Then the book Eating for IBS confirmed what every IBS sufferer instinctively knew: diet plays a direct role in gut function, and the abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, and bloating from Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be directly controlled through diet. The Eating for IBS diet makes the difference between living a normal, happy, outgoing life versus spending every day stuck in the bathroom enduring pain, bowel dysfunction, and misery. Contrary to what many IBS patients and even doctors still believe, eating for IBS does not mean deprivation, never going to restaurants, boring food, or a limited and therefore unhealthy diet. It does mean learning to eat safely by realizing how different foods physically affect the GI tract, and how foods can help or hurt both diarrhea AND constipation, as well as abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and nausea. Foods can either prevent or trigger IBS symptoms. For example: – There are two kinds of fiber…one soothes the colon and regulates gut function but the other can cause severe IBS attacks – Dairy is a common trigger…even in people who are not lactose intolerant – Peppermint and fennel can prevent pain, spasms, and bloating better than some drugs – Bland foods are not automatically safe foods – How you eat for IBS is just as important as what you eat for IBS With Eating for IBS, Heather Van Vorous, who has suffered from IBS since childhood and gradually learned to control her symptoms through dietary modifications, offered sympathetic information tailored specifically to the needs of IBS sufferers. She provided a comprehensive overview of IBS, explicit eating and cooking strategies, travel and restaurant advice, daily menus, supermarket ideas, and 175 delicious IBS-friendly recipes. How delicious could those recipes be? Eating for IBS was a finalist for the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) Health and Special Diet Award – also known as the “Julia Child” award, and it led to the Seattle television show Heather Cooks! IBS sufferers have been thrilled to discover they can enjoy traditional homestyle cooking, ethnic foods, rich desserts, snacks, and party foods – and don’t have to cook unusual or special meals for themselves while their families follow a “normal” diet. Eating for IBS forever revolutionized the way people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome eat – and live. Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects up to 20% of the population and symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, bloating and gas can either be triggered or prevented through diet.