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bennettgirl
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   Posted 4/19/2007 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I was just wondering what you guys eat with IBS.  I am getting tired of eating potatoes.  I have been eating Mac & Cheese.  Dairy don't seem to bother me.  I did eat Talapia with rice last night. 
Do you all eat salads?  I have been trying to search and see what someone eats with this to try to get your self back to normal. 
 
Please help!

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   Posted 4/19/2007 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
There are actually a couple books you can get to help with this.  One especially is called "Eating for IBS."  You can find them at our bookstore.
Yes, I do eat salad.  I eat salad everyday.  I think the probiotics help because before I could not eat salad as frequently.  You might want to start with really small portions and make sure to eat fresh salad (nothing bagged) and combine it with a meal.  I noticed I have a lot more problem if the salad is my entire meal.
I also bake everything.  I make meatloaf, chicken, and pork in the oven.  I bread everything to keep the juices in.  I make a pot roast in a pressure cooker (no frying!).  I make rice or various potatoes (mashed, scalloped, baked), and I always eat veggies with my meals.
I hope that helps some.... 


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   Posted 4/19/2007 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
After having IBS-D for so long & after I was put on Pamine Forte 5mg.I ate very bland foods.Then I started reintroducing foods I liked back in my diet.Greasy food are out,that's a trigger for me.Dairy hasn't bothered me & I can eat salads.Gravey? Forget it.Corn is a trigger too.A teaspoon in can handle but no more that that.I just play it by ear now & use common sense.........
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bennettgirl
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   Posted 4/19/2007 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   

 

Thanks guys,

Yes, I did see that book.  Why is it, that I ate all these things before and now! I can't seem to eat them.  Pertaining to fried foods.  Its so much easier and faster to go grab all these different kind of foods.  What do you do when everyone goes out to eat.  On Sundays, we usually go out to eat on Sundays, I passed on Chinese.  I definitely do eat out as much now.   

What do you all eat for breakfast?

bennettgirl

 


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   Posted 4/19/2007 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
When I go out I tend to go for pasta or chicken, sometimes steak (I can handle red meat). Fish would be good too, but I don't like fish. The trick is to stay away from anything too fatty. I also stay away from MSG. Pick a Chinese restaurant that advertises their food as MSG Free. You usually see it written on the menu, or you can just ask. I also keep away from spicy. I love Thai food but I have to watch out. I order everything "mild" and make sure only to eat it if I'm headed home after.
Portion control is also a big one. When you go out to eat don't feel like you have to scarf everything down. Eat until you're satisfied, not "full" - then take the leftovers home.
For breakfast I have scrambled eggs, toast, oatmeal, bagel (w/lowfat cream cheese) or Eggo waffles. I can actually have bacon too... what I can't handle is sausage. Sausage is processed so it is much harder to digest.
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bennettgirl
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   Posted 4/19/2007 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   

 

Thanks for helping me with this.  I am so new to this and have never experience anything like this.    I look back in the past and see where maybe this was what it could have been but I would have spells and then the next day or 2 it would go away.  I really believe stress was a contributor to it this time. 

Does anyone eat salsa with this condition?  I ate it Sunday.  I was wanting it so bad.

Thanks,

bennettgirl


Keriamon
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   Posted 4/19/2007 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
A lot of American-Chinese food is fried, and actually unhealthy. A good gauge of how good Chinese food is: are there any Chinese people in there eating it? I've only been to one restaurant where there were some (a lot, actually), and it was in Chinatown in Washington DC. And it was the best Chinese food I have ever had. The meat was light and would just melt on your tongue. Probably because it hadn't been fried in who knows what and left under a heat lamp.

Lettuce is dicey. I, and a few others, can tolerate it if it's cut up fresh at home (pre-cut, bagged salads are evil, as are most salad bar salads), but a lot of people can't tolerate it. You'll just have to try that one out for yourself to see which camp you belong to.

