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Foods you should stay away from if you have IBS?

Post: #1
05-08-2012, 09:30 PM
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Foods you should stay away from if you have IBS?

I've had IBS most of my adult life. I've been able to modify my diet to help my digestion. I've read articles that say you should stay away from this food or that food. However, I have found that I have different triggers. It seems each person must have foods that bother them that are specific to them.

Are there certain foods you know you can't eat or you'll have problems? A couple of mine are tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, citrus fruit, and cantaloupe.

I've found some foods I can have​ once in awhile without a problem, but will upset my digestion if I eat them two days in a row. And, there are crazy things like I can't eat fresh tomato, but I can tolerate them cooked as long as I don't eat them too often.




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Post: #2
05-09-2012, 06:35 PM
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RE: Foods you should stay away from if you have IBS?

I don't have IBS now, but I do have RA, and when I was first diagnosed everything seemed to cause problems. My doctor recommended that I keep a food diary for a month, listing everything I had to eat and drink, and recording how I felt the next day. I found out that red wine was a trigger, and red meat if I ate it two days running. Other foods that are supposed to trigger RA flares - such as onions, tomatoes and citrus fruits - had no effect on me at all, which was just as well, as almost everything I cook involves tomatoes and/or onions.

You need to define your personal triggers, and a food diary will help with that. You may have a few surprises along the way, but as long as it makes your IBS more manageable, it's worth it.



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Post: #3
05-14-2012, 04:28 PM
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RE: Foods you should stay away from if you have IBS?

I stay away from grains. legumes, and milk. Milk causes bloating and I experience discomfort when I eat grains. Grains actually inflame the gut, the last food you be eating if you suffer from IBS. Humans have not had enough time to adapt to the consumption of grains.



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Post: #4
06-26-2012, 01:35 PM
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Foods you should stay away from if you have IBS?

(05-09-2012 01:30 AM)familytreeclimber Wrote:  I've had IBS most of my adult life. I've been able to modify my diet to help my digestion. I've read articles that say you should stay away from this food or that food. However, I have found that I have different triggers. It seems each person must have foods that bother them that are specific to them.

Are there certain foods you know you can't eat or you'll have problems? A couple of mine are tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, citrus fruit, and cantaloupe.

I've found some foods I can have​ once in awhile without a problem, but will upset my digestion if I eat them two days in a row. And, there are crazy things like I can't eat fresh tomato, but I can tolerate them cooked as long as I don't eat them too often.



Not only are there foods I know I can't eat, there are foods I intentionally eat when dealing with bouts of constipation to get things moving. The fun thing about IBS though is that my trigger foods have actually changed over time. Nice to be kept on your toes Smile

When I first was diagnosed with IBS (I was 11, so this was 19 years ago), the worst thing I could eat was onions. It's gross, but you could actually see undigested onions in my stool if I even tried. I love onions, so every few years I would gather my courage and try again. I had the same disastrous results for over a decade, but somewhere around 2010 I suddenly found that I can tolerate onions now. I haven't pushed it and ate like a full philly cheese steak or anything, but I no longer have to be the party pooper (literally) that has to insist on everyone's favorite foods being cooked sans onion.

Mustard by contrast, ahh, that's a love affair I fear will never be rekindled. I've always LOVED mustard. When I was a little kid, my mom used to find my eating spoonfuls from the jar. Gross I know, but I can't help it. She even let me pack mustard sandwiches (just mustard and bread) in my lunch for school. Every few years, I'll try a few teaspoons. I've found that I can tolerate approximately one very lightly mustarded hamburger. Any more than that and nobody's happy.

Oddly I can eat salsa by the bucketful and things like salt and vinegar don't bother me. Pizza sauce gives me mild diarrhea if I have like a slice. Any more than that and it's bad news bears. Knowing this, I manipulate my constipation (which is my more dominant symptom most of the time) with the occasional pizza slice.

Stress gets me much more than food triggers though!



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Post: #5
07-10-2012, 10:46 AM
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RE: Foods you should stay away from if you have IBS?

There is a general list of foods which we should avoid, but everyone is different. Some people do not respond well to spicy foods and food with chilli. Spicy food does not trigger my IBS, I actually think it helps because of the powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial compounds in spicy food.



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Post: #6
08-17-2012, 08:48 PM
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I mostly eat a very clean diet in general, so there isn't a lot I need to exclude to not bother my stomach. However, my friend has pretty terrible IBS and struggles a lot with dairy. She is obsessed with cheese and ice cream though and often pushes for it, but then regrets it afterwards.



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Post: #7
05-30-2013, 12:55 PM
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RE: Foods you should stay away from if you have IBS?

Glad I found this site. I have been suffering a form of IBS for just over twelve months. Something I've never really suffered from, and I'm starting to get to the wrong side of wrinkly now.
Although like most through the years I've suffered the usual bouts of constipation or diarrhea but nothing long term.
The current problem seems to have started after the doctor put me on tablets which stop the body producing acid. I was diagnosed with an inflamed and bleeding intestine, caused by excess acid. I take the tablets now on an as-and-when basis.
My original theory was that with less acid slopping around in my pipes the digestive system was taking longer to break down my food to waste and slowing down the system. Burping and passing wind does seem to help relieve the bloatedness.
I also am changing my diet about, looking for foodstuffs which might speed up the digestive process, but reading the posts it seems we're all in the same situation. Different things work for different people.



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Post: #8
07-31-2013, 08:32 AM
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RE: Foods you should stay away from if you have IBS?

I have a family member with IBS and it is very frustrating to her because the foods she can and can't eat are counter-intuitive. She can eat any kind of fast food with no problem, but whole foods have her miserable. She is trying to lose weight and finds this quirk of her IBS very disheartening.



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Post: #9
09-25-2013, 09:45 AM
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RE: Foods you should stay away from if you have IBS?

I guess this post should really go under the wheat thread but being it is closed I'm putting it here.

Through my life I have been relatively lucky in that I have suffered very little from any internal type dis-orders. However for the last couple of years I have been suffering from bouts of an extremely painful bloated stomach. Passing wind, burping or a bowl movement would all help ease the the situation, with then a couple of days of respite.

A couple of visits to the doctor really didn't help and I have been changing my diet about, not radically but trying to work out what helps improve the situation and what worsens it.
A few weeks ago on another forum someone mentioned giving up wheat, bread etc, what really caught my eye was that within weeks a painful bloated stomach he suffered from was virtually eliminated.

I have always been a big bread eater, bread and butter with my evening meal, sandwiches lunchtime, sandwiches with fries on the side and so on. Over the last few months my bread consumption had gone from one loaf a week to two. As most things seemed to make little difference I decided to cut my bread eating down dramatically. For the last month I have one slice in the morning, toasted and rarely one lunchtime,toasted.

The only other change I have made is eating more salad, especially tomatoes through the week.
In the four weeks I have been doing this the change has been quite dramatic and so far pretty much continuous with virtually none of the real painful bloating I used to experience. Hopefully this will continue. In another month I will post an update on the situation.

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