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February 8, 2011 ~ Scroll down for full newsletter or follow the links:


Ask Heather » Antibiotics for IBS - Part One!

IBS Recipe » Super Sloppy Joes

News & Research » IBS Questions? Need Support? Join the IBS Message Boards!

Special Letter » A Patient Helps Her Doctor Help Others With IBS!

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Super Sloppy Joes

This is such a fun, family favorite recipe! Sloppy Joes are a hearty, tasty meal-in-a-sandwich loved by adults and children alike. This IBS-friendly version takes just minutes and a single saucepan, and most of the ingredients are kitchen staples.

Traditionally, Sloppy Joes are made from ground meat, a high fat trigger for digestive distress. This recipe uses TVP instead. If you've never heard of TVP, don't be afraid - it stands for Textured Vegetable Protein, and it's made from soy. TVP is available in bulk or pre-packaged at health food markets and many grocery stores in the grain aisle (Bob's Red Mill is one brand). It resembles a dry cereal and comes in large or small flakes. TVP is a wonderful, healthy, IBS-safe and very inexpensive form of plant protein.

The best thing about TVP is that it absorbs the flavors of whatever liquids you cook it with, so it's perfect for replacing ground meat in all kinds of recipes. If you gave up hamburger for the sake of digestive health but feel you've been missing out, you're in for a real surprise - and a real treat.

4 Servings (easily doubled)

2 t olive oil
1/2 cup finely diced onion
1/2 cup finely diced celery
1 T Acacia Tummy Fiber
3/4 cup boiling water
8 oz. canned tomato sauce
1 T mild chili powder (or more to taste)
1 t dried mustard
1 T brown sugar
3/4 cup TVP (textured vegetable protein)
1/4 t salt
2 t molasses
1 - 2 T cider vinegar, to taste
Hamburger buns or French rolls

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan, and saute the onions and celery until very tender. Add all remaining ingredients except the buns and stir well. Simmer, covered, for 15-20 minutes. Serve mixture on buns or rolls.

Have a glass of lightly sweetened Fennel Tummy Tea to drink with your meal!

Are you just learning how to eat for IBS? A little intimidated at the thought of special IBS recipes? Not quite sure just what makes these recipes special in the first place? Don't worry! Get Eating for IBS and find the answers to all your questions.

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Dear Heather:

I live in a small town in Montana and travel 50 miles one way to get to any of my doctors who are specialists. There is a small hospital here and a few specialists, but not the ones I needed. Anyway, I am new to your book, Eating for IBS, but after I got it and your diet cheat sheet I started trying out your IBS diet. I am sure you know what I am going to say now - WOW! It really works.

I cannot thank you enough for sharing all this world of information and the beautiful thing about it is not only the relief, but that you explained everything in such a way that someone who is not a doctor can understand. I am more familiar with my body as a result.

I just ordered The First Year IBS for myself today. My doctor who has done my colonoscopies every 5 years (gastroenterologist) was the one who diagnosed the IBS and he did give me some printouts that talk about diet, and he told me he could give me some medication, but it would be great if I could work it out through a careful diet alone. I needed more details so I went to Google and searched for IBS help.

Your internet site was the first one to come up. I was hesitant at first, but was desperate to get help without drugs. Thank God I ordered some of your products and when they worked I knew I was on the right track, especially with the diet.

When I last saw my doctor I told him about the diet and the products and he was glad I did not have to go the drug route. When I left the office I left them a copy of your diet cheat sheet. The nurse was very interested in it. I told her about the internet site and the products as well.

Knowing how limited her time is, I also told her that if the doctor was favorable to it I would be happy to have any of their patients who are suffering with IBS to call me for your information, especially those seniors who might not have internet access.

Secondly, I want to make sure that the nurse in my doctor's office has both of your books and I am thinking of ordering them for their office. Surely these would be good starting material for patients? CONVERSE with the NURSE FIRST! Good motto.

Please check out the photo I have added to this e-mail so you can see for yourself a very happy 72 year old Christmas "Carol" and how well she looks and feels!!

