I found this post in another thread and thought it would be appropriate to copy it into this section since it lists a lot of DON'T which could be useful to may of us who are new to this forum.
I hope this is okay with everyone.
From thread "I really need some info"
Posted 3/24/2007 5:47 PM (GMT -5)
I am a 45 year old women who has suffered from IBS with Diarrhea since I was 5 years old. I can't tell you how many different things I have tried these many years to help alleviate or at least help my symptoms. I too believe in doing things as healthfully as possible. I have suffered every single day with this problem, often, several times a day. I never know when it's going to happen, and the pain and embarrasment can be horrific. I currently have found what I believe to be my best treatment to date:
1) I take 15 mg of desiprimine (anti depressant) at bedtime daily (10 wasn't enough and 20mg was too much so I cut a pill in half). I was taking Elavil for a year, but it created urine retention issues so I needed to switch.
2) I take Lomotil (antispasmotic) to stop the diarrhea attacks when I'm in public. Depending on the severity I can take up to 80mg in a day.
3) I NEVER drink coffee, decaf or otherwise. It is an intestinal irritant, and I discovered just removing this from my diet, improved my symptoms 40% (I often miss it, but not enough to be in pain all the time).
4) I eat many small meals a day, never a large meal as this causes again intestinal distress.
5) I NEVER eat foods high in fat or fried.
6) I NEVER eat anything that contains high fructose corn syrup, also known as an intestinal irritant.
7) I ALWAYS drink a tremendous amount of water. Helps maintain intestinal balance.
8) I NEVER drink alcohol, also an intestinal irritant. I can put it in food that I cook the alcohol off, but I don't drink it any longer.
9) I NEVER drink anything ice cold. This is also a huge tummy irritant. I warm my milk for cereal or orange juice to room temp in the microwave in the morning. I drink my water at room temp and if I need to get water while I'm out I always ask for non-refrigerated water. Most places have water that they haven't put in the fridge yet, sitting in the store room.
10) I stay away from whole grain foods (again love them, but they don't love me), gassy veggies like broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, beans and the like. White, sourdough, rye, french breads are only ones for me.
11) I ALWAYS peel ALL my fruits and veggies before I eat them. Most of the fiber is in the skins of these yummy foods, and the skins are hard to digest even for the most normal of tummys. Eat small amounts of fruit at a time as the fructose can cause intestinal distress.
12) I NEVER, I mean NEVER eat anything with equal, sweet and low, splenda etc. These will ALWAYS cause tummy upset. It's better to eat a little bit of the sugar, than put your poor tummy thru this!
13) I learned to LOVE peppermint tea. It is such a soothing food on the intestines and dates back for centuries as an intestinal restorer. I always carry a supply with me, and if I feel an attack coming on, I get some hot water and drink some for awhile. This will be one of your best aides.
All of us are different in our symptoms and what makes us sick, but my entire family suffres from IBS in one form or another (mother, father, sister, daughter, grandson, aunt, grandmothers), and these are some of the "tricks of the IBS trade" so to speak.
Some people have problems with milk products and some with fructose, if you can, and have insurance or can afford it, I would ask a doctor to administer lactose intolerance and fructose tolerance tests. If all is ok, then you know you can at least have these foods, just low fat varieties, and in small quantities. If on the other hand you have problems with these foods, at least you will have solved a terrible problem, and there are lots of alternatives to cows milk out there;soy, rice, almond milk, soy cheese etc... Fructose intolerance is a little harder, but not impossible. It's better to know than be unsure.
I also try everything for at least 30 days. Some things will get better right away, and others will take awhile. Give your body the time it needs to adjust to the new foods, way of eating meds etc.
I hope this helps some of you out there. Good luck and take care,
Eveything in my life I Create, Promote, Allow or (addendum) Step In - Linda Larsen; and I have what it takes to change my situation.