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IBS & Restaurants- Eating Out With IBS

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Having IBS is hard enough on its own. How does one go about eating out at restaurants with IBS? Don't worry; don't stop dining out and enjoying quality time with family and friends due to your IBS. It can be easy with some guidelines.

First off, what is IBS?

IBS is short for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. IBS is a very common occurrence, but is rarely talked about due to its uncomfortable nature. Some signs of IBS include cramps, bloating, pain, and diarrhea, constipation, and nausea. No one really knows what causes IBS, but signs and symptoms have been linked to stress, certain types of foods, illness, and medications. IBS is common in young females, but can happen to anyone. Usually it is diagnosed by exclusion. A full medical history and exam are recommended. Treatments center on relieving symptoms of IBS so one can lead a healthy, full life without stressing out about IBS. Slight lifestyle changes can make a world of difference; taking fiber supplements, cutting out high gas food, and minimizing stress by exercise, yoga, visualization, or counseling.

Here are some tips for dining out with IBS:

Before Hand:

  • Take note of your body. Make sure your body is relaxed as possible. People with IBS often feel safe at home, and have anxiety about going out to unfamiliar places. Remember that stress can trigger IBS symptoms.
  • Remember relaxation techniques. Deep breathing exercises, yoga, and visualization will keep you centered and focused.
  • Be prepared. One of the worst things is being caught off guard. Not only can this trigger stress and anxiety, it puts a damper on your whole even. Envision a worst case scenario, and be prepared! Know where the restrooms are located, have a ride if you need to leave early.

At the restaurant:

  • Stay calm and relaxed. Keeping away from stress and anxiety is the best way to not experience any signs of IBS. Think positive, and enjoy the company of your fellow diners.
  • Choose foods wisely. Make sure food is easily digestible. If you know certain foods irate you, then avoid them. Some people have reactions to fried foods, heavy/creamy foods, or too large portions.
  • Choose drinks carefully. If you are easily irritated by alcohol or caffeine, keep that in mind.

So what do you recommend for dining out?

Certain foods you can enjoy without stressing about triggering your IBS Symptoms! Here is a list of foods that are yummy and safe:

  • Lean Meats. Grilled chicken, salmon, and possibly steak.
  • White Pizza sans greasy toppings. White pizza has no sauce, so it could be enjoyed by IBS sufferers. Make sure to leave out any greasy toppings such as pepperoni. Try delicious veggies instead.
  • Non-acidic salads. Try green, leafy salads as an appetizer or alternative to French fries. Avoid tomatoes, spicy salads, and dressings that could have an affect on you.
  • Pasta and Rice dishes sans sauce. Avoid the red sauce!

Living with IBS can be bothersome, traumatizing, and scary. Having IBS doesn't have to put a dent in your social life with some carefully followed tips; you can still enjoy dining out and not be worried about irritable bowel syndrome.

Sources:

http://ibs.about.com/od/livingwithibs/a/DiningIBS.htm

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/irritable-bowel-syndrome/DS00106

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