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Writing a Food Diary to Help Manage IBS

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Writing a food diary is recommended by many experts as the first step towards managing the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

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Writing a Food Diary to Help Manage IBS

  1. 1. Help Manage IBS Dr Carolyn Dean W r i t i n g a F o o d D i a r y t o is a medical doctor and naturopath. She has authored and co-authored over 35 books
  2. 2. 2 Writing a Food Diary to Help Manage IBS Writing a food diary is recommended by many experts as the first step towards managing the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. A food diary helps to identify trigger foods and notice patterns and connections to food and drink that cause a flare-up of symptoms.
  3. 3. 3 A food diary for IBS should detail everything that is eaten or drunk throughout the course of each day, in- cluding ingredients and how the food was prepared. Different ways of cook- ing, such as frying or baking, can cause different reactions. Drinks can be just as guilty as food when it comes to IBS symptoms, so these should be recorded as well. For example, alcohol and caffeine are known irritants. The size of portions eaten can make a difference as to whether the food caus- es an adverse effect in the bowel or not, so portion sizes should be recorded. Any snacks, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, should also be detailed. This includes things people may not usually think of as food, such as chewing gum. Meals and Ingredients Drinks Portions and Snacks ‘IBS for Dummies’ has professional advice for people dealing with irritable bowel syndrome.
  4. 4. You can learn more about this book and about IBS by visiting the blog of Dr. Carolyn Dean. Dr Carolyn Dean

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