- ABDOMINAL PAIN
- IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
- DIET & LIFESTYLE
For many abdominal pain and IBS sufferers, one of the first things they look at when trying to manage their symptoms is their diet. Advice on the food types to avoid is readily available, but it can be quite confusing as trigger foods may differ from person to person
It can be hard to work out which foods affect your symptoms and which don't. The best way to identify your trigger foods is to keep a food diary.
If you have IBS, depending on how severe your symptoms are your doctor might also prescribe a diagnostic test known as a multiple exclusion diet: this is where all potential triggers are completely cut out of your diet, and then re-introduced one by one. Only do this under the guidance of your doctor.
If you have IBS, depending on your symptoms, there are a few simple tweaks you can make to your diet that can help reduce and manage your symptoms. Once you know what to avoid and what you can eat, it will make managing your symptoms a lot easier.
Some abdominal pain and IBS sufferers find that if they avoid their trigger foods most of the time, they can occasionally eat them without any problems.
Here is some dietary advice:
Remember that not all of these tips will apply to you!
Sometimes eating out can feel like a bit of a minefield, but don’t let that put you off from socialising and celebrating. If you’re having a meal out it’s usually possible to find something on the menu that won’t aggravate your symptoms. Why not check out menus online and plan what lovely things you will be able to eat! The key here is identifying your trigger foods.
Indian and Chinese restaurants: Opt for steamed or boiled rice to go with your dishes, and avoid the fatty options like sweet and sour balls or creamy curries. Try stir-fried dishes with vegetables and tandoori dishes cooked on the bone.
Italian: Vegetable-based sauces, low fat chicken, fish or seafood dishes should be fine, whereas fatty carbonara, garlic bread or too much tiramisu might be delicious but you could pay for it afterwards!
Dinner Parties: Nobody wants to be the person at a dinner party who can’t eat anything, but there are things you can do that can help.
Discover more ideas for how to manage your symptoms – Top Tips
What works for you? Check out our Recipes and swap ideas with other people who’ve learned to live with their abdominal pain or IBS.
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