(2012-05-08 09:30 PM)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.
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
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
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!