After recently returning from Britain, all I can say is that American restaurant food is AWFUL! If you could have a British tomato or green pea or fresh bit of fish, you'd know exactly what I mean. Although I can't bang the seafood in Charleston; we ate some mighty fine seafood while there. But most everywhere else in the US uses nothing fresh (at least not in the Southern states).

I think your best bet for eating out is to avoid chain restaurants like the plague and go to family-owned places that are a bit more upscale (no meat-and-three homecooking places; they have lots of fat and grease). In my town there's a lovely italian place and a sort of steak place which makes a nice chicken/cheese/bacon thing and has WONDERFUL chicken and rice soup. Again, their chicken just melts in the mouth, so that's how you know it's light and easy on the stomach.

The other thing I learned while in Britain is that a normal portion of food is an appetizer portion in America. If you get dragged along to a chain restaurant, just order an appetizer, if there's one on there that's not fried. At the very least, you will have a smaller portion of it to eat, so it will make you less sick in contrast. It's a proven fact that if food is in front of you, you will eat it. And as most of us pay for what we eat later, not immediately, it's very easy to eat a lot of something that's not going to like us later. I have also found that some things I can actually tolerate in small amounts; it's the overindulgence that gets me. So there's another place were appetizer portions may help. Most places with a buffett (Chinese places) also have a menu; you're always better off ordering a single plate of food from the menu than helping yourself to whatever tempts you at the buffett table.

As for fast food, I almost never eat it any more. Panera Bread seems to be a pretty good place to eat; other people on here have said they can tolerate their sandwiches. I love their chicken frontega. They're built into malls a lot of the time, so it may be hard to find one as a drive-through place. Chick-Fil-A is another place that I have found very tolerable. They use peanut oil to fry their chicken in, and this doesn't bother me at all, compared to partically-hydrogenated whatever, which can really mess me up. Peanut oil is one of those healthy fats, so I think that's what makes the difference; I can tolerate healthy fats, but not the trans fats or much saturated fat. So I can actually eat Chick-Fil-A's fried fare, although their chicken soup is the BEST! They also have good chicken wraps (KFC does too, actually), so that's always a good alternative. The burger places are mostly out, although a burger is always better than a fried chicken something-another. I do alright with Krystals (Southern version of White Castle), but I never eat more than 3-4 with a small fry. People who consume them by the dozen call them "gut bombs". Before or after my stomach problems, I have never had a krystal bomb my stomach; again, it's all about small portions of iffy things.

Oh, and stay away from tea and cokes to drink; caffeine messes my stomach up terribly and isn't very good on a lot of people's on here either. Coffee is obviously another one to avoid, although you have to give up the de-caf as well, as all coffee, regardless, has caffeine in it, and it's acidic and not good on your stomach for that reason too.

I eat a light breakfast of either yogurt, oatmeal, bread and jam, or a milk-based supplement drink. But I will recommend turkey bacon. It may take a little getting used to, because it doesn't taste like pork bacon, but my mother converted me and I converted my husband. Cook it in the microwave on top of a paper towel and be amazed at the lack of grease and the crispiness; best of all, there's not fat rind to have to pull off. Regular bacon gives me heartburn, but I can go through the turkey bacon like it was nothing. I can also actually tolerate mild sausage, although, for some reason, eggs have gotten to where they don't like me much at all anymore. Omlettes are the absolute worse, regardless of the ingredients in them. I don't know what it is about making an egg into an omlette that makes me have D, but I can tolerate scrambled eggs much better.

bennettgirl
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   Posted 4/19/2007 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks very much,

I actually know a few people from Great Britian and they have told us that they can make 2 meals off of one of our meals around here.  They say that they are so large.

I do love turkey bacon.  I could not bring myself to eat pork bacon anymore.  All that grease was horrible.  I knew it wasn't healthy.

I have not had a diet coke in about 2 weeks now.  Man, do I miss them.  I've basically had nothing but water.  

I just want to try something different to eat.

