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Posted 11 June 2004 - 01:00 AM

I am back into the 3 days of needing to eat perfectly so I lose my cravings and can stick to this. It's hard to do yet I am journaling alot, running alot and doing my EFT to keep the anxiety down. I had a double shot of decaf coffee with soy creamer (they make flavored creamers now, and I don't use soy usually but it's a tiny amount). I had Stevia in it for sweetener as it's all natural and actually levels your blood sugar instead of messing with it. I will call an EFT specialist tomorrow to have her help me to be doing it just so. It's an accupressure technique that helps with cravings and relearning behaviors. You can reprogram why you eat, why you reach for those comfort foods. Day 1 of detox of sugar almost over, day 2 tomorrow.......wish me luck. I want to follow this diet so I can report on it with authority and accuracy. I am putting 10 of my clients on it next week !! They are excited about it........we'll see what they say when they see how limited their food supplies will become, yet they'll lose weight and feel good doing it.

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Posted 11 June 2004 - 01:57 AM

Well I know it sounds crazy,but after 1-2 days I dont think my daughter can keep going on the no starch diet.Since she had to introduce fruit again and a bit of salad, tiny amount of almonds and dairy which she hasnt been eating for a while,she is in even more pain and attacks of D.May have to resort to the very dull diet she was on.Perhaps its just changes rather than the types of food.Gilly

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Posted 11 June 2004 - 01:57 AM

Well I know it sounds crazy,but after 1-2 days I dont think my daughter can keep going on the no starch diet.Since she had to introduce fruit again and a bit of salad, tiny amount of almonds and dairy which she hasnt been eating for a while,she is in even more pain and attacks of D.May have to resort to the very dull diet she was on.Perhaps its just changes rather than the types of food.Gilly

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Posted 11 June 2004 - 07:46 PM

Will you check out the No-Grain diet and see if that will work for your daughter ? My 14 yr old has constipation and I put him on the diet. He's feeling so much better, having BM's and able to stay awake all day. Before he's sleep when he got home from school, be sluggish all day and irritable. Now I have him riding his bike, concentrating on homework and losing weight finally. (with C, you gain weight easily). It's not that hard as he's got so many protein choices and lots of vege's. I have him on the easiest of the plans which includes very certain grains and certain fruits. It works great for him. With me, I am on the strictest of the plans as one bite of starch or sugar sends me into a spin of cravings.Once you get out of the pain cycle, you realize there are all other sorts of benefits to this program, like mental clarity, energy, sleeping better, a feeling of overall calm. In the book there is a technique he explains in detail of how to use EFT to get rid of anxieties and patterns that are detrimental to the success of the process. It's an accupressure technique you can do on yourself at home. It works great when I remember to use it. I just need to catch myself and use it.

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Posted 11 June 2004 - 07:46 PM

Will you check out the No-Grain diet and see if that will work for your daughter ? My 14 yr old has constipation and I put him on the diet. He's feeling so much better, having BM's and able to stay awake all day. Before he's sleep when he got home from school, be sluggish all day and irritable. Now I have him riding his bike, concentrating on homework and losing weight finally. (with C, you gain weight easily). It's not that hard as he's got so many protein choices and lots of vege's. I have him on the easiest of the plans which includes very certain grains and certain fruits. It works great for him. With me, I am on the strictest of the plans as one bite of starch or sugar sends me into a spin of cravings.Once you get out of the pain cycle, you realize there are all other sorts of benefits to this program, like mental clarity, energy, sleeping better, a feeling of overall calm. In the book there is a technique he explains in detail of how to use EFT to get rid of anxieties and patterns that are detrimental to the success of the process. It's an accupressure technique you can do on yourself at home. It works great when I remember to use it. I just need to catch myself and use it.

