For My Tummy – 7 IBS Diet Principles

December 8th, 2007

Tummyblogger over at ForMyTummy.com recently blogged about 7 diet principles when it comes to IBS. I have to agree with all of her principles especially #1. I always start my day with a nice fiber-rich bowl of cereal such as Raisin Brand or Fiber One. It gives me confidence knowing that I’ve put down something solid so I won’t find myself having to run to the bathroom as soon as I get to the office.

I’m also a strong believer in principle #6 which has to do with getting off your butt and exercising. Now I go to the gym 3-4 times a week for two reasons. First off, it’s good for me and I enjoy staying fit and secondly and more importantly it reduces stress so I’m less likely to have an IBS stomach issue.

Here’s the full list tummyblogger has put together on the blog:

Principle 1 – Never eat on an empty stomach
Principle 2 – Get actively involved in food shopping
Principle 3 – Read all food labels in the store
Principle 4 – Start with an elimination diet
Principle 5 – Emphasize fruits and vegetables for added foods
Principle 6 – Move and grow
Principle 7 – Add these to your new diet

If you haven’t tried exercise and/or a strong fiber diet, I highly recommend you start there first. It will take a week before you really notice a difference but you’ll be glad you did. I also drink green tea which has helped as well. Soda and coffee don’t get along well with my stomach which I figured out by doing an elimination diet (principle #4). 🙂

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    7 Responses to “For My Tummy – 7 IBS Diet Principles”

    1. Tummybloggeron 19 Dec 2007 at 11:07 am

      Thanks for highlighting For My Tummy, which emphasizes self-help for IBS. I do want to say that the “nice fiber-rich bowl of cereal such as Rasin Bran or FiberOne” is NOT what I’m talking about when I say “Never Eat on an Empty Stomach.”

      See my series on Fiber, which stresses soluble fiber, such as FiberSure or Heather’s Organic Acacia Tummy Fiber, not the scratchy bran fibers. And certainly if you have your bran with milk, I bet it tastes good, but for many people with IBS, milk and even any kind of dairy are trigger foods.

      See my page on IBS triggers at http://www.formytummy.com/ibs-triggers/

    2. Tummybloggeron 19 Dec 2007 at 11:11 am

      Thanks for highlighting For My Tummy, which emphasizes self-help for IBS. I do want to say that the “nice fiber-rich bowl of cereal such as Rasin Bran or FiberOne” is NOT what I’m talking about when I say “Never Eat on an Empty Stomach.”

      See my series on Fiber, which stresses soluble fiber, such as FiberSure or Heather’s Organic Acacia Tummy Fiber, not the scratchy bran fibers. And certainly if you have your bran with milk, I bet it tastes good, but for many people with IBS, milk and even any kind of dairy are trigger foods.

      See my page on IBS triggers at http://www.formytummy.com/ibs-triggers/

      So obviously we differ on IBS diet – its elements, and its importance. The 7 Diet Principles go together with many of the other things I’m talking about on ForMyTummy

      All the best,
      Tummyblogger

    3. maryon 27 Dec 2007 at 4:50 am

      Hello, This is Mary

      I am 36 years old with 2 toddlers. My youngest just started day care last week- which still feels a little strange. I haven’t had this much time to myself in years. First thing I want to do is lose the extra pounds I put on during the last pregnancy. One of the girls next door has suggested I join her walking group two days a week. After my first pregnancy I lost around 35 pounds using the Herbalife products, but when I called the man that sold them to me three years ago he told me this week he doesn’t sell them anymore. He told me to look on the internet. It’s disappointing because he was really nice and he called me regularly to make sure I was using their products correctly. It was nice to have someone checking in with me every week to see how I was and it kept me motivated.

      I searched on the internet for someone that sells Herbalife in New Jersey. I found many websites but I don’t want
      just to buy the products, I want to find someone trustworthy that sells the products so I can also meet them and get started again.

      Could anybody here recommend someone in New Brunswick?
      .

      Thanks, Mary

    4. Davidon 03 Jan 2008 at 4:36 am

      Hi Mary-

      For all my shopping I wish to keep annonymous, I always buy from Amazon.com. They have quick shipping and very competitive prices. They wont however call and checkup on you like your friend did. Thats the bonus of having a friend sell u the products. Anyhow, I would try Amazon

      Herbalife Products

    5. Lorenon 06 May 2008 at 7:56 am

      Yes I call it fiber preloading and I swear by it. But I do it before each meal. I also get plenty of exercise playing pickleball and walking. If I am going to indulge in a food that can be an IBS trigger I do it in moderation.

    6. Lillyon 22 Jan 2011 at 4:57 pm

      I strongly beleive that IBS is an immune disorder. I suffered for 2 years with ibs and was beginning to become depressed and beleiving that I would embarasingly be purchasing immodium for the rest of my life.

      I recently discovered an immune booster called immunocal. I have been 97% normal since i started taking it about 8 months ago. At one point I was on a diet of basically only rice and now am enjoying mcdonalds, pizza and normal foods again.

      I was a college student and found drinking left me terribly sick after. Not that I am encouraging drinking, but if I take two immunocal before i start drinking and one in the morning I have a normal hangover like most people.

      I really do suggest giving it try.

    7. Steve Ballietton 06 Dec 2011 at 11:10 am

      I agree about not drinking any sodas or coffee. Or for that matter, liquour of any kind. Water and juice is what I now drink. Nothing else. Sodas dehydrate you to no end. Stay away from them. If you like a morning hot beverage, try Pero. It is so delicious. It is a malted barley instant powder, kind of like instant coffee, without the caffeine. I add Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar to mine to sweeten it a bit. And Organic Valley Soy Creamer. It’s awsome on a cold morning!