Finding The Foods Triggering My Husband’s IBS

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My hubby has some serious digestive issues and we’re getting to the bottom of it (no pun intended), with an elimination diet. Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net and dream designs.

Although eating low carb has provided much relief to my husband’s Irritable Bowel Syndrome – D, he’s decided to go on an elimination diet to discover which foods and beverages are causing the trouble.

So last week we start taking away specific foods he typically consumes that might over stimulate his gut – coffee, caffeine, alcohol, broccoli, cauliflower, onions and dairy.

His money is on coffee as the main culprit. My honey does have a java monkey on his back. I’ve notice him drinking four 12-ounce cups when he’s home (2 in the morning, 2 in the afternoon). At work? Who knows for sure, although he’s pegged his total daily consumption at 20 cups. Read More


Are You Sure You Should Avoid Gluten?

Celiac disease is real though it only affects 1% of the population. I have a friend who pays a heavy price for her pizza cravings. And my husband had digestive issues for most of his adult life that went away when he switched to a low-carb diet. But I must confess,  I think a lot of this gluten-free craze is a fad. It’s grown into an urban myth like avoiding MSG. Thanks to Jimmy Kimmel for pointing out most people don’t know what the hell they are doing when it comes to nutrition.

And like all food fads, my proud profession (marketing) has taken advantage of it by calling nearly everything gluten-free, like Coca-Cola (wow, it must be healthy if it’s gluten-free).