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Sasha
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posted 04-06-1999 07:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sasha   Click Here to Email Sasha     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was wondering what types of diets everyone is on! I know that it will be different for everyone, their trigger foods and all that. But I was hoping that someone could provide insight on what kinds of things are good for their digestive systems and don't seem to affect them...I know it is probably a matter of just sitting down everyday and keeping a good dietary journal and exercising everyday and trying to eliminate stress. These things are not always easy to do though when you want to lead a normal life and be involved in different things. I know, it could always be worse right?!

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posted 04-06-1999 08:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scotty57   Click Here to Email Scotty57     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What seme to work always is BRAT
Bannanas
Applesauce
Rice
Toast
They work 100% for me.

Sasha
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posted 04-07-1999 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sasha   Click Here to Email Sasha     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for your response Scotty! Do you generally have IBS with D or C? The BRAT is high in fibre isn't it? I was wondering also, do you have any problems with meat and potatoes? What about vegetables?

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posted 04-07-1999 01:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have IBS - D. For me, its a matter of elimination. BRAT is out for me, b/c bananas are a problem. The following foods are problems for me, so I avoid them if I can, but not always:
dairy (boo hoo, ice cream)
bananas and sometimes apples
beans and "gassy" vegetables
chocolate
caffeine
carbonated sodas (I have gas)
greasy stuff - pizza, french fries, anything deep fried, donuts, pastries, croissants, etc.
tomato sauce (and my mom's homemade marinara sauce is my absolute FAVORITE thing in the world)
I also tried to avoid stuff with seeds (sesame seeds, vegetables with seeds I take the seeds out - i.e. cucumbers.)

I'd say pizza, french fries, and tomato sauce are the WORST possible thing I could eat. I get D EVERY time with those. Others I can sometimes eat with no problem at all.
I stick with chicken, tuna, white rice, fish, nothing too spicy.
Hope this helps some. You really need to know your own triggers b/c you'll get hundreds of different responses if you ask what are peoples triggers.
OH - I am beginning to wonder if potatoes are a problem for me b/c I've been noticing D after meals with potatoes, but its hard to say. then there is the whole deal about not eating potatoes with proteins (meats) b/c then you store it as fat . . . well, that's another story.

[This message has been edited by Rob (edited 04-07-99).]

Sasha
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posted 04-07-1999 02:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sasha   Click Here to Email Sasha     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for your response Rob! It is true, it will be different for everybody, it is just a matter of ruling things out I guess!! How do you not get totally bored of your diet?!

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posted 04-07-1999 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gena     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Sasha..

indeed the responses will be varied but I think people with the D variety will agree on a lot and the same with those who have C. Because I have D, I agree with everything Rob listed. I don't really have problems with dairy or bananas, however. But hot and cold foods are triggers for me. Fried stuff is out (except the ocassional french fry) as is tomato sauce, which is a damn shame. But for me, stress and mood is often very important. If I am relaxed and notthinking about my stomach, I can eat pretty much anything. If I am a basket case and worrying about it, I can eat pretty much nothing without serious consequences. Excercise is really important. I am a runner, but sometimes running itself is a trigger so lately I have been avoiding it, which is not a good thing. It's very individual.

Usually what works for me are the following foods:

plain bread or toast
bagels plain
chicken or fish broiled or baked but NOT fried or breaded
potatoes
crackers
air popped popcorn with a tad of salt (mmm)
baked tostitos
bananas
tofu
chick peas

that's just a rough list. There are things that sometimes work and sometimes don't like apples (beware the granny smith variety if you have D). Carrots are a definite no-no, as is a ripe juicy salad (which sucks since I love salad). But like I said, it all depends on your mood and how good or bad your IBS is that day. A lot of people suggest keeping a food journal. I am thinking of starting one myself, actually. Good luck!

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posted 04-07-1999 03:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sasha   Click Here to Email Sasha     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Gena! The thing with me is I don't think that it is the same foods all the time...I think that if the IBS is acting up, just about anything I put in my mouth will cause the D. I just wish that I knew what the main thing was that triggered it, then I would cut that out completely. I suppose then I would have the cure for IBS and that all of our problems would be solved, haha...not likely! Thanks for your response.

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posted 04-08-1999 10:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ty   Click Here to Email Ty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sasha,

I haven't found a trigger food yet. Without meds, pizza was an immediate trip to the bathroom. But not anymore (had some last night and not one problem! happyhappyjoyjoy)!
So, with meds I can eat just about anything - I do avoid extremely greasy stuff (I try to 'soak up' the grease on pizza!) and rich foods.

My "triggers" are when and how much I eat. If eat too much - ugh, I will feel horrible for hours and hours. If I get off my schedule, it's days until I'm feeling back to 'normal'. Calcium helps the what I call the Daily D.

Ty

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posted 04-08-1999 02:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sasha   Click Here to Email Sasha     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Ty! Thanks for your response...I have hope listening to you! I was wondering how much calcium you take and when you take it? I just started Caltrate two days ago and it hasn't made any difference but I want to give it a chance. Do you have any advice? Do you agree with the postings about people with IBS all being high-stress, over anxious people? As for me, I don't think of myself that way and I don't think that others think that I am like that, then again I have never really asked anyone about that?

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posted 04-08-1999 05:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Sasha-
I don't get bored with my diet b/c I don't stick to it!! ha ha. I generally eat whatever I want, but no pizza, fries, or greasy stuff like that. Otherwise I pretty much just deal b/c sometimes things are a problem and sometimes not, so . . . if I'm fine, great, if I get D, I deal. I have managed to cut out chocolate, caffeine, and soda - but I've only managed to go about a month thus far w/o those items. I haven't have pizza in I can't tell you how long. I generally eat my mom's spaghetti sauce anyway b/c I love it and I'm at her house w/a nice private potty, so I just eat it and pay.
I am just mindful not to eat my trigger foods "in public." Also, if I'm out to dinner and I drink alcohol, I can generally eat what I want (though still no pizza or red sauce). I then sometimes pay for the alcohol the next day, but , you get the picture!

Ty
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posted 04-08-1999 05:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ty   Click Here to Email Ty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sasha,

It took about a week for the calcium to kick in - and boy did it! I was taking one tablet a day with my mid-day meal. Too much for me! I'm now taking half a tab with my mid-day meal. So far so good! But that's just me. I've read where it can take up to 3 or 4 tabs a day to curb the D. If after a week or so with no results, up the dosage (just a little - obviously you'll want to take the least amount to be effective).

I don't believe ALL of us are high stress. I do consider myself a scheduler, high achiever, and border-line perfectionist, but I don't believe that is what started and/or perpetuates my IBS. I actually used to be a lot worse way before this IBS!

I think most of what those posts refer to is that stress itself can be a trigger for IBS and a lot of IBSers live their lives more "inclined" for stress. Just a theory... But like everything with IBS, it's different for everyone!

Ty

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