Check in on your friends with IBS – we are not OK!

Hello lovely readers,

Long time no speak – I know I am the worlds worst blogger. I never write. I apologise.

I was inspired today to write you a small piece as I stand at my desk – unable to sit down because I am so bloated and the pain of sitting is unbearable. Peppermint tea in hand, I ask to check in with your IBS friends.

Yes the awkward ones who are on numerous diets, the ones who are really annoying to go out to dinner/ lunch with. The ones who seem to be intolerant to absolutely bloody everything!

we are not ok.

Just over a year ago I was diagnosed with IBS, older readers will see that this was because I was so ill all of a sudden – constantly in pain and struggling with food and alcohol and anything else that irritated my stomach in anyway. It came on so suddenly. I couldn’t eat diary without being violently ill and don’t get me started on alcohol – wine is a big NO NO. Trust me.

Its taken me a really long time to come to terms with making big lifestyle changes and diet adjustments. Now I have to read packets of everything I buy. I have to annoy staff in restaurants. Ration myself on certain foods and cut out others all together. I love food. all food! and now food hurts me – it is so rubbish! I struggle with my weight, I have to make numerous different types of meals at home to make sure everyone else gets what they want, I have had go through a process of trying awful alternatives and my Christmas eating just isn’t the same! Its hard work and people with IBS have to do it constantly. (with most people thinking IBS is no big deal and just a bit of wind – well tell that to me the day I had the paramedics out because  was crippled in pain on the floor over something I had eaten)

But with that comes the silver lining, I am now practising what I preach. I eat as locally and seasonally as possible. Cut out the red meat recently and that has helped. I am more conscious of what I am putting into my body and how to be a better consumer. This is something you can learn from you IBS friends – how to consciously look after your gut.

After all, scientist do believe it is your second brain.

I’m always after tips so if you have IBS and handle it well give me a message and let me know!

 

Big Love, Jade x
Blogger, Lover of food.

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