Hey jt, yes a bland diet can be boring. Day in, day out. I cheat and have candy sometimes (lately my downfall has been Giardelli's milk chocolate/caramel squares, either in large candy bar size or individually wrapped). It's really best if I don't even purchase these! But of course we all like our treats in this family so someone will eat them if I don't. But it is tempting to eat foods or sweets that we shouldn't. I behave about 75% of the time but occasionally veer off my bland diet. And of course pay for it, big time. As long as you get back on the bland diet, there's not much harm in cheating like this. Unless of course the offensive foods mess you up for days.....in my case it's less than a day now (early on I'd be messed up for 3 to 5 days!).
What your doctor said about getting older and not being able to digest foods we once could, makes sense. A lot changes as you get older. I developed a severe bee sting allergy at age 38 (53 now). It came out of nowhere! Just one example......we recently went to a fish fry at a Catholic church up the street. I chose baked fish but had fries for one of my sides, along with cole slaw and mac/cheese. I work in a school cafeteria and can handle the fries there, no trouble. Well, I was in so much discomfort after that fish fry meal! Not my usual IBS but severe heartburn. As if an elephant was sitting on my chest. It all passed in a few hours. But that was another realization I had - no more fish fry dinners for me. That's a thing of the past! It's just not worth when you feel horrible after eating something you shouldn't.
Keep up with your enzymes. Happy to hear they help you!
- 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!