It pleases me to think that something I said or did would be helpful to other IBS patients. You have my consent to use my words or photo to convince others of the value in your IBS diet and products.

Thank you with all my heart and a Happy New Year to you!

Carol

Sincerely,
Carol S.
Montana

Thank you so much, Carol! ~ Heather

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From diet and recipes to hypnosis and yoga, there's a board for everyone. All boards have moderators who are personally experienced with IBS, and who help me ensure that board messages have accurate information and remain supportive and focused.

Become a new member of the boards right here and start reading and posting.

Or, you can browse the boards only (you won't be able to post until you register).

So pour yourself a nice hot cup of peppermint or fennel tea (both very soothing for IBS), pull up a comfy chair, and join us. We're delighted to have you!

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Recently, there has been a lot of confusion surrounding antibiotics and IBS. Many people with IBS have had bad experiences with antibiotics of all kinds. The drugs often cause all sorts of GI side effects and can make all IBS symptoms much worse. But lately, there has been a flurry of news and research suggesting that a specific antibiotic might actually help IBS. What's all this about? ~ Heather

Part One: Antibiotics and IBS - the Bad Guys

Traditionally, broad-spectrum antibiotics (prescribed for all kinds of infections, to children and adults alike) often cause mild to severe gastrointestinal side effects, even for people who don't have IBS. This is because those drugs not only kill the bacteria causing the infection you're treating, but they also kill the friendly bacteria, called "flora", that live in your intestines.

These friendly bacteria normally regulate the consistency of stools and help with digestion. There is a growing mountain of research that this gut flora is actually of critical importance not just for bowel health, but overall disease resistance as well.

If you have to take an antibiotic for an infection, one of the simplest steps to take is to ask your doctor for the most "digestion-friendly" antibiotic suitable for you. Then make sure you're taking the medication with a meal, and never on an empty stomach (check the prescription label or with your pharmacist to make sure this is allowed).

This will help prevent some of the immediate GI side effects, such as nausea and even vomiting, that many people see with antibiotics. You might also ask your doctor or pharmacist if inhalant antibiotics are an option. These can be much easier on your gut than oral versions.

Another helpful tip is to eat several daily servings of soy yogurt labeled as having "live cultures." The healthy flora in the yogurt will help replace the natural gut flora that is being wiped out by the antibiotics. Make sure you choose soy yogurt instead of dairy, as the fat, casein, and whey in dairy can cause GI upsets as well. Keep up the soy yogurt for at least two weeks after you stop taking the antibiotics. You could also use a dairy-free probiotic supplement instead of the yogurt.

It's also important to be extra careful to follow the IBS dietary guidelines. Keep your digestion stable by strictly limiting your fat intake and avoiding trigger foods. Just as critically, make sure that every meal and snack is based on soluble fiber foods like rice, pasta, oatmeal, or potatoes.

Another key strategy to help prevent and alleviate the GI side effects from antibiotics is to start taking (or gradually increase) a daily prebiotic soluble fiber supplement such as Acacia Tummy Fiber. This will help your body in several ways.

First, the soluble fiber will keep your gut muscle contractions stable and regulate bowel motility, so you can head off diarrhea, constipation, spasms, and cramping. Second, the prebiotic effect will encourage the growth of your body's healthy gut flora, which the antibiotics are wiping out. Maintaining or re-establishing the good bacteria in your gut is essential for normal bowel function during and after a course of antibiotics.

Finally, high volatile oil peppermint and fennel are very helpful herbs for immediate relief of the GI side effects of antibiotics. Try brewing Peppermint Tummy Tea for cramping and diarrhea, or Fennel Tummy Tea for bloating and gas.

With a combined arsenal of dietary changes, a prebiotic soluble fiber, and the helpful herbal teas, you should be able to either completely prevent or rapidly address the nasty GI side effects that are so typical of antibiotics. Before you know it you'll be done with the medication and successfully stable!

~ Heather

Coming next time we'll look at Part Two of our special series: Antibiotics and IBS - The Possible Good Guy! We'll cover Rifaximin, IBS, and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

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