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10/10/13 9:28 A

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I didn't follow my own advice last night and the broccoli really got to me! I didn't eat my fiber one cereal for breakfast so I was low on fiber and I didn't use Beano with the broccoli.

I have also been a little stressed out lately so that probably affected me too.

So lets all take a few deep breaths and relax! lol Enjoy your day. emoticon

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10/8/13 4:08 P

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I'm pretty sure that I figured out one of my trigger foods .....


Carrots!

I can't eat raw carrots as a snack anymore! This sucks because I love carrots, but I'm happy that I discovered one trigger!

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9/26/13 7:07 P

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Patricia - I too have a problem with fruits with skin on them and also those that are a seed in themselves. Even banana seeds bother me. There are always some anomalies - poppy seeds and the seeds on strawberries don't seem to bother me. Spices do. But - the fruit. I dig out the seeds in a banana and unless I have blockage, I am able to eat them. by slicing them lengthwise and using the potato eye digger on the end of my peeler I tunnel out the centre. I peel every fruit that is peel-able. I have the same problems with a lot of veggies and have to cut beans lengthwise to cut open the seeds inside, peel celery as I can't digest the strings on the outside, and avoid most that are seeds in themselves (peas, etc..) When I am in a flair and can't manage fresh fruits or veggies, I find that canned fruits are often tolerable. The process of canning them breaks down some of the fibres and they are easier for some of us to digest. The same goes for cooking - while I like the veggies I eat to still be a bit crisp, in a flair I find I can digest them better without a reaction if I overcook them. Like the canning, it breaks down more of the fibres. Good luck as you sort out what hurts and what doesn't. I'm almost afraid to try new foods or foods cooked in places I've never been to before - the pain can be so debilitating it colours ones judgement about such things.

Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada

10 STEPS TO SELF-CARE - If it feels wrong, don't do it; Say "exactly" what you mean; Don't be a people pleaser; Trust your instincts; Never speak bad about yourself; Never give up on your dreams; Don't be afraid to say "No"; Don't be afraid to say "Yes"; Be kind to yourself; Let go of what you can't control; Stay away from drama and negativity as much as possible. (unknown)

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9/26/13 12:43 P

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I have IBS, and I know when it started. I was 60 years old, and the stress of taking on another cashier job, was the culprit. Many times I didn't make it to work, on time that is, because I had the dreaded loose bowels in the car. I even lost my sight sometimes. So one of my triggers is STRESS, but I have found also that I cannot eat a fruit with the SKIN on it; so that crosses off blueberries, grapes, zuchinni (unless I peel it); which I do, raisins; and so forth.
Very strange, but Mexican food doesn't affect me, and thats good because I love it.
I also am Lactose intolerant, so I use Soy Milk. Cheese doesn't both me. Spices are not a problem, depending on what they are. I am also Gluten sensitive.
I have been eating all those fresh veggies and fruits that Spark People have on my Diabetic diet, and now I have to cut that out and go back to eating what doesn't bother me.I enjoyed it while I ate it, but my tummy let me know that it didn't like it.

I don't have any ANGER problem, I just have to accept all these things and work on what doesn't hurt me.

I have lost 4 lbs in 3 weeks, so thats good

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9/24/13 8:38 P

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I hope you are successful and soon. Your internal anger probably isn't making your gut rest any easier either. As I mentioned before, my IBD is Crohn's Disease. Unfortunately, I also have to deal with several other chronic illnesses. I went through an anger phase with each of them but was fortunately able to move beyond that. I hope you can come to terms with your situation and that you can find some relief in your elimination trials.

Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada

10 STEPS TO SELF-CARE - If it feels wrong, don't do it; Say "exactly" what you mean; Don't be a people pleaser; Trust your instincts; Never speak bad about yourself; Never give up on your dreams; Don't be afraid to say "No"; Don't be afraid to say "Yes"; Be kind to yourself; Let go of what you can't control; Stay away from drama and negativity as much as possible. (unknown)

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9/24/13 11:35 A

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Weel I well start again I was pooting it pop of so again I have found a dait that is helping it is call low=fodmap I bee one it 2 weeks no D I had this most my life and I am 84 they have it on this SPARKTEAM it is a book so for now I going to give it a try

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9/24/13 11:14 A

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Thanks for the responses ladies! I know that each of us are different and that different foods can be different triggers for different folks. I'm completely overwhelmed with irritation and anger all of a sudden. I hate IBS. I hate the fact that I have it. I hate that I know where every bathroom is. I hate that I have to reroute my way home from work sometimes because I know I won't make it. I hate the gurgling sounds my stomach makes. I hate the sharp pains and waves that I feel in my stomach. I hate the bloating. I hate that I can't sit comfortably and sometimes I hate that I can't even sit down!

