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Cereal Saves the Day

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Another attempt at a low-FODMAP day. Here’s how my food panned out…

1. Ripe banana — On my way to the gym. I woke up with a growling stomach. This is my go-to.

2. Another egg scramble with leftover baked potatoes, a slice of bacon and spinach — easy on the sriracha. If there is no change tomorrow I’m phasing it out completely, but I just can’t comprehend that a tiny drizzle would affect me so much. Not to mention, it would REALLY suck.

3. Dragon fruit — The kids and I did a fun produce pick video this morning — click here to check it out. I ate about half through the morning. At first I was unimpressed but it’s growing on me. I’m a texture girl and it definitely has a fun texture.

4. 1 leftover Banana Pancake made with oat and almond flour —  My stomach was growling before lunch and I needed something quick.

5. Homemade chicken soup/stew made with homemade broth (no onion or garlic) millet, carrots and chicken — This was the end of a batch I made last week.

6. Chick-Fil-A Cob salad with grilled chicken and a tiny drizzle of honey mustard dressing — The Boys and I went to the gym (they take a kids class, it’s SO cute!) and we stopped on our way home.

Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 9.57.34 PM7. Small bowl of EnviroKidz Chocolate Koala Crisp Cereal with almond milk — I just ate this. My stomach was growing and I was honestly stressing what to eat that would be “safe.” I didn’t want to go the cracker route or cheese or popcorn. I have apples but they are a no-no right now and I’m keeping nuts to a minimum.

I was really at a loss until I spied this new cereal I bought for the kids. We’ve never had it before and I must say… delish!

It was exactly the sweet, crunchy bite I was looking for.  And the ingredient list is pretty impressive:

Brown rice, evaporated cane juice, cocoa, natural flavor, sea salt, molasses. 

I can’t lie. Every night I go to bed with high hopes that the next day I’ll reap the benefits of my food choices and every morning (so far) I’ve been disappointed. I’m trying to stay strong and not lose hope. It’s too reminiscent of dieting for weight loss.

I don’t like it.

Note: I have NO affiliation with Envirokidz. 



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    Jo Ann

    January 23, 2015

    Here is a link from People’s Pharmacy showing how one guy solved his stomach problem.

    http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2015/01/22/home-remedies-chance-favors-the-prepared-mind/

      roni

      January 23, 2015

      That’s fascinating. I googled and it’s all over the place!

    Nancy

    January 23, 2015

    Don’t lose hope, it’s just a matter of finding the right combination of what works for you. I’ve been dealing with IBS for 5yrs now. It takes a while to figure out what your triggers are and what works best for you, but you will get there. I know fiber plays a big role, but sometimes it depends on the type of fibre. I thought I was getting tons with the amount of fruits and vegetables I was eating, but as it turned out, it ended up being the amount of raw fruits and vegetables I ate. Raw vegetables are especially difficult for me. The most I can tolerate in a day is a small side salad. However, if I cook them, or blend them in my Vitamix I have no problem. One magic key for me with fibre is to make sure I have some all bran buds everyday. This also works for some of my IBS friends as well. A third of a cup in the morning in some yogurt and I’m good for the day. I’ve also found that I can’t leave long stretches inbetween meals/snacks either or it causes havoc. Another key and common trigger is stress. If I have a particularly stressful day it usually means IBS problems the next day. For the most part now I live almost symptom free as long as I recognize my triggers and try to reduce stress. If I do have an episode it doesn’t seem to last as long (although I still get a little down in the dumps when it happens, but I think that’s normal). Hang in there, you’ll find the right combination that works for you too.

      roni

      January 23, 2015

      Thank you. :)

    Ann

    January 23, 2015

    OK. So, first of all, having had stomach issues of all kinds (mine are related to a history of anorexia and basically losing many of my digestive enzymes), I can confirm what others have said: when your stomach calms down, it’s much easier to eat a wide range of foods again. Most people with IBS have kind of flare-ups and they then fade, allowing you to eat MUCH more freely.

    Also, ironically… stress hurts digestion. :/ I hate that one, as someone who’s constantly stressed.

    And finally, a list of potential foods to watch out for ONLY WHILE YOU ARE HAVING ACUTE SYMPTOMS: almond milk (carageenan is hard to digest, but otherwise harmless). Popcorn (simply because it’s very high in fiber). And, sadly… vegetables and whole grains. I’d wager that excessive fiber intake has a lot to do with your symptoms. I know we’re always told “vegetables uber alles,” but when you have IBS issues, stick with something closer to a bland diet. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/patientinstructions/000068.htm

    When I have real issues I eat a lot of crackers, Rice Krispies, kefir, bananas, broth, rice cakes with peanut butter, white rice, chicken breast, eggs, zucchini rather than more fibrous vegetables… and when the issues subside I’m basically FINE! and can eat whatever. Note: sushi is often a very stomach-friendly food as long as you don’t get fried rolls. White rice is pretty easy to digest.

    I hope that helps. Honestly, I don’t believe this is forever.

      roni

      January 23, 2015

      It does! Thanks!

      roni

      January 24, 2015

      Thanks for this!! I’m off to check it out.

      Michele

      January 25, 2015

      Roni – I think I saw that you drink Blue Diamond almond milk. That brand has carrageenan in it which can cause stomach problems.

      roni

      January 26, 2015

      ugh.. I know.. If I’m still having problems in a few days it will be the next thing I phase out.

    Lisa

    January 23, 2015

    There is a woman in New Zealand that does low FODMAP coaching/advising. She has suffered from debilitating IBS for many years and found relief with the low FODMAP diet. Her name is Suzanne Perazzini and she blogs under Strands of My Life dot com. A quick google search and you can read her story and see if yours is similar and maybe she has some advise that could help.

      roni

      January 23, 2015

      Thanks!!

    Paula

    January 23, 2015

    If eggs & bananas are okay for your tummy a really good recipe (or at least I think so) is Banana Pancakes. You take one med/large banana and mash it up then take 2 eggs and beat in a bowl. Mix eggs with mashed banana and cook like you would any other type of pancake. They are not fluffy, but both my husband and I find them yummy and bump the protein up. The fact they are so simple to make just adds to the charm.

      roni

      January 26, 2015

      Thanks Paula. I tried that once but didn’t like it. Do you flavor it at all?

    Emma

    January 24, 2015

    Hi Roni!

    I’ve just been diagnosed with IBS too and am trying to weave my way through all the various potholes. I find it really difficult knowing that certain healthy fruits and veg are off limits (hello dates and apples…). In all the research I’ve done I read that eating starches such as potato and pasta once they’d gone cold/been reheated could trigger problems. I don’t know how common this is but I noticed that you mentioned that you’d eaten leftover baked potatoes.

    From what I’ve read it can take a good few weeks for all symptoms to clear up after eating low FODMAP, so hopefully we just need to hang in there a bit longer!

    Emma x

      roni

      January 26, 2015

      Really? That’s crazy! So many variables!