Dieting with Obstacles - Dieting with IBS/Constipation

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03-07-2005, 05:53 PM
I've been a life time member of WW for over five years. I have an 12 year old daughter that has a weight issue as well as IBS with constipation. We've spent years trying to figure out what was wrong and now have figured out how to keep her pretty much pain free. I've seriously researched IBS and have her under the guidance of a gastroenterologist. Using what I know about WW and how to lose weight, I set out to seriously help my daughter three years ago when she asked specifically to address her weight. She's about 40 pounds overweight. During those 3 years the pain just kept increasing and we finally got the IBS diagnosis. Turns out everything that helped me in WW seems to be a trigger food on her no list. I put weight issues aside for a while and with the Doctor's help and some medications got the pain under control. Now she is off all medications and uses Benefiber daily. During a sixth month period of learning what we needed to do diet wise to prevent an IBS attack she has pretty much maintained her weight and that is with the exercise component in there (We belong to a gym and have a large home trampoline she uses daily. Exercise is a key component to keeping her IBS in check). Here is the main problem. With IBS with constipation (rather than diarrhea) she needs to have an increase in soluable fiber and a decrease in insoluable fiber. I never knew there was a difference and I'm pretty nutritionally informed. Soluable fiber breaks down in liquid whereas insoluable fiber absorps liquid. White rice would be a soluable fiber because if left in liquid it begins to break down and get gummy, bran on the other hand is insoluable. Have you ever added milk to all bran and walked away from it, it becomes huge! Another example would be an apple, the peel is insoluable and the inside is soluable. Everything I know about losing weight uses an increase in insoluable fiber as it takes more energy to break it down. Most low point foods in WW are high in insoluable fiber. The real killer is that vegetables (which are tough to get kids to eat anyways) can not be raw, they have to be cooked (which is even tougher to get kids to eat) The worse thing for her diet would be a salad. Most soluable fiber is the simple carbohydrates. There are many other things on the no list as well. Many things go hand in hand with dieting - low fat, no chocolate, no dairy (switched to soy which helps IBS but alot of it is higher in fat and calories then its dairy counter part). When we track her points for a very planned out down as best as we can for the IBS and the weight, we are about 8-9 points over. I would be really interested in hearing from anyone else facing this same challenge of keeping IBS symptoms at bay but being successful at losing weight.

03-07-2005, 07:51 PM
Your daughter sound exactly like me. I also have IBS constipation and losing weight is not easy. The information out there is so conflicting that I am not sure what I am suppose to eat or not eat to lose wieght. Some say increase fiber others say no. Some say low carb others say no. Right now i am taking miralax and zelnorm. So what are some of your daughters triggers, my really big ones are popcorn and nuts ( though I still eat them occasionally).

Could you share with me what your daughter eats? So you are saying that you should have soluable fiber instead of insoluable. I wonder if there is a web site that tells you what is soluable fiber. Does your daughter still have a problem with her constipation?

