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April 5, 2009 at 2:12 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Treating IBS with a Healthy Diet Step 2: Stay Away From Junk Food

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Step 2: Stay Away From Junk Foods

Junk foods are perhaps the favorite pastime of Americans these days. No matter our mood, junk food is always welcomed. Why we eat junk foods is the answer we need to find. Sure, junk foods taste good, but did you know fungi live in our bodies and they love sugar? Sugar is addictive, cheap, and legal, and presents a vicious cycle. Sure, everyone will give in every so often and eat their favorite junk food. However, it shouldn't replace a meal. Junk food should only be eaten as a snack or special treat. Stay off junk foods for a week and see if you don't have IBS pains. Keep a log of what you eat and how you feel. You don't have to take anyone's word for it. See for yourself. If you get enough rest, you're more apt to be more alert and make healthier food choices. Keep busy. Junk foods are easy and convenient and when you're bored, it's easier to make poor food choices. Remember every time you make a wrong food choice, your child is watching. He's only learning what you're teaching him. It would seem fast foods have become the mundane menu for most Americans. Even if your schedule is busy, you can make the best choices at a fast food restaurant. However, because now more than 60% of Americans are obese or overweight, it's safe to assume most of us cannot make healthy choices when tasty, unhealthy choices are put before us. Maybe start with just eliminating one fast food choice this week. Eventually, you'll be proud of the healthy habit you will establish.

Fast food restaurants aren't the only culprits. Consider processed foods. They are packed with hydrogenation, sugars, high fructose corn syrup, and empty calories. Look in your cabinets, freezer, and refrigerator right now. You'll be amazed and saddened how many of your food choices are poor food choices. Replace these poor food choices with healthy food choices. It won't take long until you realize how eating healthy is more expensive, but worth it. You are worth it. And your children certainly are worth it. If you have IBS, you know the discomforts of bloating, cramping, flatulence, low energy, irritable bowels, and stomach pains feel. Junk food is a major contributor to these unwanted symptoms. The more toxins we put into our bodies, the more we experience pain. Your digestive tract needs regular and healthy bowel movements. Junk foods prevent that. The next time you're tempted to eat junk food, just remember the guaranteed aches and pains that will follow and how each bite robs you of your health. See? You can and should stay away from junk foods to help you address your IBS pains. It is easy to treating IBS with a healthy diet. All you have to do is start!

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