My name is ______ and I have IBS.
Ok, probably not something you really needed to know about me but it has recently become a very important part of my life. A few years ago (ok, 8 years to be precise) I started having stomach problems. Mainly it was upset stomachs and whatnot and it happened once a week or so. Mostly when I ate fast food or got stressed. Over time it has gotten worse. In the past year, I started having a problem where if I was really hungry, my stomach would get really acidic and then I’d get super nauseated and it would be hard to eat even though that was the only thing that really would fix me. Yeah, lots of fun.
It kind of hit an apex when the hunny and I were at a resort and spending time in a cute little town. I was hungry, and had gone too long without eating. We went to a lovely restaurant and I felt awful the whole time. I could barely even touch my parmesan crusted chicken. I felt like it was a sin against the chef. Oh how I wanted that chicken. And a glass of wine to go with it. Or a martini, or two. I knew I had to do something.
A couple of weeks ago I went to the doctor and she officially diagnosed me. I thought that is what it was, but having a doctor confirm it (and set my mind at ease that it wasn’t anything more serious) made me feel better. So she suggested I take an acid reducer every morning and a probiotic twice a day. I have to say, I think it’s starting to work. My good days feel better and my bad days don’t feel as bad. We’re still working on the stress thing, but that’ll come in time. I’ve also reduced sugar and fat. I’ve usually eaten like that, but now I’m even more conscious of it. I’ve reduced dairy which makes me sad. And the hunny thinks it’s weird. He just doesn’t understand how dairy could make anyone feel bad. So to make up for it, I switched to Almond Milk. I have to say, if you like almonds, this stuff is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I had some with a Carnation Instant Breakfast yesterday and it tasted like the leftover milk from Cocoa Krispies.
With that, does anyone have any good recommendations for healthy snacks? I’m great when it comes to meals, but man, I’m having the hardest time finding healthy, yummy snacks. There’s only so many carrot sticks and apple slices one girl can take!!!