Hello internet world! My name is Ellie and i am a newbie here!
I am 27 years old, originally i come from Greece but i live in Stockholm. I do my Master’s in Sustainable Energy Engineering and work part-time as a waitress. Internet is a huge part of my life, but only very recently i found the inspiration to start my own platform. I have been “suffering” from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrom) since i was 16! 11 years already. But let me tell you a secret… I finally started having some control over it! And i am EXCITED! And because of it a started a BLOG! What a twist!
What is IBS? You can read about it here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20024578 . In summary (and from my experience) is just exactly what the name says. Irritable bowel. Constipation, diarrhea, gases are the basic symptoms and no pathological reasons to explain it. Also, it is not treatable. Patients have to learn how to co-live with it, despite the very uncomfortable symptoms. At least it is not life threatening, right? (Me trying to see the glass half full).
All these years i would have all the symptoms in different periods of my life. I have visited a million doctors and the conclusion always was “it’s psychological…relax…don’t be stressed and you will feel better..”. If only i could switch off the stress button! So, instead of feeling better i felt worse. I thought i would never have a “normal” life again. And that was sooo dissapointing 😦
Even though there is so much information out there, we insist on performing old practices that don’t actually work. For example, one of the doctors i visited proposed i stop eating vegetables and fruits for a while, until i start feeling better again. And then i could start inserting them in my diet slowly. Hugest mistake ever. Not only the symptoms were not relieved but on the contrary, i felt scared eating vegetables and fruits for a long time.
Seriously, i could continue writing so many things about it, but instead i will just say that if you are one of the dissapointed people who don’t know how to “fight” IBS, I AM HERE. I have been feeling the same way for many years. Lately and after i started following the FODMAP diet (info about FODMAP: http://fodmapfriendly.com/what-are-fodmaps/ ), i have started feeling sooo much better. Physically and mentally! And my goal is to share my experiences with you, give you ideas about delicious rescipes i created and tips based only on my experience.
-DISCLAIMER!- I am not a doctor or an expert. I can only share my experiences and what works for my body. We are all different! But experimenting and finding what suits your body better is a part of the process of relieving IBS symptoms. I basically, hope to motivate other people to be strong and not give up (i know how difficult co-living with IBS IS, TRUST ME) and give some ideas about food alternatives so you can always enjoy delicious meals without irritating your beloved bowel.
Moreover, i would like to say that i DO NOT advertise any of the sites or diets i have linked above. Again, it is things that help ME personally!
Stay tuned for the real thing!