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CiCi
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   Posted 2/9/2006 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,
I have just been diagnosed with IBS, though I think I've had it for quite a few years. I was told by my doctor to avoid caffeine, dairy, fats and alcohol. The only one I am having a problem with is that fats one. How do I know what I can eat? I am pretty much drinking soy milk and eating a lot of soy products (to keep the dairy out), not drinking caffiene or alcohol but the fats thing is really hard cause I don't know what that category includes. Can someone give me some direction?
Thanks a lot!

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   Posted 2/9/2006 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi CiCi,
I can only speak for myself but the animal fats are the ones that give me the hardest time. I have to eat very lean meat and trim off any excess fat that I can find. If I'm making a stew or soup with meats, I make sure to skim off the fat that floats to the top.

Fats are mostly in meats, dairy, fried foods (because of the fats they are cooked in), margarine, butter, mayonaise, salad dressing, chocolate, nuts, dried fruits... I think that covers most but I'm sure I left some out.
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7Lil
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   Posted 2/9/2006 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi CiCi,
Welcome to HealingWell! :-)
Dbab, has given you some good examples. My main triggers are deep fried anything, coffee (caffiene) and spicy food.
I have noticed that when my gut is happy and I'm feeling good, I can handle fat in moderation. I splurge on a piece of pizza (only 1) or some french fries and chicken at KFC. It all depends on you. Are you keeping a food diary to see exactly what bothers you? This might be a good starting point for you.
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Keriamon
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   Posted 2/9/2006 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
What kind of IBS do you have? If you have IBS with constipation, I would actually not recommend that you drop the fats unless you notice that they do actually make you sicker. I say this because I have no gall bladder--and thus no regulation of my fat digestion--and I have IBS with diarrhea, and when I went on a very low fat diet, I got SEVERELY constipated. My mother said that everyone needs some fat to keep their guts working. When I got off my diet and started eating some fat again, I went back to being more normal.

Even if you have diarrhea, you may find that cutting out fat doesn't help much if any. Everyone has different triggers. Caffeine and alcohol are quite common. I think here we're probably split here on the dairy, as a lot of us can eat yogurt. Fat is probably a toss up as well. I can have fat as long as I take my medicine and get about the same amount every day. Too little or too much gives me C or D. Some people eat a normal amount, others avoid it. The other common culprit is fruit, especially apples. I think they do just about everyone in. Also raw vegetables of all kinds are bad for a lot of people, with the really tough stuff, like broccoli, califlower, lettuce and bell peppers being the worst. Oh, and NEVER, EVER, EVER eat ANY sugar-free product, and that includes gum and mints. Sugar alochols are bad on regular people's guts; they are murder on ours.

The best thing you can do is to keep a food diary. Write down when you eat, everything you eat and how much of it you eat. Then write down when you get sick, how bad it is, how long it lasts and any observations (like "I belched spaghetti sauce all night long" or "I pooped out carrot bits") and hopefully you will start to see a connection and can get rid of things that seem to set you off. Also, make sure you write down any times you feel anxious or stressed and why because that can cause stomach problems quicker than any food. The other thing is to eliminate only ONE food group at a time (see below) and see if you have any improvement over the week in which you have stopped eating/drinking that group. If you aren't any better, then whatever you gave up probably isn't a trigger. One warning, though, sometimes something that hasn't bothered you in the past, will bother you one day out of the clear blue sky. If that doesn't reoccur, then you can go back to eating that item again. However, our guts are quite dynamic and you may find that one day it decides to refuse something it previously handled and you can't have that food item again.

You may want to try systematically eliminating the following foods to see if you get any relief:

All fruits and fruit juices
All carbonated beverages
All dairy, including "hidden" dairy, which is usually listed on ingredients as "casein"
All wheat, including "hidden" wheat, which is often also listed as "gluten"
All acidic items like coffee, colas, citris fruits and tomatoes.
All raw vegetables
All forms of caffeine (although chocolates, thankfully, don't seem to do anything to me, although I can't handle coffee, black tea or cokes)
All artifical sugars, including Sweet N' Low, Splenda, Equal and sugar alcohols (never consume sugar alcohols anyways)
High fructose corn syrup
All fried foods, especially fast food
All natural sugars, including cane sugar, high fructose corn syrup, molasses and maple syrup
All meats, but you may want to cut out the red meat first, then the pork and see if you can't handle fish and chicken which are the best meats
All spicy foods, including sausage, chili, peppers, Thai, Mexican, Indian, etc.

