most part, still are. It's been 10 years and I'm still kicking. Cancer has not returned. Sure it's not the ideal diet but I can't live my life from my bathroom! I eat this way so I can live as normal a life as possible.

I avoid red meat also. Especially steak - I haven't had a steak in over 10 years. Don't even miss them! I always joke my favorite meal is a Thanksgiving Day dinner (but small portions).
Marsky/Mary's story.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!


Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 3/3/2009 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I actually just added a 4oz filet from Omaha steaks back into my diet once a week and am having no problem with it and on occassion I will have a burger. Sometimes the burger gives me indigestion the the steak is fine. It is almost fork tender and I get the triple trim so no fat. I really felt I needed a little more protein in my diet.

dissolvedgirl
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   Posted 3/4/2009 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you for all the replies!!! it's tough finding food to eat that's diet approved since i live on a college campus :( i feel confident though after reading the responses it will help me once i really get myself on it (i've already seen some improvement!) hoping this will be the thing that finally solves my problems :)

Marsky
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   Posted 3/5/2009 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
dissolvedgirl - our youngest daughter went away to college last Fall. She doesn't have IBS but 2 weeks into the first quarter she called home with several symptoms, stomach ache, bm's off track, overall not feeling well at all. I asked her what she had been eating and since all her meals come from a dining hall, she was eating hot dishes each meal. From what I can gather - mystery casseroles, chili, burrito's, taco's, pasta with mystery sauce on top. She said she didn't really know what was in the entrees she was eating. But she felt awful. So her dad and I suggested sticking with more plain foods - subs were my first suggestion, and ask for one as plain as possible (turkey preferably, white sub bread), then we suggested soups, chicken noodle or vegetable. We also suggested she take fresh fruit with her, bananas, apples before leaving the dining hall. Also plain salads were a better option than the casseroles she was describing to me. I have a touchy gut and there's no way I'd try what she was describing! LOL

So long story short, she evened out what she was eating and her stomach issues went away. Now she steers clear of the specials. LOL!

She also keeps peanut butter, Sara Lee white bread and Club Crackers on hand in her dorm room. Along with the individual bowl sized servings of Easy Mac. Great for heating in your room's microwave.

Eating plain foods on a college campus can be done but it takes some investigating. Now she knows where to look for plain food items in these dining halls.

One of these days I'm going to call the dining service department. They really need to overhaul her school's food service. It sounds sub-par, to say the least.

Hang in there.....
Marsky/Mary's story.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!


Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 3/5/2009 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Can't you opt out of the dining hall. Years ago we were able to opt out if the doctor said you need a special diet. We got our doctor to say that I had Colitis and needed a bland diet so ate out all the time. A little more expensive but worth it.

Marsky
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   Posted 3/6/2009 5:18 AM (GMT -7)   
My daughter could. We don't have to purchase meal plans for her. But then in our case our daughter would have to buy her meals in the town where her school is located. And since 50%, at least, of her social time with her friends happens at a dining hall table for two meals a day, she wouldn't be hanging out with these friends. There's a strong pull to keep eating with these friends, since they have dining hall meal plans too. In our case it was a matter of pointing out to our daughter where to look for these plain food choices. When all her friends walked into the dining hall, she probably walked with them, not choosing what they did, but I can see her getting caught up talking and socializing, not paying attention to what slop she was putting on her tray.

Until she began to feel ill.

I just thought it was worth mentioning our daughter's experience at dining halls. She avoids any special of the day and goes to the sections that never change - subs or sandwiches, made to order. Soups. Salads.

You can eat plain foods at these dining halls. It's just a matter of knowing where to look and avoiding any daily entree that looks questionable.

Again, in our daughter's situation, there is one place that has better dining hall food but her meal plans do not convert there. We end up paying for meals at this "restaurant" (picture a Panera Bread type place....) several times a week, with $ we put on her personal school acct. But that adds up. The regular dining halls have the entrees that bothered our daughter's stomach. But now she knows what to eat. And she doesn't even have IBS!
Marsky/Mary's story.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!

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