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Posted 26 June 2004 - 07:22 PM

This is my third try at posting back to this subject for some reason my posting have been lost. So will keep this brief just in case it goes as others have gone, in to the never never land of ?? lost mail.I have had wonderful improvement, being the best I've been in many many years.I am still doing a bit of cheating. Bread and potatoes are now down to about a 6th of what I would have eaten.Arnie W. you are so right different strokes for different folks.BeautyLover, your GI specialist should walk in my shoes. This works for me.I eat lots of fruit (except bananas) fresh, dried, caned. Also Chocolate, fat (butter) and olive oil, drink wine (and love it),all meats (lean or with fat removed)and lots of starch free vegs. All dairy, with great cheeses.Now have 2 BM's in morning and joy oh joy what I consider a slightly higher than normal amount of gas, if I did not cheat I am sure it would be almost nil. This improvement is just the best and did not happen in the first day or two. You do have to stick with this, and play around with foods that work for you.Did find I had to up my fruit intake as became C because of the higher intake of protien, I think.Do so hope others can report improvement.For me starch free is the best, just the best.Now to make up for lost time, now to go and make my fortune, something IBS can muck up a little for some. If this doesnt work for you as it has done for me please dont give up, do keep trying other things. This (I will say improvement, fingers crossed) for me has taken many years of trial and error.

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Posted 26 June 2004 - 07:22 PM

This is my third try at posting back to this subject for some reason my posting have been lost. So will keep this brief just in case it goes as others have gone, in to the never never land of ?? lost mail.I have had wonderful improvement, being the best I've been in many many years.I am still doing a bit of cheating. Bread and potatoes are now down to about a 6th of what I would have eaten.Arnie W. you are so right different strokes for different folks.BeautyLover, your GI specialist should walk in my shoes. This works for me.I eat lots of fruit (except bananas) fresh, dried, caned. Also Chocolate, fat (butter) and olive oil, drink wine (and love it),all meats (lean or with fat removed)and lots of starch free vegs. All dairy, with great cheeses.Now have 2 BM's in morning and joy oh joy what I consider a slightly higher than normal amount of gas, if I did not cheat I am sure it would be almost nil. This improvement is just the best and did not happen in the first day or two. You do have to stick with this, and play around with foods that work for you.Did find I had to up my fruit intake as became C because of the higher intake of protien, I think.Do so hope others can report improvement.For me starch free is the best, just the best.Now to make up for lost time, now to go and make my fortune, something IBS can muck up a little for some. If this doesnt work for you as it has done for me please dont give up, do keep trying other things. This (I will say improvement, fingers crossed) for me has taken many years of trial and error.

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Posted 27 June 2004 - 01:57 AM

I have again started the no starch, no grains,way of eating, Or low-carb. I do not know about Carol, I did buy Dr Mercola's book and I enjoy his website and newsletter, It is hard to follow but I believe in it. I am kinda on my own version and taking enzymes with meals and I am shocked how good I am doing. I am a 48 yr old female, IBs a predominately c, unless I was stressed or ate badly. like (junk and carbs.) I had a bad case of D recently and horrible anxiety after, I am sticking to this way with no trouble. I found a low carb treat, that I can eat and it makes it easier to stick to and not cheat, good luck to all in your everyday challenges to live with IBS, Sincely, Laura

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Posted 27 June 2004 - 01:57 AM

I have again started the no starch, no grains,way of eating, Or low-carb. I do not know about Carol, I did buy Dr Mercola's book and I enjoy his website and newsletter, It is hard to follow but I believe in it. I am kinda on my own version and taking enzymes with meals and I am shocked how good I am doing. I am a 48 yr old female, IBs a predominately c, unless I was stressed or ate badly. like (junk and carbs.) I had a bad case of D recently and horrible anxiety after, I am sticking to this way with no trouble. I found a low carb treat, that I can eat and it makes it easier to stick to and not cheat, good luck to all in your everyday challenges to live with IBS, Sincely, Laura

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Posted 27 June 2004 - 02:12 AM

I do a zero fructose diet which is more than starch free. No fruits, veggies, wheat, Highfructose corn syrup, legumes and beans. And it is great for D and gas. But constipating. So every couple of days I add some wheat, veggies back to my diet till the C passes.

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Posted 27 June 2004 - 02:12 AM

I do a zero fructose diet which is more than starch free. No fruits, veggies, wheat, Highfructose corn syrup, legumes and beans. And it is great for D and gas. But constipating. So every couple of days I add some wheat, veggies back to my diet till the C passes.

