Irritable Bowel Syndrome Strategies and recipes to help you live well and eat well with IBS.

Picture of a tummy acheIrritable Bowel Syndrome

In this series of blogs, I discuss, with no holds barred, the ups and downs of living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).  Ultimately, I hope to give you ways to deal with this condition, and also to provide some of my best and favorite recipes that won’t make your stomach upset.

I am not a medical doctor.  I do have a Master of Science degree.  My major area of study was cardiac disease, and how to help it with exercise, diet, medications, etc.  At the same time, I worked for several years at the University of Regina’s chronic disease management program, where we saw and counselled clients with all kinds of chronic diseases.  And I taught university classes for about 7 years, which included lots of content on nutrition.  So, I think that I have a better-than-average understanding of the way the body works, and how nutrition affects us.  Even so, when I was first afflicted with IBS, I was just as lost as the next person.  I wanted to find out what I should eat to help my IBS.  But I found more questions than answers.

I am always astounded at how much information and worse, misinformation that is out there! Every time I go to look up something regarding IBS on the internet, I find something else that makes me laugh, or shake my head, or sometimes, get angry.  Eat more fibre!  Eat less fibre! Eat only soluble fibre!  Eat healthy grains!  Stop eating all grains!  I could go on and on.  And often, the catch is that they want to sell you their book, or their pills, or their digestive aids, or a CD set that will help lower your stress and stop your symptoms  (this one DID make me mad – like their relaxing music is going to make my stomach stop hurting!)   There is always somebody out there that is ready and willing to prey on people who are desperate.  The snake oil salesmen.  And that really makes my blood boil!  On a lighter note, I found an old blog about IBS called “Farty Girl”.  OK, that one made me laugh, even though I can identify with the condition!

I am here to tell you that there IS hope.  I will go through with you how to figure out what foods are your trigger foods, and I will be here to encourage you to find the way to eat that helps you to avoid flare-ups.  You can live a normal life.  You can be free of pain.  I will give you food ideas, and recipes that will keep you happy and pain-free without feeling deprived.  I am here to hold your hand every step of the way.  And I urge you to write to me, or post comments to the blogs to ask questions, or give ideas, or just to tell me what your experience has been.  We all have to help each other.  We have a common enemy – let’s help each other to fight it!