Navigating Thanksgiving with IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is a common condition that affects one-fifth of the population. Caused by a number of factors, including stress and diet, the holidays can be a very challenging time for someone suffering with the disease.

Can I Still Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving If I Have IBS?

When you have IBS, it’s easy to become preoccupied with what you can’t eat, and holiday temptations not only make it harder but can make you feel like it’s not even worth celebrating. But when it comes to your diet and navigating Thanksgiving with IBS, there is plenty of good news. There are many food choices in a typical Thanksgiving meal that not only won’t aggravate your IBS but might actually be good for it – including turkey.

What Should I Eat on Thanksgiving to Avoid Triggering an IBS Attack?

While everyone has different tolerance levels, we encourage you focus on moderation. If you absolutely love turkey, have some, but stick to white meat and skip the gravy. Seek out other sources of lean protein, too, like eggs, salmon, and nuts.

Be Grateful for Low FODMAP Foods

FODMAP is the acronym given to the kinds of foods (Fermentables, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols) identified as triggers for IBS. Low FODMAP foods, then, are ones you should fill your plate at during Thanksgiving (and year-round). They include:

  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Squash
  • Sweet potato
  • Tomato
  • Arugula (rocket lettuce)
  • Baby spinach
  • Collard greens
  • Banana
  • Blueberry
  • Cantaloupe
  • Grapes
  • Pecan
  • Pine nuts
  • Walnuts

There are many other low FODMAP foods to choose from, and many of them are served at Thanksgiving meals. By sticking to low FODMAP foods, you can avoid the extreme discomfort and embarrassment of IBS during the holidays.

If you are experiencing symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, visit an IBS specialist at Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston. Our team strives to provide excellence in gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition services for patients in North Houston and the surrounding areas. We believe quality care begins with a patient-centered approach to diagnosing and treating both minor and chronic GI conditions. Schedule an appointment at our practice today by calling 832.912.4481 or fill out the form on this page.

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