thanks for sharing


03-08-2005, 12:57 AM
Hello Bev,
A great website is It really explains soluble versus insoluble fiber. The author of this website has a great cookbook for IBS called Eating for IBS by Heather Van Vorous. She has suffered for 20 years from IBS which started when she was a child. It has been the most informative thing I have found. But recipes are for IBS not losing weight. Most are naturally low fat because fat is an IBS trigger but sugar, real sugar is not, so calories are high at times. My daughter was on Miralax for 6 months, also Elavil (which didn't help at all) and several different perscription acid reducers. Now she is off it all and uses Benefiber to help with the constipation. She takes 2-3 tablespoons per day but could take up to 5. The gastro dr. suggested it because I was concerned that all this soluble fiber was so high in calories. They had me switch to white bread and white rice and everything refined. I was going nuts because I knew that was going to just pack on the pounds. But I did it to just get her pain free and with the miralax we got it under control. I followed advice from the dr., website and cookbook I mentioned above and have really gotten the IBS under control, gone from daily attacks to one in the last 2 months (which was due to a little bit of chocolate from Valentine's day). I eliminated all known trigger foods and then we slowly introduce something from the list to see if she can tolerate it. I've now gotten her back on some whole wheat items. The foods we stay away from are: all dairy, all artificial sweetners particularly malitol and sorbitol (splenda okay) egg yolks (whites okay - it is the protein in yolk that hurts IBSers), high fat foods, caffeine, carbonation, chocolate, high insoluble fiber foods, citrus, raw vegetables. If she has insoluble fiber (which the doctor wants her to be reintroduced to) we have to pair it with soluble food. So she will have applesauce or sliced peeled apples with a trigger food, it helps to basically coat the trigger food in the intestines. That is where the Benefiber comes in, it is a way to get soluble fiber into your diet without the calories. It is able 20 calories per tablespoon. We introduced soy to replace the dairy, but you must do this slowly since it is beans. We have found great substitutes that she is willing to use but as I said previously they tend to be high in calories and fat. We have found a perfect breakfast that runs about 5-6 points on ww that has no trigger foods. She has 2/3 cup egg beaters with 2 tablespoons Benefiber dissolved in it, doesn't affect the eggs or the taste, two slices of Louis Rich turkey bacon, 2 slices of WW toast with apple butter and a few slices of peeled apples, glass of water. I send her off to school with a good size breakfast. Snack time she has these soy chips that we found (2 points) for the entire bag and has no trigger food. Lunch is tougher because she's in middle school so she doesn't want to take a lunch pail or draw attention to herself with anything weird. Usually baked chips, turkey sandwich (half white bread, half whole wheat) apple sauce, 100 Calorie oreo graham cracker snacks, water. After school snack is tough because she is so hungry it seems. SHe often has a bowl of WW Vanilla puffed wheat cereal (1 point) with soy milk. Dinners are challenging because I feel like I'm making everyone their own dinner since rest of us don't have IBS. She's such a trooper though and is so glad to be pain free. She has worked now for a long time very hard with no real results on the weight. I suppose if we hadn't been working this hard it would be much more out of control. It's very frustrating as I'm sure you know. I try to take a WW recipe and convert it to eliminate triggers and then all the substitutions make it no longer a good WW food. We don't really do the low carb stuff because most of the foods have malitol in it. Dr. told us to stay away from anything that ended in tol. Those malitol, sorbitol, etc. tear up her stomach like you wouldn't believe. The valentine episode was due to five M&Ms. She loves chocolate but knows it hurts too much. I use cocoa alot for some substitutes and she likes chocolate soy which uses cocoa not chocolate. I also take yoga classes and my instructor taught me poses for her to get into when she has an attack. There is information on this on the website I gave you. Hope the website gives you some good information. It is well worth checking out. If you solve this IBS diet dilemma let me know. THat goes for anyone else out there struggling with the same issues. Thanks.

03-08-2005, 01:04 AM
I forgot, yes popcorn and nuts are triggers for her also. She really misses peanut butter. She never has liked popcorn. I think she just instinctively knew it didn't feel good to eat popcorn. Now popcorn is something I use to control my weight. Nothing like a big bag of lite popcorn to tide me over.

