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I find my worst time is after the first couple of bites of breakfast (usually oatmeal - but pretty much with anything this happens). I get cramping and then have to hit the washroom at least 2-4 times before I leave for work.Would it be better to just skip am eating and then have a snack later in the day?CK
 

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I used to just skip the breakfast because my worst time is usually in the morning but my doctor recently told me to eat earlier , he said that if i eat before i move around to much during the day it could keep me from going to the bathroom as much . So now i try to eat first thing before i shower or even get dressed and i believe it helped me some so maybe you could try that.
 

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For me it used to be the first meal of the day, regardless of when it was. Even w/o eating, I'd hit the bathroom several times during the morning hours. Thank goodness that's over!
 

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I had all sorts of problems if i ate breakfast. I get up at 6:30, and if i wait until about 10:00 before eating, everything is ok. WHo knows why our problem is so much worse in the am? In any case, it's miserable not eating in the am, but so is sitting on the toilet all morning.
 

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Well, there is a scientifically plausible reason why people have problems in the morning (but I guess I need to state it again for those who missed this the last several dozen times the question has been asked
...sometimes I feel like a broken record )They have studied the normal 24 hour rhythm of the colon. In normal people, what happens in ALL of us, but seems to be a special problem for IBSers.The colon is the least active when we sleep.When we wake up, it wakes up.The activity of the colon becomes it's most active (3X the sleep state) when you arise.It also has a burst of activity shortly after every meal. In IBSers this seems to come early, and be more active than usual in normal people.K.
 

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That may be scientifically proven, but it doesn't apply to me!. Since I've been working nights (6pm to 4am), I never have a problem with eating breakfast. But back when I was in school, getting up in the morning was a nightmare. I have always had "morning sickness" and have never been pregnant. Even if I stay up all night and it gets to be around 8am, I start feeling nauseous--God forbid I eat anything then. Maybe no matter what your body's real schedule is,it is automatically programmed to night and day, because I have been a night owl for years and years, and alot of it is because of how crappy I feel if I try to be awake in the am. But I haven't woke up(on purpose) before 2pm or gone to bed before 6am in so many years, you would think my body would believe morning is 4pm by now. I am actually scared to stay up until the sun rises because my stomach hates it for some reason, and it's not all in my head--this has been happening since kindergarten and the reason I missed so much school growing up. Even if I'm busy doing something (like cleaning) all night and don't realize what time it is, I soon know when I start feeling sick... So if you want to eat when you wake up, get a night job! It works.
 

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You should not skip the most important meal of the day.After years of suffering,the only foods who does not kill me in the morning is the eggs in the morning with a toast without wheat bran or white breads.You can eat meat or fish too.
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I have never been a breakfast eater because ever since I was little I have passed out my breakfast before I even left the house.Now, I eat mid morning or sometimes not even until lunch time and it's fine.
 

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Try Simply bars from the ibs group,it is a good breakfast i tried it.
 

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I noticed that if I don't eat breakfast it's worse when I finally do eat. Unfortunately I have a hard time eating breakfast. It makes me feel queasy.
 

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i went to the deitician today and she said to try and have somthing for brekfast to try and kick start my body in the mornings. im still wary tho!
 
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My doctor told me that it's really important to eat a high fiber breakfast because - well, let's see if I can explain this - there is, as kmottus said, a rhythmic cycle of the gut/brain system that 'wakes up' in the morning... supposedly if you eat within the first hour of waking, you are setting up a good start for that cycle and things will proceed smoothly (or smooth-ER) but if you don't eat breakfast then the whole rhythm gets out of whack and you can't get it back no matter what else you do during the day. First of all, this is what my doctor (a GI specialist) told me, so I would be more than willing to hear if anyone has heard differently. That said, I have read some things that lead me to believe that this is true (including things on this BB)...Finally, I have to admit that this has been a hard lifestyle change for me to make personally because 1) I am just not used to eating breakfast, and 2) like RinaLue I feel queasy and nauseous in the morning and therefore have a hard time eating. What I have found though, is that it does get better! The body will adjust to eating breakfast and even come to expect it. Then tolerating food in the morning becomes not only bearable, but required! I am still working on getting more fiber into my breakfast, but the nausea over breakfast has definitely decreased. So, my advice -- try breakfast, and most importantly, stick with it!! If you can't eat breakfast one day or two, don't worry about it just try again the next day... your body will get used to it and it might make you feel a whole lot better (it worked for me!)
 
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