Post # 32
I don’t have really bad IBS but find that avoiding fatty foods is definitely a good way forward (although I do lament the loss of take away pizza). Maybe also try going for a quick run or brisk walk in the morning? The combination of fresh air and movement tends to help a lot with me! (gets rid of some of the cortisol that may be bothering you)
That said, I get really bad stress eczema and I’m terrified of waking up on the morning of the wedding looking like a red itchy lobster!
Post # 33
I have celiac disease as well as a lactose intollerance and a intollerance to onions and garlic… I am freaking out that a. I will be accidentally contaminated before the wedding and will be sore and bloated on the day b. The chef will not be strict enough with what goes into my food on the night and my wedding night will be spent doubled over in pain on the toilet and c. The stress will set me off (which sometimes happens)
The way I will tackle is to not eat anything other than a meal I have prepared myself for 4 weeks leading up to the wedding. I will also put myself on a paleo diet in that month… I worry about weight loss due to that but I would rather be too thin for my dress than so bloated I can’t get into it. I often go on the paleo diet for a week or so after a contamination to help heal. Maybe you can see if it works for you?
Also – aloe Vera juice. I plan on chugging it the week before the wedding. It is brilliant at calming an inflamed intestine!
Post # 34
@Bears-bub: Thank you so some great tips! never heard of drinking Aloe Vera Juice, i wonder can you buy that at the grovery store or do you need to buy it from the health store? Also could you explain a little further about the Paleo diet. ? Never heard of it.
@Oxfordnerd: oh no! My friend had that and it was terrible for his hands never knew it could affect your face, hopefully that is not the case! 🙂 Sending good luck your way.
@HeLovesDogs: 🙁 oh no, i get bloated too! I once was bloated and feeling bad, and someone asked me how far along i was…. awkward.
Post # 35
@MrsHoneyC: Aloe juice/gel you can get at a pharmacy or health food store. I find good old orange Gatorade is great for when I’m having trouble keeping things down (etc) keeps me hydrated and settles my stomach.
Post # 36
Ugh, I’m sorry you have this problem– digestive issues truly SUCKKKKK. I have bloating/gas problems, usually because of pizza or similar foods :(. My mother just introduced me to this seemingly effective, good-feeling supplement made by a company called Heather’s, out of Washington state (I think). The company makes IBS calming supplements with peppermint, fennel, and ginger, which you take before you eat. . . they’ve been making me feel better all week :). Let’s see if I can find the link. . . here it is: http://www.helpforibs.com/shop/suplmts/pmintcaps.asp
I think probiotic supplements are very good things, too.
Good luck– try to reduce stress as much as possible and try to figure out what foods bother you, and don’t eat them for a few days before the wedding!
And, for whomever said they’re worried about the caterer not doing their food right. . . what if you brought some secret backup food with you, and ate it at some point, out of sight, while pretending you weren’t hungry for the catered food at the dinner? Catered food would make me nervous too– not worth it making you sick at your own wedding!
Post # 37
@Bears-bub: I like your tip about Aloe vera juice. I think I might try it.
Post # 38
@Creiddylad: I am lucky, the thought of a caterer messing up the food and making me sick has not crossed my mind. We are having my mom (who is the best cook i know) and my aunts and great aunt’s do the cooking. That way it can be tailor made for my fussy eating. We save money and with everyone pitching in it will be really greatand easy -we are having a small 70 person wedding-
Post # 39
@MrsHoneyC: where I live I get it in the warm juice section of the supermarket. Its actually really yummy and sweet! I have no issues drinking it and will often drink it just for the pleasure of it!
Paleo diet is basically meat, eggs, fruit, veg and some legumes. It is based on what humans would have eaten before farming and domesticated animals. No grains, no dairy, no processed sugar and no potatoes. You can drop weight wicked fast from it (which is why I only do it when I need to heal) but as my diet is restrictive anyway I dont find it hard to do for short periods of time. I do know some people who have made it a lifestyle choice, but I dont have the will power for it!