03-10-2005, 10:20 AM
constipation and diarrhea. I had a baby last July, right afterwards I noticed after i would eat, i would bloat really big, but couldn't pin point one food. It just seemed that everything i ate, would eventually bloat me. I went to the doctor they did a ct scan. Found out I was a little constipated, and that my uterus was abnormally lumpy. Sent me to my ob/gyn, this was finally nov/dec.
I had a fibroid tumor. I then on February 22 had a hysterectomy. The day before I went to surgery we went to red lobster. I barely made it home and having to go to the bathroom. I figured it was just the melted butter. We than 2 weeks after surgery went back to red lobster. This time, I had the coconut shrimp. I had it before and it didn't seem to bother me. I also had steamed veggies. I barely made it home again, this time, I was bleeding. So bad we were in the ER Friday night (all night) and Saturday most of the day. After doing a edge test (upper scope) I have GERD, than yesterday, they did the colonoscopy. Found ischemic colitis, they tell me it's the same as IBS. I too was doing the ww point system. Now Iím just confused on what to eat and what not to eat. I've read your information, which was great thanks. And I've been to the web site, and from what I can understand it's just gonna be trial and error. I know caffeine, pop, and others are trigger foods. I was so far backed up, I lost 10.25 pounds on Monday, and haven't put any of it back on. I was also having night sweats, and I thought that was from pre-menopause, but since Iíve gotta all that out, I haven't had that problem. My stomach is really tender. I really believe that I've had this all my life. I was told that I was lactose intolerant years ago, and when i was younger real hot dogs would kill me. Must of been the fat. So i guess I just wanted to say thanks for writing what you both did, and I will reread over again and again, to get this to sink in. Thanks

03-10-2005, 02:03 PM
I was diagnosed with IBS a couple of years ago. High fat meals trigger an attack of really bad diahhrea and then most of the rest of the time I'm constipated (NICE). I've found a breakfast of porridge (oatmeal) really sorts me out for the day ahead cos it's full of soluble fibre and I try and eat fruit when I remember :o

I know high caffine (Red Bull) can make me feel all funny inside and generally large quantities of anything... It used to happen most often with Pizza Hut or take out pizza which is swimming in grease! I was also told that IBS is mainly caused by stress (although your daughter's condition sounds more health caused since it sounds quite severe), so I try to chill out as much as possible and have really cut down my portion sizes. Then when I want pizza or red bull, cos the rest of the day has been good it doesn't affect me quite like it did. I haven't really had a bad attack for at least 6 months, if not a year! I've also started Kickboxing classes so that might've helped, both with the stress and the exercise benefit!

Hope everything works out ok! ;)

03-10-2005, 02:33 PM
Hi everyone,

alot of things we eat to lose weight are things I can't eat with IBS. Things that tear me apart are popcorn, nuts, anthing with beans in it, and anything high in fat. Sometimes I do have them and regreat it later. Also with me I might eat something and have no problem but try it again at a later date and it tears me apart.

The worst thing that happen with me with IBS was that I had an outbreak while flying on a plane. It turned into diarrhea and I was so embarrest.

03-10-2005, 04:42 PM
Hello 2frustrated and shortstack. Well, we seem to share something in common. How to lose weight when you have IBS? It really is trial and error. What is a trigger one day may not be a trigger the next day. My daughter has been so successfull following the guidelines in Heather Van Vorous' website and book that I'm afraid to reintroduce things. This week we really looked over her daily diet and I let her pick what she wanted to streamline. She chose to eliminate the soy cream cheese and soy drink at meals and has just gone to water and apple butter on her bread that cut about 16 grams of fat for the day. When we find something that works good, I'll post it. Maybe you all can do the same or anyone reading this. I'm looking for point friendly recipes (if your doing WW) that are IBS friendly, which of course is different for each person. Good luck ladies, we have quite a mission ahead of us. In response to the stress induced IBS, yes it plays a big factor. I use stress relaxation CDs with my daughter. She often goes to bed at night listening to them. They seem to help. This summer will be the most challenging when we take a break from the school routine and vacation time comes. Thanks for responding to my thread. Keep it going.

