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You know, I've been fighting this IBS-D for so long, and I have never really found a food that causes it.Chinese food is the only one that may be a culprit, but even that has not been consistent.Doctors tell us to eat fiber to help bind the stool, yet we are told to avoid high fiber foods because they are irritating to the bowel. (I've tried Konsyl and Metamucil...yeah, the wierd stringy stools resulted...no less urgency or frequency either)I have to admit to being bad about eating raw fruits and veggies...just never liked them much.Love salad...but other than that, not much.Would you share a food or drink that you know makes your D worse?I know alcohol has been discussed before...but does it effect you? I have at least one drink of wine daily...and even after a party where I may drink up to 4 drinks, I don't notice any more problem with D.Also, know I use alcohol as a crutch to calm myself...and it really does.????
 

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As far as foods go for me, nothing matters, ive had IBS for 5 years and have tried altering my diet so much but nothing seems to make things different. People ask what foods set it off and i just dont know, it never really 'sets' off, its just always there everyday. Alcohol aswell, doesnt seem to effect it either. im just as bad on days where i dont drink. Its sad but i need a good stiff whiskey most nights just to relax everything down. Once ive had a few i feel great, no pain, no nausea and no bloating
 

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Things that I know bother me;Dairy- (I can eat cheese without any problems)raw onionsporkfructose I'm sure there are others, but these I know for sure.
 

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My safe foods are white bread, rice, pasta, crackers, dry cereal, toast and Sprite, water and Caffeine free Diet Coke.Also lean deli sliced turkey and chicken.
 

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I drink beer every evening and have promised my husband that I will stop drinking it for one week to see if that is what actually is causing my D. I don't think it is only because so many other things seem to set me off: high fat foods, raw tomatoes, cheese, milk, hamburgers.... I had a work related even in which I drank martinis and was not bothered at all. I am now trying Atkins to see if it will turn things around. If not, I will give up the beer. Then if that doesn't help, I am going to the hypnotist. And then, I will have a colonoscopy to rule out Crohns.Leslie
 

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For me, safe foods are rice, crackers, lean meats like chicken, turkey and fish, white bread - especially french bread. In effect, white foods. I only have to go this route when things are really bad. I find that for the rest of the time it helps me to stay away from high-fat, high sugar foods. Too much salad or other raw foods can do a number on me. I can have a small salad with low-fat dressing with a meal, but I can't make a meal of salad.As far as alcohol goes - moderation is the key for me. Up to 3-4 drinks and there is no effect on D. More than that, and I'm asking for a miserable day the next day. I think a beer or two actually can help - probably the relaxation element.Marty
 

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Leslie,I too enjoy a drink almost every evening. Not a lot, just enough to make me comfortable. You mention that you may try staying off beer for a week, well i thought the same as you and didnt drink for a while but it actually made no difference with my D
 

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My GI told me not to worry too much about diet. He said only very greasy foods were a no-no. After suffering with IBS for 25 years I think he may be right. I tried cutting out various things to no affect. As far as alcohol goes, it seems to help me. Trouble is I can't drink all day, everyday, without developing problems worse than IBS
 

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Yeah, getting off alcohol didn't change anything for me either. HOWEVER...these cause me problems:porkMayonnaiseRaw tomatoesDairy (is irritating unless it is a hard cheese)Fructose
 

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I have found that hard to digest foods like popcorn, corn, and nuts are a big nono for me. Also I have given up the fast food, which I loved. Alcohol doesnt seem to bother my IBS, although Its just a few beers a week. I tried keeping a food diary, to no avail. What seemed to bother me one time, didnt bother me the next.
 

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i ate dominos pizza last night - i think i'm in hell today! really sucks because we don't have any groceries in the house and we have a butt load of pizza left over... to me right now dominos=the devil...
 

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Thanks for your replies....a lot sound pretty much like me.Of course, after I posted-I did remember thatthere may be a pattern with fast food for me....but I rarely eat it.A few times in the afternoon, after having a Burger King or McDonalds "lunch"-it came back to haunt me. Most recently one of MCDonalds new salads...which looked great...fresh lettuce, etc.But I hear a lot of people say that about fast food...I mean "regular" people.Ebbie- I love your post.....give that butt load of Dominoes to your neighbors...hee hee.Actually, for a long time when my kids were little, we only ordered Dominoes if we had pizza--and it never seemd to make things any different for me.AND- I am always a bit suspect of bacteria etc. from take out places, as being a real culprit rather than the type of food.I suspect we, or most of us, are more prone to the bacterial problems too. If you live with a family or partner with normal bowels, you'll understand what I mean. My husband can eat anything, and even on rare occasions when he may have more than one BM a day (he tells me about it like it's just sooooo odd) there is no urgency, it's over with and off he goes. And you know regular people are exposed to bacteria just like we are.SighJeanne
 

