Can I Still Have Pizza If I Have IBS?
IBS can be complicated and ever-changing. The issue with figuring out what foods work for you and don't can be a mind-game. Understanding your "safe" foods can be so difficult as they can change at the drop of a hat. But what about those foods that you know you can't have? Like for me, it's pizza. Can I still have it every once in a while?
I say yes. I try to stick to the 80/20 rule with my IBS. At this point, I have been diagnosed for over 10 years, so I have some time under my belt dealing with this pesky syndrome. I know what foods trigger me, and I know what foods are absolutely safe. It took years to get to this place and lots of food journals to understand the patterns. But here I am, and it is empowering.
Stress is a big trigger for me next to food, so it is best not to go for that pizza when I am highly stressed. Because pizza is already a trigger so it's smart to have it when my body can handle the stress from just digesting it. So here is my conclusion when it comes to having cheat meals:
First, it is so important to know what foods cause you pain and discomfort. Is it wheat, dairy, rice, garlic, spices, etc.? Whatever it is, know on a scale how things will go. For example, I know when I have alcohol, I will throw up. I can have just a small glass or one shot of something, but I will be throwing up. My body literally cannot process alcohol anymore. Now on an epic occasion, like a wedding or New Year, do I want to drink? Heck yes! Do I know that eventually, I will throw up in the night? Yes. But I know what is coming and choose to go through the consequence because it is worth it in certain moments.
Pizza and IBS
With pizza, I can get away with a slice or 2. But if I have more, I will end up paying for it with a bad stomach ache, acid reflux, and diarrhea. However, in certain situations, if the pizza is really good and I have a pizza craving, I go for it! Sometimes, having trigger food for the sake of your mental health is worth it.
Now, we all have some foods that give us severe symptoms. I wouldn't play with that. For me, Mexican food can throw me into a flare that can last for days, so I am not willing to get myself into that kind of trouble. But because of the years of figuring out my trigger foods and the level of their severity, I can gauge whether or not I want to dip my toe into rebellion.
Overall, within reason, I think it is okay every once in a while to have your pizza and eventually pay for it a bit later. How about you? Do you agree or disagree? Share below. We love to hear from you.
Do you have a good understanding of what triggers your flares?