Hello everyone.I recently started reading this BB since I am currently having the worst IBS flare-up I have had in years. I have found some very helpful advice, but there are a few things I have questions about that I was hoping you could help me with. I have stressed myself out lately because I am getting married soon and have a large deadline at work the day before I have to leave to get married. The last few weeks I have gotten increasingly worse with D and abdominal pain, often in the morning when I wake up and after I eat. This has caused me to become stressed out about eating because I know I need to eat but it hurts so then I don't want to. I came across a post by Mick about an elimination diet and thought I would try that, but there are a few things I have questions about. He recommends having on tablespoon of carob powder before all three meals by mixing it with maple syrup or honey to taste. However, I had read other places that sugar is often a trigger, so I mixed it with applesauce this morning instead, and it was really horrible, I couldn't eat it. Does anyone have any suggestions about how to make this stuff palatable that won't aggravate my IBS? Also, he recommends having miller's bran in hot oatmeal in the morning, but it was unclear to me how much bran should be used with how much oatmeal. Also, I have taken Fibercon at bedtime the last two nights, and that seems to have stopped the D, so would it be overkill to have the miller's bran? Or should I eat the bran and not take the Fibercon? Finally, I have noticed that I feel weak and tired a lot. I have come to the conclusion that it is because I am not eating enough so I am not getting enough nutrients. Has anyone else had this problem and how did you deal with it? Also, have any of you had positive results with carob, miller's bran, or Fibercon?Also, are there any books people would recommend that would help me figure out what I can eat when I am having a severe bout like this and move forward? It seems like the books I have seen just say what stuff to avoid but not step by step how to start out on a core diet and proceed from there. And I want to know what would help me when I am feeling unwell and in a panic because I know it is a vicious cycle. I just feel like I am navigating uncharted waters without any guidance. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.