Around the age of 13 or 14, I began to experience the symptoms of a digestive issue that my gastrointestinal doctor later suggested was IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome.) The mental stress stemming from my symptoms pushed me to figure out my trigger foods and to eliminate them. I chose to alter my diet- dairy free, gluten free…you name it. In doing my research, I learned that meat is more difficult to digest than most other foods, because it’s made of dense protein muscle. I used that knowledge as an opportunity to work with my body on reducing inflammation and irritation to my intestines and my colon. For the past five years I’ve been a vegetarian. Today, I’m able to compare my symptoms; most have lessened and those that remain are much milder than I have ever experienced.
If you’re living with IBS, I urge you to consider reducing your daily intake of meat. I have cut out my meat intake entirely. Take it one day at a time, explore the veg-friendly options at your local supermarket, and be dedicated to nourishing your body well. There is no cure all, but your gastrointestinal tract will most definitely thank you. Not only should you think about eliminating meat, but keep in mind that it's essential to incorporate lots of organic fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, legumes, and whole grains into your diet too. Your body needs the best nutrition to help alleviate your symptoms and to promote wellness and healing. Foods such as berries, broccoli, sweet potato, avocado, nuts, tofu, edamame, brown rice, and quinoa can actually decrease inflammation! If you eliminate the wrong foods, you can spend more time putting the right foods into your body.