IBS Holiday Giveaway!

IBS Holiday Giveaway! (Now Closed)

Living with IBS isn’t easy. Managing symptoms requires a lot of effort leaving little time and energy to focus on self-care activities that will improve symptoms and help you relax. Because you deserve a little pick-me-up, this holiday season, we’re teaming up with ChronicAllyBox.com to giveaway one ChronicAlly Box to two lucky community members! What’s in the box you ask? And how can it help you relax?

In the box, you can expect 3-6 full sized health and beauty pick-me-up products! Each individual product is your ally and is geared towards self-care, so it not only allows you to save time and energy, but your health and beauty routine is made better and easier.

Enter to win

For a chance to win our IBS Holiday Giveaway:

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  • Tell us: How do you cope with stress and IBS around the holidays?

Giveaway ends on on December 22, 2017 11:59:59 PM ET. Two winners will be notified via email and in the comment thread below. Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize before alternate winners will be selected. For more information, please read our Terms and Conditions. Good luck!

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  • jenndur1
    12 months ago

    The always love the holidays. I enjoy decorating and shopping and family time. Everything. This year has been more difficult. Lots of med changes and extreme fatigue all the time. I am frustrated with myself for not decorating for Christmas this year. I enjoy it so much. I could really use a pick me up this holiday season.

  • CindyK
    12 months ago

    I cannot say that I cope too well with the holidays. I love the baking and shopping and decorating but before Christmas gets here I end up depleted, depressed, and spending too much time in the bathroom. To cope with the irritation that brings , I take warm baths and use a heating pad.

  • Tink1013
    12 months ago

    I just don’t go anywhere anymore, & spend holidays at home with my hubby. I never know what is going to trigger my IBS, & it’s embarrassing to have an attack out at a restaurant or at a friend or family member’s house.

  • BullMama
    12 months ago

    I’m lactose intolerant, thus the primary cause of my IBS-C. I have built a network/support group of Family & Friends who help me stay away from “lactose foods” when eating out. At home I can prepare meals that are healthy and lactose free, even during the holidays by tweaking some of my favorite treats. I closely follow my Doctor’s recommendation and take my daily medications to avoid the “severe pain” associated with my IBS-C. So far it is working miracles! Thanks for this opportunity.

  • Stephanieramnarine
    12 months ago

    This holiday season I am determined to be able to enjoy it to the max. I will be doing what I’ve been doing for the past year and staying within my IBS friendly diet

  • donr
    12 months ago

    Too much stress to deal with at the holidays. Hard to deal with it all. Find it hard to stay away from sweets but trying to drink more water. Wish they had a magic pill that would stop this problem.

  • raegan
    12 months ago

    This is my first holiday season with the IBS diagnosis. It has been hard navigating the potlucks at work. It’s easier to avoid the gluten, garlic, onions but difficult to avoid the sweets! I have found that drinking ice water has been my go to in helping my digestion.

  • Hannah Noonan moderator
    12 months ago

    Thanks for entering @raegan! I find it hard to avoid the sweets too and great tip about the ice water, I’m glad to hear it helps! – Hannah (IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team)

  • mrkittlesworth87
    12 months ago

    Holidays certainly add a lot of stress. I don’t like missing out on the foods I love so much but it sure is embarrassing to rush to the restroom and have to poop when everyone is just a door away. I bring poopouri and try to limit myself to one plate. I can always take home leftovers if I feel like I didn’t get enough. I also try to meditate before going anywhere that way I’m a little bit calmer and can handle the extra drama. Happy holidays everyone!

  • AmnaR moderator
    12 months ago

    @mrkittlesworth87 thank you for sharing. Congrats! You’ve been randomly selected as our second winner! Please contact us at contact@IrritableBowelSyndrome.net, so we can arrange for you to receive your prize. Remember, you have 48 hours to claim your prize before another winner is selected! Thanks! – Amna, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team Member.

  • Hannah Noonan moderator
    12 months ago

    Thanks for taking the time to enter @mrkittlesworth87! The holidays sure can be stressful but great idea about meditating before you venture out, it can definitely help with stress and digestion – Hannah (IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team)

  • pshannonbaker
    12 months ago

    Just recently diagnosed (this week) but my plan is to avoid my trigger foods (gluten, garlic, onions). I’m hoping the lobster newburg my parents are making doesn’t have those!

  • Hannah Noonan moderator
    12 months ago

    Welcome to the community @pshannonbaker. It can be challenging to deal with a new IBS diagnosis and if there is anything we can help with please let us know. Thank you for entering the competition and best of luck avoiding your trigger foods – Hannah (IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team)

  • BirdMom
    12 months ago

    I often bring my own dish to holiday parties. That way I know that there will be at least one thing that I can eat. Being a long time vegan, I am used to letting folks know in a kind manner that I am unable to eat certain dishes. This takes the pressure off to try Cousin Beth’s famous casserole. If I have been sticking to safe foods all week, I find that I can eat a small amount of unsafe food after I’ve eaten a serving of safe food. But its all about knowing my body. I have found a daily meditation practice is helping me this year through the busy holiday time. I also find at least 30 minutes a day for some kind of movement/exercise even if it is dancing in my kitchen or a short yoga practice.

