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got2havefaith
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   Posted 9/8/2006 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
i have major D..so i get to the point to where i dont want to eat..so i skip breakfast and lunch and snack throughout the day and eat dinner..so i was thinking..1% milk dont bother me.. soo i thought about for breakfast and lunch having a glass of carnation instant breakfast, having healthy snacks in between and a light dinner.. would that be unhealthy?? it dont seem to bother me so i figured i can tolerate it better than real food..and still eat something like chicken for dinner.. plus im trying to lose weight too..so would that help me with both problems? i'd really love opinions! thanks!! tongue

carell
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   Posted 9/9/2006 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Got2HaveFaith- I'd have to say that something is better than nothing.  Even though I realize it's not ideal- ideally we'd be able to eat a normal healthy diet. Before i had this IBS issue, I ate perfectly (I was such a geek like that!)- I had like 3-5 serving of veggies, at least 3 of fruit, etc., etc. Now, I'm all about starch.  Not that I don't like starch- i'm actually a starch junkie but I'm dying to eat a more balanced diet.  But now some veggies (I'm getting all nostalgic here! Man, i used to eat mile high salads full of real veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, peppers, carrots, beans, chunks of cheese with a nice dressing. sniffle sniffle!!) send me running to the john.  Same with fruit- my choices are very limited.  I'm hoping to someday ease back in but so far, those attempts have not been overly successful.  Anyhow, getting back to my point, carnation has nutritional value and so it won't hurt to replace the 'nothing' meals with at least some sustanance (sp.?)  Some of the IBS experts do not recommend not eating for long periods of time, though I understand some of us can't help it.  So, I say go for it and good luck. Hopefully soon, you'll be able to move on to a better diet. 

Keriamon
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   Posted 9/11/2006 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I think that sounds fine to me. When my gall bladder was acting up, Carnation Instant Breakfast was one of the few things I could tolerate on my queasy stomch. And Carell is right, it is supposed to be better for IBSers to eat frequent, small amounts of food to keep the digestive system running, but not overload it. Even though milk is a liquid, I think it counts as a food; the guts have to rev up in order to digest it. And it does have a lot of vitamins and minerals in it, which will help you out when you're not eating very much else. You may also want to look at Slim Fast (made with skim milk). It may have even more vitamins and minerals in it since it's really geared to be a meal replacement drink. Just be careful of their candy bars--their new line, "Optima", has sugar alcohols--a freakin lot!!!--in all the candy bars. The last time I checked, though, the Optima line of drinks didn't have sugar alcohols in them.

rgrwfe
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   Posted 9/12/2006 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
The only thing that strikes me about the diet is whether or not you'll be getting a good daily amount of fiber & with the D going on, a fiber supplement may be at your advantage (if you don't already take one).  Just a suggestion.

got2havefaith
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   Posted 9/15/2006 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the suggestion!! im goin to start taking fiber to see if it helps me

pb4
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   Posted 9/15/2006 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
got2havefaith :)

Just make sure you start with the lowest amount, drink plenty of water with it and be prepared for extra bloating and gas, once your system adjust all the bloating should be gone and you should only have regular amount of gas/day...it's helped me alot taking a fibre supplement, I have crohns, IBS and lactose intolerance...one of my sisters has IBS and if she doesn't get her fibre everyday, she pays for it big time...it's safe to take fibre supplements daily and like me, you may even find it easier to eat fibreous foods.

good luck and hang in there with it, it took my body 3 month to adjust to the supplements before all the bloating was gone and very little gas daily.

:)

got2havefaith
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   Posted 9/15/2006 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
oh wow... i never knew fiber was ok for people with D..cause i thought it made people go to the bathroom, when my doctor told me to try it, i thought he was crazy lol.. i bought some benefiber powder im going to try..thanks for the advice!!

:) chely

pb4
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   Posted 9/15/2006 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I know, alot of people get very confused about fibre, not enough seem to know that fibre helps with C or D or alternating (same difference)...google insoluble fibre and soluble fibre, it's a good read with info that many are also unaware of...the benfibre should do the trick if not, try metamucil, tablet form is good too...I live in canada and use a product called prodiem (tabs), some places in the states seem to have it while others don't.

good luck and hang in there with it!!!

:)
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