Restricted Diet vs Restricted Life
The current situation with IBS is fairly straightforward. There is no magic pill, there is no absolute cure for IBS at present, and there is no simple single action which will alleviate the symptoms.
Those suffering with IBS face choices. Do you wish to enjoy certain foods and beverages which bring discomfort? Or do you wish to have an often dull and restricted diet? Sadly the products which bring most discomfort are the wonderful ones. Alcohol and caffeine bring many pleasures, however they are a disaster waiting to happen to your stomach.
The time we are most likely to turn to alcohol and caffeine, are the times we are most generally stressed. Stress features heavily later, however it is worth noting that during a psychological condition which is known to trigger IBS, we are highly likely to add further damage, by seeking products which physically damage the stomach.
If you, like I adore food, IBS diets based purely on restrictive practices can be soul destroying. They undoubtedly work, however they lead to your condition ruling your life. The best way to look at this would be in the same way as most of us view weight loss diets. Be sensible most the time, but do ensure that you let your self go once in a while.
If you consistently practice a sensible routine, then when you do have a meal, or enjoy an evening where you forget all the rules, you will find overtime that the reaction is less severe. If you allow your stomach time to heal in between such times, the benefits will soon become clear.