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Linny
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posted 01-03-1999 03:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Linny   Click Here to Email Linny     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello.

What do you guys order when you go out to eat? I know everyone is different when it comes to what you can eat with no or *little* pain. I was just curious....

Thanks,
Lindsey

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posted 01-03-1999 05:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for silver   Click Here to Email silver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi, I try to order anything that is low fat type food. I really have to watch that it has NO GARLIC. It's a real killer for me, about a week down in the dumps. Its hard because I love Caesar salad, but no more of that stuff for me. I also watch and dont order vegetarian food because they usually load it with garlic too. Basically, I try to avoid eating out, but if I have too, stick to light food.

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posted 01-04-1999 10:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DElise1   Click Here to Email DElise1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lindsey: I find eating out that simple is best. The days of having a big old steak at a nice restaurant are over for me.

I try to stick to chain restaurants like TGI Friday's or Applebee's. There I can order a vegetarian type plate like Pacific Coast Chicken - plain, grilled chicken strips, small amount of linguine and lots of steamed vegetables. I pick a salad dressing that's mild (or just oil and vinegar) and that's my dinner. At Applebee's you can get just a plate of steamed veggies and a baked potato.

Simplest is best for me. Italian food is virtually out for me. I think it's something in the tomatoes.

Here's an interesting tidbit about that for those who have problems with tomato sauces....I have been working in Italy for the past two months. Now, here in the US whenever I have a pasta dish, I can almost guarantee a bout of "D" (it's almost immediately after the meal, I also discovered I have the same problem when I make the sauce at home). Anyway, I assumed big trouble trying to eat in Italy (lots of pasta, lots of gravy). To my surprise, I only had 2 bad bouts of "D" when I was there, and I was consuming a tomato based sauce almost EVERY DAY. I have no idea what the difference between here and there was (bear in mind, my stress level was also excessively high). I cannot understand what the difference is at all. The only thing I can come up with was the water I was drinking over there (not spring water, plain mineral water).

Anyway, sorry to get off track. It is possible to eat out, you just have to keep it simple!

Hope this helps.

DElise

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posted 01-04-1999 04:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for K   Click Here to Email K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I usually order some sort of grilled chicken breast, like sandwiches, or on top of a salad, with no dressing. I eat a lot of salad too, but never any salad dressing. I usually ask for a little bit of shredded cheddar cheese to put on top instead. I find that these are usually more tolerable than burgers and fries. K

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posted 01-04-1999 08:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for musem     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm rapidly coming to the conclusion that I can't tolerate the food at the nicer restaurants. Just this weekend, my wife and I went to the Olive Garden, and I'm still paying for it. I'm tending toward 'C', and my head is full of mucous. I'm dizzy, stuffed up, and generally spaced out. Funny thing. I can tolerate most junk food and mall food. I'm better today. Yesterday about all I could do was just sit and stare at the TV. Couldn't concentrate at all. I wonder if this is due to the garlic, or perhaps to the bread fermenting in my gut?

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posted 01-04-1999 09:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rose   Click Here to Email Rose     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
DElise,
My dr. has recently told me that one of the new ideas reguarding ibs is that those who have it may have trouble digesting sugar. Also that as we age we make less of the enzyme that digests sugars. Perhaps it is the hidden sugar, that is your culprit. I posted this a few weeks back under chinese herbs. I have been quite well recently and have not found the herbs at this time.
Rose

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posted 01-04-1999 09:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Julianne   Click Here to Email Julianne     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi, it is really interesting reading what you all can and can't eat. It is such a personal and mysterious thing, it really takes time to nail down. Musem, don't think it is that wierd, I realized that I can't eat hardly any vegetables! Who knows what is in resteraunt food that causes problems. I have been doing so much better avoiding any vegetables, although I know it is not that healthy. I can order chicken, seafood, bread, tomatoes, pasta, rice, potatoes. When I order a chicken burger or something, I eat a few french fries and then send it away! That is fine, I can even eat the occasional buffalo wings- I find just eating slowly and small amounts at one time works for me. I avoid too many oils, dairy, and no raw vegetable will pass my lips. Also alchohol and coffee. Ive talked with someone who has colitis who tipped me towards small servings, slow eating. I hope that maybe some of this will help you all too.

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posted 01-05-1999 02:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DElise1   Click Here to Email DElise1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rose: What your doc said to you is making lots of sense to me. I've always been a sugar-holic (chocolate, other candy, etc....). I have found that I now have less tolerance for that stuff and limit my intake. I never thought about sugar content in food though!! When I was eating tomato sauce in Italy, I know there wasn't any sugar in that, but I put sugar in my sauce at home to cut down the acidity of the tomatoes (cooking tip!). I'll check out your previous post too. Thanks - DElise

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posted 01-06-1999 12:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for libby   Click Here to Email libby     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I stick to chicken, turkey or ham for the most part. At certain places I can get a good steak, but I never attempt to order this at a place I'm not familiar with. I avoid anything spicy, rich, greasy, and like some of you I too have to avoid raw vegetables. They rip my gut in half. I have recently started to avoid all milk also. I take Tums with calcium twice a day and this seems to have helped alot.

I agree with you that suggested eating smaller amounts and eating slow.

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posted 01-06-1999 03:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for digestwoes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I dread going out to eat anymore these days. It has lost it appeal to me with having to worry if I'll have an attack or not. I can't eat green veggies, not supposed to consume dairy products, I'm allergic to tomatoes, corn, and wheat, so there's little left that I can 'legally' eat.

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posted 01-06-1999 07:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LA     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One word: Immodium (for those with "D"). That usually gets me through a meal so long as I stay away from spicy/saucy foods. But every once in awhile even that doesn't work; but on average, that's my saving grace!!!

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posted 01-08-1999 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for STORM   Click Here to Email STORM     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yep that is what I do. I dont leave anywhere
without immodium in my purse.

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