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Readers Respond: How Do You Manage the Holidays with IBS?

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Updated October 02, 2012

From the article: Holiday Have Tos and IBS
The stresses of the holiday season have the potential for worsening your IBS symptoms. Long to-do lists, deadlines, holiday parties, extravagant food, travel, and dealing with family relationships are all potential IBS triggers. What do you do to reduce the impact that these stress factors can have on your IBS? What do you do to make sure that you are taking care of yourself during the busy holiday season? Share your tips and find out how other IBS sufferers deal with the demands of the holiday season. Share Your Tips!

How do you handle the holiday?

First, find out what is going to be served. If there is absolutely nothing that you can eat, then bring your own food and prepare it yourself. This is the key, if you bring your own food and someone else prepares it, you have no idea what they used to prepare it. If someone cooks vegetables in oil that will ruin the whole event for me because I will be in the bathroom for hours. All my friends know my condition and they prepare something else for me to eat. IBS is really a learning process. I have had IBS for 22 years and I am just know learning how to eat!!! Maybe, in 20 yrs. someone will develop a drug to help all of sufferers. But for now, I hope that those of you who don't have this problem can walk "a mile in our shoes", or maybe, a "day in the bathroom" and emphasize with us: AND BE THANKFUL EVERY DAY THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE THIS ALIMENT!!!!!
—Guest cindi santamaria

How do you handle the holiday?

First, find out what is going to be served. If there is absolutely nothing that you can eat, then bring your own food and prepare it yourself. This is the key, if you bring your own food and someone else prepares it, you have no idea what they used to prepare it. If someone cooks vegetables in oil that will ruin the whole event for me because I will be in the bathroom for hours. All my friends know my condition and they prepare something else for me to eat. IBS is really a learning process. I have had IBS for 22 years and I am just know learning how to eat/// Maybe, in 20 yrs. someone will develop a drug to help all of sufferers. But for now, I hope that those of you who dont hsve this problem can walk "a mile in our shoes", or maybe, a "day in the bathroom" and emphasize with us: AND BE THANKFUL EVERY DAY THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE THIS AILMENT!!!!!
—Guest cindi santamaria

No Stress Holiday

Fortunately we're a family with no young children. I've had it out with the family that all I want is their company and Christmas dinner and I would be glad if they wouldn't fuss over me. So we've agreed to make Christmas about Fellowship and that has kept my holiday stress down to a minimum. I still fight the malls to find something for Mum & Dad, but I make sure I know what I'm doing before hand, shop at off hours and don't fight for a parking spot. Planning and patience does a lot to mediate my stress and my IBS.
—Guest Kimberley

beltanefire5

I make sure I know all the phrases in the language of the country I visit to find toilet facilities etc and the brand names of my medication in that country in case I lose mine.
—Guest beltanefire5

SuZHomemaker

1) resort to an anti-anxiety med 2) eat less before and during 3) try to get a lot of sleep 4) don't beat yourself up if you still have a bad day 5) never, ever forget the Lotronex and/or imodium
—Guest SuZHomemaker

Shop Online

Thank goodness for the Internet. I no longer have to worry about being in crowded malls or stores worrying if there will be a line for the bathroom. I do all of my shopping online. I like that the items are not beaten up and it is fun for me to open the boxes even if the presents are not for me. Shopping online has taken huge pressure off of me.
—Guest palmer

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