03-24-2005, 10:07 AM
hey just checking in. "GREASE" seems to be my major problem, and caffine. So I'm basically trying to eat "low fat", and increase fiber and increase water to at least 8 glasses a day. I'm drinking more milk, and eating breakfast. I found a great cereal. Not sure if you all will like the taste. Was eating "Raisin Bran" but since found "Fiber One" with Honey Clusters. It has 14 grams of Fiber. This cereal works for me, and getting in at least an hour and a half of exercise is working too. I bought some fruit. Not usually a big fruit eater. Trying some of that. Eating salads that don't have a lot of the Iceburg lettuce in it. Seems to be working. I've actually had a couple pieces of chocolate and seem to be doing ok. I also just recently bought some 94% fat free popcorn, kettle. That will be the next test. But I've also cut out eating past 6-6:30. Which helps the acid reflux. I've been reading a couple of books that are helping too. "I.B.S. Relief"-by Dawn Burstall R.D.& others. "Tell me What to Eat, If I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome" by Elaine Magee M.P.H.,R.D.
Both are good books. Hope all is going well with everyone.

03-24-2005, 04:26 PM
Watch the cereal fiber, it is insoluble fiber, which expands with liquid, this is great if your IBS symptom is diarrhea but not good if the IBS comes with constipation. It can really back you up if you don't get enough fluids. Because of weight watchers I was really giving my daughter high fiber foods to keep the points low, high fiber muffins, cereals, etc. and found out from gastroentorologist that for her condition (IBS with constipation) that it was the wrong kind of fiber. Now that her symptoms are under control with diet (off medication) we are introducing the soluble fiber, cereals, etc but she has to drink a lot of water with anything like that. Still would love any recipe ideas anyone can come up with for low cal low IBS triggers

03-24-2005, 04:28 PM
Whoops, I meant "insoluble fibers" in my above post when I said we were slowly introducing fiber like cereals etc.

04-06-2005, 12:36 PM
I have IBS-D and I swear by the peppermint is so soothing and has replaced my morning coffee and any warm drink I've tried. Lipton's brand seems to be the best for me.

05-10-2005, 06:18 PM
Hi, I'm just dragging this post up again.

I've found a really great solution to my constipation problems that I had. I've started drinking a few litres of water a day (2 or 3) and seems it has a great effect on my bathroom problems!

I guess I'm just posting also for a bit of a moan! I've been free from symptoms for a while (apart from bad gas when I eat takeout!) and this evening I've had a bit of a session of gripes and urgent bathroom visit (NICE I know you all want to know!). But I know I'm under quite a lot of stress at the moment. I've 2 and a half more days before I hand in my year long project for my final year at Uni, I've 2 exams and a job interview next week. And to top it all, I get an e mail from an ex who I loved like crazy to say he's been married since September and how am I? :lol: AAARGH! So maybe I'm a bit stressed yes? :rofl: I've been good eating wise and not had too much fatty stodge this past couple of days.

Thanks for reading!

05-12-2005, 07:24 AM
Wow-so glad I came across this thread-I usually post on the fibromyalgia page. I am having a terrible time with IBS-no diarrhea but pain, constipation and frequent urges. And bloating. I also have severe diverticulosis and wheat and milk and soy allergies. So what do I eat? So I never eat popcorn or nuts or anything with seeds. Someone I know tried Zelnorm and it gave her diarrhea. I drink water but it had added minerals so it gave me gas, Going to buy some today that is only water. Right now, I am off to the website. Thanks guys. Mima

05-13-2005, 05:20 PM
Thanks for pulling the thread up, I haven't figured that one out again. I'd like to keep this one going so we can all figure out how to Diet with IBS. I started this thread due to my daughter and I must say she's doing good. We definitely know her triggers. We've kept the symptoms at bay and she's exercising alot. We have a trampoline and she invites friends over and of course 12 year olds can stay on a trampoline all day. I find that when she is 24 hours or more outside of my care, she has IBS symptoms for the next 2 to 3 days. No matter how much I prepare or the things I send with her. The key seems to really be a balancing act between soluable and insoluable fiber while keeping the fat low. Would love to have us post recipes that any of you come up with. I teach so this is a busy time of year for me but in June I may be able to post some things that are working for my daughter for weight loss and IBS.

