Is there a publisher out there who’d let me write a comfy food vegetarian/non-vegetarian cooking book for people with/without IBS (wink wink)?
For over a decade (since my adolescence), I have been experiencing digestive issues (IBS). I will admit that it took me years to accept what I’m about to write but I can now honestly acknowledge that, in addition to some food intolerance, there is a stress component to my problem. I have tried many things to heal/cope with this condition such as; medication, digestive enzymes, food allergy tests, naturopath, food elimination process, various lifestyles (vegetarian, vegan, and omnivore), yoga and meditation (which are somewhat helpful), and I’m sure a few more that I just can’t think of on the spot.
**Disclaimer: please note that this blog allows me to share my thoughts, life experiences and culinary tastes. I am not a specialist by all mean and cannot provide you with recommendations. Should you have serious health concerns; talk to your Dr, a Naturopath, Dietician or whoever can assist you.
What’s worked for me I’m currently on a low dosage mood stabilizer, I take glutamine (1/3 of a tea spoon every day or so), I do yoga, lots of breathing exercises (I have learned to let my tummy relax) and I exercise regularly. I avoid products containing wheat and/or dairy. I also try to avoid rice including gluten free products which are mostly rice based (somehow, for me, it’s made a huge difference). I take a good multivitamin, calcium and B12 et voilà.
Q: I can already hear your question: What do you eat then? (which I get all the time)
A: Easy; Protein wise, I eat tofu, legumes, beans, eggs and soy milk (some people have issues with soy milk; I recommend that you look for a brand that contains no oil). Also, you may want to check these out: http://dietitians.ca/news/downloads/vege_guide(EN).PDF ; http://veg.ca/content/view/127/110/ . Apart from that, I eat vegetables and fruits (in moderation at least for me), the potato family (mmmm…), salad (again in moderation), and somehow I can consume some spelt products (as long as they do not contain any or the other products that I can’t have). I have also discovered recently that eaten in small quantities, oatmeal would appear to be well tolerated by my digestive system.
As you can see, I have covered pretty much all the food groups.
I will not get into my life story here but I thought I’d share ideas and ways that I found to cope with this irritable syndrome.