~~TMI Alert *~~*~

The past week or so, I’ve been having digestive issues. Nothing too awful, but I’ve been constipated and my stomach hasn’t been in tip top shape. I’m worried I might have IBS, although I don’t know for sure, so I’m following the symptoms of an IBS diet. I really don’t have much of an appetite either, which I guess is a good thing, in some ways.

I normally eat fairly well, but I’m trying to even further refine my eating habits to see if that helps matters. So for the past couple days, I’ve been eating a vegan, high-fiber, high-probiotic diet. I’ve read a lot of conflicting info about what you’re supposed to eat/drink with IBS, but several things have suggested laying off caffeine, so I’m going to give that a try even though it means giving up my green tea and matcha for a little bit. Thankfully I don’t have to give up ALL tea, though. In its place, I’ve been drinking herbal blends of mint, ginger, and/or both. I’m also trying to drink at least one bottle of Kombucha a day. I used to not be able to stand the stuff, but now I can at least tolerate it. It’s not that bad.

I had this tea last night when I went out to a vegan restaurant. I had some pecan-crusted eggplant, which is read is very good since it’s high in fiber. We were only there for an hour, but I drank a LOT of tea. So much so, that I had to go to the bathroom 3 times, LOL. The tea was nice. I mean, it’s peppermint. Nothing too offending.

Anyway, I don’t know what’s going on with my body. Like I said, it’s not major issues, but it is uncomfortable, and the constant feeling of being “bloated” is really messing with my appetite. But on the plus side, I always wanted to try out a vegan diet, so this is my chance I suppose ;) .. Of course, with thanksgiving right around the corner I’m not sure if I’ll be able to maintain, but I will do my best. If my lack of appetite persists, I probably won’t be tempted to eat too much meat.

As a side note, if anyone has any advice on what’s worked for them, feel free to comment below or PM me. I’m definitely open at this point to anything that could help with relief :)

TeaEqualsBliss

I’m dealing with this, too! PM me! We can chat – or if you have gmail/gchat let me know (I’m near vegan now because of it! Aren’t you vegan…can’t remember…I’ll click on your profile!) Hope things improve for you soon! I feel for ya!

TeaEqualsBliss

Yup! I re-read that and you are :) Thought so!

Babble

Hey, sent you a PM. I’m actually NOT vegan. Unless you count the past couple of days – LOL. But I do eat a LOT of vegetables and don’t make meat the focus of my meals.

TeaEqualsBliss

Ah! Ok! Gotchya! I’m check out your PM and drop you a note!

Invader Zim

I hope you are able to find out the cause, get better, and get back to drinking tea!

Bonnie

I thought I had IBS for years and what I really had was the beginning of some food allergies. I had NO idea! My intestines(and bowel)were always in a knot! It took a long time to figure out and get to the point where I could grasp what was causing the problem. When I noticed that every time I ate BEAN products I got worse, I looked that up online and found out it was the Nightshade family of foods. Next was POTATO. If I don’t eat these foods, I’m fine. Keeping a calendar of when you feel bad and what you ate is key in being a detective. If I eat one of these foods, I get very, very sick now…!

Claire

I think Bonnie is on the right track. I had a lot of tummy issues for a long time until I cut out gluten. Trying an elimination diet might be a good idea, along with getting some basic food allergy tests done by the doc.

peanutsoncelery

Two of my family members are gluten intolerant so I started trying the diet for a few months after the onset of IBS symptoms. No change, but then I realized really rich, fibrous foods were the culprit, which was weird because they were healthy and natural! I went off things like really leafy greens for a few months and started easing back into them. Salads were the biggest issue and I read that other people have similar problems with fibrous foods. After that, I still had minor problems and realized that fried foods and overeating

peanutsoncelery

Oops, double post sorry. I stink at typing on my phone. Continued…..

Overeating was also an issue. And I mean ‘slight’ overeating, not much at all. So now I just eat a cup of food or so at a time and each a bunch of small meals a day, I feel so much better! I don’t ever get to the point of feeling full, just content, and my stomach is much better! I lost 30 lbs in 1.5 months from all the stuff…so I really hope you get things figured out soon!

