Suggestions for IBS-C

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   Posted 6/3/2007 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all -
I'm usually on the depression board, but was recently diagnosed with IBS-C.  I get a lot of bloating and what feel like "cramps".  Exercise seems to help, but I haven't had a lot of time nor motivation lately.  I haven't really figured out which foods to avoid except brocoli and apples.  I love to eat salads and sandwiches for lunch.  Sometimes I have problems with them other times I don't.  Eggs can also go either way for me.  What I've been eating lately and seems to work is scrambled eggs with salsa and cheese wrapped in a tortilla.  I also drink one cup of coffee in the morning, this seems to be enough to get me going and also helps with the C.  But, my diet is extremely lacking in fiber.  I know this is something that I need to work on and I do read the labels before making my purchases, but I've never been one to eat lots of fruits and veggies.  Any ideas or suggestions on how to slowly introduce them into my diet, so my gut will thank me for it?
Also, I'm getting tired of eating the same things and need some new ideas for dinners.  I usually don't have a lot of energy at the end of the day and it can be difficult to cook for just myself, so I fall into just grapping whatever is in the fridge which always seems to leave me in pain.  I'd like to get into the habit of cooking meals on the weekends and having them ready to eat throughout the week.  But, usually after I've eating the same thing three days in a row I'm sick of it! 
Thanks in advance!  tongue       

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   Posted 6/4/2007 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, fruits and vegetables are really important for the IBS-C sufferer. Apples and brocoli are loaded with fiber which is probably why you are having problems. You need to have fiber but if you don't eat a lot of it now, you need to introduce it slowly into your diet. I try and make sure that I get enough fiber in my diet however its very hard to do so I take Metamucil tablets (between 4 and 6 per day). I didn't start out with that much though. Also, drinking water is one of the most important things you can do especially with a high fiber diet because fiber bulks up your stool but if its dry, it could cause your constipation worse. Try and get at least 6-8 glasses of water per day.
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   Posted 6/6/2007 11:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sadsong,
I mentioned this in another post yesterday... My girlfriend heard that vitamin C crystals help move the bowels.  She tried it and it worked!  Now she's got many of her friends and family using it to help move things along.  As long as you don't have a problem with vitamin C, it might be worth a shot.  Oh, and as long as you're not taking any meds that might interact with it.  Here's a link to a list of meds that may interact with vitamin C.
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   Posted 6/7/2007 12:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Going from CtoD is common for IBS.You live with it.Watch what you eat.

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   Posted 6/8/2007 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I have the same thing that you have and I have been trying to introduce more fiber to my diet to.  about 2 weeks ago I heard that Lentils have a lot of fiber in them and boy do they, 11 grams for one fourth of a cup.  SO I have been eating between 1 and 2 cups a day, plus pears which they say are good in fiber and apples, of course leave the peels on these.  I have also learned that one of my favorite breads, "pumpernickel" have  alittle more than most breads too.  Well sadly to say I have been averaging any where from 35 - 70 grams of fiber a day for 2 weeks, and still NO BM.  But maybe it will work for you.  It is worth a try!
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