05-13-2005, 07:54 PM
Nice to see this thread. I think my IBS is a little unique, it centers mostly around dairy products, and I am fine with some of the other foods mentioned (seeds, peanut butter). After trying lactaid for a few years I gave up, and now I only consume some dairy in moderation. I think IBS is as varied as lactose intolerance. I am one of the most severe cases I know on that, but have friends who can't consume ice cream or yogurt, but can have slices of pizza. Even sprinkles of cheese will put me in utter pain for hours, though I find I can tolerate small amounts of 'cream' derived products.

I found personally just sticking to small meals was the most helpful for me. As well, I am not a person who drinks much water and it can leave me feeling icky if I drink too much when I'm not eating as well. I use caffeine on a daily basis to balance out the constipation when I know I am in a safe place with a private bathroom, and that helps if I end up eating a larger meal later in the day.

I think on a personal level IBS has been harder for me than the pain (though I am some prescription medicine that is just a take it when you need it anti-spasm that works wonders). I'm not sure if others feel like this, but I just feel so gross all the time. I feel disgusting when I am intimate, and am terrified about being in a situation where I only have access to public/stall type bathrooms. I think IBS can really bring down your self esteem. I know weight loss can help, I've seen mine improve slightly with some and my family who also has it improved majorly with dramatic weight loss. I suppose dieting is easier for us though as the exercise routines are often blown away during major attacks.

Was nice to get that all out, thanks gals.

05-18-2005, 12:15 PM
I've just had general constipation for quite awhile. I'm not sure what to try. I drink alot of water but that doesn't really help. I've heard that fiber tablets are helpful but I'm not sure what to use. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!


05-18-2005, 03:53 PM
I, too have this same problem, but I've been eating better cereals, and it's gotten just slightly better with the increase in fiber.

I know mobility (moving) can help with this problem. So exercise can help. Drinking lots of water, and if it's really a problem, ask your pharmacist for an over-the-counter recommendation. They are usually great resources.

05-20-2005, 06:58 AM
I changed fom Metamucil to Benefiber and I don't get that bloated feeling. But everytime I go away, I get bad, Mima

05-24-2005, 01:01 PM
Does anyone else have any other thoughts on fiber tablets? I've heard you get bloated and don't really need them and to eat things high in fiber but I need extra fiber. I was using Metamucil but I'm thinking of going to Benefiber. Any thoughts/comments? Thanks!


05-28-2005, 01:02 AM
I also have IBS. What works for me is taking fiber suplements and limiting the foods you mentioned. My advice is just to have her consume less of the items that are high in calories. I have lost weight by keeping my calories down, and I'm still eating all the foods that don't bother my IBS.

ETA: I use the Metamucil capsuls and they don't give me any touble.

05-28-2005, 12:24 PM
I too have IBS but I seem to have it in reverse. I changed to a vegan diet 3 months ago with lots of gluten and wheat which usually bungs IBS sufferers up and I enjoyed 3 months or regualrity and no pain. Now i have started exercising and eating more fibre i am constipated all the time and having spasms again. I don't understand my strange body. My only advice for others with constipation is to try eating citrus fruits. It sends me completely the other way but then it tends to settle down for a week or two. Don't eat too much though i usually only have to have 1 tangarine segment before i'm running to the loo faster than my legs can carry me! I understand what blues4miles means when she says it is embarrassing and harms your self esteem but lots of people have it and i'm reliably informed (by my sister in law) that having a baby makes it disappear! So you never know there may be light at the end of the tunnel!

