I haven’t stopped blogging, and I’m not planning to either, even though it has been awfully empty here lately. My inspiration for writing has been almost non-existing, so I’ve just let it be – sometimes you need a break even from things you love.
A few days ago I got to know – after several days of severe pain and visits to the doctor’s without any relief – that it’s possible that I have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). I’ve had similar pains every now and then for several years, even though not as intense and long-lasting, and I’ve had my suspicions that it could be IBS – but no doctor has ever confirmed it before.
My problem now is where to start figuring out which foods cause pain and which ones are okay to eat. I’ve tried to notice connections between the pains and foods I’ve eaten before, but I have never noticed a connection to any specific food.
However, it has been found that in IBS the bowel reacts to a specific type of carbohydrates in foods like:
- Legumes (beans, lentils, peas)
- Different types of onions
- Foods containing lactose
- Foods containing xylitol, sorbitol, mannitol or maltitol
- Grains (wheat, rye and barley)
- Apple, pear, cherry, plum, watermelon
- Asparagus, artichoke
In other words a lot of the foods on which I base my diet, so where do I start? I’m positive I can still find a way of eating well within a vegan diet and that I don’t have to totally exclude all these foods from my diet, that I just have to try different ways and see what works best. But as we all know, change is always hardest in the beginning, and that’s where I am now.
So my question to all you awesome, intelligent vegans out there is: Is there anyone of you who has IBS and has managed to get it under control with a vegan diet? How did you do? Which foods have you found to be worst, which ones tolerable? Anything you can say about it would be highly appreciated!