TeaEqualsBliss

Mine is all dairy related :(

TeaEqualsBliss

I deleted dairy from my diet and have lost 20 pounds in 3 months :) AND more importantly feel great and can digest the food I do eat awesomely for the first time in my life :)

Claire

That’s awesome TeaEqualsBliss! I can handle fermented dairy or hard cheese but not milk and soft cheeses. It’s amazing the effect food has on our bodies, and we are all so different!

TeaEqualsBliss

So TRUE, Claire!!!

TeaBrat

Digestive enzymes or probiotics might help.

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TeaEqualsBliss

I’m dealing with this, too! PM me! We can chat – or if you have gmail/gchat let me know (I’m near vegan now because of it! Aren’t you vegan…can’t remember…I’ll click on your profile!) Hope things improve for you soon! I feel for ya!

TeaEqualsBliss

Yup! I re-read that and you are :) Thought so!

Babble

Hey, sent you a PM. I’m actually NOT vegan. Unless you count the past couple of days – LOL. But I do eat a LOT of vegetables and don’t make meat the focus of my meals.

TeaEqualsBliss

Ah! Ok! Gotchya! I’m check out your PM and drop you a note!

Invader Zim

I hope you are able to find out the cause, get better, and get back to drinking tea!

Bonnie

I thought I had IBS for years and what I really had was the beginning of some food allergies. I had NO idea! My intestines(and bowel)were always in a knot! It took a long time to figure out and get to the point where I could grasp what was causing the problem. When I noticed that every time I ate BEAN products I got worse, I looked that up online and found out it was the Nightshade family of foods. Next was POTATO. If I don’t eat these foods, I’m fine. Keeping a calendar of when you feel bad and what you ate is key in being a detective. If I eat one of these foods, I get very, very sick now…!

Claire

I think Bonnie is on the right track. I had a lot of tummy issues for a long time until I cut out gluten. Trying an elimination diet might be a good idea, along with getting some basic food allergy tests done by the doc.

peanutsoncelery

Two of my family members are gluten intolerant so I started trying the diet for a few months after the onset of IBS symptoms. No change, but then I realized really rich, fibrous foods were the culprit, which was weird because they were healthy and natural! I went off things like really leafy greens for a few months and started easing back into them. Salads were the biggest issue and I read that other people have similar problems with fibrous foods. After that, I still had minor problems and realized that fried foods and overeating

peanutsoncelery

Oops, double post sorry. I stink at typing on my phone. Continued…..

Overeating was also an issue. And I mean ‘slight’ overeating, not much at all. So now I just eat a cup of food or so at a time and each a bunch of small meals a day, I feel so much better! I don’t ever get to the point of feeling full, just content, and my stomach is much better! I lost 30 lbs in 1.5 months from all the stuff…so I really hope you get things figured out soon!

TeaEqualsBliss

Mine is all dairy related :(

TeaEqualsBliss

I deleted dairy from my diet and have lost 20 pounds in 3 months :) AND more importantly feel great and can digest the food I do eat awesomely for the first time in my life :)

Claire

That’s awesome TeaEqualsBliss! I can handle fermented dairy or hard cheese but not milk and soft cheeses. It’s amazing the effect food has on our bodies, and we are all so different!

TeaEqualsBliss

So TRUE, Claire!!!

TeaBrat

Digestive enzymes or probiotics might help.

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So the short story is, a few years ago I was VERY MUCH into tea. And then a lot of things happened, and I got out of tea for a while. And now, I’m back.

To me, tea is the missing puzzle piece for my healthy lifestyle. When I drink tea I am encouraged to eat healthy and be active. I drink tea because I simply enjoy the taste, but the health aspects are just an added bonus.

I love all types of teas, although greens and oolongs tend to be my favorite. I also love a good herbal.

Unless otherwise stated, I drink my teas straight. To brew I either use my ingenuiTEA or T-Sac (for teas that don’t expand much). One of these days I might break down and buy a Breville, but I’m trying to resist..

I’m kinda strict when rating my teas. I rarely give a tea above a 95. Teas that I really like I keep in the 95-85 category. I’ve yet to give a tea 100 yet. So, if you see a tea about 95, that means I thought it was an amazing tea!

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