size and frequency of meals

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   Posted 4/23/2008 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
For people with bowel issues it is suggested to "not pack/load your bowel with a large meal"..."eating more often but eat smaller meals."
Have people followed this advice? How has it impacted on your "bowel issues" and how highly would you rate this advice?
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   Posted 4/23/2008 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I feel better if i eat smaller meals. If i sit down to a big meal i get a little crampy. The next day or so it also a little tougher. But not so much that i don't enjoy the occasional giant meal.
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   Posted 4/23/2008 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been trying to eat more smaller meals.. I find it very difficult. I am usually not hungry between meals and tend to skip the smaller meal until I am hungry but then I end up eating a BIG meal... sigh.... what I am trying to do is eat Oatmeal bars bwteen meals.. they are kinda filling and just sweet enough to make them satisfying.
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   Posted 4/23/2008 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I try to eat more smaller meals, but it's just hard to do with classes and such all day. And since I can't handle a large breakfast, I'm starving by lunch and I have to eat a decent amount. However, my dinner's aren't too big and eat snacks throughout the evening.
I honestly don't think the size of meals affect my bowel movements when I'm in a flare. If I eat a lot, I might get a little crampy. But that's it.
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   Posted 4/23/2008 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Yesterday was a perfect example of eating large meals and SUFFERING all night for it.

Smaller meals do work better for me - when I plan far enough ahead to actually do that. If I can eat a little something every 2-3 hours I do much better than eating a couple of large meals.
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   Posted 4/23/2008 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I find smaller meals much easier on my system, but I have to admit, on weekends, I do enjoy a large breakfast.
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   Posted 4/23/2008 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Smaller meals, whole foods work best for me. I find if I have a whole big meal, the next day I have many more bowel movements. Also, the more whole the food or should I say "less processed", the better I feel. Plus, I think it gives me more energy throughout the day.

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   Posted 4/23/2008 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Overall the general public (even those without GI issues) should eat smaller meals rather than large ones, it's too much work for the digestive tract.

Not only smaller meals but it's also important to eat slowly and chew, chew, chew, taking a digestive enzyme (via supplement or fresh fruits such as kiwi, pineapple, papaya or mango) after every meal also helps break down the food which means less work for the intestines and a better functioning GI tract.

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   Posted 4/23/2008 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I have found smaller meals is the way to go for me.Big meals just mess me up.
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   Posted 4/23/2008 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
smaller meals work best for me also, plus it is better if you have any acid reflux.

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