What to eat? and ?'s about Goldenseal & Ginger ??????

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unhappycramper
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   Posted 1/13/2006 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Everyone,

   Anyone out there use Goldenseal and Ginger to help IBS Symptoms?  Do they work?. Are there any recommended amounts to take,or just follow the label?

   I used to drink lots of water,but now I can only stomach about one maybe two .05 liters of water per day without getting nauseated or feeling bloaty.

I was drinking Celestial Seasonings "Sleepytime"  or  Bigelow "Sweet Dreams" before going to bed but found my stomach still cramping.  ..maybe because I read somewhere that graham crackers were a "safe" food,that I had with the tea,made my stomach cramp.  maybe it was the Enriched Flour in the crackers..ummmmmm  evertthing has this flour in it...what is safe to eat without cramping? I would like a snack once in a while too.

Stress......c'mon, lets not stress about what foods to eat...( nono   I'm trying..really,but I'm beginning to be skin and bones.

Interesting enough, I spent a lot of time at the supermarket looking for safe foods, like Crackers and cookies,flours,and found that there are lots of these items with Enriched Flour as the very first ingredient.

I'm still fuzzy about legumes,beans and brown rice.  I thought the brown rice was a good source of fiber and insoluber fiber,but is it still good for IBS sufferers?  How about red beans?  I soaked over night,rinsed the water,and simmered on low for an hour and a half,drained, added just a little bit of the green part of the scallion,and a little bit (1 Tablespoon) of Italian dressing,but am afraid to eat it now.

I need a food that will be safe for me to eat all day long. I only have a protein drink with fresh fruit and Soy milk, a piece of Sara lee whole grain WHITE bread with some honey on it. And that's all I can tolerate until the next day.

I read that Sourdough is good for IBS,but only has 1 gram of fiber,whereas the Sare lee Whole grain white bread ( with Enriched Flour) has three(3) grams of dietary Fiber.

I was feeling adventurous (and hungry)....I even BBQ'D some wild Salmon and two big Chicken breasts (saved for another day) but after I cooked it,I was not hungry at all,but just starting cramping after I had a small amount  (1/2 Cup) of Black cherry JELLO.  It contained Aspartame which is not good for IBS as a sweetener. I've lost so much weight from not eating, this can't be healthy for me,but at least I'm getting the protein. 

I would like to know what you'all eat without getting the cramping...Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease?  What are YOUR safe foods?  First I heard that bran muffins are good,but not really.....I'm so  confused   

 

Thanks again. unhappycramper   :-)


7Lil
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   Posted 1/13/2006 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I can't help you with the Goldenseal and Ginger... Sorry.
But I can say that chicken and turkey seem to be pretty safe for most everyone. Potatoes for me are OK as well. So, I like to bake chicken with potatoes (mashed is my favorite). I throw some tomatoes on the chix to keep it from drying up (but don't eat them as most IBSers cannot tolerate). White rice seems to be pretty safe too. Sometimes I boil the rice with chicken stalk (or whatever stalk) to give it more flavor.
I also make chicken or turkey soup. Veggies that are well cooked are generally OK. I brown little pieces of chix or turkey and throw in some veggies (zuccini & carrots), add rice and water and let it boil to a yummy soup. Sometimes I throw in potatoes too. Yummy!
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Keriamon
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   Posted 1/13/2006 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
You talk a lot about the fiber content of your food. While that is, of course important, I think it would be more important for you to actually eat than for you to get a lot of fiber.

I think if you find you can tolerate sourdough bread or brown rice, you should eat it, regardless of its fiber content. You may want to consider getting yourself a bread machine and making your own breads if you have to stay away from enriched flours.

Do none of the otc gas pills relieve you at all? I came down with unusal gas cramps the other night and I had to eat a couple of mint-flavored chewable gas relief pills and I was doing much better about 10 minutes later. 15-20 later the stabbing pains were gone. I went on to eat my dinner (which I started cooking about the same time I started hurting) without a problem.

pb4
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   Posted 1/13/2006 3:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Ginger is excellent for stomach irritation and inflammation, it's a natural anti-inflammatory along with chamomile, cinnamon and a list of others.
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