Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Still Hungry

At the moment I'm sitting here rather anxiously for the super strength laxative I took half an hour ago to work. Eep! I haven't eaten anything today and have been eating less over the last few days, so I'm hoping it won't be too nasty.
This morning I saw a dietitian- the GI doc referred me to investigate my IBS. Her conclusion was that since a high fibre diet doesn't seem to help my IBS, I should try low fibre. I understand that less fibre will probably ease bloating and wind, but I can't see it helping my constipation. And for a vegan, the allowed foods are pretty grim. White bread and pasta, limited fruit and veggies (no lentils or berries:( ), soya milk, most sauces and condiments, chocolate and yogurt. I'm supposed to avoid legumes, wholegrains, nuts (including peanut butter), seeds, a lot of types of fruit and veg and tofu(!). Apparently, I should take linseeds though. I find this really weird since I know linseeds irritate me, but tofu doesn't. Anyway, I only have to do it for four weeks, so I may as well use the opportunity to make lots of vegan mofo vegan cakes! Although I think I'm going to have to eat some tofu so I don't die of starvation. I will try to blog recipes for yummy vegan things to do with tofu.
Cake or tofu won't be my next meal though- on the way home from the dietitian I went shopping for flavoured water for today, and chocolate coated rice cereal, soya yogurt and baby's Farley's rusks for tomorrow afternoon, when the examination will be over and I can eat again.
Over and out until then! I promise a mofoing recipe next time x


  1. That sounds like a hard diet. I hope you feel better soon!

  2. When I first researched IBS, that was the diet I was given too. Doctors suggest that IBSsers eat low fiber food, but take laxatives so we can still shit. I can't help rolling my eyes at this.

    It did not work for me at all. I got very very very sick eating this way. For me, high fiber, no gluten, no soy, has been the way to go.

    But you gotta do what's right for you. Trying different things will only give you insight on your condition, and that's a good thing! Here's to feeling better soon.

  3. Thanks for the feedback, I was really frustrated pretty much to the point of tears when the dietitian suggested it (it didn't help that I'd been fasting 48 hours when I saw her and was super anxious about the next day's examination). I have a fair idea what fibres annoy me, and here she was telling me tofu was too high fibre, but I should eat linseeds (which KILL me). Although it seems to be helping with bloating and wind for now, and since my gut has been completely cleared of any stubborn fibre, I'm going to stick with this thing with the intention of adding my no problem fibrous foods back in gradually (probably brown rice first) and start taking a strong probiotic, kind of like recalibrating my gut. The dietitian said it was just a 4 week trial and I shouldn't eat this way for ever, it was just to see what fibres were too hard on my system. I hope it works in some way, even if it just means I find out one more thing about what I can or cannot tolerate.