I have just returned home to UK after spending 3 weeks in sunny Tenerife.
Before going away I was having problems with my IBS D , some of which I posted on this site and was dreading the travelling etc. However, other than a little anxiety , two Imodium capsules covered the 5hour air travel without incident.
What is more interesting , is that other that one occasion after eating out , my IBS was not causing me any problems. Virtually gone although still worried that it would strike at any moment.
During the holiday I ate what I would consider to be a "disaster" diet for my IBS. Ate things like Sirloin steak with mushroom sauce, Lasagne ,( which has in the past caused problem) , various chicken dishes ,including a mild curry. I also had a few alcoholic beverages and most evenings shared a bottle of white wine with my wife. We ate too much bread in sandwiches and too many fries , too much Pasta also few vegetables and no potatoes.
Really I thought I deserve a bad flare up --but in fact I was much better - less bloating , no acute wind pains and fairly regular in bowel habits. I don't get this at all. I have only been home 2 days and to be honest I am a little constipated since returning ,but too early too say if things will go back to the bad old ways. At home I think I tend to eat portions which are perhaps too large, I eat faster than I do when eating out and probable also eat tend to snack on biscuits or cakes etc in the evening.
When away , I think the restaurant portions were better and consumed at a slower pace , then for some reason I felt no need to snack on anything later in the evening.
I don't know if anyone else has had similar experiences or can comment on why this unhealthy diet ( which increased my weight by 8 pounds), gave me a much better tummy experience and going out to eat a pleasurable experience , rather than a more usual, highly worrying experience. Iastly , I must add that this was unlikely to be anything to do with being more relaxed , as quite a few other problems occurred which I think would be considered quite stressful , including slipping and a fall which resulted in medical assistance and a very sore back for most of the trip.
Look forward to any thoughts on this.