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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Well with IBS (Idiot's Guides) Paperback – July 6, 2010
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The first half of the book is devoted to the science and physiology of IBS and the latest research on which nutrients are wrecking havoc on your gut, primarily the fermentable carbohydrates. Many things you will learn, including the role of probiotics, the good and bad of fiber with IBS, food intolerances vs. allergies vs. sensitivities, how to eat out, and maybe most importantly the latest research on FODMAPs, an acronym to describe the specific carbohydrates that for various reasons never get fully digested and end up leaving you bloated and bound or bound for the bathroom. This is the heart of IBS treatment, which the medical community is starting to wake up to...because IBS sufferers improve with it.
I have used the FODMAPs to help my IBS patients and it works; people feel better and can live more functional lives.
The second half of the book includes a broad range of tried and true tested recipes that will leave you wanting to try them regardless if you have IBS.Read more ›
Part 1 defines the different types of IBS, then discusses various carbohydrates, including FODMAPs and soluble and insoluble fiber, "good" and "bad" fats, food intolerances and allergies, good tips for easing digestion, and probiotics. A common theme throughout the book is that each individual needs to try different foods and see what works, because IBS symptoms and trigger foods can vary from person to person. The author suggests keeping a log to determine what foods are manageable and what foods to minimize or avoid, and in what amounts. There is also a handy guide to keeping track of different symptoms and their severity.
Part 2 gives strategies for coping with IBS when shopping, planning meals and snacks, dining out and traveling. There are some helpful food lists for grocery shopping that can be copied directly or used for inspiration, and good ideas for menu planning before you shop.
Part 3 contains lots of great recipes, along with nutrition information and preparation time for each one, explanations of some food terms and tips on substituting IBS-friendly ingredients for ingredients that may be problematic for some. Many of the recipes are simple, with ordinary ingredients that I usually have in my kitchen. I particularly liked some of the definitions in the recipe section, such as strata, polenta, and carnitas. I confess: I did not know all these terms!
Overall, this is a wonderful book for anyone who wants current information about IBS, nutrition, and healthy digestion.
The author goes on about different food groups and FODMAPs, but offers very brief lists of actual foods within each fodmap group, requiring you to do much more research on your own if you want to try the elimination diet. A diet plan, time-line, and an index of foods would have been helpful.
Also, the recipe section of the book seems more like a cookbook for incompetent, dieting idiots than a way to manage IBS. The recipes include countless ingredients she suggests you avoid, such as dairy, wheat, onion, and garlic. For someone who is trying to avoid these ingredients, there are few recipes left that I can actually prepare and tolerate. The first recipe is for an cheese omelet, (which, technically I can eat without problems), but the fact that it's in this book seems a little insulting to me. If I'm capable of reading all the way to p. 106 of your book, I've probably learned how to cook an egg.
Bottom line, don't waste your time with this book.
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Great book--I'm sorry I loaned it to an ex-boyfriend with a grumpy stomach; I never got it back.Published 2 months ago by lilfanny
The dietary advice given by the author, seems to be for those with constipation. Her recommendations would cause a lot of problems for me, based on my experience.Published 6 months ago by B. M. Sundeen
This book, like many others is filled with recipes containing food that is very bad for some, if not many people who suffer with IBS. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J.M.