Something that worked for my mom

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   Posted 1/14/2010 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I only have very mild IBS, but my mom used to have it a lot worse -- she told me that she'd have to go 10 times a day, so I assume she had IBS-D!  However, for the past 6 months she's been on a diet mainly to lose weight, but was thrilled to find that her IBS is 90% better now!  She's also lost about 30 lbs and has now reached her goal weight :)  She got the diet plan from a book, I don't remember the name, but here is the gist of it:
With every meal, eat whole grains / fiber, healthy fats, and protein (vegetarian or meat sources).  Lots of fruit and veggies.  Eat low-fat dairy as snacks or incorporate into meals.
Strictly limit "bad" fats, sodium, and sugar / simple carbs.
Eat a meal or snack every few hours -- you should never get really hungry, and this keeps your metabolism steady.
A typical meal plan:
Breakfast: oatmeal or high-fiber/low-sugar cereal with fruit and nuts, maybe a veggie patty (like imitation sausage) for extra protien if desired.
Lunch: sandwich made from whole wheat bread, turkey, avocado, spinach leaves, a drizzle of vinegairette or a low-fat condiment like mustard.
Dinner: whole grain pasta with sauted shrimp or chicken and veggies; or salmon with sides of brown rice and veggies, etc.
Snacks: fat-free cottage cheese with dried cranberries and cinnamon or light yogurt; fresh fruit and/or nuts, etc.
No desserts, except perhaps something healthy like fruit (quite an accomplishment for a former chocoholic! :) )
Anyways, I know everyone is different and this may not work for everyone, but I just thought I'd share just in case it helps someone!
Diagnoses: GERD, small hiatal hernia, anxiety, allergies
Medications: Nexium (GERD), Lexapro (anxiety), Singulair (allergies), Tazorac (acne)
Note: I suspect my GERD was caused by taking antibiotics for acne. Please be careful about taking antibiotics when not necessary!

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   Posted 1/17/2010 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   

I've gotten the impression that it's worse if you eat too much.
Off and on IBS since my twenties--with gas, gas, gas. That embarrasses me, which makes no sense, since I'm not willingly doing it, and I keep trying things to get rid of it... But Southern Belles don't fa&#.

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   Posted 1/18/2010 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
By "eating too much," do you mean too often or two large of portions? Because my mom would eat smaller meals, just more often. It'd be hard to lose the weight if she was eating large meals ;)

Anyways, I'm certainly not expert on IBS but I just thought I'd share! This kind of diet would probably be healthy for most people anyway, unless you have a medical condition that makes it difficult...
Diagnoses: GERD, small hiatal hernia, anxiety, allergies
Medications: Nexium (GERD), Lexapro (anxiety), Singulair (allergies), Tazorac (acne)
Note: I suspect my GERD was caused by taking antibiotics for acne. Please be careful about taking antibiotics when not necessary!

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   Posted 1/18/2010 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I find that 4 to 6 small meals a day are better for my GI tract than 3 large meals. When we dine out, I almost always order a lunch portion and if that's not available for dinner, I pre-cut my entire entree in half and only eat half. That way the other half is untouched, I then ask for a to-go box. Of course restaurant staff look at you like you're crazy but if you live in the US, then you know we have an obesity problem in this country. Across the board, US citizens eat way too much food at each meal - at home, dining out, even school aged children eat all the wrong foods.

We would all do ourselves a huge favor to eat smaller portions, healthier food, etc.

I keep reading one diet type tip repeated in article after article - for processed foods, we should eat foods with 5 or fewer ingredients. More than 5 and it's unhealthy for us (even non-IBS folks).
- 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

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   Posted 2/22/2010 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Every case of IBS is unique, making it impossible to create a broad spectrum treatment plan. Food allergies and intolerances have been seen to be one of the two leading causes of IBS symptoms. While all cases are unique and the causes vary from person to person, most cases occur as a result of either (1) food allergies/intolerances or (2) problems with intestinal bacteria, yeast/candida, or parasites You can see more information on this subject at There is also some helpful information on this site regarding testing strategies and treatment options.

Joan M
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   Posted 2/24/2010 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Pain pills and antibiotics are very troublesome. I am very seriously allergic to drugs and know this first hand. Unfortunately, I have ibs/c and had a painful bowel cramping this morning. gastro doc sent something over to the pharmacy and am wondering if it contains any darvon, morphine or codeine in it. They all stuff me up with ibs/c something fierce.

small meals are definately better. so long for now.

college coaches wife
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   Posted 3/1/2010 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
As for the fruit part, does anyone have stomach trouble with bananas (severe stomach cramps within minutes of eating one). What's going on?
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