If you're trying to get thru a work day, Monday-Friday, eat plain foods in moderation on these specific days. Skip the raw food/smoothie these 5 days as well.
I struggle with IBS/D and have to eat a low residue diet. Do a google search, you probably wouldn't need to be on this diet 100% of the time, but during the work week, if I were in your shoes and want to limit the bm's, clean outs, etc., I would stick to foods on this LRD list.
Also, eat small meals. Do not overwhelm your system with 3 large ones. If after eating a small amount of food for that particular meal you still feel ravenous, drink a tall glass of water. This will trick your stomach into thinking it's full of more food. This is something I do.
Instead of 3 large meals a day, strive for 4 to 6 smaller meals, spaced out. A light snack mid-afternoon might be good to try - a banana or applesauce cup, a handful of pretzels, etc.
Stress can play an important role in managing IBS either C or D. Find something that works for you to instantly calm yourself down - closing your eyes, taking deep breaths, reading a chapter from a novel by an author you enjoy reading, just take a 2 to 5 minute escape, to relax and then refocus so you can return to work.
Hopefully you'll receive more replies. I wish you well. And welcome to the forum!
*edit* One more thing, you could try getting up earlier in the morning, eating right away and then getting ready for work (showering, washing/drying hair, makeup, etc.). Allowing what you just ate to be digested, inducing more bm's (what happens with me). I start work at 9 am but get up at 6. I make sure I am finished having my breakfast by 6:30. Usually by 8 I am done with bm's, until I eat again. I skip lunch also if I have a busy afternoon (appts., and such), I work part time right now. If I had to work full time there is no way I'd eat anything until I got home from work. I wouldn't chance it like that. I know what eating does to me - it induces more bm's, within about
10 to 15 minutes. And like you, they seem to come every 15 minutes or so. Even though my bm's are usually over by 8 am, I like the extra insurance of that 8 to 9 am hour in case I'm still using the bathroom. I work 5 min. from home, which is very convenient.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening
Post Edited (Marsky) : 8/5/2009 8:20:36 AM (GMT-6)