IBS Taming: Phase 2 Attempt

I’ve been taming my horrid IBS flare for nearly a month now.  Since I last reported that I had never been so happy to eat a bowl of rice I have eaten many many more bowls and continued to be overjoyed by it every time.

In fact the last month has consisted mainly of rice, tofu, mushrooms, carrots, rice based pasta and jacket potatoes.  And lashing of soy sauce.  Plus crisped rice cereal, soy milk and bananas.  I’ve also continued to enjoy my wheat free pikelets and discovered wheat free pretzels.  Wheat is ok for this IBS Challenge provided it’s not whole wheat but I’ve had some adverse reaction to wheat whereas rice has been my friend.

Now my IBS is fairly stable on this Super Soluble Fibre diet (unless I exert after eating or am mega tired which makes me struggle despite friendly food), now I’m attempting Phase 2.  The introduction of some insoluble fibre.  Da da daaaa!

Yes folks it’s rice cereal followed by a fruit smoothie which contains fruit with some roughage blended into oblivion.

Problem is that even though it’s a small amount of insoluble fibre and even though I’m taking it with a good soluble fibre base … it leaves me feeling a bit bloated, full of gas and like I’m teetering on the edge of IBS spasm hell.

I don’t know if this is normal and it’s a matter of letting your system adjust slowly.  Or if this is a warning sign that my body is not ready for it.  So I’m going to have to just try it and see.  At least I’m not bored with m restricted diet.  How you can be bored of food if you can eat it without feeling ill?  ME/CFS is so weird.


15 Responses to “IBS Taming: Phase 2 Attempt”

  1. 1 ninacolors September 22, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Yes, it IS weird, inddeed. Are you doing this challenge bec of bad IBS symptoms? Is there a link for this challenge or did you invent it? Interested tummies want to know:-)

    • 2 rachelcreative September 22, 2009 at 9:25 pm

      The “IBS Challenge” is my attempt at humour rather than maoning about my bowels to those of you who already know the horrors.

      The constructive part is the advice for http://www.helpforibs.com particularly her advice on What To Eat, How To Eat and for me in my flare up What To Eat When You Can’t Eat Anything. Because if it weren’t for that last page of advice I wouldn’t be eating anything right now. And everyone around me would be worried sick and thinking I was going nutty.

      The advice that foods rich in soluble fibre be the foundation of your diet seems common sense to me now I’ve discovered I can eat those foods without any (or perhaps very little) problems. Also to not let yourself get really hungry but little and often is a better way to eat.

  2. 4 cusp September 23, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Soy sauce has wheat in it usually. I use tamari — same lovely salty tang and no wheat

  3. 6 Jozephine September 23, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Was going to say the same about soy. If you are watching your intake of fermented products and yeast because of candida, you should avoid soy as well.

    Watching with interest as a fellow sufferer, but not as bad as you.

  4. 8 Linda September 23, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    I use psyllium husks every so often and find it helps, especially when my diet is a little off hand and I am eating a lot of wheat. I was told it was best to use the powder form rather than the tablets (as it’s more natural). It’s 100% fibre but you do need to drink a little water than usual with it. Copied the below from a search i just did on pysllium husks – there’s lots of information out there on it. Also works for constipation. Not sure, how or where the studies were conducted?! but i know it has helped me. It’s also habit forming.

    Psyllium can be used as a bulk-forming agent to relieve mild to moderate diarrhea. Psyllium soaks up a significant amount of water in the digestive tract, thereby making stool firmer and, under these circumstances, slower to pass. In other words, Psyllium acts to slow down a too rapid transit time. It appears to stabilize bowel movements and is often used in cases of alternating constipation and diarrhea.

    Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
    Several studies have found that soluble fiber (including psyllium) helps regulate stool frequency and consistency in people with IBS. Psyllium also has the additional advantages over other sources of fiber of reducing flatulence and bloating.

    I wish you all the best.

    • 9 rachelcreative September 23, 2009 at 10:12 pm

      Hi Linda

      I’ve read that psyllium husks can cause bloating for some people. And I don’t need any more bloating! Better than bran or insoluble fibre though. But I do use other soluble fibre suppliments when things are bad or not moving as they should be.

  5. 10 ashysheela September 24, 2009 at 8:39 am

    i also tolerate soya sauce well, tho it is usually the wheat free tamari variety. I think the salt content is good for me to keep blood volume/hydration up for OI reasons. I don’t think that fermented things are a problem for me either, it is said that they can contain good gut bacteria just to put a spanner in the candida reasoning; i am unsure about the candida thing myself, have no problems with sugar and have had periods eating none and no difference… so am not worrying about that for now personally (there would be nothing left to eat)!

    I also have very bad reaction to psyllium… seems not to be a fibre type that my guts like.

    • 11 rachelcreative September 25, 2009 at 7:05 pm

      I’m having that thought again that if only an actual specialist could take all the clues and really look at all the peculiar bits and bobs they could figure out whats what. or be just as confused as I am (we are)!!

      The only thing this IBS flare has been good for has been a) losing a bit of weight initially and b) finding out what “safe” things I can eat and know that they do not cause me problems (at the moment!).

      Appreciate everyone’s input and understanding over all of this.

  6. 12 Linda September 28, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    It’s one of the confusing aspects of IBS – what works for some people doesn’t necessary work for others (e.g. psyllium husks work for me – but not for others).

    Good luck with your elimination diet – there are some good books available on eating for IBS.

    • 13 rachelcreative September 28, 2009 at 6:52 pm

      Thanks Linda. And I also find that what works for me sometimes doesn’t always work all the time! Confusing stuff indeed.

      • 14 Linda September 29, 2009 at 9:59 am

        Rachel, peraps keep a diary for a little while, to see if there is a link between how you are feeling (stressed etc) to how the symptoms of IBS are. There is a very stong link between the mind and body(brain and gut) connection. An example is when we feel excited – we may get the sensation of “butterflies” in our tummies. Our digestive system can also be affected when we experience stress and this can be more so with people who have IBS.

        The diary doesn’t necessary have to go into too much detail, it is also be a good idea to include a list of foods eaten on the day to see if there is a link between stress and / or food.

        • 15 Linda September 29, 2009 at 10:02 am

          Sorry, forgot to mention!, if you believe there is a link between stress and IBS, as well as food, it may be a good idea to read up on stress management tips, breathing exercices, a bath or if you are up to it yoga, or even a nice little walk can help.

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