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Postby teresabrix78 » Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:06 pm

Hi Everybody. I'm new to the forum. I have had Irritable Bowl Syndrome for over 12 years and high protein diets make me very sick. I've tried the Gabriel Method (which I ended up in hospital) and was just about to buy censored and read that it is Low Carb. It is really frustrating as I believed that the process behind Gabriel Method was really sound. Does anyone have any suggestions? I've tried Jenny Craig, Weight watchers as well. I got IBS from a treatment for dermatitis and hives from a naturepath. HELP! thanks, Teresa
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Re: IBS Problems

Postby CronicBadger » Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:19 pm

Hi Teresa

Perhaps you could see a nutritionist who can tailor a personal weight-loss diet that stays within the food restrictions dictated by your IBS.
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Re: IBS Problems

Postby teresabrix78 » Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:46 pm

That would be a fairly obvious and already tried answer. I was hoping someone out there had any similar experiences and any sneaky tips that they found helpful with a diet that is full of carbs....
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Re: IBS Problems

Postby thinkingthinner » Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:30 pm

Hi

I thought I had IBS for a few years.. but a friend of mine suggested INNER HEALTH PLUS within a week I was back to a normal morning routine with no upset belly and feel safe to travel long distances lol

hope it helps

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Re: IBS Problems

Postby KittyMul » Sat Apr 30, 2011 11:33 pm

Hi Teresa,

I don't have diagnosed IBS but I definitely have what I'd call a "sensitive stomach". In the past any sort of no-carb diet would leave me in a pretty bad way but I've figured out a few tricks, some from doctors (GP and specialist), some just from experience. It sounds like you've tried most things but there's some stuff you could consider.

One, I don't know how heavy you are but the more weight pressing on your belly, the more sluggish your digestive system becomes. This can lead to a build up of acid. I take a prescription antacid every day, even if I don't feel like I need it. I also tried a drug called Motilium which aids digestion, but I found it too difficult to remember to take it 20 minutes before food. After an endoscopy the specialist also recommended a six week course of gentle laxatives to remove any build up and correct the flow through the gut - this I found really useful, I felt a lot less bloated and more normal in the stomach. Best to talk to your doctor about it of course.

Two, although I'm sure you've already done this, make notes about foods that upset you and foods that make you feel good. Things that affect me are pretty typical, alcohol, chocolate, caffeine, fizzy drinks, fatty foods, onions, tomatoes, apples and chili. I feel better on a high fibre diet with little meat, lowish fat and lots of vegetables. I've also discovered that so long as I have a good carby breakfast with some fat I can eat no carbs for the rest of the day. If I want to go fully no carb, which I sometimes do like to do, I absolutely have to stay away from the list of foods above or I will be a very sick woman!

Thirdly, I've found that if I can push through the first few days, my stomach eases up a bit (still have to be careful). I always avoided things like Immodium because I didn't like interrupting the "natural process" but my doctor assured me that sometimes it's for the best to avoid the extra irritation. Ultimately, in my case, the best remedy long term is weight loss, so that has to be my main goal. If you're ending up in hospital though, it's definitely something to talk to your doc about first to make sure it's safe.

Finally, be kind to yourself and your body. Don't let other people tell you what to do, you know your body best (for instance, sometimes I need to eat plain, white bread because it's so easy to digest but people just LOVE to comment on how bad that is for "my diet"). Hopefully these tips have helped you a little bit, good luck!
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Re: IBS Problems

Postby teresabrix78 » Mon May 02, 2011 5:24 pm

Thanks for the reply. You have no idea how nice it was to read the posts. I am already taking a probiotic, zantac for reflux and the thing that i have found that is working the best is actually hypnosis, which works on the mind/gut connection. I'm 110kgs and have been overweight my whole life. Losing weight has never been easy and I laughed when you mentioned white bread. I just can't live with out it and am constantly told I will never lose weight if I eat "rubbish".

I lost 7 kilos the last time I had an IBS episode, (I couldn't eat anything for about three weeks!) Now that I'm feeling more stable, I will try your suggestion of having carbs in the morning and then trying to lighten it off for the rest of the day. Very scary!!!

How much weight have you lost? Could you let me know when you do go off carbs, the type of things you do eat? When you say veges, any in particular? I'm suppose to eat mainly sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, pumpkin and as you know, these do not help weight loss!

Looking forward to hearing from you :)
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Re: IBS Problems

Postby KittyMul » Fri May 06, 2011 2:16 am

I'm glad I could help (even a little!). I've lost about 20kg so far and I'm hoping to lose about another 20 or 30. And I sometimes have to eat nothing but white bread, dry biscuits and milk for days and I've still lost weight, so don't listen to people who say you can't lose weight if you're eating simple carbs. In an ideal world, it would be healthier to always eat whole grains, but it's more unhealthy to be not eating at all for three weeks! Also, given how severe your IBS sounds, it could be worth seeing another doctor for a second opinion and getting some tests done to rule out things like Crohns Disease, nodules in your bowel or parasites (unless of course, you've already had all that done). It'd be a good idea to check how much Zantac you can take too, I find that doubling my dose for the first few days always helps.

Ok, all that said, here are my rules for cutting down on carbs without killing my insides:

1. Go slow. I start by having a carb free dinner, then snacks, then lunch. Almost never do I stop having my delicious carby breakfast. Also, don't be too stubborn - if bread with dinner one night will mean you won't be in horrible pain tomorrow, then it's not a big deal.

2. Don't get too pedantic. I don't think pumpkin is as bad for weight loss as some think it is. I love a nice roast pumpkin and spinach salad and it has way less calories than a chicken and salad roll. If your version of a low carb diet involves sweet potatoes and pumpkin, then so be it. Potatoes are really high GI so I do tend to avoid them but they're still full of vitamins and minerals, so don't stress if they creep in.

3. Keep things bland(ish). I know lots of people go crazy for fancy salads and marinades and these are great sometimes. But I really find that to keep my stomach in good condition, it's better to just keep it simple most of the time. Most days for lunch I'll have some home made soup or a salad with a tiny bit of dressing, fruit and low fat yoghurt for snacks and a small piece of meat and some cooked veggies, like asparagus or green beans, for dinner.

Ok, so this is all I can think of right now! No doubt I'll think of things I've missed, I'll post them here when I do :)
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