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IBS Follow-Up

Thursday, July 17, 2014

So I have been living with this now for over a month. I have found one trigger food - lettuces. They leave me bloated and in pain with no relief until it wears off. I have been diligently working to eliminate all foods I am allergic to from my diet. Plus find suitable alternatives that are also tasty. It is amazing how that market has grown and changed and has made some really good options for people like me.

Last week I was shopping at Costco and came across a book - The Juicing Bible (second addition). Thumbing through a few pages, it seemed like a good book. Brought it home and over the last few days have been pouring through it. It has been invaluable in learning about healing foods and herbs that I can add to my diet, as well as other foods that should be eliminated to help me feel better.

It also suggested a diet called Food Combining. There was very little info on it in the book so I researched online and found that it had some good info and a workable plan. It basically divides all foods into three groups: proteins, carbs, and neutrals. Learning what is in each will be a bit of a challenge. They indicate that you should not combine proteins and carbs in the same meal as they use different digestive enzymes to process them. This then allows your body to focus on one type at a time, thus allowing for easier digestion. You can blend neutrals with either group. the only other rule is that fruits should be eaten as a snack or as a meal.

In looking back at how I felt after eating, when I mixed fruits with my breakfast, it left me feeling discontent and wishing I hadn't eaten. So I have begun to try to integrate this Food Combining program into my routine. For breakfast the last few days I have only had a protein meal with maybe a couple neutral. I have felt much better and satisfied when leaving the table. The plan is to continue to try and integrate this program into my life as it seems to be working.

The other thing I learned from the book was chamomile is also an anti-gas so started drinking a cup of tea while I had a bit of a bloated stomach and great success with that as well. I learned that the herb Slippery Elm Bark powder is equal to Aloe Vera for it's healing properties and versatility. I have picked some of that up at my co-op and am mixing a 1/4 tsp into applesauce every evening. Will continue this for a couple days and see how it goes and make adjustments as needed.

So I have lots to work on and integrate into my life and see how well I can manage this IBS. I am currently down to 1-2 meds a day from 4.So definitely moving in the right direction.

-Work out a few meal plans for carbs and proteins that I can integrate into my life.
-Do more research and learn more about Food Combining.
-Post the food groups on my fridge/in my kitchen to help remind me

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MPETERSON23111 7/21/2014 3:01PM

    thanks so much for sharing all this info. Its really helpful. You can do this!

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DS9KIE 7/17/2014 10:34PM


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DAP1313 7/17/2014 4:20PM

    Good job on finding information that will help you. I use peppermint tea when I am bloated and have gas. That works for me.

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TRIPLE_EMME 7/17/2014 2:24PM

    Keep up the good work. You are doing great.


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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Well I have been MIA from SP for sometime now. I have had a lot on my plate and my schedule/routine has been disrupted. Life has thrown me a few curve balls and had a week of family time.

Been working on my eating as my new IBS issues dictate that I must. SO I have eliminated most all of the foods I am allergic too and I am feeling much better. I can no longer eat lettuce as it bloats me up painfully with gas. Other raw foods do not seem to have the same effect, so that is good news. I have also managed to reduce the amount of meds I need each day to help my stomach. I was taking 4 a day and I am down to 1-2 a day.

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SLIMMINGSHAY 7/10/2014 6:05PM

    Good to see you back! Been too long!

Taking care of yourself is a very good thing! Hope there's not too much more going off your list!

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DS9KIE 7/10/2014 2:56PM

    glad your doing well

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TRIPLE_EMME 7/10/2014 11:03AM

    Glad that you are taking care of yourself.

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DOROTHYBERO 7/10/2014 9:37AM

    Have missed you - glad to see you back!

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

So the verdict is that I have IBS with diarrhea...UHG! The good news is that the med they gave me for it has allowed me to eat normally again without pain. Now I need to work with a nutritionist about my IBS and food allergies to help me come up with a plan. So Monday I will be calling and setting up that appointment. Also need to call the GI specialists and see if I can't get in with them sooner than the end of June. Monday I also see my surgeon for a follow-up from my laparoscopic/appendectomy surgery.

The only issue with the med they gave me for IBS is that it left me dizzy and with blurred vision. The dizziness has been dissipating, but the blurred vision has not yet started to dissipate. So my doc gave me a Rx for the other IBS med. I will give this first med another week and see if it resolves the vision issue...if not, then I will try the other med and see if it works better for me.

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PINKPANTHERS 6/1/2014 10:52PM

    Sounds horrible, glad they at least know what it is and how to help. Feel better soon! emoticon

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DS9KIE 6/1/2014 6:42AM

    wow wee that's not sooo fun. emoticon

I hope you get your vision back and you will learn alot from the nutritionist

I remember you being allergenic to soy, so was there other foods your allergenic to?

Hope you have a great day.

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JUDITH1654 5/31/2014 9:54PM

    Glad the doctor was able to help you. Get to feeling better soon. emoticon

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    Wish you were closer... I'd get you some DigestZen by doTerra. It would help! Hugs!

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MCFITZ2 5/31/2014 1:23PM

    Wow you have been through a lot. Get better soon. Glad the meds are helping. emoticon

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Monday, May 26, 2014

So since I need to take my body slowly back to eating solids, I have only been having crackers and bread, today I tried one scrambled egg and toast...so far so good.

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DS9KIE 5/28/2014 1:52AM

    glad you can eat some food again

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JUDITH1654 5/26/2014 10:44AM

    Awesome! Taking baby steps in trying just a few things at a time is a really smart way to go.

I remember when I had my tonsils out, the only thing I could keep down was Jell-O, on which I subsided for a few weeks. Lost a lot of weight, though! emoticon

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Been in the Hospital...glad to be back

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sorry I have been MIA again...was in the hospital for a week being poked and prodded. It started with severe abdominal pain and I have found that eating solid foods sent me back into severe pain. They did a colonoscopy, an Upper GI, and laparoscopic surgery and removed my appendix. Plus I had issues with IV's so I have 5 sites on one arm and 4 on the other. They sent me home, but I am still mostly stuck to a liquid diet and trying one food at a time, plus planning to juice and puree foods and thin with juice or broth/stock.

I had tried to talk to a nutritionist, while in the hospital, about how to go about this diet, but did not get much help other than she agreed with what I thought to do. So I figure I will treat my tummy like we do when we start an infant on foods..one food at a time and a little at a time. I am open to any suggestions you all may have. While in the hospital, applesauce and bread were too much...just an FYI.

I have lost a lot of weight due to only having liquids for the last week or more. I weighed in at 179.5 when they admitted me, now I am at 168. I have not been under 170 in a very long time...I don't plan on putting any of this back on.

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DS9KIE 5/27/2014 7:25AM

    glad your feeling better

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SHARON2014 5/26/2014 9:38PM

    Glad you are out of the hospital. I think your idea for advancing your diet slowly is a good one. Try bland foods and skip the spices and fats for now...usually carbs go down the best - cream of wheat, chicken or beef broth, tea with sugar, crackers, rice, baked potato...etc. I know the scale looks good, but you probably will put on a few pounds from your current weight as some of the loss may be due to dehydration. Get lots of rest while your body heals! emoticon

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JUDITH1654 5/25/2014 7:44PM

    Glad you're back and hope you'll figure out what foods don't upset you. emoticon

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TRIPLE_EMME 5/25/2014 11:04AM

    I am glad to hear your "voice" here, again.

I have no advice on this nutrition question. I wish you well.

Sending love and light!

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