Yes the IBS diet can be very boring. I agree!
Somedays I feel like my diet is the same, exact one from the previous day, except for dinner..........sigh. Like you jt, I can sneak in moderate amounts of specific treats but if I eat too many, look out. For example, my family, friends and coworkers love when I make my caramel popcorn from scratch. I used to make it quite a bit, for the holidays and other times a year. Someone's birthday, college care packages, etc. Once even overseas. My nephew was serving in Iraq back in '03 and I shipped over 24 individual sized baggies of it. Big hit. And surprisingly he said it wasn't stale. Anyway, when I make it, oh it is so tempting to eat and eat and eat. Last 5 batches (for Valentine's Day), for about
20 people, I didn't eat more than one kernel. I was so STRONG. But it was so hard to resist it! Very hard.
I feel my best when I start my day with one half of a Bay's plain english muffin (found in the daily case, not bread shelf area), followed by one half of the smallest cold turkey sub from Penn Station (this is the $3.74 size, mini sub size), then a good dinner (salmon, baked chicken, etc.). Last night I made what I call Chicken Manhattan (chopped chicken, celery, and onion, shredded carrot, small handful of frozen peas, spices, simmered in chicken broth and then thickened with flour/water mixture). Served over plain toast. I also made instant mashed potatoes (although this always feel like cheating to me but for some odd reason instant goes down easier than from scratch). Brown rice for hubby (he's on a high fiber diet and I'm on well, the low fiber diet - LOL). And somewhere in the middle of all this eating - a banana.
I try to never run out of my Bay's english muffins. By now I think my wacky GI tract needs them each day!
I wish we could pop a pill that blocked the foods we shouldn't eat and then they'd to thru our tracts, not giving us the dreaded D. Wouldn't that be so nice?
I live in Cincinnati and we are known for our Cincinnati style chili. More specifically, one local chain - Skyline. It's very potent and served over spaghetti - yes I know, odd. I can no longer eat there. EVER! It's literally goes right thru me now. Sigh........I can make it at home from a mix but it's not the same as eating at the chili parlor. This is just one thing I've had to give up in almost 10 years time. If dining there with my family, I get a cheesy hot dog (a kiddie hot dog item basically). The looks I get when I order a cheesy hot dog! Or sometimes a salad.....boring old salad.
Well, I'm rambling but wanted to say you are not alone jt so please feel free to vent with us - anytime. We'll listen!
Sometimes I wish we could all meet face to face - near bathrooms! Plenty of stalls....LOL For all of us. he he
*EDIT* JT! Just thought of a Pepperidge Farm
cookie you might like, it's perfect when you're having D or want to keep it at bay - Bordeaux! There's something in that flavor of
cookie that is so easy on my gut. Try it!
- 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) : 2/18/2009 5:31:37 AM (GMT-7)