- What is IBS?
- Treating your IBS
- Managing your IBS
- You are not alone
A food diary can be effective in proactively managing your IBS.
Everyone reacts differently to different foods, so keeping a food diary for a month or more can be a great way to help identify what may be triggering your IBS and find an IBS diet that works for you. Just note down everything you eat and drink and record any bouts of IBS.
You can also extend your food diary to include your stress levels. As well as recording everything you’re eating, make a note of any high-pressure situations you find yourself in (whether you felt stressed at the time or not). These might include meetings at work, dealing with difficult people anywhere, or just awkward social situations.
Once the month is over, check for any correlation between the types of food and drink consumed and the IBS problems you experienced. Hopefully you’ll be able to see which foods are the worst culprits and you can try eliminating them from your diet for a while. If you notice a change, you’re on the road to successfully managing your IBS.
Do the same with moments of stress. If you can identify particular workplace or social events that seem to be causing problems, try to eliminate such events from your schedule, or do everything you can to minimise stress – from preparing well in advance to asking friends or colleagues to help you out – and monitor the effect on your IBS symptoms.