What I Do Daily
First and foremost, I avoid eating all those foods I'm allergic too, as well as onions, broccoli and cabbage. I eat freash fruit and veggies daily, but not too much fruit. I limit my intake of simple carbs (breads, other baked goods), sugar and junk food. I avoid processed foods and instead eat whole foods that I cook myself. I read the label on every food item I buy. I drink lots of water every day. I get cardio exercise at least every other day (half hour of walking followed by 5 running intervals of 1 lap each) to help the motility. And I don't go anywhere without my simethicone anti-gas pills!
For excessive gas, I take over-the-counter simethicone pills, sometimes 2 or even 3 if I get a gas attack while in public. Skipping meals helps too. For abdominal pain, I'll take ibuprofen if it gets and stays bad. I also like hitting the couch with a heating pad over my lower abdomen and just watching TV. I've also found that walking and/or running helps overcome abdominal pain.
- Get tested for food allergies; this may be causing IBS synptoms.
- Cheating (eating foods you're allergic too or that otherwise cause problems) is not a good idea, no matter how much you love that food item.
- Eating at restaurants is virtually guaranteed to cause problems with food allergies/intolerances.
Favorite Food Tips
Fennel tea helps with motility and has a good flavor. Eat whole foods, including fruits & vegetables, and forget the processed food. Grapefruit also seems to help with motility.
Favorite Diarrhea or Constipation Tips
For bad constipation, I'll take either a psyllium fiber supplement (1 tablespoon mixed with a galss of water) before dinner, or Milk of Magnesia, though I don't like taking laxatives.