Post # 40
@Creiddylad: I was the one worried about the caterers… I do plan on having a large breakfast and lunch throughout the day, but it would be nice to eat my meal considering I am paying $140 for it! If the caterer gives me 100% control and lets me know what products are being used for my meal, I should be ok. If he doesnt want to get that into it with me, I think I will have to bring something to munch on 🙁
Post # 41
I was incorrectly diagnosed with IBS by my Doc, and then later re-diagnosed with PCOS.
But I do have severe lactose intolerance, a sensitive stomach and a severe peanut and nut allergy.
My must haves include:
– Lacteeze tablets (90% of incorrectly diagnosed IBS is actually lactose intolerance, so it wouldn’t hurt to carry some around just in case!)
-Beano, a digestive tablet used for people with digestive issues and apparently quite useful for those with gluten issues (but not to the point of Celiac Disease).
-A good probiotic 🙂
Post # 42
I struggled with this through a lot of college, I still stay away from some foods like onion rings/onion straws. I also have anxiety – there is definitely a link. I think I was destined for IBS as my dad’s side of the family has lots of anxiety problems and my mom’s side has IBS. I have had great success with probiotic yogurt, but still have a stash of Immodium with me at all times, just in case. I will most likely take one as a pre-emptive measure the day of the wedding. It is really nice to see this thread so active.
Post # 43
@MissSemi: i thnk its great too that this thread has taken off and that people are learning new tricks to dealing with the everyday issues of having a GI issue. I think its really promissing and i honestly feel so appreciate to everyone who has taken the time to write and be honest about their situations. Means the world to me.
Post # 44
I haven’t read through all the comments, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about 7 or 8 years ago which comes with IBS. But as soon as I started yoga and DESTRESSING it went away. I now only get symptoms under massive severe stress. Do you do cleanses at all? I have been doing this veggie juice cleanse that has R E A L L Y helpEd my digestion! I feel awesome and never thought that by just eatinghella veggies that “clean me out” could make such a difference.
Post # 45
Wow, I can’t believe how many bees out there have the same issue as me. I have had IBS for at least 15 years…my mom swears I had it as a baby though. I have a weird fear of public restrooms…as a baby, my mom said she didn’t have to carry a diaper bag b/c I never soiled my diaper in public.
I too was worried about my wedding day. I made sure not to eat any of my “trigger” foods the night before…even though we had a Destination Wedding which was hard to do. I had a sandwich for lunch and tried to keep calm. Butterflies cause me to have to go and usually immediately. BUT…I was fine. I only had my mom and sister around me and definitely tried to stay cool b/c getting hot causes my system to work quickly.
Worse case scenario…pop some immodium the day of. I have slowly weaned myself off of it but at least I know I can take it if I need to.
Post # 46
I am in the same boat here ladies. I have never been officially diagnosed w IBS but I have all of the symptoms. I have IBS-D with the cramping, nausea, sweating, frequent trips, gas (oh the gas)!! I also have anxiety but not the kind that shuts me down emotionally. It feels like adrenaline shoots through my body and immediately liquifies my tummy contents. Anxiety really makes the IBS symptoms worse.
I am worried about the wedding because with the stress and nervousness, I am afraid I will be in the bathroom the whole day before the ceremony. I also don’t like going to the bathroom with other people in the room (never know what is going to happen) so I don’t know how I am going to lift my dress, undo my garters, and lift my girdle all by myself, but I do know I could NEVER go to the bathroom with anyone in the room, even my mom and sister. Then there is the wedding night to worry about. Alcohol aggravates my IBS so I don’t plan on drinking much but it is still in the back of my mind. Just thinking of it alone causes me serious stress and adrenaline surges in by bowels.
My husband understands but it is still seriously embarrassing and something I don’t want to deal with on the big day. It is nice that there are others going through and feeling the same way.