Obviously you don't cut all of these things out at once. If you don't notice anything in particular setting you off after keeping a food diary for a couple of weeks, then try eliminating each of these categories at a rate of one a week. If you don't get better, add it back in and move down to the next one. If you see a little improvment, keep avoiding that one and try a second category as well. Sometimes IBS is caused by food allergies, so completely avoiding all forms of milk and/or wheat is a way to test to see if you have all allergy to those things. If you get better after giving them up, you may want to see if you can handle the small amounts that occur in processed foods, or if you have to stay away entirely. Lactose intolerant people almost always can handle having casein in their food, since that doesn't contain the lactose they can't digest; yogurt too usually does not have lactose in it.

CiCi
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   Posted 2/9/2006 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much all of you for getting back to me. I have a combination of D & C IBS. I haven't started a food diary yet but am planning on it. I have cut out caffeine and dairy because I know that caffeine really kills me. Thanks again!

whoa182
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   Posted 2/10/2006 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
 
CiCi said...
How do I know what I can eat
What does your diet look like at the moment? can you list what you eat on a typical day... The reason I ask this is because I had been diagnosed with IBS and had it through all of school and it was bad... I changed my diet and the problem went away. Not that it will work for everyone... but since more people in the western world have been consuming junk food diets the cases of IBS and other related problems have gone up.

Also I didn't have to cut out fat, just choose what type of fats I need, like olive oil and omega 3 from salmon, flax seed oil or fish oil.


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lnape
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   Posted 2/10/2006 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
CICI,

You said fats cause you a problem did you by any chance have your gall bladder checked.

Linda


CiCi
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   Posted 2/11/2006 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
No, I haven't had my gall bladder checked. Is this something I should do? Why?
And to reply to Whoa182. I have to admit my diet right now isn't very good. Most mornings I don't eat breakfast or just have a glass of Soy Chocolate Milk, for lunch I might have a pita or sandwich or something like that and for dinner I don't usually have too much either, maybe potatoes or pasta and carrots. I know that eating this little is not good but I am so worried that after I eat I will have an attack.

jamiebslc
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   Posted 2/11/2006 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Cici,
With my IBS, I have found that fried foods (french fries, deep fried anything, even chips sometimes) aggravate my condition. After about two years of dealing with this, here is what I would suggest. Try staying off ALL those things for a period of time until you have your IBS under control. Then you can start slowly, one at a time, adding foods back to your diet. If you find that you start to have problems with a certain food, then you know you should avoid that. Another idea is to keep a food journal, noting exactly what you eat, and how you feel after you eat certain foods. Both are difficult and a pain, but have helped me out a ton! I have been nearly symptom free now for about six months.

lnape
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   Posted 2/11/2006 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
CICI,

If you have trouble with fats you gall bladder may not be functions properly because it stores the bile until needed to digest the fats. If your diarrhea is yelloish and has mucus this too is a sign. Taking calcium carbonate can help soak up the bile which can cause major stomach upset. Email me and I will give you the calcium info that may help you.

Linda


lolaann
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   Posted 2/16/2006 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I can help you!  :-)    I too suffered from IBS.  I was taking alot of meds just to get through the day.  Then I discovered chiropractics.  There are nerves in your back that are connected to the stomach. If your back is out of place, it will put pressure on these nerves, thuse giving you symptoms of IBS.  After just a few adjustments, I feel like a new women!  I no longer have to take meds.  I would recommend this to anyone suffering, it really does help

7Lil
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   Posted 2/16/2006 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi lolaann,
Welcome to HW! :-)
I'm glad you found something to help you. Thanks for sharing. I've never been to the chiro - but maybe I will now.
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dbab
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   Posted 2/16/2006 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi lolaann,
Welcome :)
I see a chiro regularly for my spinal arthritis. I am so glad that you have found that it helps you. I have heard that chiros help a lot of people in different areas. Unfortunately not much help for me besides my back but it definitely might be worth for some people to try. Thanks for your suggestion.
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