Duellist wrote:andromeda wrote:There are many alternatives to pasta sauces other than tomato which I discovered in my recent trip to Italy, for example pesto which is made with nuts, basil and olive oil. Olive oil and parmigiano (very small quantities of parmigiano so a little goes a long way), Olive oil and mushrooms, olive oil and seafood etc. Anything with olive oil realy
Odd you mention that; my wife and I have an amazing selection of olive oil for some reason and she never seems to use it while I find any excuse to add it to my food. For some reason, most of it is extra-virgin for what it's worth. I think she ordered some online and found out that she was buying a case rather than a bottle...
Pesto can be a little expensive, but making it at home seems even more expensive, which can only make you wonder and maybe worry slightly. Left to my own devices, I do like to add olive oil to things and I love a good panino with pesto, mozzarella and chicken (I don't eat a lot of meat, but I do like it) if I can get it. Sadly, salad is ridiculously expensive (even in-season) compared to less healthy options like tinned ham or spaghetti hoops or I would probably eat more of it.
NovaStar wrote:Salad is one of those things that is so much cheaper to grow yourself if you can
The mark up on supermarket prices is insane, AND you know your own isnt covered in chemicals
Not very seasonal... do dry prunes work?katie bridgewater wrote:Prunes...
Kima wrote:Funny though that we all seem to react differently to a variety of potential triggers. While a cup of coffee with warm milk will inevitably be too acidic and make me feel a little bloated, I have more immediate and painful reactions to a big bowl of salad!
I've come across explanations that state that insoluble fibers can have a big impact on IBS and should always be taken in moderation either after or with a portion of soluble fibers. Has anyone focused on that? It looks like this may be a big thing for me since I noticed years ago that greens and many vegetables are harder for me to digest than fatty foods or alcohol. It's easier if they are well cooked, which is why I like soup and stew so much.
Advice can be so contradictory and difficult to sort out
I guess the food diary is the way to go. I'll reduce gluten drastically and remove milk to see if it makes a difference.
Zylah wrote:One thing that helps both me and my daughter (who suffers from Crohn's Disease) is ginger-lemon tea with probiotics.
Kima wrote:Well, Duellist, it sounds really hard. Perhaps it would help to know what the specific diseases you have suffered from entail. In the year before I was diagnosed with IBS, I had no less than three gastroenteritis episodes.
I had to eat white rice, white bread, bananas, and natural yogurt for weeks before it got better.
Perhaps white rice would be a good start - are there any foods with which you seem to be doing ok?
The NHS is great in that it ensures minimal health services to the whole population, the downside being that their services are just that, minimal, in many cases. IBS tends not to be taken seriously enough, to make matters worse. Alternative treatements would be a great option but I don't know how you could gain access to them. Can you try another GP, and then another, until you find someone who's willing, or will your NHS medical record ensure that this isn't an option?
Duellist wrote:I might have to give the bananas a miss, as they are one of my triggers, but how do you mean 'got better' in this case? Was that as an exclusion diet, or to fix yourself so you could get back to eating fairly normally? I am seriously considering an exclusion diet (when I have the money to try it), but I have nbo idea how to start and I worry about getting a balanced diet when excluding so many things.
Zylah wrote:Also, just a thought: there are times when intestinal flora become hypersensitive due to overstimulation, and need a rest and/or a cleanse. I know it may seem harsh or unfair when you've already been so restricted in your diet, but perhaps you could try a liquids-only diet for three days, or see if one of your physicians can recommend something similar to try. I totally understand your concern over a balanced diet, but sometimes before you can get to the place of really trying to implement that, you have to reset entirely.
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