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11/28/12 12:07 A

I have IBS, so I can definitely relate. If you are new to consuming fiber, it may be putting your system in 'shock' - if you are reaching your daily goal of fiber (or going over that) try reducing it some and working your way back up. If you aren't eating enough fiber, do the same - work your way up. Drink water. Plenty of water. Avoid dairy (especially cheese) - yogurt is an exception for most. If you are still having troubles, a little bit of caffeine can be a quick fix & help stimuate, but go with something that has natural caffeine like coffee or hot tea. For me, hot drinks seem to help - I think the warmth helps to relax. If you need help besides food/drink sources, Citrucel is a good fiber supplement, Miralax is a good/easy stool softener, and Ducolax is what I use as my "last resort". Also, look back through your food logs - note the days that you felt better than others & review what you ate within the past 24 hrs. As always, if you have continued problems, go see your doc. :) Hope this helps! :)

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11/27/12 11:38 P

Prune or apple juice. Make sure you are drinking enough water.. and limit your dairy intake for a couple days to get regulated. Eat a couple fiber one bars this always helped me when I was pregnant...

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11/27/12 10:54 P

If you're doing everything right and still have a problem, you might want to try some probiotics. Some with s. boulardii really work well.

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11/27/12 10:47 P

Apart from Dietitian Becky's suggestions, I also had to track my fibre. I had this problem BIG time because to get down to the calories I needed to, I had to ditch a lot of fruit - I usually used to eat 14 serves or more of fruit/veges a day - my body didn't appreciate the drop :-(


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11/27/12 1:26 P

Molasses. You can eat a tablespoon or mix it into milk (cow, almond, etc) or if you have the calories and want a treat you can eat a molasses cookie. My mom always used this when we were kids and it works.

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11/27/12 1:10 P

Anything with a good amount of fiber. Raspberries have the highest fiber amount out of any fruit. Stephen's suggestion of apples is a good one too. Whole grain breads/pastas have a good amount as well. I eat a fiber granola bar (Kellogg's Fiber Plus) every day which gives me 9 grams of fiber.

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11/27/12 12:57 P

If this is something that is new, since you started trying to lose weight---make sure you are getting at least 20 grams of fiber daily from the foods you eat, drinking 8 (8 ounces) glasses of water or zero-calorie type beverages daily, and make sure you are eating within the middle to upper end of your SP Fat range.

If this is on-going, or is severly uncomfortable, or does not clear up soon---see your doctor.

SP Registered Dietitian Becky

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11/27/12 12:40 P

dried prunes

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11/27/12 12:38 P

Does anyone have any suggestion on what to eat so it is easier to go to the bathroom.?

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