What is the best diet plan for a vegetarian that has IBS?

March 8th, 2008


ograynoldaz asked:

I’ve been dianosged with Ibs and I’m unsure of what types of foods I should and shouldn’t eat, as well what are some tips or things I should know when preparing for meals
tips and suggestions appreciated
thank you =)

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    15 Responses to “What is the best diet plan for a vegetarian that has IBS?”

    1. ♥ Miss Sunshineon 08 Mar 2008 at 5:14 am

      Yikes….. A vegetarian with IBS is like being a lactose-intolerant cow…. avoid broccoli & cauiflower for sure.

    2. Aliciaon 13 Jan 2009 at 4:33 pm

      Avoid fake sugar, msg, dairy, meat t(his includes sea animals), eggs, carbonated beverages, certain gassy veggies , honey, bran, whole wheat , rye whole grain flours.

      I follow the diet on http://www.helpforibs.com
      vegan style.

      I ‘ve had IBS for years and avoid this stuff works wonders.

      Good luck.

    3. fartygirlon 12 Apr 2010 at 2:55 am

      Not true AT ALL, Miss Sunshine. Respectfully.

      I’m a gluten-free, sugar-free vegan, and it has done nothing but HELP my IBS.

      Remember that it’s the kind of IBS that you have that denotes what kind of diet you should follow. IBS – D vegetarians should eat more soluble fiber than insoluble fiber. IBS – C should eat tons of both.

      That’s what I’ve read in IBS books and my own personal experience.

      In the beginning of changing our diets, all fiber makes us feel bloated and shitty. But the more you take it, the more your guts expand and get clean and get used to it. There’s always an adjustment period.

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    6. Jessieon 17 Feb 2011 at 4:09 pm

      I too have struggled with IBS for years, and I try to stay away from red meat because it is so hard to digest. I have found that it helps to get creative with your veggies, and there are plenty of websites that have menu ideas. One that I found that has some great examples is http://www.LaptopLunches.com. They also have these awesome lunch boxes that are great for portion control, something else that’s important to keep in mind with IBS!

    7. Fartypantson 03 Apr 2011 at 2:07 pm

      I am a strict vegetarian with the worse case of IBS you could imagine. I am struggling so much with my diet. Please someone help me i just don’t no what to do anymore.

    8. Clenaon 25 Apr 2011 at 10:10 am

      This is quite a revelation. I live in a country with supposedly the best meat in the world which i was very happy to eat it as a child. I developed IBS in my teens and because of it have become vegetarian and during some violent episodes, strictly vegan. I thought meat was a big NO-NO for all IBS suffers. I never knew that there are IBS suffers out there who are actually able to look at meat and not curl into balls pain.

      I usually eat allot of fruit and some crushed nuts (not ideal – but not as painful as animal protein). Banana and almonds are a good combination for example but try and stay away from mangos and other very fibery fruits. Also avoid peanuts as they are very oily and that could trigger some events.

      As for veggies, try and only eat only the softer kinds like mashed potatoes (without milk or butter of cause), aubergine and mashed peas.

      It sounds very limiting but its really not. Once you get into it, it becomes quite a fun creative exercise and you’ll educate allot of your non-sufferers friends at dinner parties etc. They might think you not such a drab after all. At least that’s what my friends say about me…

      Good Luck

    9. Kimmarie crakeon 02 Aug 2011 at 10:15 am

      Ive never been diagnosed with ibs just know i suffer the symptoms ! Is it advisable a consultation & investigation ?

    10. Jessieeon 26 Sep 2011 at 9:24 pm

      I WAS a strict vegan – the ibs made my life unliveable – I haven’t found much info or support and doctors are hopeless.Unfortunately eating meat is the only thing that has stopped it.I hate myself for it but…

      Is there anyway I can still be happy(by being vegan) and not suffer???

    11. Fartypantson 01 Oct 2011 at 1:49 pm

      Since my last comment life has only got harder. My belly bloats from eating pretty much anything and everything. I end up in so much pain i can’t stand up straight or i faint, and now to top it all off i’m anemic. I have been to see a specialist who has told me to live with it. I just don’t want to suffer anymore. Thank you for the comments from different people i really do appreciate it, only if eating meats the answer then it looks like i’m in for a life time of suffering great. And to kimmarie crake i wouldn’t bother seeing anyone all they’ll say is there’s nothing i can do, it’s best to try and research it yourself and monitor and change your diet yourself, sorry. Speak soon.

    12. Jessieeon 02 Oct 2011 at 10:21 pm

      amen to that fartypants..

      I tried and tried but it’s no use and as much as I hate myself for it I have a job to go to everyday and a family to look after as well…..there’s no room or time for crazy IBS symptoms..
      (I also suffered from painful bloating and cramping and iron defficiensies..not to mention a random burst of gall-bladder stones!)

      Although I still don’t touch milk or eggs – I feel it’s the least I can do and after reading and researching a bit more animals are harmed in the process of humans obtaining milk and eggs..
      It’s a but hypocritical but I’m still going to try and do something!!

    13. Steve Ballietton 05 Dec 2011 at 2:13 pm

      I had Crohn’s Disease for over 10 years.

      So I know the frustration.

      The Vegan Diet is the way to go though. However, one must go slow at it. Find what agrees with you first and eat that.

      You need to give your body a chance to heal itself.

      Vegetable broths and other light foods are good when the digestive tract is highly irritated.

      It must be cleansed out by eating light and detoxifiying it.

      One important thing is that you must never ever eat any animal food. Because it has blood or fat in it.

      These two things cause more problems than you can shake a stick at.

      You cannot eat any fast food, foods with preservatives or artificial flavors in them also.

      I have no more vomiting or stomach aches thanks to the Vegan Diet and proper nutrition.

      Persistance and dedication is the only way to make the Vegan Diet work with your body.

    14. Dr Peter Thatcheron 22 Jan 2012 at 7:25 am

      I think one new diet that has promise is the low FODMAP diet. This is a relatively new diet from Australia based on the exclusion of fructose, oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols. These are contained in various fruits and vegetables. A dietician can help you with this.

      Good luck


    15. Fartypantson 17 Feb 2012 at 1:35 am

      Thank you for all advice given.
      The doctors finally sent me for further tests which have now cleared me of Crohns disease and Celiac disease. I’m still in lots of pain but have found if i cut chocolate and sugar out of my diet the pain and the bloating isn’t as bad. However most other foods are still affecting me to. I am eating little and often which i am also finding helps and doing light exercise at the gym. I am still a vegetarian and nothing will change that for me. I’ll speak soon and hopefully will be sorted, fingers crossed.