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IBS & Summer BBQs

We asked our IBS Facebook community: “What is your first thought when someone invites you to a barbecue?”

We collected the responses in this article, and want to hear more from you! Have you turned down an invite to join a barbecue because of IBS? Did you go and set boundaries? Share below!

  1. My first thought is, "Yum!" followed by "I better pack the Pepto." I usually get by with smaller portions of food – or avoiding some things entirely – so I can (hopefully) tolerate it. How about you, , , ?

    1. I have had to do that as well. This relates well to your "summertime blues" article. Thanks for sharing!

    2. I first automatically think of "what will I eat." Then I think of a side dish I can bring so I have at least one safe food. Typically I do fine with protein, so I can usually enjoy the food by bringing a side dish. But like us all, so many things go through my head. And if I wake up that day not feeling well, then I won't go. I have no shame in cancelling.

  2. Sounds like a good strategy, . Thanks for sharing. Sorry for putting all of you on the spot. 😉

    1. My stomach is so unpredictable these days that I also just go without eating when I go to events now. Unless we're at a restaurant where there is a public bathroom, I won't eat. I don't want something happening at a friends house/etc...

      1. That's a good strategy! Sometimes it's better to be safe than sorry. Thanks for weighing in! - Chris, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

    2. I got invited to my brothers house for a BBQ the other day I was panicking about going like what am I gonna eat there I still don't know what foods to eat that won't act up my IBS I think its mostly my bad anxiety I have that triggers my stomach into thinking I have to go to the bathroom right away cause even when I don't eat anything I feel like I have to go the restroom right away but when I do go nothing happens . does any body here go through the same thing ?. and I also notice when I take my pain killers for my back and pain I have I feel fine like it calms my stomach . but also constipates me ugg! I never win .

      1. I know exactly what you mean! My anxiety also gives me the impression that I have to go to the bathroom very badly but I really don't. It's so strange. How was your brother's BBQ, did you find something to eat?
        Hope you're feeling well today! Karina (team member)

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