Archive for September, 2006
For a couple of days now, I have had a number of posts in mind. Also, though, I’ve wanted to dig into other aspects of blogging that go along with posting. That’s involved going through WordPress themes or other ways to change the “look and feel” of this blog, and going through WordPress plugins–neat tricks […]
This is a quick recipe for a low-fiber meal replacement that I just invented. I discovered, sadly, that there is a fairly small window between too few grams of fiber a day, and too many. Since my standard meal replacement shake provides 13 gms. of fiber in one nice-sized serving, and two of them provide 26 gms., I’m near my limit. If I then add a high-fiber taco to the
UGH! Breakfast with unsweetened coffee (or whatever), and Unsweetened Soy Shake from Revival Soy? Doesn’t sound very good, does it? Well, I left out the best part. I found, first on the Revival Soy pages and then elsewhere on the web, a very good no-calorie organic sweetener called Stevia, which comes from the stevia rebaudiae plant found in South America. The following copy from Revival Soy sums it up:
An intensely sweet . . .
Following on yesterday’s post, about Breakfast mistakes, I had found I was loading up on IBS triggers, that activated the gatrocolic reflex’s gateway to gastrointestinal mayhem: bloating, constipation, pain, and whatever else!
I started the changeover to a tummy-calming breakfast with the Acacia powder branded with the name of Heather Van Vorous. Acacia powder is a soluble fiber; you could also use FiberSure ™.
Once upon a time, I began the day with strong, strong instant coffee, sweetened with three or four packets of Splenda ™. That was enough to send my gastrocolic reflex into paroxysms of activity (diabolical, you might say). I came across a web site that mentioned that Splenda was associated with producing gas; I already had read this about other artificial sweeteners. I did try cutting down on the Splenda, with
Generally for the first meal of the day, I take some time and ritualize the experience. I learned from Heather Van Vorous’s website about the Gastrocolic reflex. This reflex–I don’t know where it’s located, or precisely how it acts, but I have experienced what it does–this reflex is a reaction to what is taken in by mouth. It stands at the gateway and says “Pass without problems” or “Stop. Let’s
On Sunday night, following Saturday’s three-tea night, I also fixed myself three teas. This time I had one fennel tea using fennel seeds, one anise tea made from tea bags, and one fennel-anise mixed tea, also using tea bags. They were spaced out over four hours, instead of concentrated into one.
I thought, on Sunday morning, when I was feeling better, “How do I know it’s from the teas? Maybe I
Tonight, Saturday night, is what I’m calling a “three-tea” night, remembering the Beatles’ song “Three Dog Night.” Thursday I had dental surgery; today my nicely controlled tummy feels like someone is sharpening knives in it! The antibiotics and pain killers together make for a painful evening. The three teas I took, in sequence, are Galil’s anise tea (available from Amazon), mint tea (there’s a story to this one), and then
Well, the title starts us off. I want to explain, first, that “My,” as in “My Tummy,” is the generic “my” that Microsoft has given us, as in “My Documents,” “My Computer,” etc. In other words, “My” is all of us. That is, perhaps, all of us who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
So when I write about my own experience, I am hoping that what I say is general enough that