Hey, I feel your pain totally. I actually lost 50 pounds over two years a few years ago, eating mostly chicken and rice, and such. I quit all sodas (they upset me sometimes, and at other times, they don't) and of course, I worked out. Sadly, I started adding back in some items to my diet as i could tolerate them and I regained all the weight back. I also quit working out. So, here we go again. *sigh*.
But, I guess you didn't need to hear all that. Sorry.
A couple things I can eat safely, are white bread of course with a little bit of peanut butter, rice of course, pretzels are a good, safe snack usually, or cereal bars (not granola bars). i am lactose intolerant, and regular milk makes me sick, but oddly enough I can eat yogurt usually with not too much of a problem. But I switched to Lactaid milk and that did help with eating cold cereals or drinking milk. I know, it's so hard, to find things you can consistently eat without being upset by it. And the main things that the health experts recommend for weight loss, we can't eat. Oh well, I guess we learn to deal, right? I'm 43 and have had IBS for at least 20 years. My poor youngest daughter, who is almost 17, has it too.
Kind of funny but sad, too-we had pizza one night for a girl's night in (the guys were at a father-son campout) and when the pizza arrived, we both headed to the kitchen and she grabbed a box of Immodium and I grabbed another one. lol It was funny but sad at the same time.
I buy some generic brand from Bulk Barn (in Canada). I'm sure you could find it at health food stores. It's plain and has only 1 ingredient: brown rice. It doesn't have much taste and is a little powdery, but if I add it to smoothies I'll use flavoured almond milk or add a little bit of vanilla extract.
I also use Shake 'n Go Smoothie powder by Vega. It has no dairy, soy, or gluten. However, it's full of probiotics, vitamins, and minerals.
I also have IBS-D and am trying to lose weight. I've been able to lose a couple of pounds over the past few months, but it is difficult because I rely a lot on carbs (particularly bread) to help fill me. Are all fruit completely off limits, even if pureed? I avoid dairy, wheat, and raw vegetables for the most part. Here are some of my snack ideas:
- Smoothie made with banana, a few strawberries or raspberries, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and protein powder (I use brown rice protein powder. It's super easy to digest and has no dairy/wheat). - Almond butter or natural peanut butter smeared on a banana. - 1/4 cup of hummus with whole-grain or gluten-free crackers. I also find peeled cucumber and peeled tomatoes to sit well with my stomach, but I think vegetables are very individual. - 1 oz of cheese (I can handle certain types of hard cheeses like gouda or cheddar cheese which are lower in lactose, but not softer ones like mozzarella, ricotta, or cottage cheese) with a few slices of turkey or chicken or some other kind of lean protein. - Brown rice pudding. If I have leftover brown rice I heat it up with some unsweetened vanilla almond milk, cinnamon, tiny sprinkle of nutmeg. - Avocado has good healthy fats, and I find is easier to digest. I sometimes have it with baked tortilla chips.
Foods like hummus, almond/peanut butter, avocado (smashed or a healthy guacamole) are higher in fat and protein, but since they're pureed, they're easier to digest. Also, invest in some dairy-free and/or gluten-free protein powder!
Hope this helps.
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About the only thing I can think of is peanut butter on graham crackers, or you could have some Jello. Jello goes down gently and smoothly. While I was growing up, I was told that Ginger Ale was good. Ginger Ale was used to calm down a sick stomach, so maybe that drink would not bother your IBS-D too much! Take Care! This is an emoticon drinking Ginger Ale! :)
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So I am 34 an have had IBS since I was 16 so that's nothing new for me :) I went through horrible times a few years ago with daily flares but now my IBS is mostly under control, and I know how to eat and do exercise. I have flares like every 1-2 months if I haven't eaten properly or am under a lot of stress, otherwise I'm fine.
Now the thing is I need to lose 8 pounds and just can't :( Ideally I should cut back the carbs but I find it hard to do. It's so hard to lose weight when you can't snack on fruit or yoghurt, and can't have a salad for lunch! Fruit and most raw veggies are triggers for me (I only eat a small portion of salad a day at the end of my main mean, otherwise I have soups or purees), as well as yoghurt, cottage cheese and that kind of dairy. For this reason when I'm at work, I tend to snack on carbs and can't substitute for a yoghurt or a fruit. I've tried on my own and just caused big flares :-s
Do you guys have tips for easy snacks that would help me cut back on calories and carbs and would be IBS-D friendly?
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