  • Hannah Noonan moderator
    12 months ago

    Bringing a plate of food is a great idea @birdmom as it sticking to safe foods in the week before a gathering. Thanks for sharing and thank you for entering! – Hannah (IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team)

  • misty2
    12 months ago

    Because I also have back and neck problems I treated myself to a back cushion that has heat rollers and different settings. It hurts to use but it breaks up the muscle spasms. Because I am a vegetarian I really have to be careful of gassy foods and only eat a little, I do not drink alcohol and limit my coffee.

  • jennger
    12 months ago

    I am learning to pass some problems around- like my kids are old enough to do a lot of the household chores and I will ask my husband pick up any slack I leave as far as the kids after school stuff. As far as shopping I just make sure that my family asks for something specifically so I don’t have to guess or wander around trying to figure out what to get someone. I also stock up on peppermint tea and good books so I can relax if pain hits.

  • dari
    12 months ago

    Over48 years with Crohn’s, I have found the best way for me to cope with the holidays is to constantly remind myself not to overdo. By that I mean doing my best to be conscious of my diet and never drinking any alcohol. I try my hardest to get enough sleep as well. I know that that is not possible for everyone but if I don’t do these things, I will go into an immediate flare.
    Happy holidays to everyone.
    Dari

  • carissa.cullen
    12 months ago

    Around the holidays I usually get a ton of stress. How I cope with this can vary for the amount of stress I have. If it’s a low amount I will usually try to take a break and read a book. And if it’s a high amount I’ll leave the house and go to the park for a bit. It really just depends on how overwhelmed and stressed I am

  • dianemich
    12 months ago

    I don’t always cope well with the holidays. I have been eating my mother’s fruited pound cake. Not good for my IBS. But it tastes so good and she only makes it this time of year. I do watch what i eat most of the time and try to relax. This year is much harder as my husband was diagnosed with stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer in august. He had a tumor removed from his brain in august. November 21st they removed his right lung. Today we see the oncologist to find out about his chemo treatments. He is having severe nerve pain from the pneumonectomy. He still has problems with his memory and word retrieval from the tumor on his brain and the radiation didn’t help that. Sure need to find a way to relax and deal with this all and not suffer too much from my IBS. I won’t complain to him at all because he is dealing with so much already.

  • mrkittlesworth87
    12 months ago

    My husband also is sick but I hope your husband can get a little better or be in less pain! If anyone deserves a gift like this box it’s certainly you!

  • BirdMom
    12 months ago

    You do have a lot to deal with this year! Have you ever tried meditation or breathing exercises? There are quite a variety to try, anywhere from 3 minutes to 1 hour! You can even find guided ones on YouTube provided by professionals. I have migraines and IBS, and they feed off of each other. Daily meditation makes a big difference for me. If I skip and get into a rut of not doing it, my health suffers. If you are strapped for time you can even do deep breathing while you are taking a shower. There are techniques that are great to use when in a stressful situation or when you feel anxious.

  • kplatt
    12 months ago

    I limit what I eat. Eating smaller amounts seems to be less upsetting to my stomach. This doesn’t always work during the holidays so I always know where the bathrooms are. I also find comfort in the words of Jesus, trusting Him and trying not to become anxious.

  • Hannah Noonan moderator
    12 months ago

    Eating small amounts can be great way to get a little taste of everything without the side effects @kplatt! I hope you have a lovely Christmas and thank you for taking the time to enter! – Hannah (IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team)

  • Kittlecat
    12 months ago

    I don’t go anywhere without peppermint tea. Since gastric bypass, I can’t take Imodium. I don’t have a lot of diarrhea anymore, more like explosive bowel movements. So if something upsets my tummy, peppermint tea will soothe it. That, and lying on my left side for awhile. I also try to eat veggies, cheese, protein and other healthy stuff. I have been trying to lose weight so eating healthy is important to me.

  • Hannah Noonan moderator
    12 months ago

    I find that peppermint tea helps too and a great way to take a few minutes out to sit and sip! Thanks for entering @kittlecat! – Hannah (IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team)

  • psuchick402
    12 months ago

    I like to take a soothing bath, to get away from the craziness. Sometimes also getting fresh air helps. I avoid foods that trigger, and bring Imodium and ginger ale with me.

  • Hannah Noonan moderator
    12 months ago

    Ooo a bath, now that’s a good idea @psuchick402! Happy holidays and thanks for entering! – Hannah (IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team)

  • bettyt
    12 months ago

    I had Colon Cancer and had two feet of my colon removed and I can’t get over IBM I wear Depends whenever I go out without warning when I feel the urge I can’t make it to the bathroom. This is so embarrassing and I have to carry extra clothes with me when I go out.

