IBS FOOD TO AVOID: What To Do When You Can’t Avoid Your Triggers

IBS FOOD TO AVOID: What To Do When You Can’t Avoid Your Triggers

Wendy Leung: What do you do when you can’t
avoid your IBS food triggers? Watch this video to learn tips on how to prevent
the worst flareup ever. For the most helpful information you’ll find
about IBS online, subscribe to my channel and hit the bell to be notified every Friday
when I post a new video. If you’re terrified of mystery meals wreaking
havoc on your gut, by the end of this video, you’ll know how to make the best out of a
bad situation. Wendy Leung: Holistic Health & Happiness Coach, Licensed Acupuncturist, and Powerhouse IBS Conqueror, and I struggled with restaurant
food too. Now I teach my clients how to live life while
healing their gut. And now I’m sharing with you too. Wendy Leung: In this series, we’ve talked
about all different food groups and all the major IBS triggers in them. Last episode, we even shuffled and recategorized
them into groups that are easier to track and figure out. But what if you’re in a situation where you
can’t avoid eating the food that you know trigger your symptoms, what do you do then? Do social meals give you extreme anxiety? Let me know my dropping a yes or no in the
comments below. Wendy Leung: So, say you’re at a birthday
dinner, it’s somebody really important to you, but there’s a limited menu at the restaurant
or you’re over at someone’s house and you don’t know all the ingredients in the meal. You felt guilty about not going because you’ve
already said no a million times before. But even before you leave the house, you can
feel your anxiety kicking in, worrying about your bloating, your pain, your gas flaring
up or having to run and hide in the bathroom. If you’re in a situation where you have little
or no control over what you eat, there are still a few things that you can do to make
sure that your outing is as painless as possible. Wendy Leung: Tip number one, make sure you
eat. I’ve heard from a lot of you that say that
you avoid eating before going out because you want to avoid setting off your symptoms,
but that’s actually the wrong approach because you’ve got is already weak. The more you starve your gut, the weaker it
gets. So you’re actually doing more damage in the
long run. So if you don’t want to risk eating mystery
foods while you’re out, just make sure that you eat before you leave the house. That way you have full control over what you’re
putting in your body, and you’re making sure that your gut is nourished. Wendy Leung: Tip number two, breathe. Take a few slow deep breaths before you leave
the house, and again, before you pick up your utensils to eat. Breathing calms and opens your body relaxing
your muscles and your gut and also helps to calm the anxious thoughts that are going
round and round in your brain. By taking a few deep breaths before eating,
it’s like you’re resetting your body and your brain and you’re telling it that it’s okay
to perform the task that’s in front of you. Wendy Leung: Which brings us to number three,
repeat a mantra. You are resilient and you’ve survived so much
so far. So, instead of focusing on the terrible things
that could happen, that might happen, that haven’t happened yet, shift your focus and
give yourself a positive mantra to repeat before you leave the house and before you
eat. Repeating a mantra is a really good way to
redirect your thoughts and emotions. I really like this one, I am resilient. Wendy Leung: Tip number four, warm up your
gut. Remember my TCM golden rule of thumb for a
weak gut, warm, simple, cooked foods. If you’re able to, always pick a meal that
follows this rule and also avoid as many of your food triggers as you can. If there aren’t any warm options available,
you can warm up your digestion by starting with a soup or a cup of hot water. Yes, I did say hot water and I order hot water
at restaurants all the time, even if people might look at me funny. The reason being that tea and coffee can be
potential triggers for you and so in order to avoid that, you just want to have something
warm to start up your digestion system and water is a great start. Wendy Leung: Tip number five, chew. Digestion starts with your teeth. In an ideal world, you would actually chew
your food 30 times before swallowing but no one really takes the time to do that anymore. Take small bites and aim for at least 10 to
15 chews per bite. By chewing for longer, you’re signaling your
gut that you’re sending it food, and you’re also helping break down your food to make
it easier for your weak gut to do its job. Wendy Leung: So to recap, here are five things
that you can do to control your IBS if you can’t control your food. Number one, make sure you eat. Number two, breath. Number three, repeat a mantra. Number four, warm up your gut. And number five, chew. I know that it can be really hard to get a
handle on your IBS anxiety, so if you want a tool that you can use to calm your mind
before you leave the house, sign up for my newsletter and I will send you one of my guided
meditations right to your inbox. The link is in the description box below. Wendy Leung: And if you’re at that point where
you’re sick and tired of your IBS taking over your life, look into my Conquer IBS Reignite
your Life mentorship program, because I teach you everything you need to know to be able
to put your IBS behind you for good. Whether you work with me live or you sign
up for the self study program, you’ll be on track to never worrying about a menu ever
again. And trust me that’s possible because that’s
what I do all the time. Both program links are in the description
box too. Wendy Leung: Okay, if you like this video,
you know the drill, let me know by liking it below and then let me know what your favorite
tip was in the comments section below. Also make sure that you share this with all
of your fellow IBS conquerors because I want to spread the word that IBS is completely
manageable, and not only is it manageable, it’s also absolutely possible to get your
IBS under control for good and I want to help you guys do it in 2019. I’m going to keep teaching you more and more
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  1. Hi Wendy,
    Seems like you have some very great tips, but I was wondering if your website/ further help is intended mainly for women? I’m a 21 year old male in college and I recently developed what appears to be IBS. Seeing that your other videos mention how you’re now able to live a much happier and healthier life than in years past, I’d love to learn more!

  2. I can't believe I have this Wendy! Im only 11 and I have to deal with this.. When it's shcool time I have nothing to eat at home and I feel like if I eat anything it will trigger me more idk what to do in the morning

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