Our expert says:
Congratulations on losing those 17 kg - you are a bright ***star***! I am so glad to hear that you have such excellent control over your insulin resistance (IR). Well done! The problem with diets for IBS, is that each patient reacts individually to certain foods - some patients develop symptoms when they eat white bread, others when they eat wholewheat bread. You will have to experiment with the foods you eat that may cause problems with a spastic colon (raw onions, garlic, cucumber, green peppers, very spicy foods and condiments, gas-cold drinks, fruits that contain pips such as guavas, figs, etc). This is often an individual reaction and you will have to keep a food diary to see what foods cause this problem and then cut them out. If you find that this is a problem for you, especially because it would be most desirable for you to continue to eat a basic low-GI diet and to lose those last 7 kg, then please consult a clinical dietitian who will work out a specific diet for your condition. (Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area). Did the dr prescribe probiotics for your IBS? If not then please consider taking 'good microorganisms' like Bifidoflora, which you can buy at health shops, on a daily basis to assist the function of your colon. You can read up about probiotics on the Diet site by clicking on 'Food as medicine' and 'Healthy colon'. One other aspect of IBS, is stress. To relieve stress I would recommend that you should learn relaxing techniques, how to do deep breathing exercises and some form of physical exercise which is also relaxing, such as yoga. Going for brisk walks in the fresh air also helps to relieve tension and it will promote additional weightloss.
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