I'm very perplexed. I've had chronic diarrhea several times a day for the past 2 years. I'm 28, good weight, active, not much stress, and doctors haven't come across a reason for the season.
What's funny is that the worse I eat (cookies, cakes, desserts, waffles, etc), the better my stomach gets. It stops gurgling as much (oh god the gurgling makes me crazy!), and the junk really seems to help slow down my system and the next day I'll have a more normal-ish BM. WHY??? Why does sugar make me feel better when all the advice says to keep away from it? The healthier I eat, the WORSE my symptoms become.
Is it because there's less fiber in desserts? I also eat lots of rice, red meat, fish, potatoes, hard cheeses, and other mild foods with not as much luck as the deep fried Twinkies. PS - Apart from the Oreo/Twinkie (a one time occurance lol) EVERYthing I eat is made from scratch at home to avoid preservatives and additives.
Maybe high-fat and low-fiber is right for you! Fiber is actually bad for people with certain digestive motility disorders. (I have gastritis and gastroparesis, so I need low-fat low-fiber, which is BORING but not painful.)
I think you're right, Janewhite, in saying that a high fat diet might be best for my circumstance. Only problem with that is I've been gaining weight trying to eat that way Bleh! I've been a health nut since I was a young kid so having to eat things I previously deemed 'unhealthy' is sad to me lol.
You're also right about the low fiber aspect - I cannot eat any (insoluble fiber) fruit or vegetables because they use my intestinal tract as a Slip N Slide. Not much fun! However, I do take a soluble fiber supplement daily to create some "form" if you know what I mean, but I'm not sure if I should continue that as I have to go more often due to it.
Oh, I know. I hate white bread, it's like eating packing peanuts. I like whole grains, broccoli, kale, onions, cherries, berries and tomatoes, but I really can't have them, except kale in small portions.
Have you tried healthy fats, like nuts, avocados, eggs and fish? Avocados I can even tolerate. (When I feel like I'm going to starve if I don't get SOME fat, I eat a piece of avocado.)
How about tricyclic antidepressants? They might slow down your digestion enough that you can eat better.
Last edited by janewhite1; 08-04-2011 at 01:45 PM.