We thought it appropriate to re-introduce our guiding principles at this point. There is a constant stream of dietary advice across the internet. It all sounds plausible and seems reliable, however not all of it is. Trust yourself, and challenge anything which seems dubious to you. Most of all remember that you are special and you are unique.
Diets, like clothes, should be tailored to you.
“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” –
The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.
Whether it be for general health or weight loss, it would seem we are never more than a few seconds away from a new diet. The V6 is the latest doing the rounds, and no doubt by the time it takes to write this sentence a new one will have appeared.
Selecting the right diet for your IBS can be a laborious task and can require time and patience. It can be very hard to isolate exactly what effects us as we rarely have one food group alone during the course of the day.
These diets offer us a supposedly speedier way to find the right balance of nutrition to ensure that we achieve all we can.
Sell, Sell, Sell
Many of the diets in the public eye are sold most vociferously and they often make wonderful cases for their worth. It is with this in mind that we reiterate the principles that guide this website. They are listed at the foot of this page and are vitally important when trying to find the right way forward in dietary terms for your IBS.
We are unique individuals and to that end, any given diet may be the one that works for you. We recommend that rather than following a set diet that you create the ‘You diet’. For example, many of us at IBS-Health follow the low FODMAP diet, , however most of us have had to make personal adaptations. The principles of the low FODMAP plan are very sound, but each of us has different issues and we therefore tailor that diet to those issues.
When you encounter those who are either selling these diets, or those that have been successful on one of these diets, you can often be tricked into thinking that there is something wrong with you if the diet does not work. The low FODMAP plan for example does not work for all, however some people out there would not even contemplate that to be possible.
We are simply trying to suggest that anyone who wishes to try a diet to help their IBS does so with their eyes open, and that they trust themselves. If the diet does not seem to help and you have given it a fair chance, then trust yourself. Only you know how you feel. If you have the means we would also strongly recommend that you enlist the assistance of a qualified dietician, who will be able to give you sound advice.