My Current IBS Diet
Diets for IBS are so individual. We all tolerate foods differently, so what works for one IBS patient may not work for the other. However, regardless of how personal the issue of diet is, I still think it is important to share as someone may find one or two things that can help with their symptoms.
Over the years, I have tried many different diets. I have done The Maker’s Diet, AIP, Low FODMAP, SCD Diet, Lectin-Free Diet, and beyond. I have to say my favorite was The Maker’s Diet but I still had some symptoms that would occur. Perhaps I didn’t do it long enough? Overall, I just learned to take bits and pieces of all of these diets and sort of creating my own, which in the end, in my opinion, is probably best.
Currently, I avoid grains, gluten, dairy, eggs, red meat, and sugar (but I can do fruit). This has become my winning recipe. When I am strict with these guidelines, I feel my best. Now because of the years, I have under my belt being diagnosed with IBS, I also know what I can tolerate in those foods listed so that I don’t get sick. For example, one bite of bread won’t hurt me. But 2 or 3 will cause an issue. A scoop of ice cream I can tolerate but any more than that, I am in major trouble. Same with sugar, I can indulge in only 1 bite or 2, but that’s it.
So what are some examples of things I eat?
For breakfast, I have been having three huge dollops of almond butter with freshly cut strawberries and blueberries on top. I have become obsessed with this meal. The almond butter is full of healthy fat and keeps me feeling full. And the strawberries and blueberries are refreshing and sweet. I literally have this breakfast every single day and I have yet to get tired of it. Oh, and did I mention that almond butter itself is off the charts delicious? You should give it a try if you tolerate it.
For lunch, I have been making myself a gluten-free, wheat-free wrap along with a salad or organic potato chips. The wrap is mostly made of tapioca flour and I buy it from the grocery store. I fill it with ham, a little bit of spinach, sundried tomatoes, mustard, olive oil, and vinegar. It is delicious. And I eat a handful of salt and vinegar potato chips for some crunch.
Lastly, for dinner, I typically have grilled chicken seasoned lightly, with a side salad and some steamed veggies like carrots and green beans. Then if I am still hungry after dinner, not even kidding, I have some almond butter and fruit again. I just love that little meal!
Hopefully reading these meals will give you some ideas to broaden your food choices. I know everyone is so different with what they can or cannot have, but it’s still valuable to share! Does your diet look similar? What is your go-to safe meal? Share below, we love to hear from you!
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