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ghostie
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Recently I have been suffering from an ongoing bout of this, and as normal I am trying to increase my fibre intake, but does anyone suggest certain foods I should avoid or try to eat more of, instead of just the general "eat more fibre" ?
I will also be increasing my water intake [Smile]
any feedback is greatly appreciated, as I am in maajor discomfort [Frown]

my doctor is also aware of my situation, it's a problem I have had since birth so he isn't keen on giving me laxatives as I can build up a resistance to their effects. thanks [Smile]

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Heather
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Can you sum up your diet in general?

Like, what's breakfast/lunch/dinner/snacks in an average few days?

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I have suffered from this for a long while now, and i have some things worth considereing,
firsty what my Dr advised.

Avoid eating lots of one thing e.g. crisps, balance it out with fruit or part of your 5-a-day. Drinking water is vital, you dont have to go over the top and drink five litres in one sitting, spread it out over the day so its comfortable, a glass an hour you are away maybe. The Dr also advised brown rice over regular white rice, brown rice has the husks left on and is a great, tasty way of getting fibre.

The following are suggestions are things that i have found to work, or have been advised. They wont cause you any harm but the might not be as affective on you:

when you wake up try a glass or two of warm water, let the kettle boil and leave it for a bit, it dosnt need to be boiling. This helps loosen everything up. Try other things such as quinoa (spelt very wrong but this isnt school after all)
or some sort of whole wheat grain like bulgar wheat.

I dare say bakery goods wont help very much [Wink]
On the subject of bread i personally only eat granary (malted meal) bread, nothing white, although this is more of a taste thing on my part, white bread, especially in excess wont help the situation.

Something i find that dosnt help is chewy sweets like drumstick sweets or fruit pastils, but again only when taken in excess.

Just to summerise the best thing is regular water.
maybe get a large bottle, or one with a sports cap on it, and have it about the house. I find if its there ill drink it, and you dont need to go out of your way to get water. The only down side to this is that you may need to take several trips to the bathroom.

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King Joey
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I forgot to mention, laxatives work well... for a while but i would you do build up a resistance, i have to two forms.
i would suggest save them until you are really bad to preserve their affects.

Remember all my advice is from personal experience.
Before dramatically changing your diet, or changing medicinal intake consult your GP.

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Thanks very much Led Zep that's what I was looking for!

Heather, per my diet I always have a bowl of bran flakes with milk for my breakfast with a glass of water (which is pretty much all I drink) lunch varies a lot but thinking about it it's often very pasta-y [Embarrassed] spaghetti on toast, pasta and sauce, noodles, and on sundays I have a proper roast dinner.
For dinner, if I am hungry, I usually just have something small if I've had a big lunch, like snacky things I suppose.
I really do not have the best diet since I got sick last year, the smell of certain foods I used to love makes me feel sick and headachey etc [Frown] and I've always been a fussy girl sadly! [Frown]

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Hi NoisyPinkBubbles, [Smile]

Bran flakes are a good start, but I'm not seeing a lot of ruffage in your diet. It's all about those dark leafy greens (for starters.) What about adding a salad to the mix? You could make dressing from olive oil, which is quite healthy and even helps you be regular. What fruits and veggies do you like? What sources of protein are you getting?

Drinking a lot of water (what about fizzy water or tea?) is really important, but, Led Zep, drinking five liters of water a day would be hazardous to most people's health! Two liters are recommended: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/tvradio/programmes/shouldiworryabout/water.shtml

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Oh, I feel your pain. I get awful travel constipation, and I travel a lot, so you can imagine. :(

At the beginning of the year, my English teacher taught us a little saying that goes "fruit to go, cheese to stop." (Don't even ask how we got on this topic in the first place...) He said that if you're constipated, you should eat lots of fruits and veggies, and if you have diarrhea you should eat cheese and dairy products. My mommy always tells me to avoid bread and dairy and drink lots of fruit juice when I'm having troubles.

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King Joey
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Yes, five litres of water would make you into a human reservoir, the 5-a-day thing is refering to food, the UK government, has brought in a suggestion of 5 healthy things a day, e.g. one portion of fruit one glass of fruit juice etc...

And salad is always a good idea, salad with everything dont go OTT but have some in a sandwich or something else suttle so you wont notice it.

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well, i lost a lot of weight a couple of years ago and it affected my digestive system. i have extreme constipation, meaning that before, i have gone without having a single bowel movement for two weeks or so.

i now take an all-natural vegetable laxative (kind of like an herb) to keep me regulated, along with drinking lots of water and trying to get some fiber into my diet. i don't think i helped any, but was just letting you know that you're not alone!

(coffee helps in the mornings! lol)

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Heather
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Noisy: what I'm not seeing in your diet that would likely help is fruit and vegetables: I'm seeing a lot, lot of starches and carbs instead. So, I'm not shocked you're having bowel troubles.

You might start by adding some good, whole, fresh juices, as well as prune juice, apple juice, the works. ANY fruit or veg you like? Add those, big time.

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Speaking of juices, I'm not sure what they have in England right now, but... there seem to be a bunch of new single-serving fruit juice drinks on the market here. A few different brands have them and they're like 2 or 2.5 servings of fruit in one bottle, consisting of juice and pulp. They're not super cheap, but I'm a big fan of this one strawberry-orange mix that's almost like dessert. I drink one of those plus some fizzy water and I feel quite refreshed, like a cheap home spa or wellness treatment...
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Another thing that might help you out, since you enjoy eating pasta so much (I do as well): whole wheat pasta. I made the switch about three years ago, and it made an incredible difference in my bowels. It tastes a wee bit different than regular pasta, but personally I love it, and I got my then boyfriend hooked on it, too. I also started eating 100% whole wheat (or whole grain) bread for my toast and sandwiches, and that helped immensely. Fruits and veggies are the best for this situation, though. [Smile]
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Gosh thanks so much for the replies [Smile] I am DEFINATELY going to make the changes.
Even though I have a slightly odd phobia of fruit and veg, the juice drinks or maybe even certain smoothies might be a great bet. The sight, smell and texture makes my throat and stomach creep up towards my mouth (so it feels like anyway)
I've gone about three weeks without going previously, and it was hellishly painful and embarrassing, involving every kind of medication the doctors could prescribe, ending in two huge doses of those prep-meds they use for colon surgery etc [Frown]
I've also been taken to hospital by my mother when I was younger. I have never been given any nutritional advice by doctors other than "keep your fibre up" so thanks so much for the replies [Smile]

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I looked online to try to find the brand I like for you: turns out Schwarztal brand in Germany is Hero brand in most other places in Europe. It's called Fruit 2 day: I love strawberry-orange, didn't like mango-peach and haven't tried the pineapple one yet. Here's a site with various reviews of fruit drinks; it got a mixed review but is 100% juice.

http://www.ciao.co.uk/Multi_fruit_Juices_5095426_4

As people have said, just find a few things you'll like and take it from there, making little changes at first. If you're eating a lot of pasta, do you eat tomato-based sauces? Why not use real, fresh tomatoes but cook them down first so they're more saucy? Or use frozen spinach as a basis for another sauce?

Tell us how it goes! (Like what you're trying and what you're liking or not. [Wink] )

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Tomato, spinach, basil things like that are so yummy, ill show you how to make them if you would like noisy, im being trained up for uni. Its real easy and real tasty, get some whole wheat, (brown) pasta mmm i want some now actually.

Pasta was on you are what you eat (chanel 4)
white pasta apperntly acts like sugar, and is a "compound carb"
dont hold me to that, TV said it.

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