I highly recommend the use of a food diary. Any notebook will suffice. Keep a page for each day. And record every single thing you eat, drink and if stress was high that day or not. Record details such as if you had a cold, headache, if you took meds for any of these aches, pains, or meds for the IBS.
I find that 4 to 6 small meals a day agree with my GI tract much more than 3 full sized meals.
When dining out, try to order smaller entrees, lunch portions if available on a menu, even if it's dinner time. A half sandwich and cup of soup OR side salad and baked potato. Items such as these instead of appetizers, salad, full meal, dessert, coffee. If I were to have full meals (such as on Thanksgiving Day), I'd be a real mess.
One of my mottos is - less is more. Less intake each time I eat. Smaller amounts of foods that can upset my tract or I avoid them completely. In other words, moderation - for example, 5 M & M's instead of a small individual sized bag you find next to the grocery check out lane (not the kiddie sized bags). 1 chocolate chip
cookie instead of 3 o 4.
I think you will see a pattern begin to form once you begin a food diary. I used to rate my days at the bottom of every right hand corner, so I could flip back to read what I ate/drank on "good" days.
Right now I'm trying to not have yogurt even though it's good for GI tract, I find it sometimes makes things worse for me. I half wonder if I am lactose intolerant. I was allergic to dairy from birth to age 3. As I got older (53 now) I could have cheese and milk. But if I had a fried egg, I was sick afterwards. I can have butter as well. But lately I had been lots of GI tract rumbling. And I had been eating yogurt again. It's since stopped.
You could also try the acidopholis pills if you can't tolerate dairy or yogurt. You find these in the chilled section of a health good store (near organic yogurt).
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening
All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!
Post Edited (Marsky) : 2/10/2009 5:22:35 AM (GMT-7)