I got real sick yesterday. It was stress. And it was my day off too.
Last week, I had no days off. So while eating my breakfast, I made a giant "To Do" list for the day. Big mistake.
It was as if I swallowed every single one of those "To Dos" with my tofu eggs and toast. The meal went down into my stomach and just stayed there. By nine am, I looked pregnant.
For lunch, I made some vegan, sugar-free white rice pudding. It didn't help. I hung over yesterday's blog, snarling at the irony of it all. The cure? What a joke!
The day was wasted and I felt so depressed. I got very few of my "To Dos" actually done. I missed my work picnic and softball game. Then around five o'clock, I gave up.
I went to the liquor store.
There are a lot of little tricks up my smelly sleeve. So the white rice didn't work. Next, I bring out any one of the following options.
1. Herbal Tea
Brew a gas-guzzler! Some of my favorite anti-flatulent herbies include: Peppermint, Fennel, Dill, Dandelion Root, and Ginger. The first five work to dispel gas. Ginger is more for in between meals, to warm and prime your tummy for digestion. Mix it with some raw honey or stevia and lemon, and you've got a slammin' ginger lemonade.
I'm new to Boiron homeopathic remedies. My dentist suggested I try Sabadil for my allergies. It worked well. Gasalia doesn't stop gas; it pushes it out instead. Keep it in mind!
3. Red Wine
I'm a bit of a wino. Early on in my IBS career, I noticed that I always felt better after a glass. Vino relaxes the stomach. Of course it works. Obviously, if you are an alcoholic, IBS is not a reason to drink. If you can drink, consider trying it. I prefer administering the red like I did yesterday: as preparation for a meal. Like ginger, vino warms up your belly and primes it for food time.
The weirdest thing about IBS is the hunger. It goes away. Kinda. The gas and pain fills up your belly, making you feel like you just finished a twelve course meal. But underneath it, there's a twinge of needing to eat. Especially when you go from 7 am to 10 pm without consuming anything besides a half cup of rice pudding. You get dizzy too. Any kind of light smoothie can help get you through the day. My favorite is coconut water, rice protein mix, and soy milk.
Nothing helps dispel gas better than exercise. Go for a long run or swim. Your limbs will knead those farts right out of you! Relaxing music works well too. Like vino, it calms the body. It's one of my favorite ways to digest. I clip on my headphones and lie in bed for fifteen minutes.
Different tricks work for everyone. Sometimes, the best thing is to do NOTHING. Go about your day and don't eat. Usually when IBS is at it's worst, the LAST thing you want to do is eat.
As for me, I don't know if I'm completely healed from yesterday yet. All I've consumed is green tea and almond milk. Today's "To Do" list has been scribbled down, sans food. This being done, I can cross number one off the list and consider breakfast.