I’m not one to talk about my personal health and you may not even know that I suffer with IBS, but I do. When you put health problems into an order of importance, life affecting and seriousness IBS isn’t exactly up there but we can’t hide from the fact it is something that a lot of people have and suffer with. I think IBS is majorly underrated as a health issue, people have the initial assumption that you just go to the bathroom a lot or too little and so what? No one considers what your body goes through, how it makes you feel and how limited your routine and day can become when you base it around being near a bathroom.
- I ate smaller meals. Even if they weren’t small meals, I’d just not finish it. I started to listen to my body and when I was full, I’d stop. I often felt embarrassed and guilty to not eat all the food on my plate if I was at someones house or out for dinner, because I didn’t want to seem ungrateful or wasteful. But actually, it’s important for me not to be “stuffed” because I’d feel unwell and almost like I was clogging myself up.
- I cut out over eating bread. I used to have toast for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch and I am sure I could have fitted bread in my dinner as well. Bread bloats me, it makes me feel so uncomfortable and I know I won’t be going to the bathroom anytime soon after eating it. I knew I needed to cut it down or out. On a normal work day I may not even have any bread but on the weekend I might have a piece of toast. I avoid sandwiches like the plague, they’re boring anyway so I don’t feel I am missing out. I have tried free from bread and it doesn’t make me bloat but it doesn’t taste yummy so I’d rather go without.
- I stopped skipping meals and eating at weird times. I had it in my head for awhile if I could skip a meal and avoid food, I would delay any IBS symptoms. I was an idiot in a state of panic and soon realised that wouldn’t work and what I needed to do was eat 3 small meals at the right times of day with light snacking inbetween if needed. A routine of eating helped my bowels to play ball a bit more, I had some control. Not much, but some.
- I changed from milk to Soya milk. Not because I had too as I’m not intolerant but because milk made me feel stodgy and sick. Soya milk in tea and cereal is the one change to my diet that has actually been an IBS game changer. Since drinking Soya I have started to have a regular bowel movement and I sometimes feel like I have a normal persons bathroom habits. If you have the type of IBS where you’re irregular and struggle with going to the toilet, try Soya because I haven’t looked back and they also do incredible chocolate puddings… If you’re an IBS sufferer and are familiar with the Bristol Stool chart I will tell you that I went from a type 1 to a type 5/6 as soon as I started drinking Soya. Sorry for the TMI, but I am overly comfortable talking about poo, it’s an interesting topic as it can tell a lot about your diet. Also, you have to be open to talk about it if you have IBS…