That's great jt, that you're figuring all of this out. I applaud you for making the effort to determine what messed you up in the first place. I have found IBS to be trial and error. By now I know what works for me but like you I do tend to indulge and sometimes eat more than I should or eat foods that mess me up. I wish I was was strong now as I was about 10 years ago. Back then I kept a food journal for 2 years and was so incredibly careful with what I ate. In between eating, if I got hungry, I would drink an 8 ounce glass of water. I tricked my stomach into thinking it was full. If I had to do anything now that would help me the most is to implement my water trick. It does work. I only did this so I could sleep all night back then and it did work. But over the years I've bent my no eating after dinner rule and snack with my family. Not a good idea! Or I have more than one chocolate chip cookie, etc. Foods I know I should limit.
It's very hard though, managing all of this. Our entire culture revolves around food it seems like. Run into an old friend and they'll no doubt suggest you go out for lunch or dinner. Relatives decide to get together and it's always centered around a meal. Almost everything we do socially in this country centers around food. I would say going out late at night is fun (you're young you can stay up very late, LOL) because the not eating is great. You're just enjoying drinks with friends and can limit them too. But now my husband and I have turned into two old fuddy duddies. Never thought we'd stay home as much as we do. LOL
I just wish that people in this county ate less than they do. Across the board - in restaurants, in their homes, what they pack for lunch, etc. Then they suggest that we eat that much too - because we look unhealthy or too thin!
Sometimes just lying is what works the best for me. Oh nothing for me, I just ate (lie) or I'm not hungry right now (lie!)......
I wish you well though, I had wanted you to find definitive answers and you have. That's just great. Now get out there and enjoy life (and kindly let older members like me feel good about younger members living life to its fullest!)......
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening