Brenda Hardwick Answers
Wow, so many really good suggestions here! I have IBS and as a Health Coach, I've tried many different remedies. What I found most helpful was to do a detox cleanse (the Lemonade detox is a good, inexpensive one; you can Google it). Once I completed this, I reintroduced foods, one at a time, beginning with steamed veggies, to see which ones triggered a reaction. I found that gluten was my primary trigger, but surprisingly also had issues with ANYTHING fried or cooked with Canola oil in it! After several years of total avoidance, I am now at a place that I can 'choose' when and where to be uncomfortable with IBS symptoms when I 'choose' to eat a bite of something I really want, but is typically not something I eat.
This is a Bio-individual issue. So, while there are many suggestions here that might work for you, you have to find which ones do and then follow that to the best of your ability. Remember, nothing is perfect, and being human means that we certainly aren't perfect either. Self-talk is important, so try not to beat yourself up when you 'choose' to eat something that might trigger you, especially if you really wanted to eat it!