Sometimes they make me tired, but not always.
My output was fast for years BUT it finally improved when I really took a hard look at my diet and what I was eating and what I could eat to help it. Also, when my stress level lowered, my output improved too. For a long time, I ate what I wanted - when I wanted it. I can still eat pretty much whatever I want (except for really fiberous stuff), but I choose foods to slow down my output before or during what I know will increase my output. For example, and I know I have mentioned this in another post, I like coffee in the morning. I KNOW that caffeine increases my output, so I went to decaf BUT I eat a fruit grain bar and a ripe banana with my coffee in the morning. That just works for me. High sugar foods really increase my output. But I still eat those items but pair it up with something that will slow it down.
Some other things that speed up my output is iron, like in multi vitamins. I just can't tolerate it. I also found out that rolaids are set in a carbonate base, and that can cause diarrhea (that's what the pharmacist told me). I was eating rolaids to get calcium since they were chewable and I was having ulcer issues at the time anyway. Just little things that I have picked up over the years.
What do you start out your day eating? That seems to be the best time to set the pace for my day. If I start out eating a donut (greasy and sugary) which I love, then it makes it difficult to slow things down the rest of the day. But, there are just those days that I eat them anyway -- I may eat a banana with them tho!! That is just my personal experience.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery