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Living With IBSImage

I think most of us are so caught up in keeping busy, making a living and just not really listening to our bodies. Human beings are very complex, but at the same time so simple. If we just take a second and listen, our bodies will tell us exactly what we need. They tell us when we’re hungry, when we need sleep, when we’re in pain, when we’re happy, etc. Of course we already know all these things, but so many of us tend not to ignore the signs. I for one used to be one of those people. I was completely miserable and I didn’t even know it. (Everyone around me sure did though!). Our bodies can tell us in many different ways that we are distressed or that something is wrong. Most people just associate it with depression, but that is only one of the many ways our body tells us something is not quite rightI was one of those people. My body told me that something was wrong, but in a different way. When I was sixteen, I was diagnosed with IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome). If you look up the symptoms of IBS, you probably think, well that’s not so bad, I could live with that. Well let me tell you, it’s definitely not easy! And being diagnosed in my teens, dating wasn’t exactly a breeze! Everyone has different degrees of IBS and sometimes it varies. When I happen to be diagnosed, it was at one of those really bad points, but thankfully with the great doctors I had, things got better. I was doing pretty well with it for many years until about 10 months ago, it started to really act up again. Nowhere near where it was when I was first diagnosed, but was slowly starting to interfere with my life. I went to my gastroenterologist and was going to be put on a bunch of medication. I thought great, just what I need more meds to interfere with my body! I was not a happy camper, but then again by going to see him, what did I think he was going to do? Wave his magic wand and I would be all better! Of course not! Meds seemed to be the only way. Then I had a thought. I told him I wasn’t going to take the medication and that I wanted to try a different approach. At that point in my life, I had just started reading and researching about Ayurveda. I thought, why not give that a shot? It’s the more natural way to go isn’t it? That is what I decided to do and boy am I glad I did! I went to see an Ayurvedic Practitioner (and continue to see her). It’s incredible how my body has reacted and changed. Of course IBS is not curable, i’ll never be 100%, but i’ve never felt so good in my life! I’m the healthiest i’ve ever been and I can’t see myself going back. Ayurveda has not only helped with my IBS symptoms, but has changed the way I think about food. I used to have a huge sweet tooth. I would eat candy all the time and chocolate almost everyday. It’s amazing what your body craves once you change your diet. I don’t like to use the word diet, so i’m just going to call it a food plan. I can’t believe some of the things i’m eating and how much it is helping with my IBS. I didn’t just change my food plan I am also taking a few natural herbs to help with my symptoms and things seem to be going great. IBS can be a bit of an embarrassing thing to deal with and to talk about, but there are ways to manage and live with it. My suggestion would be to always try the most natural way first. Once again thanks for reading! Any questions or comments are much appreciated! 🙂

So What Can You Eat Then?

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So what can you eat then? This is a sentence I hear quite often. Between being gluten intolerant, lactose intolerant, and living with IBS; eating out is definitely not as simple as it should be. Thankfully I have a true passion for cooking, so I eat most of my meals at home, but do find it quite difficult when occasionally going out for dinner or lunch with friends. I’ve become quite good at navigating my way through a restaurant menu and asking my waiter a ton of questions, so it is not as difficult as it once was! I know so many of you out there struggle with this as well. I would love to hear what you do to make going out a little more enjoyable.

Comments much appreciated 🙂

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