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Ok, just a lurker here but finally posting! I sat this morning at my desk in tears because I was so miserable and sad! It seems some things may bother me one day, do not another however while reading other people's replies I know now:TOMATOES are NAUGHTY! I had a big tomato salad last night and omg, went right thru! Just like LETTUCE...NAUGHTY. COFFEE...NAUGHTY (specially on an empty stomach)I also stopped drinking alcohol for a while and it made NO difference! So, small amounts of alcohol seem to be ok as long as I eat something with them. Things that are good:RICE...GOODBANANAS...GOODthat's about all I've figured is ok to eat. Does anyone know how to make rice different? I have had the rice porriage from that ibs book (I've added honey to it) and plain steamed rice. That gets very boring. Any other suggestions would be great! Thanks! K-Dee
 

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Chinese food often contains MSG (monosodium glutamate) which is disastrous for me. Same with aspartame and saccharin. I also find that eating a big midday meal in a restaurant is likely to trigger a violent attack of D, but as restaurant food is usually over-seasoned and I prefer to eat lightly during the day, the solution to this problem is not a difficult one...
 

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my best foods areBanana'sskinned applesgreen beansyellow beansvery cooked carrotsbaked potatoesricewhite breadlean chickenlean beefpeachesif I don't stray from this diet I do well but I am find it very hard to sometimes.
 

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Safe foods for me are what I generally term 'white foods.'Lean baked chickenbaked turkeymashed potatoesrice [Jasmine rice tastes so much better than regular rice]crackersbagelspretzlesapple saucebananaBelieve it or not, a safe fruit for me is strawberries. They have never made me ill!!!Karen
 

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Beverages I can't touch:coffee, tea, pop, (even decafinated) & juicesFood I absolutely can't have:tomatoes, just about any fruit, (even bananas) lettuce, raw cabbage, pickles, extremely greasy foods, leftovers, (I wonder if it has to do with bacteria starting to grow on leftover food), certain spices will set me off (though sometimes I don't even know what spices are in my foods)About the only things I can drink are water and alchohol. I can have beer if I don't overdo it.And I seem to be able to have all the processed white flour bread & junk food I want. My stomach is fine with all the icky, fattening, starchy ####. Rice, pasta, meat, even dairy is o.k.What I wouldn't give to be able to all the fruits & vegetables I want!
 

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I went for a full month (an achievement for me to get through a whole week usually) without any IBS D symptoms. I put this down to cutting out completely salads (cucumber ok peeled), cut down to 1-2 glasses of white wine a week (red a no no for me), no take-outs, no spicy food whatsoever (I'm usually ok with a mild curry once a fortnight or so). Apart from these there are lots of other things that I can't eat. My life turned completey around and I've never felt any better than in the last month. I've been full of energy and happy, no anxiety at all. I've even been out for lunch with a work colleague twice with no repercussions.THEN.......... I decided to have a Chinese take-away one night - I think that having been symptom free all that time I thought I could cheat. I had bad D that night, sweating, tiredness for a week after, headache, dizziness. So, I'll never try that one again!! Needless to say, that was a fortnight ago now and I've started to get stabbing pains in my left side and under my left rib which I haven't had in years! That'll teach me!I'm glad that I've found others who can't eat tomatoes, pasta, wholemeal bread, potatoes as when I told my specialist that these were triggers, among the other things, he was very puzzled!I can't eat: salad, pork, limited to red meat, no dairy (rice milk is yum on cereals), wheat products, pasta, limited potato, no greasy foods (especially fish and chips!), no pizza or other fast foods, no raw veg., no green veg (though runner beans are fine), garlic, peanuts, coconut, no coffee or cocoa, no fizzy drinks, no red wine.I can eat: rice, risottos are absolutely fine for me as long as I cook it well, chicken, most veggies are fine but I have to eat them well cooked and in small portions, corn, soup, eggs. Wow what limited diets we have, there's no wonder we like a drink - we need it!Why is it that I can't eat lots of silly every day foods but I'm ok if I have a home-cooked curry from the Indian Restaurant (albeit mild)???I've found that chewing my food for ages before I swallow it helps lots with digestion - I'm the one who always finishes their meal half an hour after everyone else at the table.
 
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