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Posted 27 June 2004 - 04:34 AM

Apart from the C, which seems might be a common feature, I am functioning better if I stick to the diet. This C is not causing any discomfort or anxiety, but I want to be in the place where I have complete evacuations and this is what I am working on at the moment. When I eat other types of food, it doesn't take too long for my digestive system to know about it.

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Posted 27 June 2004 - 04:34 AM

Apart from the C, which seems might be a common feature, I am functioning better if I stick to the diet. This C is not causing any discomfort or anxiety, but I want to be in the place where I have complete evacuations and this is what I am working on at the moment. When I eat other types of food, it doesn't take too long for my digestive system to know about it.

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 10:41 AM

Arnie this is so wonderful isnt it. I just can not believe how good I feel. I'm feeling the best I've felt in 20 something years. It seems I'm ok with small amounts of starch and am usually eating one slice of whole grain bread and the odd cookie per day. With not to much of a problem, this is a huge reduction as previously bread and pasta along with bananas and root vegs. made up a large part of my diet. Have yet to test bananas, but did feel they may not have been that great when eating rather a lot of them. Someone said they showed no starch, that seems strange.As yet have not been in any stress situations, mind you the stress of IBS is no more so Posted Image Posted Image perhaps no more stress? Now that is really something. This is great.......so great.Lets try and keep this bumped, it just may work for others.

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 10:41 AM

Arnie this is so wonderful isnt it. I just can not believe how good I feel. I'm feeling the best I've felt in 20 something years. It seems I'm ok with small amounts of starch and am usually eating one slice of whole grain bread and the odd cookie per day. With not to much of a problem, this is a huge reduction as previously bread and pasta along with bananas and root vegs. made up a large part of my diet. Have yet to test bananas, but did feel they may not have been that great when eating rather a lot of them. Someone said they showed no starch, that seems strange.As yet have not been in any stress situations, mind you the stress of IBS is no more so Posted Image Posted Image perhaps no more stress? Now that is really something. This is great.......so great.Lets try and keep this bumped, it just may work for others.

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 10:57 AM

Should have said in last post, that in the past my diets had never excluded all foods (or nearly all) that contained starch because I've always turned to rice or root vegs. as filling replacements for breads and pasta. Such a simple diet error. To think of the times people have told me to stay away from meats and dairy, what an error. They are foods that are fine for me.Once again, different strokes...

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 10:57 AM

Should have said in last post, that in the past my diets had never excluded all foods (or nearly all) that contained starch because I've always turned to rice or root vegs. as filling replacements for breads and pasta. Such a simple diet error. To think of the times people have told me to stay away from meats and dairy, what an error. They are foods that are fine for me.Once again, different strokes...

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 05:26 PM

Jan, it's so good that you can tolerate small amounts of starch. If you find a deterioration in symptoms, you will know what to eliminate. You might be able to tolerate some rice too. I haven't had rice yet, despite having had it for a least 4 meals a day before starting this diet. I want to be as stabilised as possible before re-introducing it, so that it will be apparent whether it starts upsetting my system.

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 05:26 PM

Jan, it's so good that you can tolerate small amounts of starch. If you find a deterioration in symptoms, you will know what to eliminate. You might be able to tolerate some rice too. I haven't had rice yet, despite having had it for a least 4 meals a day before starting this diet. I want to be as stabilised as possible before re-introducing it, so that it will be apparent whether it starts upsetting my system.

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Posted 02 July 2004 - 09:59 AM

Oh dear, I over did things and had some wonderful bread (boy was it good or what) and managed to have 2 rather bad days. How are others going with this starch free diet. Arnie I did have a little rice and it seemed to be ok. Tending to be a bit more careful now and trying not to cheat, am seeing the error of my ways and have felt them to. Starch free, it really is worth a shot. It does work giving me excellent results.I was C with frequent D plus incomplete BM's and enough gas to fuel my own space ship. Now I'm at little C with no D almost complete BM's and normal (I think) amounts of gas.For me I Love Starch Free its set me free. Posted Image Posted Image





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