What Foods to Normalize Stomach

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   Posted 2/15/2006 1:08 AM (GMT -7)   
    I was told I had IBS,Diverticulosis, and Gerd. Anyone out there with these three symptoms, please tell me what foods you eat on a daily basis.
I realize that everyone is different in their diets,and have been told to write food diaries,have lost 55 lbs. since August,went from size 42 to 36 ( a blessing really) and seems I get cramps every single time I eat or drink lots of water. 
I may get another CBC blood test to see my White blood cell count and/or Electrolytes,but I don't really know if my pains are from the diverticulosis or IBS,or both. 
  If IBS'rs are supposed to eat lots of fiber,then what exactly are the fibrous food to eat?  Cereals like "Bob's Red Mill Hot cereal" with 10 grams of dietary Fiber..does that mean I'm supposd to eat three bowls of that daily to get my 30 grams of fiber intake?  Sure, I take metamucil everyday,and that helps,but I still have cramping and LOUD GURGLING STOMACH NOISES.
The way I'm losing weight,my the topic of Gall Bladder has come up,but the doc told me it was IBS.
Please throw some food ideas my way, I sure would appreciate it.  eyes Thanks!

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   Posted 2/15/2006 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't think that weight loss is necessarily a side affect of GB disease. I lost some weight when mine went bad, but that's because I stopped eating when I was feeling sick. I eventually managed to gain it back when I learned to eat when I wasn't feeling sick. Doesn't sound like that's an option for you, though.

Personally, I think fiber is overrated, but that's probably because I'm the only known person on the planet to get WORSE constipated after taking fiber pills. I tried upping my soluable fiber content and lessening my insoluable fiber content when I first had problems back in the summer, but it didn't do me any good.

I have heard that a low-carb diet helps some people with IBS/IBD, I think mainly because sugars fuel bad bacteria. At the very least you might try going off sugars and starchy foods. Protein is difficult to break down, so you might want to try cutting back on it if not cutting it out. I found right after I had my gall bladder out that chicken was tolerable for me, but pork and beef were much harder to digest and worse on my guts, so if you only cut out some of your meats, get rid of those two first. Also, don't eat any raw vegetables or fruits. You may not be able to tolerate some things even when they are cooked, but cooked foods are more easily digestible.

You might want to try and see if you can tolerate high fat stuff like nuts, olive oil, butter and whole milk. Some IBSers can't handle the fat, but I'm alright once I get adjusted to it at a certain level. If it doesn't make you worse, go for eating more fat just because you need to cut back on the weight loss. Fat doesn't make you fat, but it can help you feel more full, and I'm sure you eat so little that you feel hungry a lot, and fat, in conjunction with the other food groups, can help you better maintain your weight.
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