 

bennettgirl


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   Posted 4/19/2007 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Please note, fake sugar (anything in 'sugar free' products) is hard on the gut. Fake sugars include: Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), Saccharin (Sweet'N Low, SugarTwin), Acesulfame K (Sunett, Sweet One), & Neotame. There's Splenda too... But I'm not sure how peoples guts react to it. Anyone have experience with Splenda?
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   Posted 4/19/2007 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I am IBS-A but I am prodominately constipated so my goal is to get it in, get it out, and with the least pain possible. In my experience, anything that will expand is a no no so I tend to stay away from any foods that take on absorbancy. Breads, rice, pasta, etc. (now I'm not talking about carbs as other things I eat contain carbs but just absorbant items). These items tend to slow down my transit time and makes my system work harder to digest, not too mention causes the most gas for me.

I eat almost all fruits and veggies and at first they were yuck but now I absolutely love them. I drink lots of liquids including water. I do drink sodas and such but as long as I drink them in moderation I tend to be okay. I personally don't have problems with "fake" sugar and never have. I have never tried Splenda so I don't have any opinions on that.

Fiber is a MUST in my diet and I find myself reading that first on all food labels before anything else so I can get a lot of it (and that's on top of taking supplements). Since I have diverticulosis, fiber is the one ingredient that hopefully can keep me away from being under the knife.

Fact is, everyone is different which is why keeping a food diary is so important. Tracking the times you eat, what you eat and the effect that it has on you... you will start seeing a pattern and will make it so much easier to KNOW what you can and cannot eat instead of taking a gamble.

Hope this helps a little.
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bennettgirl
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   Posted 4/19/2007 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   

 

Thanks that does help.  I've just notice that when I get to feeling better thats when I want to eat something wrong. 

Thanks,

bennettgirl

 

 


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   Posted 4/19/2007 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't personally have any problems with fake sugars (that I've noticed) except for sugar alcohols. Man, those are horrible!

Bennett, I had a hard time too giving up cokes, because I used to be such a coke-head (cola, that is). But when I stopped getting sick when I quit them, that was a prime source of motivation. Not that I didn't crack occasionally, lol, but the longer I've been off them, the less I want them. One thing I will drink on occasion, though, is a Stewart's black cherry cola (they come in diet too). If you like cherry colas, you will love this; it leaves Coke's version in the dust. And it has no caffeine and is fairly low in carbonation--carbonation causing some people gas problems. I get them at Fresh Market or Harris Teeter, although the diet ones are harder to find. They also have root beer, orange cream soda and a couple of other fountain flavors, all caffeine-free and all offered in diet as well (again, sometimes the diet one you want will be the one they don't have).

They are a bit pricey, though, and, like I said, I just don't crave colas much anymore, so I hardly ever drink one. At work, I fill up a tea pitcher with hot water and drop in a couple of Salada green tea bags and that's what I drink during the day (green tea has some caffeine, but it doesn't seem to bother me, only the two tea bags a day; on the other hand, I couldn't tolerate two tea bags of black tea unless it was caffeine-free). I also go through periods of time where I will want Kool-Aid, and so I will drink that on the weekends. I usually drink water at home in the evenings. Hopefully some of those suggestions will help you tolerate being away from cokes.

Cornczech
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   Posted 4/19/2007 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Ya'll!!!

I have IBS-C (plus a host of other bowel issues, diverticulosis being one of them) I cannot handle lettuce very well..though I cheat ALL the time as I LOVE salads...and I pay for it...no dairy at ALL for me....even cream in my coffee. I hate to admit that I cannot have alcoholic drinks...but I do...just less frequently than before. I cannot have "sunny side up" eggs....but scrambled is fine. I cannot eat steak any longer....VERY sad....no hot sauce...no citrus...no indian food...(in hospital EVERY time I cheat with that.......)