Hope you all feel better

06-01-2005, 12:34 AM
Hello, Annie Ru here! I'm the one who started this thread. Nice to see it continuing on. Reading everyone's fiber issues I wanted to share an experiment I did with my daughter, the one with IBS that was the inspiration for this thread. I wanted to demonstrate the difference between soluble and insoluble fiber for to help her understand why she needed to make sure each meal contained more soluble fiber than insoluble fiber to avoid IBS with constipation and why she needs to daily take up to 3 tbs of Benefiber, particularly if she's had something containing a good amount of insoluble fiber. It was a great illustration and those of you IBSers may want to try it to get a visual of what these two things do in your body. We took a cup of cooked white rice (this is soluble fiber) and placed it in a tall clear glass and covered it with water. Then we took a cup of dry high fiber cereal (we used Kashi Heart to Heart) (This would be your insoluble fiber) put it in the same size glass and we covered it with water. We let the two sit over night. The rice still had lots of water and had become gummy, the dry cereal had absorbed all the water and was at least twice its size and almost coming out of the pan. It was really clear to see how one blocks you up and the other doesn't. Now she seems more accepting when I add something to her meal that is soluble fiber and take away some of the insoluble. So I recommend you IBS sufferers try this experiment, it gives you a really good picture of what soluble and insoluble fiber does in your intestines. From what I've learned trying to manage my daughter's IBS symptoms, it is all a balancing act with avoiding known triggers and knowing the difference in fibers. Good luck to us all. Keep posting!

06-23-2005, 12:25 AM
OMG!!!! I'm so glad I found you guys in this thread!!! I've been struggling so much with my IBS and losing weight! I just got diagnosed less then 2 yrs ago, and trying to get my diet and such under control. I get bloated so easily, and find it difficult at times to get my energy going. I feel so discouraged everytime my pant size expands. Just when I think I'm getting the hang of this IBS, it changes on me... FRUSTRATING!

I agree, fatty foods and dairy trigger attacks for me! I can't eat Chinese food or eat alot of icecream or cheese without feeling incredibly sick afterwards! It's encouraging to know that I'm not alone in this, and hopefully we can support each other through this struggle!

Thanks for all the adivce in your don't know how much it helped!!!!

06-28-2005, 02:00 PM
Glad to see this post still alive. Can anyone tell me how to pull this thing up so I can keep it fresh and get others replying to it? Took my daughter with IBS/weight issues on a family reunion and we did great. In the past she spent most of it the bathroom. We found a little trick that helped start her day off right. It certainly was a balancing act between soluble and insoluble fiber. For breakfast we couldn't do her usual eggbeaters with benefiber cooked into them and turkey bacon so I added two TBS of benefiber into 2 TBS of reduced fat peanut butter and added honey so that it wasn't so dry. She handled the peanut butter really well and then I knew she was getting here benefiber in - we did the rest of the daily benefiber with the caplets. She does well with about 5 TBS per day of Benefiber. The reduced fat pnut butter with the benefiber and honey seems like a good dieting option because with 2 TBS of Benefiber added as no calories it makes a lot more peanut butter and I found that it went far unlike when you try to only use two tbs of peanut butter normally it seems like nothing and you feel deprived. She loves it and I could really measure the WW points. Usually only used half of the batch one morning and saved the rest for the next morning. Good luck everyone, please keep posting food ideas that help with IBS and weight loss. Also discovered Flavor SPlash made by aquafina. IT is non-carbonated flavored water with splenda. Citrus Splash is excellent. My daughter loved them. I think they are only 5 calories and splenda doesn't bother her like other sweetners.

06-30-2005, 07:24 AM
Hi there-while I was thinking I had a bout of serious IBS, I finally went to Doc and he gave me a prescript of antibiotics for diverticulitis and I am feeling so much better, I suffered for so long. I am not sure citracel works as good as benefiber. Haven't tried the caplets yet. I have to be sure to take fiber for the diverticulitis-I have a lot of it but too much triggers IBS so it is a balance. Bye for now-Mima

