IBS: I wish I could digest tasty food

I wish I could digest tasty food

Don’t you wish you could digest tasty food? Instead of watching others eat whatever they like without batting an eyelid!

Bland food just brings you down. Back when I had IBS, I felt particularly deprived around birthdays, anniversaries, family gatherings and social events.

So much tasty food. So little I could digest!

I couldn’t ENJOY food. I could just pick out “what I could have”. And if I dared to venture out and have what I really fancied, I knew I would pay the price.

My doctor didn’t seem overly worried about this – but HE wasn’t living it.

If I’m honest, the only real solution is to get rid of your IBS once and for all.

That’s what I did and I haven’t looked back. I can eat and digest tasty food every day now. Brussles sprouts, onion gravy, bacon, wine – the works.

Why you can’t digest tasty food

The physical side

You have probably already heard this a thousand times. But this is something to talk to your doctor or GI specialist about if you haven’t already:

When the gut microbiome gets out of balance, the “bad” bacteria proliferate and interfere with digestion.

This can lead to different types of dysbiosis, like Candida and SIBO.

I had Candida. And even though I wasn’t “cured” by dealing with it, I did digest MUCH better.

If damage occurs to the gut lining you may find you develop leaky gut and more and more food intolerance.

The physical side is just a symptom

Few people examine WHY their gut bacteria got into that state. This may be a purely physical, in which case your doctor will be the best person to advise you.

It MAY be caused by what you’re eating. Maybe.

BUT have you ever wondered why sometimes you have flare-ups, and sometimes you don’t?

It’s a mystery, isn’t it! You can eat the same food, and digest it one day, and not another day.

Psychological, emotional, energetic and physical reactions to what we perceive as stress can also impact our gut health and digestion much more than we realise.

While often unconscious trigger loops are still going round, digestion will likely be affected (remember the brain-gut axis we hear so much about).

To be able to digest tasty food and digest well long-term, your body may simply need your nervous system to calm down.

It needs to have space to appease the digestive tract and repair gut damage.

And to do be able to do that, your body may need you to examine new ways of experiencing situations that are currently setting off your IBS. To allow yourself to digest tasty food again.

I wasted over 25 years of my life with IBS, not being able to digest tasty food. I wish I had known this earlier.

Managing symptoms is better than nothing, but not the best option available.

Food for thought…

How to get more taste in the foods you CAN eat

garlic oil

Fed up eating the same old bland foods? (I certainly was!)

One way of getting more taste in your life is by using IBS friendly herbs. Herbs that add flavour without negatively impacting your IBS.

This may take some getting used to, but when you start getting more flavour, you won’t want to stop!

Some people also find that although they can’t digest garlic, they CAN digest garlic-infused oil. You can easily make your own. Try out the no-cook recipe here, and see what it does for you. You can even add herbs for extra flavour.