Lol I tried not eating anything just having a salad

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   Posted 5/14/2009 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok after yesterday of going through hell I swore off food for good lol but who could do that I cant be anorexic so I'm just going to have a salad.I had my salad still feeling hungry but so far so good might order another salad but I just cant eat salads everyday.I'm so scared of eating any heavy foods oh this sucks big time if I go off my recommended foods for my IBS things will get worse I do not win either way where is God in all this does he not see how bothered I am by all this mess.I'm just here trying to figure out what to have to eat this is crazy food never bothered me I should not be scared to eat.I dont know I guess I'll get through it somehow but anyways signing off take care all. mad

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   Posted 5/18/2009 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi jt,

You need to check out  This site and this page well help you realize what you can eat with your IBS (and it is A LOT) and how to eat for your IBS.  It talks all about soluble fiber and insoluble fiber, as well as trigger foods.  You need to be eating soluble fiber only on an empty stomach.  This will ensure a good basis in your stomach before you put the less easily digested, insoluble fiber in your stomach.  If you have insoluble fiber on an empty stomach, it can actually trigger your IBS!  Check out this website, it has a lot of great info.

I hope this helps!

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   Posted 5/20/2009 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
One thing I will warn you about: don't eat pre-cut, bagged lettuce, or lettuce from salad bars in restaurants and cafeterias.  Bagged lettuce contains chemicals that keep the lettuce from turning brown.  Even before I started having gut problems, I was getting D every day from having a salad in my school's cafeteria.  My husband has also found that he can't eat it more than every couple of days because it does the same thing to him.  Cut iceburg lettuce or fresh greens up yourself to use on your salad.  I have found that salads served at table in restaurants are okay, because most of them are cut fresh from a head of lettuce.  It's the stuff they have to leave sitting out on a salad bar that has chemicals on it to keep it from looking ugly (not that brown lettuce will hurt you or taste bad). 
Something else to think about, when you start adding other things to your diet.  A lot of people find that they can't tolerate hot foods, like Mexican, Indian and Vietnamese.  They erroneously say that they can't have spicy food and then eat nothing but grilled chicken breasts with no flavor on them at all.
There is actually an entire line of herbs and spices which are not hot and which can be applied to food to give it taste.  I have not had any noticeable problems with things like cardamon, allspice, nutmeg, dill weed, cinnamon, mace, cloves, rosemary, thyme, etc.  Unfortunately, modern American cooking doesn't often favor these spices.  They throw some garlic, salt and pepper on something and that's pretty much it.  Garlic is something which needs to be kept light; too much garlic can cause gut problems (and really stinky poop!).  French cookbooks are more likely to use non-pepper (read: not hot) herbs and spices on food, but your best bet is a medieval cookbook.  My husband and I are medieval re-enactors, so we eat medieval food fairly frequently, and we have medieval cookbooks.  I just made a very excellent pork roast last night.  Medieval food has never bothered me, although, to our tastes, it is heavily spiced.  But, as I said, it's not spiced with peppers and hot spices, which are what's hard on the gut. 

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   Posted 5/20/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Jt - I know how you feel about food. Here are my thoughts. Take from them what you will.

After years of suffering and serving as a veritable guinea pig for countless diets, alternative therapies, drug therapies, etc. I've come to accept that I really cannot control my IBS, even if I eat as safely as possible, because IBS is not caused by what we eat. It is only aggravated or made worse at times by the food we consume. If I cut were to eliminate everything that has given me GI grief at some point or another, I would be left with nothing to eat. Bottom line, diet only helps you prevent or control your symptoms by removing foods that commonly aggravate the GI system. Even then, it's not fail safe and you will have a bad day. Like when you eat something "safe" or something that you just ate last week without issue and for some reason today it sends you running to the bathroom. It's so unpredictable.

I think that because we tend to experience a worsening or onset of symptoms after eating, that we believe that the food we eat must be the source of our problems. We then think that we can eliminate this disorder by controlling what foods we eat, but truth be told, that doesn't work for most of us.  We end up just driving ourselves crazy figuring out what to eat, what to avoid, etc. We also often beat ourselves up when we have an attack and try to pinpoint it on what we ate.....or maybe I"m just speaking for myself.

Anyway, I still do all I can do to prevent attacks. I follow the guidelines of the Eating for IBS diet (referenced by someone else here.) It's not a cure and not all the recipes and diet recommendations work for me, but it has helped me tremendously in the way I approach eating and making food. I also eat all organic food, make all my food fresh, avoid artificial sweeteners and other additives (esp HFCS!) and just try to take it one day at time.

When I'm having a hard time, and it sounds like you are, I literally eat only white steamed rice and white toast. Sometimes I'll make an angel food cake. It's a bland diet and pretty boring, but it helps to stabilize my gut somewhat.

Good luck and I really really hope you feel better soon!

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 5/20/2009 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Well guys I've gone back to eating normal foods again only the ones I know that do not cause me grief but that's not to many lol.I just got to learn to accept I will have bad days and to try to not be bothered by them.I still have not taken my at home test for the small intestine to check for bad bacteria I have hope I'll get relief somehow by getting the results from the test.I also need to have this procedure done at this medical center where I will be given vitamins by iv they feel that will rebuild my stomach and digestive system faster cause I do not get vitamins at all in my body.I'm just praying that things will get better soon like I've said before they just have to I'm going to think and stay positive. :-)   P.S. thanks guys :-)
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