There is something interesting that I am discovering from my many phone calls with women looking to enter my low Fodmap coaching program.
Most of them have told me that they have had some kind of digestive issue all their lives but a few had it come on suddenly. But the interesting thing is that there was always an inciting factor for the start or for kicking it up a notch. For some it was a very bad stomach infection with diarrhea but for most it was a traumatic event in their lives.
The Inciting Factor for IBS
For me, it was the illness and death of my father eight years ago. I remember wondering why my gut had to play up right now when I had so much to cope with. It then got progressively worse leading to my visiting several healthcare professionals to no avail and to eventually sorting it myself with the low Fodmap diet through online research.
Others I have spoken to have also had the death of a close family member as their inciting factor, but other traumas have included:
- The serious illnesses of a child, in one case two children at once
- A bad car accident that left her in hospital for some time
- One lady lost her job of 20 years with no real explanation or appreciation for her dedication for all those years
- One had her brother and mother get cancer within two weeks of each other
- Another had her partner commit a crime and end up in prison.
The list goes on but the pattern is plain enough to see.
Does your personality type affect IBS?
What would be interesting to investigate is the personality type of these women. Are they all women who hold in their emotions and internalize them, which then eats away at them from the inside out? Are those who are able to express their feelings more freely exempt from IBS? This is conjecture on my part but I know I am one of the former who tries to be strong for everyone else, even though I am dying inside.
There is something to be said for the wailing and gnashing of teeth that goes on in some cultures when they are upset. But for those of us of Anglo-Saxon descent, such behavior would be unseemly and so we put a brave front on it and damage our health.
I think we have it wrong!
Today’s low Fodmap recipe is a comforting brown rice salad filled with low Fodmap vegetables, chicken and feta (you can have 1/2 a cup of feta). It is also a great one for making your own version with any leftovers you have in the fridge. The dressing is a simple vinaigrette which does the job well.
- 2 cups of brown rice (uncooked)
- 1 tomato, chopped up
- 1 courgette, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 150gms/5.3oz feta, cut into squares
- 1 cup shredded cooked chicken
- 1 cup chopped cooked green beans
- 2 spring onions (green part only), chopped
- 1 tbsp chopped parsley
- Olive oil
- Salt & pepper
- Tabasco sauce
- Boil the rice according to the instructions on the packet.
- Drain and run cold water through. Drain thoroughly.
- Tip into a serving bowl and mix through 1 tbsp of olive oil to stop it sticking.
- Add all the other ingredients.
- Dress with olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and a few drops of Tabasco sauce.
- Mix all together and serve.