Posted 11/13/2012 7:08 PM (GMT -6)
Well, way back when I was diligent about my diet, I didn't eat anything solid related after dinner, my cut off time was 7 pm. If I got hungry, I'd drink one or 2 tall glasses of water. That was it until morning. Consequently, I was able to reduce my night time trips to the bathroom or walking up with urgent needs. While I do not have the actual IBS diagnosis, I am trying my best to live without the lower 1/3 of my colon, ever since my temporary colostomy was reversed, long ago (13 years), I've never had a normal bm day, unless I've just come home from a procedure and I was already cleaned out. I went on a low residue diet back then and that's when I hit upon the no eating rule after dinner. It worked like a charm, I might add - I slept more soundly, I lost weight, it was great.
Ack, but I'm lazy and I've gone from a size 8 to a size 12, bordering on a 14, at times, gasp. Obviously I've broken my own rule.
I really should implement this 12 hours on/12 hours off eating approach - I just generally feel so much better if I've given my GI tract a 12 hour break from food.
If you do this, make sure you do consume a healthy number of calories/proteins, grains, fruits, vegetables in the previous 12 hour time period. It can be done (4 to 6 small meals).