That would be okay except, for the most part, I don't know what will trigger D. I know most of what will trigger bloating (like the Cheerios I munched on last night). Now I am totally confused because I can't get past the C. This morning I had some relief, but not where I need it. I am starting to wonder if I am now getting gastroperesis. I don't have real bad BG, but I still seem to get all the bad side effects from the diabetes (mine is below 180 at the highest since I was diagnosed and usually less than 130 unless I have had something like a soda (which I haven't had in a couple years) and then it goes to around 150.
Maybe you can plan your foods based on what you are planning to do? For example, I know if I eat steak for dinner, I'm not going for a run, because I'll be miserably crampy all evening leading up to D, and exercise will make it worse.. Some foods are fine though. I know I'll be ok. Admittedly, I can elliptical at home or walk on my manual treadmill and still be at home regardless. I've done that many times--just taking a bathroom break when needed.
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With Fructose Malabsorption, pure sugar is fine...it's the Honey, Corn syrups, High Fructose corn syrups, sucralose, and artificial sweeteners that are problematic. I haven't eaten ice cream in years because of the lactose in the milk and all the additives they put in it.
Also, the FODMAP's (short-chain carbohydrates) are cumulative. That's why you can tolerate some ice cream one day, but when you have ice cream the same day you have bread or pasta (Fructans) and an apple (fructose) and avocado (polyol), the combination of all of that is too much for your body to digest, and you get diarrhea.
Patsy Catsos has a great book that explains FM, "IBS-Free At Last". It's a small 120 page book that is easy to read. It includes instructions on an elimination diet and how to do the challenges for each different type of carbohydrate, to determine what your triggers are.
I know that ice cream, beans and eggplant are triggers of D and broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers and the like are triggers of bloat. Those are what my problems have always been in the past. I am not sure of what in the ice cream does it, but I think has to do with the sugar, though I have gotten no sugar added and had problems. I don't have a problem with milk. Too high of fat will also cause problems. Most of the time, though, I can't tell at all what will cause the problems. I can eat the same thing for weeks and suddenly one day it will cause problems.
Hi again, The best is to try to achieve balance with fiber like citucel, etc. It doesn't work overnight but in a few days or a week you will begin to see regularity. Also there are other boards for IBS with helpful information if you google IBS blogs. About.com also has a free newsletter for digestive disturbances which is helpful. I just want you to know that we are here to help and support each other especially on difficult days. Yoga websites also have specific exercises targeting stomach issues too. I hope this is a little encouraging.
Thanks, Easy Spirit. The problem with avoiding the immodium is that I can't go anywhere to exercise if I avoid it. I usually end up needing it any time I go anywhere. I didn't usually get the C until just the last few months. Now I get it until everything gets really backed up and then I can end up spending hours in the bathroom when D hits. I cannot afford something like align.
Hi Fancy, I would try to avoid the immodium for diarrhea because its your body's way of getting rid of unwanted material. Of course if it's explosive than try 1/2 a dose if necessary. The way I have found to balance my system and I am still working on it is to correct it by taking fiber such as Citrucel and Benefiber which are both gentle and sometimes Metamucil or Psyllium which requires drinking a lot of water because fiber expands in the stomach. Try to keep a diary of what you eat to see if anything in particular triggers an episode. Continue with your diet and exercise. I mentioned previously in one of my replyies that the best book dealing with this situation is "The First Year IBS" and the author Heather Van Vorous has a useful website :www.eatingforIBS.com. My doctor suggested to take Align probiotic also because it nourishes the good bacteria in the gut which is necessary. Hope this helps. Easy Spirit
I don't know what more to do to try to get this weight off and get the IBS and other problems under control. I am attending a weight management group and logging all that I eat on the nutrition tracker. I have also increased my exercise level by finding things I enjoy doing like tennis (alone, chasing the ball around the gym), bowling and zumba. But I keep having to take Immodium to control the D and then that causes C. So last week after weighing here in the morning I gained 8pounds before the weigh-in at the weight management group (Wednesday) and another 3 pounds by Sunday morning. How is anyone supposed to do anything with that? Do I take something to get rid of the C and then again take something for the D and just keep going back and forth? I am just ready to give up altogether.
Besides that, a couple days of exercise and I wind up in bed all day the next day, totally fatigued.
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