I am IBS-A but I am prodominately constipated so my goal is to get it in, get it out, and with the least pain possible. In my experience, anything that will expand is a no no so I tend to stay away from any foods that take on absorbancy. Breads, rice, pasta, etc. (now I'm not talking about
carbs as other things I eat contain carbs but just absorbant items). These items tend to slow down my transit time and makes my system work harder to digest, not too mention causes the most gas for me.
I eat almost all fruits and veggies and at first they were yuck but now I absolutely love them. I drink lots of liquids including water. I do drink sodas and such but as long as I drink them in moderation I tend to be okay. I personally don't have problems with "fake" sugar and never have. I have never tried Splenda so I don't have any opinions on that.
Fiber is a MUST in my diet and I find myself reading that first on all food labels before anything else so I can get a lot of it (and that's on top of taking supplements). Since I have diverticulosis, fiber is the one ingredient that hopefully can keep me away from being under the knife.
Fact is, everyone is different which is why keeping a food diary is so important. Tracking the times you eat, what you eat and the effect that it has on you... you will start seeing a pattern and will make it so much easier to KNOW what you can and cannot eat instead of taking a gamble.
Hope this helps a little.
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Dx: IBS 1989, Diverticulosis 2004, Idiopathic Acute Colitis 2006, UCTD 2007
Meds: Plaquenil 400mg, Chlorzoxazone 500mg, Lyrica 50mg, Protonix 40mg, Naproxen 1000mg, Xanax XR 2mg, Miralax 17g, Supplements