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The Complete IBS Health and Diet Guide

A guide that covers every aspect of living with IBS.

BACKGROUND Start the Diet Now Advertisement

Those suffering from IBS or irritable bowel syndrome often find that their symptoms can be lessened with a proper diet. There are several diet plans and recipes catering to those that suffer from IBS. One new book available is The Complete IBS Health & Diet Guide. This book was written by Dr. Maitreyi Raman, Angela Sirounis and Jennifer Shrubsole. This book includes nutrition information, meal plans and over 100 recipes for living with irritable bowel syndrome. As much as 15 to 20 percent of the population suffers from the symptoms of IBS. The information in The Complete IBS Health & Diet Guideis current and provides a detailed nutritional approach and info on vitamin supplements.

This book includes recipes that cater to all tastes including some vegan and vegetarian selections. The recipes cover all meals from breakfasts and snacks to entrees and main courses. The diet and recipes follow the low FOODMAP diet program. Eating certain foods can aggravate IBS symptoms. Following the low FOODMAP diet will help you do the following:

  • Avoid foods that contain gluten and high amounts of fructose and lactose
  • Reduce insoluble fiber and increase soluble fiber
  • Limit or eliminate caffeine, carbonated beverages and fruit juices
  • Minimize high-fat foods
  • Control portions
PRO
  • Starts with a breakdown of understanding IBS
  • Covers food hygiene and dietary fiber
  • Includes over 100 recipes
  • Helps you eat a diet that can ease IBS symptoms
  • Includes meal plans
  • Encourages lifestyle changes
  • Vegan and vegetarian meal recipes included
  • Encourages a diet low in fat
  • Encourages eating several small meals throughout the day
  • Exercise can help ease symptoms
CON
  • None to speak of
DIET and NUTRITION

The Complete IBS Health & Diet Guide offers plenty of tips for managing irritable bowel syndrome and diet tips. There are plenty of recipes and meal suggestions included so that you know what types of food to eat. Some of the most important tips include:

  • Eat small meals regular times throughout the day
  • Don’t get too hungry or eat too much
  • Don’t eat FOODMAP foods or limit their intake; these foods include dairy and wheat products
  • Drink adequate amounts of liquids, especially water; avoid carbonated beverages
  • Avoid caffeine; if you must have it limit it to no more than 2 cups per day
  • Avoid fast foods and high fat foods
  • Don’t eat late at night; your last meal or snack should be more than 3 hours before bedtime
  • Wear loose clothing if symptoms of pain or cramping persist
  • Consider using stress-reducing strategies
  • Exercise 30 to 45 minutes three to four times per week at a vigorous pace
  • Use IBS and pain-management medication as prescribed by your doctor
  • See your health-care provider if any red flag symptoms arise

Following the above rules gives a great overview of managing IBS. For the meal plans and recipes, grocery lists are provided for your convenience. There is also a section on reading nutrition labels so that you know exactly what types of food you’ll be eating. Below is a sample menu for one day of eating with the plan:

  • Breakfast: 1 slice banana loaf; 2 tbsp. smooth peanut butter; coffee or tea
  • Snack: ½ cup chopped passion fruit; 1 cup almond milk
  • Lunch: 1 vegetarian patty; 2 oz. wheat-free hamburger bun; yam fries; 1 cup water
  • Snack: ¾ cup tofu; ½ cup blueberries
  • Supper: Pasta with butternut squash with 1 cup gluten-free pasta; 1 cup lactose-free milk
  • Snack: Homemade salsa; 1 ½ oz. corn tortilla chips
EXERCISE

Exercise is recommended with The Complete IBS Health & Diet Guide. You should strive for 30 to 45 minutes three to four times each week. This should only be completed if your health will allow it. Exercising can help you manage the symptoms of IBS.

CONCLUSION

Living with IBS can be difficult if you don’t have the right tools to manage your symptoms. The Complete IBS Health & Diet Guide is not a weight loss diet, but one that can help ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. This book offers plenty of tips, recipes and pointers that can be helpful to anyone living with IBS. Although the program is not designed for weight loss, following it can result in some weight loss due to the low-fat nature of it.

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