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Vegan with IBS-D

Hi everyone!
I’m wondering if any other vegans are here, and how do you cope if basically all veggies have you running to the throne?

  1. Thanks for reaching out. I'd encourage you to speak with your doctor and a Registered Dietitian for guidance as well. Generally speaking, well cooked vegetables will be better tolerated. Think stews and soups or canned veggies. Also, adding in lower fiber foods with your veggies can help slow things down in terms of digestion. In addition to speaking with your doctor, this article gives some examples of vegan foods that are more IBS-Friendly: https://irritablebowelsyndrome.net/food/plant-based. Wishing you the best, Kelly, Irritablebowelsyndrome.net Team Member

    1. thank you so much for taking time to answer. The article is good, I’m definitely trying fodmap.
      Have a good evening!

    2. Good luck and keep us posted with how it goes! Best to you, Elizabeth (team member)


  2. Yes I was vegan. I realised I had to compromise in order to survive. I was vegan for compassionate animal loving reasons, so having to change wasn't an easy thing. I thrived on a vegan diet, until I got IBS. Being vegan was NOT the cause of my woes.
    Then I had to become vegetarian, so at least I could get protein from eggs and cheese, as I could no longer tolerate nuts in large enough quantities, tofu, seeds, or pulses, legumes,, many grains and quinoa for protein sources.
    Sadly, I had to go one step further and start to eat fish again, because that is one food which is the gentlest on my gut. I eat it plain cooked (steamed in a little water and with salt only)
    Recently I find cheese problematical so had to stop eating it. I may try again at some point. Eggs are still tolerated okay and I am very grateful for that.

    I miss vegan food very much. One of my favourites was a simple red lentil stew. It will be a happy day if or when I can ever eat that again.

    1. Oh, how sad! My heart goes out to you! But you’re doing what’s right for you and that is ok. Not everything is black and white. I may be in the same boat as you in the near future. Here is a big hug, have a good day!

  3. I have had IBS-C for many years since I was a teenager. I have been vegan for 9 years and eat a breakfast every day of oatmeal, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, apple, walnuts with Vanilla soy milk. It provides me with the fiber I need and I have been much better. I also stay well-hydrated. I'm sorry for the ppl who have IBS-D which is probably worse. I hope we can all find a cure someday.

    1. Appreciate you sharing with us. Your daily breakfast sounds amazing. So glad that you've been able to find a healthy high fiber breakfast option that helps you feel better. Best, Kelly, Irritablebowelsyndrome.net Team Member

  4. I hate IBS-D. But I think IBS-C is maybe worse even in many ways. At least with the D the gut is moving and cleaning itself out regularly. But sometimes I do get constipation and then I quite like my one or two days with that because it means I can eat some foods I really like and get away with it! Your fruity breakfast sounds wonderful. I have missed fruit and am working to get it back into my diet. Doing okay with tiny amounts daily , fingers crossed so far.

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