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Has anyone had stomach issues since they started dieting? I have IBS and
I have found that I can't handle any type of Malodextrin or Splenda in sugarfree or light products. It makes me cramp up and have to run to the bathroom. This makes it extremely hard to cure my sweet tooth. I try to be good and grab a yogurt, ff whip cream or SF fudge bar but end up with awful results. Does anyone else have this problem and if so what do you do if when you get hungry for something sweet?

Sun. Sep 10, 11:21pm

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I don't believe in IBS. A doctor told me I had it once, when I was in one of the most depressing periods of my life.

Once I managed to find a way out of that situation, I never experienced IBS again.

IBS (imo) might be more likely something that occurs when you are very, very unhappy and you don't see any way out of the situation so your stomach deals with your stress.

But I have never had any type of sweet tooth so I can't address the sugar issues. I hate sugar and sweets.

Sunday, September 10, 2006, 11:36 PM

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I'd say IBS is more often a result of what you eat... try cutting out wheat and dairy and see how that helps. If fake sugars irritate you, don't eat any of them. Try real sugar. It's better for you than the fake stuff. Just chose a good quality sweet and enjoy it. I'm all about the lindt chocolate myeslf...

Sunday, September 10, 2006, 11:48 PM

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To the poster who doesn't believe in IBS, I don't think you had it, your sounds more stress related. IBS is very real as many people who have the misfortune to really have IBS knows. It can be extremely painful and even make you afraid to do things in fear of having to search for a bathroom. Its not fun. I don't have it but know several people who do. I do have Ulcerative Colitis though but a very mild form. I never experience pain but do have flare ups if I'm not careful of what I eat. I don't have a problem with splenda at all but definitely can't have anything with malitol in it, immediately sends me to the bathroom and I have cramps with it. You can try stuff that is fruit juice sweetened or maybe with stevia, but stevia products are a bit harder to find and they are a lot more expensive. And the other poster is right, nothing wrong with good old real sugar, unless your a diabetic. I have heard that some people have that reaction to splenda but most of them have said after a while they adjust and it no longer is a problem for them. Good luck.

Monday, September 11, 2006, 1:36 AM

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IBS is real!

I agree with the poster above who said that IBS is very real. I have struggled with it for almost 6 years now and I seem to have it somewhat under control. It's essentially a functional gut-brain disconnect. It's not just in someone's head, it's an actual physical, functional problem. I highly recommend a book called Eating with IBS, written by Heather Van Vorous. You can also check out her link below that has much of the same info as the book (only for free). Following her principles really helped me a ton, including her ideas on stress management. Hope this helps!


Monday, September 11, 2006, 9:43 AM

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I had some major gastrointestinal issues related to my gall bladder- eating ANY fat made me very, very ill or gave me a lot of pain. I used that to get rid of fat in my diet almost completely. I'm telling you this because, I know it sounds crazy, but this is a golden opportunity to be rid of your sweet tooth.

If that doesn't work, try eating fruit, or something sour.

Hope this helps.

Monday, September 11, 2006, 12:25 PM

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I get seriously irritated with the "it's all in your head" answer given by people who have no idea of what they're talking about! Of course IBS is real. And even if it were 100% psychosomatic, the sufferer still SUFFERS. I'm sorry if I'm being a bit defensive here, but you get the same type of silly answers from people who have never suffered depression. "It's all in your head." Duh!

OP - I have exactly the same issues, and none of the answers. Yet. I just know that if I persevere with a good diet and exercise, I'll beat the sugar thing... and the extreme stomach pains and diarrhea too. Good luck! You're not alone.

Monday, September 11, 2006, 3:12 PM

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The book "The Second Brain" talks about how your intestines have their own nervous system that -- guess what? -- doesn't always listen to the one in your head! The intestinal nervous system uses some of the same neurotransmitters that your brain does, so it makes perfect sense that when your levels are off, as in depression, you'll have GI effects as well. Fascinating reading for those of us (me included) who have been perennially tortured by IBS...
In short -- NOTHING in life is "all in your head" -- even the stuff in your head is REAL. The only difference is that sometimes you can help modulate it a little with your thinking habits, if you're lucky.
BTW -- IMO, just stick with real sugar but try to cut it down. The fake sweeteners just keep your sweet tooth active anyway. Cut it out for a week and the cravings will tone down. Cut it out longer and you realize that everything in America is overly sweetened -- ick!


Monday, September 11, 2006, 4:17 PM

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Also, why not try fruit sorbets, or those whole fruit popsicles. Lots of sugar but at least there's the fruit, and you can't really go crazy with them or you get brain freeze ;)

Monday, September 11, 2006, 4:20 PM

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I don't know anything about IBS, but I have noticed in my light cookbooks that many of the sweet recipes call for honey instead of sugar. That might be a compromise? If you are baking, that is. I recommend making stuff at home with half of the flour being wheat flower, using applesauce or that fat substitute instead of oil, and maybe honey when you can substitute it for the sugar. There are TONS of recipes on line for cutting down on calories when cooking. Good luck, and listen to your body.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006, 8:57 AM

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take some juicy-juice or other 100% juice product and pour it into ice cube trays and freeze. when you get a craving, pop a cube out to suck on. you could even insert a half of a popsicle stick into each one.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006, 9:40 AM

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