Can you relate?
You may have braved the doctors surgery to discuss your IBS symptoms and been told that your IBS is stress related. You may have been told that there is nothing you can do about it. You may also have been told that your IBS isn’t diet related. Another thing I hear from my clients is that they have been told that they will always have IBS, that it is incurable.
Having personally worked with hundreds of people over the years who have successfully reduced their IBS symptoms, naturally, using nothing but food ‘Glorious Food’ I have to completely disagree with the above statements.
I don’t disagree that you are stressed. Of course you are stressed. You have IBS and IBS is stressful. There are three main types of IBS:
- IBSC, mainly constipation
- IBSD, mainly diarrhoea
- IBS C and D a combination of constipation and diarrhoea.
As you entire body’s central nervous system is located in the solar plexus, just behind the stomach, when a stressful situation occurs, this can easily trigger an IBS attack, or a flare-up. Therefore, it is easy to assume that your iBS symptoms are caused by stressed.
They are not.
Sure, stress certainly exacerbates IBS symptoms. Stress makes every weakness in the body worse. But even the most Zen people will find some stress in their lives. Stress is impossible to avoid 100%.
This means that whilst you are convinced that your IBS is stress related, it will continue to be ‘stress related’. You will continue to be stressed, wondering ‘why me’ and you will continue in this cycle of trying to not to ‘stress out’ in case you get an IBS flare-up.
Which in turn means that you will continue to struggle with IBS.
Your IBS Symptoms Are Created By Your Diet…
Our daily diets have become less and less nutritious over the years with approximately 50% less nutrition in the past 20 years and up to 80% more ‘convenience’ foods consumed on a regular basis.
Since the invention of the microwave over 40 years ago, and with the necessity of both partners usually having to work, the human race has been looking for ‘quick fixes’ and pre-prepared foods to eat.
The problem with this is that these foods contain a lot less nutrition, leaving the body malnourished and open to disease. Not to mention the inclusion of all the nasties, like colourings, preservatives, too much salt, growth hormones, the bits of meat off the slaughter-hours floor, the left over veg peelings and all the normal waste materials that would possibly not really be fit for human (or animal) consumption but they can be overcooked, preserved, coloured and neatly packaged up for you to simply open a packet, microwave it and consume.
All this convenient food is contributing to the obesity crisis, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and of course anything stomach related; Crohn’s Colitis, Diverticulitis and other Inflammatory Bowel Diseases along with IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome and bowel cancer.
This dis-association with real whole foods is the cause for all disease as regularly eating this way will lower your Immune System meaning the your body will have less chance fighting against all diseases. Your Immune System is of particular importance amidst this current Covid-19 crisis and something we should all be thinking about more seriously. To protect ourselves and protect our families.
There are no short cuts to getting your health back on track. Eating properly is the only way to ensure good health. We cannot ‘quick fix’ nutrition. And no. Powdered supplements, vitamin and minerals will not substitute a proper diet.
Food Health Check
Take 5 minutes right now to look in your kitchen cupboards and count up all the ‘food’ items you have that are in a packet, tin, jar, bottle, that is pre-prepared or ready cooked including sweets, crisps, ice-cream and other junk food items.
Now count out all the real, whole foods (whole foods are foods that come from the earth and have been processed as little as possible such as fresh vegetables, fresh whole fruit, whole grains like organic oats and rice, organic meats, fish and poultry that has not been interfered with, fresh herbs and spices) and compare the two piles.
Which pile is larger?
For each meal you make how many fresh, natural, whole ingredients go in and how many packet ingredients go in?
The correct ratio for good health, a strong immune system and zero IBS symptoms should be:
80% whole foods / 20% minimally processed foods
Is that how your kitchen contents weigh out?
Is anyone else I your family ill? Do they suffer with their health? What do they eat? Would you be willing to improve the health of your family as well as your own, prolonging your lives and improving the quality of your lives as a unit, preparing your bodies to fight disease every single day?
These are important questions to ask yourself if you are getting ready for change. Eating differently will likely cause some disruption within the family unit as humans are creatures of habit and like to do things the same, with very little change. However, there are ways of making these changes with minimum fuss from partners and children and with maximum benefits. We can discuss this in your free nutrition consultation.
“IBS Is Something I Have To Learn To Live With…”
Again, this is somewhat misleading information as once you know what foods are causing your symptoms you can easily make an informed decision about whether you want to include that particular food item in your regular diet. Or whether you are willing to suffer the consequences for a moment of pleasure.
For example (and this happens very rarely with my clients) if a cup of tea was all that stood in between you and your IBS symptoms, would you be willing to give up drinking tea?
- 100% of the time
- 90% of the time
- 80% of the time
What if it turned out to be chocolate. Or cheese? Or Potatoes?
If you know that eating a jacket potato, chips, roast potatoes, mash, or crisps was going to have you running to the toilet or being constipated and in pain – would you be able to stop eating potatoes?
Your IBS Symptoms are entirely reversible
I started Glorious Food in 2015 precisely to empower people to take control of their health, to provide an alternative solution to all the negative comments opening this article that you will have heard time and time again, to give you a choice to take action and get your health back.
Working with us at Glorious Food gives you the opportunity for a better quality of life that will help you to care for your family better. The ripple effects of the knowledge learned whilst working with us will filter through to so many more people, empowering them also when they see the incredible results you will get, just from a simple change of diet.
Change isn’t easy and this is why we support our clients every single step of the way. With regular Diet Coaching, Weekly Step-By-Step Guidance, Our Private FB Group, Your Information Pack and access to over 120 Proven ‘Be IBS Free’ Recipes.
If you think you, or someone you know, is ready to take action against their IBS and stop being fobbed off that it ‘is stress related’ then book your free call with IBS Specialist Helen Mileham today.
Get a better Quality Of Life, Reduce Pain, Remove IBS from your daily life and learn how to Feed Yourself Better with Glorious Food x