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   Posted 4/19/2007 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
The sorbitol in sugarless candies for diabetics is a trigger for IBS.Sweet & low,& others seem ok long as there is no sorbitol in it.Chocolate,caffein,i could go on,there's a list of trigger foods as long as my arm.lol.
That doesn't necsessarily mean you can't eat any of it,you just try & see whatever works for you.........
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   Posted 4/20/2007 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
English food has always been the subject of many jokes so I am really surprised at these comments. I was there many years ago and the only problem I had was lack of variety. Seemed like it was the same everywhere but then again maybe it was here too. I didn't find the food bad at all but also did not find it healthy, too much fat, smoked foods,etc. Maybe I need another trip there.

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   Posted 4/20/2007 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm with you Canyonbabe. My grandmother is from England so I grew up on a lot of English foods. I lived with my g-ma and still had so many problems. Didn't agree with me at all. Lots of fatty gravys, and very rich and fatty foods. I can make a mean pot roast and yorkshire pudding but I feel it afterwards. I'm not sure if I would call it healthier. I can't speak to portions because I don't remember eating at restaurants (only 4 years old when I visited) but when all of my English relatives would come to visit, they weren't shy at the table if you know what I mean lol.
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   Posted 4/21/2007 5:06 AM (GMT -7)   

I think I have inconsistent IBS responses to what I eat.  Sometimes I can tolerate certain things, and other times I can't.

   I think eating too much when I'm out causes me the most trouble.   Maybe something else is going on with me, that I am so inconsistent.

   Eating too much out a restaurant seems to be the worst thing for me.....no matter what it is.

   Kind of makes it hard to know when its (diarrhea) is going to happen.    Caffeine can definitely bring it on.


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   Posted 4/21/2007 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Cathy,
You're not alone. If I eat too much of anything it makes me sick. I could be at home or out, eating pizza or plain rice and I'll still get sick. Portion control is key, yet it seems to be the hardest thing for me.
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   Posted 4/21/2007 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I love eating out,& as long as i'm careful i'm ok.I Love SALSA & Hot sauce with chips.They don't bother me either for that i'm grateful.
Lays has come out with thier products made with sunflower oil.I can eat those where the others I can't too greasy.
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   Posted 5/26/2007 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I can hardly eat anything. The only thing i know of that doesn't give me a terrible stomache ache is sauteed pepper steak and steamed bell peppers. No sauce or anything. Can anyone recomend anything? I am pretty new to this. Thank you everybody you gave me alot of foods to stay away from that i wasn't sure aabout! :)

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   Posted 5/26/2007 10:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I think everyone is a bit different. I could not eat bell peppers or pepper steak and feel very good. Sometimes something bothers me and other times not. I do try and stay away from heavy dairy things like cream sauces but can handle cheese and very limted dairy. We all have different triggers. Anyway, good luck. If I anticipate a problem i take a peppermint, fennel and ginger capsule like when I go to Outback and pig out on Awesome Blossom and Coconut shrimp and MaiTai's and somehow I manage not go into a coma.

bennettgirl
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   Posted 5/28/2007 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I too have noticed that portion control is the key.  I haven't had Diareaha (which was pure water since last Wednesday.  This mornings bowel movement was intack.  I was excited.  Then I went to my brothers this afternoon.  I munched on carrots with ranch dip before I ate.  I actually didn't realize really how many I ate or that I was eating ranch dip until it was too late.  Then I ate baked Talapia, with baked potato, mac and cheese with a piece of bread.  Then later a piece of cake.  Well by the time I got home, yep Diarreaha.  I should have ate the carrots with my fish and ate just a few and not have eaten the bread or the mac & cheese.   I really wanted the Grilled Hamburger with the BBQ sauce and the french fries that everyone else was eating.  Man this sticks.  I don't know why I went from one day eating all this stuff till the next day not being able to.   

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   Posted 5/28/2007 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Portion control is a thought so is the type of foods that you were eating. I can tell you that half of what you listed I would not be able to eat. Lots of trigger foods there for me. IBS causes us to be so more sensitive to all of this, more than the general population so if we eat certain foods that cause us problems, we need to be prepared for the consequences. I know when I cheat whats going to happen. IBS is one of those things that tend to wax and wane so you can go a while without symptoms to all of a sudden get hit with them.
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