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Old 09-03-2014, 03:47 PM
 
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I am a very healthy eater but I seem to get irritable bowels when I eat raw vegetables. My normal Vegetable intake is things like Broccoli, carrots, tomato, celery etc. I have no problem when they're cooked but eating them raw gives me problems. Is there anything I can do? Eating every serving of vegetables cooked is just not feasible with my lifestyle. I've tried drinking V8 as well and that seems to give me problems too.
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:38 AM
 
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I've often read insoluble fiber can worsen irritable bowel syndrome. Foods high in insoluble fiber include whole-grain cereals, barley, legumes, turnip greens, okra, spinach, collard, avocado (an incomplete list).

Those you listed are actually quite low in fiber, so I'm not sure...
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Old 09-04-2014, 04:52 PM
 
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What is it about your lifestyle that makes cooked vegetables not easy to make a part of it?
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Old 09-04-2014, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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I have IBS also but have the opposite experience of yours - I have to eat raw vegetables every day in fairly large quantities in order to keep my IBS in check - although I can overdo the vegetables and that causes some problems sometimes. One thing I do notice is leafy green vegetables are fine if I limit myself to one large salad a day - if I eat two salads, I will have problems.

I think you need to eat what makes your digestive system happy - nothing wrong with eating cooked vegetables. Are you able to eat a tiny bit of raw veggies - say a couple of leaves of spinach and a carrot or celery? Does it help to cut your raw greens into small pieces and chew thoroughly?

IBS is the pits for sure!
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:27 AM
 
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What is it about your lifestyle that makes cooked vegetables not easy to make a part of it?
Just with my work schedule, I'm eating breakfast and lunch at work, so I don't have a chance to cook vegetables. I suppose I could cook some in advance but I'm not sure if they would get soggy/gross?
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Old 09-05-2014, 06:51 PM
 
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Just with my work schedule, I'm eating breakfast and lunch at work, so I don't have a chance to cook vegetables. I suppose I could cook some in advance but I'm not sure if they would get soggy/gross?

I'll boil vegetables, i.e carrots, peas, broccoli, green beans, etc. & put them in a container for the next day when I just warm them up in the microwave.

Be sure to drain the veg well & allow to cool before placing in the fridge.

If you want you can put some cooked rice or pasta in the same container with the cooked veg & just microwave it for a great lunch.
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Old 09-06-2014, 12:34 PM
 
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pete6032, I feel your pain! I have been where you are and know what it is like. I had IBS before it was called that... I could not eat NOTHING raw and NO roughage of any kind.. That was in my early 20's and up until about 5 years ago. So from my 20's to in my 60's I had to be careful of what I ate. There were rare times when I would get constipated and I would make use of that time by having something I couldn't have all those years but I had to be careful of how much I would eat..or I'd pay for it!

I have been able to eat anything I want, now I can eat nuts, home cooked beans, fresh salads, all the fresh fruit I want. Those were the 4 things I missed the most. BUT, I had to wait 30 years to be able to do that..

The only thing I did to make that happen was I prayed a lot that I could eat the things I enjoy again before I die. There is no magic cure for IBS.

Unfortunately it is carried in your genes and my daughter has it too. This runs on my Dad's side of the family. But I am SO glad I no longer have to ask people what is in the food before I can eat it and now I can just eat what I want...
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Old 09-09-2014, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Lettuce is the worst for me. What's weird is that it only causes problems some of the time. If I eat a salad there's a 50% chance it's going to go right through me.
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