I've had IBS for about 12 years. I believe that I'm angry all of a sudden because things seem to be getting worse. I'm going to try to figure this out by eliminating foods. I know that it will not be easy, but what choice do I have? I'm absolutely sick of feeling this way. I feel like my body hates me. So I'm starting off by removing gluten. I'm going to see where this takes me and how my body feels. I k now that I'll have to give it a go for about a month or more to determine if gluten is the culprit.

I am recommitting myself to a detailed food log. I'm going to continue to log my foods in to Sparkpeople, but I'm going to carry a little log with me everywhere and list what I eat and any issues that I have (bloating, gas, cramping, diarrhea). Hopefully I'll be able to figure this thing out.

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9/23/13 8:35 P

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As Cheri said, we are all individuals and what works for one doesn't necessarily for another. I have Crohn's Disease and there are certain types of foods known to bother those with Crohn's but not all of those bother all people with Crohn's. The diet I am currently on doesn't allow starchy foods (root veggies, breads, pastas, pastries, etc.) and both my husband and I have noticed that we are hardly ever bloated any more unless we eat a starchy food. Discovering causes by elimination can be time consuming and frustrating but sometimes your only option. Remember when doing so, that food stays in your digestive system usually for a couple of days (not all foods and not in all people - especially those with D) so what you are eating as a trial of elimination becomes a combination with whatever is already in your gut. You might have to try a food for a couple of days and then wait a few days to try another but as I said, there will most likely always be some other combination already cooking in there.

Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada

10 STEPS TO SELF-CARE - If it feels wrong, don't do it; Say "exactly" what you mean; Don't be a people pleaser; Trust your instincts; Never speak bad about yourself; Never give up on your dreams; Don't be afraid to say "No"; Don't be afraid to say "Yes"; Be kind to yourself; Let go of what you can't control; Stay away from drama and negativity as much as possible. (unknown)

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9/23/13 8:15 P

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I know that each of us is an individual so what has worked for me may not work for others.
However, I have learned over time and experience that certain foods are triggers for me.
Coffee with caffeine, dark chocolate especially and chocolate in general, pancake syrup, bacon, sauerkraut, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and beans.

The interesting thing for me is that I can eat SUGAR FREE pancake syrup (I am also diabetic) and it doesn't bother me!

If I use BEANO I can eat beans, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, etc.

I also do quite well if I take Schiff's Digestive Advantage for IBS and I make sure I get at least 25 to 30 grams of fiber each day.
An easy way to do the fiber is to eat Fiber One Cereal (Many varieties). I use unsweetened almond milk with it and I throw on 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries.

When I need a boost of fiber (because I didn't have cereal, etc.) I take a supplement like gummi fiber.

I hope some of this will be helpful. Good luck.

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9/23/13 9:15 A

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Hi everyone. I was diagnosed a number of years ago with IBS-D. I have chronic diarrhea and if I have a solid BM it's a miracle. In the past I just said ok, I have IBS and I'll deal with it. Over the last few days I've become very angry with the diagnosis and want to find out WHAT is causing the IBS.

I've thought about possibly asking for a food allergy test, but I know that my insurance will NOT cover it. I've thought about the possibility of my issues being an intolerance of some sort - possibly gluten or dairy.

I don't necessarily have triggers because the only thing consistent about my IBS is the diarrhea. I'm watching what I'm eating (no coffee, no fast food). I'm eating within my limits and I'm walking 4 miles at least 4-5 times a week. I always feel bloated and I'm not losing any weight.

I'm getting really frustrated with things and I want to know what is causing me to be sick. Has anyone else tried to figure things out by a process of elimination? What were your results?

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