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   Posted 8/5/2005 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
A woman at work put me onto a vegan diet that cuts out--besides the obvious meat, dairy and eggs--processed foods, sugar and anything fattening.  On the diet you're supposed to eat nothing but fruits and vegetables (even olive oil is not recommended).  I've been reading the website and there are a few people listed who have managed to cure their IBS symptoms by doing this.  (
The author of this diet, Dr. McDougall, points out that "back in the day" meat was a luxury item that most people only ate at holidays.  The artistocracy ate much more meat and were consequently much fatter and had fat-related diseases.  Anyone who's had a look at Henry VIII knows what a fat artistocrat looks like (it didn't help that refined sugar was becoming the new fad in cooking at that time too).  I do medieval re-enacting, so I know that most of what he says is true.  Peasants did not eat a lot of meat; pigs were the only animals they raised solely for meat.  Cows were for milk, bulls for plow work.  Sheep were for wool and chickens for eggs.  They would have only had meat from these animals when they became too old to be useful in their primary function, or if they had too many animals to support through the winter.  Even then meat was probably sold for cash to pay taxes and rents.  And a book I'm reading now says that milk was converted to cheese or butter; no one but babies drank it.  Fish was much more likely to be found on a peasant's table.  Also, there's the whole thing of meatless fasting on Fridays, Advent, and Lent, to name a few. 
I think there's probably some truth in the fact that we're not made to eat as much meat as we currently do.  If we think about our caveman ancestors, meat was a sometimes thing.  Men went out, killed something, brought it home and cooked it.  They didn't hunt everyday; hunting was dangerous and very energy-consuming.  The calories spent hunting probably came close to equaling the calories consumed by the meat.  What the women gathered--the plants--were what made up the bulk of the diet.  When a hunt failed, there was still something back at the cave to eat.  If we look at the apes we may or may not be descended from (regardless, they are our genetic kin), the ones which are omnivorous have a primarily plant-based diet. 
I'm not ready to toally give up meat, but I think I can live with less.  Has anyone else tried a vegan diet to help their IBS?  I like chicken too much to give it up wholly, but I can stand to eat more vegetables (as long as said vegetables are in a soy or teryaki sauce) and reduce the amount of chicken I eat.  I would have no problems giving up dairy, eggs and other meats. 

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   Posted 8/5/2005 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Keri,
I have not tried a vegan diet to help me because unfortunately for me, most veggies are a trigger food.  Some people though have had a lot of success with their symptoms as they slowly change their diet (and I would suggest slowly) and helps them identify their own trigger foods.  I have a friend that has changed her diet completely.  She did not test positive for Celiac however she cut out gluten altogether in her diet.  She has been symptom free for a few years now.  There also seems to be a lot of confusion with people when it comes to food allergies vs. food intolerances.  Most people think that they mean the same thing.  Some people get confused because they cannot tolerate certain foods however they don't understand why they did not test as allergic to that food.

Des (dbab)
IBS, Diverticulosis, GERD, Disc Degeneration
"If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it" - Mary Engelbreit

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   Posted 8/5/2005 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone tried giving up just dairy to see if their IBS improves? 

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   Posted 9/30/2005 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   


I tried a vegan diet (Carol Vordemon's 28 day detox)--the results were amazing--all my bloating and constipation went.I didn't continue because it was so restrictive.Recently I've cut all grain from my diet and I'm eating more protein than I have previously.Equally the bloating and related nausea and pain have gone.The common denominator with both woe is cutting out wheat.It gives me instant gerd if i eat it.

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   Posted 9/30/2005 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Kerri, I wish I could try this with my daughter but the only veggie she eats is String Beans. Straight out of a can. She does not like fresh ones. PICKY. I know what Des is saying about veggies being strigger foods for her. I don't have IBS but if I eat too many Veggies, it kills my stomach. If I eat Collard greens, omg. I'll be in the bathroom all

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   Posted 9/30/2005 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   

My grandpa once told me that anyone who suffers from stomach or digestive troubles should NEVER eat anything raw.  When eating veggies or fruits they should all be cooked thoroughly to make it easier to digest.
I love collard greens boiled (for a long time) and then seared with a little oil & garlic, served with mashed potatoes.  It sits really well - but of course I have to take Beano first.  tongue   I find it hard eating cooked apples, pears and bananas (etc.) but I realized they are MUCH easier on the gut; and a great dessert.

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   Posted 12/12/2008 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
That's not a vegan diet--which is just nothing from a being (like meat, dairy, honey, eggs, etc.)--that goes one step beyond to no sugar or olive oil.

I've been vegan for over 20 years and I remember being told that giving up dairy would improve asthma, improve my ability to do laundry, etc. ;-) Nope! And as for helping IBS or GERD--nope, too.

Whatever works for you though--we're all individual chemical blends, so go for it. :-)
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