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Eating for IBS: 175 Delicious, Nutritious, Low-Fat, Low-Residue Recipes to Stabilize the Touchiest Tummy [Paperback]

Heather Van Vorous
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Book Description

Nov. 13 2000
IBS is one of our nation's most untalked-about ailments, but millions of people - mostly women - suffer from the debilitating condition, one that must be controlled primarily through diet. Contrary to what may sufferers believe, eating for IBS does not mean deprivation, never going to restaurants, boring food, or an unhealthily limited diet. It does mean cutting out such trigger foods as red meat, dairy, most fats, caffeine, alcohol, and insoluble fiber. Heather Van Vorous, who has sufferedfrom IBS since age 9 and gradually learned how to control her IBS symptoms through dietary modifications, collects here 175 recipes she has created over 20 years. IBS sufferers will be thrilled to discover that they can enjoy traditional homestyle cooking, ethnic foods, rich desserts, snacks, and party foods - and don't have to cook weird or special meals for themselves while their families follow a "normal" diet. Eating with IBS will forever revolutionize the way people with IBS eat - and live.

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Eating for IBS: 175 Delicious, Nutritious, Low-Fat, Low-Residue Recipes to Stabilize the Touchiest Tummy + The First Year: IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome): An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed + The Complete IBS Health and Diet Guide: Includes Nutrition Information, Meal Plans and Over 100 Recipes for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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We are pleased to announce that Eating for IBS has been named a finalist for the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) Health and Special Diet Award for 2000.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Counterinuitive -- but brilliant July 1 2004
In these days of low-carb mania, it's a real mind-bender to consider that red meat, butter, whole eggs, raw veggies and whole wheat bread might be bad for you -- and that white rice, white bread, and white pasta might actually be good. But for IBS sufferers (at least those like me, with diarrhea-predominant symptoms and lots of gas/bloating) this can indeed be the case. Following Heather's basic strategies has provided wonderful relief in a matter of days -- after months of invasive tests, ineffective medications, and futile advice from docs. Her explanation of the differing effects of soluble and insoluble fiber on IBS sufferers is the key to this diet, and many will find that they can add back "forbidden" foods to some degree after getting their gut stabilized. Who would have thought that eating things in a specific order (like eating the starch before the salad!) could actually have an effect on gut spasms? But for me, that's exactly the case.
The author's sage advice about various fiber supplements and their individual characteristics would be worth the purchase price. (Reviewers who complained that her diet doesn't work for IBS with constipation must not be following her advice about incorporating fiber supplements; I don't see how they could possibly remain blocked up under the regime she outlines.) On top of that, the recipes are great. I love food and cooking and had despaired of ever having fun in the kitchen again -- always worried that what I was putting in my mouth was going to cause great suffering an hour or two later. Playing around with Heather's recipes has brought back the old thrill, and it's stuff the whole family can eat without suspecting it's some kind of special diet.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for plain eaters or for IBD sufferers April 23 2004
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I purchased this book because I have recently been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, an Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) and this book claims to be good for IBD as well as IBS sufferers. I found originally found out about this book from this website [...]
This book is full of gourmet-style recipes. The recipes call for ingredients that are no longer exotic, since they can be found in larger grocery stores (even in places like Alaska), but are still fairly expensive.
Also, while this book claims to cater to IBD as well as IBS sufferers, don't be fooled. The recipes in this book contain far too much fat, spices and insoluable fiber to be appropriate for IBD sufferers.
Still, these recipes are lower in fat compared to traditional recipes. While many are gourmet-style recipes that look like they will take every bowl and pot in your kitchen to create, they do look tasty. So, if you have IBS, and are looking for variety without aggravating your condition... and you really like your kitchen, I have no reservations recommending this book.
But, if you have IBD, be cautious about this book. You will most likely find that there are unacceptable ingredients and preparation methods in the recipes, unless you have a very mild form of the disease or are in remission.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book literally saved my life. Sept. 18 2003
I am in tears and actually doing the happy dance at the same time as I write this. My IBS was so bad before finding Eating for IBS that I was up all night with cramps and throughout the day. I begged my doctor for some relief because the spasm medication no longer worked. He had no advice but to live with it and take more meds. What? No way! I searched the internet again. Then I found Eating for IBS and ordered it right away hoping it wasn't just another thing that wouldn't work but the price was very easy on my pocketbook and I thought it worth giving a try. The very first day I got relief and by the second day I had no symptoms at all. I can not say enough about this book. Everything I say seems pale to the results it gave me. The diet is so easy and fun to follow and the recipes are delicious! This is a diet? Not for me. For me it is a miracle and I stay free of symptoms and enjoy every bite of delicious food from the recipes that are so full of flavor you actually ENJOY eating instead of dreading it for obvious reasons. I can not thank Heather Van Vorous enough for writing this book, giving us a choice of great recipes and making it available for us. Don't let the oportunity to get well pass you by. There really is a cure
Don't be fooled by potions and pills that claim a cure for IBS. Believe me, I've tried them all and "Eating for IBS" is the only cure. Yes, I said cure!!! Not relief but a cure for all who suffer from IBS.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have my life back! July 1 2002
Thanks to "Eating For IBS", I am once again a normal person. As soon as I began using her eating strategy, a miracle transpired - my IBS symptoms disappeared entirely! Now her easy orange miso avocado & cucumber salad has become a favorite along with her cinnamon zucchini bread and many other tasty dishes. Her international "ethnic" cuisine assures great variety and zest. Heather's book is intelligently written in easy to understand language and very informative. She has created a simple yet comprehensive guide on how to eat absolutely delicious meals that actually stabilized my colon immediately. Her strategy of substituting safe foods for "trigger" foods makes sense and really works. I finally understand how my vegetarian diet of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole wheat were causing attacks. I was also consuming more than two entire packages of FiProFlax fiber a week (...) to control my IBS without much success because it is insoluble fiber! Doctors never told me that there were two kinds of fiber and that I needed to eat the soluble kind. But because Heather makes this very clear distinction, I have my life back. I highly recommend her book!
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Published 17 days ago by john w cummings
2.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended
I wouldn't recommend this book as it contains out of date information and promotes sugar consumption. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Miss Terie
2.0 out of 5 stars Not helpful unless you are already a vegetarian or vegan
The author concentrates on vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. IBS symptons are difficult enough to live with without having to forego the occasional treat of a small piece of chicken... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Geoffrey Cox
1.0 out of 5 stars Outdated
The information is outdated.
States that coconut milk is bad for you, and all coconut oil, which we now know is fantastic. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2012 by karen b
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for any IBS sufferer
I have been suffering from IBS my entire teen and adult life, and this book has given me hope that I may at some point be able to eat, travel, and live my life without wondering... Read more
Published on March 8 2008 by Erilyn
5.0 out of 5 stars The best writer on IBS today
Heather Van Vorous writes the most comprehensive and accessible guides to managing IBS, and understanding the causes of IBS, available today. Read more
Published on May 28 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Free advice
Hi - When you see a health related topic that has spawned an entire industry you can be sure of two things: A lot of people are suffering and there is little or nothing, beyond... Read more
Published on April 9 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Road Map to Health
This book and the website changed my life. Heather's sound advice and delicious recipes in this book have made me well again. Read more
Published on March 3 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for this Book
Thank You Heather for your lifesaving book on IBS.
After two years of tests, surgery and five trips to Emergency Room for severe abdominal spasms I finally found information... Read more
Published on March 2 2004 by Helen Gates
5.0 out of 5 stars Eating for IBS is a Must Read
"Eating for IBS" gives invaluable information about the process of IBS, the solution, and even includes wonderful recipies. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2003
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