  • AmnaR moderator
    12 months ago

    @bettyt thank you for sharing. Congrats! You’ve been randomly selected as our winner! Please contact us at contact@IrritableBowelSyndrome.net, so we can arrange for you to receive your prize. Remember, you have 48 hours to claim your prize before another winner is selected! Thanks! – Amna, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team Member.

  • Hannah Noonan moderator
    12 months ago

    I hope you have a good experience these holidays @bettyt and it is a great idea to always be prepared. Thank you for entering the competition! – Hannah (IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team)

  • wolves
    12 months ago

    Still trying to cope with it..but I do carry Gas-X, Mylanta, Tylenol, and some food.

  • Hannah Noonan moderator
    12 months ago

    Carrying around go to helpers is a great way to be prepared @wolves! Thanks for taking the time to enter! Happy holidays! – Hannah (IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team)

  • ktolson
    12 months ago

    Holidays are rough.

  • Hannah Noonan moderator
    12 months ago

    They sure can be for many of us @ktolson. I hope are able to enjoy the holidays this year – Hannah (IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team)

  • Hollywood127
    12 months ago

    Honestly I don’t cope very well during the holidays. I’m constantly worried about my stomach and how it will handle whatever food will be there. I’m too embarrassed to bring my own food so I take small portions, and if in a little bit my stomach is ok I will get a little more. I also try to use the bathroom as much as I can before we leave and usually carry Immodium on me. It also helps having a good support system! I don’t know what I would do without my husband. Sometimes you just have to have a good cry on someone’s shoulder.

  • Chris Hall moderator
    12 months ago

    We hear you, @hollywood127! So glad to hear that your husband is so supportive. It definitely helps to have a strong support system. Thanks so much for entering, and happy holidays! – Chris, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team Member

  • kripley81
    12 months ago

    I cope by avoiding the foods that trigger it. I also never leave the house without my Imodium.

  • Chris Hall moderator
    12 months ago

    These are great suggestions, @kripley81! Thanks for taking the time to enter our giveaway. Happy Holidays! – Chris, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team Member

  • maq21
    12 months ago

    I have learned to be honest first of all when I am having a flareup. That helps deal with the stress. Nice hot showers help in the evening and I like to go to a chiropractor once a week. The gas X meltaways are a big help for me as I get a lot of bloating and gas. I try not to overindulge on foods I know make it worse but if I absolutely must have that Buffalo Wing Dip, I make sure that the next day I have nothing special planned, take the Bentyl and my Gax X. Here’s to a IBS tolerated Merry Christmas and better New Year for us all !

  • Chris Hall moderator
    12 months ago

    Thanks for taking the time to enter, @maq21! This is a great point about being honest with yourself when you’re having a flare. I appreciate you sharing your insight with all of us. Happy holidays! I hope you have some time off to indulge in the buffalo wing dip! – Chris, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team Member

  • AmandaH
    12 months ago

    This is my first Christmas after diagnosis. I have gathered low FODMAP recipes for Christmas so I am hoping I won’t be restricted too much. Not sure how I’m going to do with alcohol.

  • Chris Hall moderator
    12 months ago

    Thanks for entering, @amandah! Glad to hear that you’ve found some low-FODMAP recipes! We have a lot of great options here, too: https://irritablebowelsyndrome.net/recipes/. Since you mentioned the point about alcohol, I thought I’d share this article with you: https://irritablebowelsyndrome.net/living/alcohol-less-holiday-season/. Hope you have a great Christmas! – Chris, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team Member

  • mrsB
    12 months ago

    To cope with the stress around holidays I make sure I take a few moments of each day to meditate and relax. Me time I call it. Plus with all the food and bloating I wear pants one size bigger with a belt so later in the evening when stomach bloats i can let out the belt and pants fit perfect. Make sure you make time for yourself in all the stress of the holidays. If you like to read then chose that. I love to crochet that is my me time.

  • Chris Hall moderator
    12 months ago

    This is great advice, @mrsB! Taking time for yourself and doing the things you enjoy is a great way to combat the holiday stress. Thanks so much for sharing and entering our contest! – Chris, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team Member

  • donna
    12 months ago

    Had ibs since gallbladder removal March 2016. Have been diagnosed with gastritis, and sibo. Been started taking zyfaxin four days so far no relief. Having Christmas dinner at my home this year, hopefully will be out of pain. Worried

  • Chris Hall moderator
    12 months ago

    We really hope you have a pain-free Christmas dinner, too, @donna! I hope the medication starts to help soon. Thanks for commenting and entering! – Chris, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team Member

  • nanato4
    12 months ago

    Tough time of year. Trying to stay stress free. Walking and drinking herbal tea. Really have to watch what I eat right now. Just got over a month long bout. I hope everyone can enjoy the holidays pain free. Merry Christmas to you all.

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