IBS - A SURVIVORS TALE - PART 2
Now following on from my initial journey with an IBS diagnosis, I thought that this next part was worthy of a separate tale….
The first part of this journey left me waiting for my appointment with the Dietician which eventually arrived. I went along and explained all about my symptoms and answered all their questions. They then explained the process of a Food Intolerance Exclusion Programme. This they premised with;
1. It will take a very long time, and a lot of determination, as it is very limiting at first as to the foods you can eat, and;
2. Most people don’t complete it!!!!
Now I don’t know about you but I find something that everyone else struggles with to be a personal challenge to succeed at, so I thought ok bring it on, difficult or not.
The diet basically started with a limited diet of just chicken, rice and soya milk for six weeks to get my body/digestion, calmed down and less reactive to everything I ate. After this food groups are introduced one at a time. Every time there is a negative reaction (or intolerance) then you have to go back to the bland diet again for 1 week to 10 days before trying to introduce the next thing. You can see why this takes so long now. I would like to mention at this point that intolerance is very different to an allergy.
I am not going to go into the diet process in too much detail, as if anyone reading this feels they want to undergo this process, they would be better doing so under dietician supervision as everyone is different and their experience is necessary in some circumstances.
This exclusion diet plan took about 12 months to complete (whew!!)
..bring it on be it difficult or not…..
… I started to feel better almost immediately….
All my preconceptions were wrong…
..the future looks so much better..