09-11-2005, 04:39 PM
I have IBS C &D, ostioporsis, Acid relux and have just in the lasat couple of months started having anxiety aattcks.
My IBS is helped by 5-6 small fat free meals/meals. NO spicey food, the only dairy that does not bother my ibs is cheese and cottage cheese.
I did notice when I started taking calcium for the ostio, my bm's changed for the better. Exercise helps with the IBS and Ostio. The one thing that comforts me when the IBS is flairing up is carbs, rice, bread, dry cereal and potatoes. Well you get the idea. Because of the acid reflux I avoid caffene, and try to avoid spicey food.The anxiety is a new thing I gave yet to learn how to deal with. I m ever so slowly loosing weight

01-15-2006, 08:39 PM
I have IBS-D. I eat 1/2 cup fiber one cereal with soy milk each morning. Works great--I haven't had diarrhea in weeks:) Sorry to be gross! (

01-19-2006, 03:44 PM
I'd be interested to hear anything that is working for people for IBS-C and/or diverticulosis. Right now I'm trying to eat more soluble fiber (oatmeal, etc.) The last couple of days I've felt quite a lot better, so we'll see....

P.S. You may want to check out this thread on the same subject

Rowan Bailey
02-24-2006, 11:27 AM
This thread is great...I was diagnoised with IBS last year, after a bout of what I thought was food poisioning two weeks ago, the doctor sent me for an abdominal scan where I was diagnoised with Gall Bladder sludge, a condiiton that calls for removal of the gall bladder.

I mention this because I had atypical symptoms, it wasn't until very recently that I developed the pain normally associated with GB issues, and the IBS and GB together made it difficult to diagnoise.

I am schedulng surgery for after taxtime (it is my busiest time of the year) but am now forced to eat low fat, no fiber foods for the next 7 weeks. The doctor that I am going to is a specialist in Laproscopic surgery and he also has a bariatric clinic, and introduced the lapband procedure as a possibly to help control my weight. I just meet the required BMI 40 is required, I am 42. I am considering it but am also feeling that after the GB is removed I will be able to control the IBS and then get the weight loss under control.

The doctors think that I may have been suffering with this for the last four years, most doctors I was seeing before writing it off to stress and the weight, with being advised to lose weight, one doctor just wanted to me have gastic bypass, which I don't feel comfortable with, but while I would not consider the lapband as a separate surgery, I will consider it because I have to go under anyhow.

Sorry for rambling, just in that place if trying to weight the options, opportunities and keep in check with myself.


03-05-2006, 06:59 AM
That's interesting about the gall bladder. This last year, I have had terrible diverticulosis and ibs. On prescriptions last summer and fall-antibiotics-can't eat anything that isn't soft like baby food. No raw fruit, hardly any vegetables-squash, carrots, canned green beans. Sometimes I feel like I should give up and go on liquids. I also can't eat wheat or dairy. I am really frustrated. I had a colonoscopy a couple of years ago but I had no polyps-just major diveritculosis. Any advice. Anyone tried activia. Mima

07-28-2006, 06:44 PM
I am so glad I found this thread. I have IBS with constipation. My doctor told me that I am full of poop, isn't that nice? He put me on Zelnorm. 2mg twice a day. I joined WW so that could get my eating under control, lose some weight, and just feel good. I only learned just these past few days about the difference in fiber. I am trying to learn my trigger foods....thanks for your info, it is very helpful, and nice to know I am not alone.

08-04-2006, 09:18 PM
I am struggling with this right now too. I am pretty sure I have IBS Constipation, they just have to rule out gallbladder next week and then I will be hopefully able to start zelnorm. I lost a lot of weight a few years ago on low-carb but now I feel like anything I eat just blows me up immediately and I don't know how to maintain or lose my weight while eating soluble fibers which are loaded with carbs. Also, I can never tell if I am losing or gaining fat anymore because my bloating and constipation is so severe. Do you feel that way, that you can't go by the scale or your clothes to tell if you are gaining or losing. Anyway, good to know there are other people out there.
Right now I am on a liquid diet with a potato here or there just to try to improve the situation marginally.