On Instagram @AndreaHardyRD, I share what you should really be doing to manage your IBS

What should you really be doing to manage your IBS? Andrea Hardy, RD shares her tips in this Instagram post.

❌ I see far too many patients look to cutting foods out as their only IBS management strategy. The result? A short list of foods they feel safe eating, but often times – their symptoms aren’t THAT.MUCH.BETTER. ❌⁠

✅ While the low FODMAP diet can be considered an elimination diet – what we REALLY should be focusing on is what we can add in and how we can find balance. ✅⁠

⚖️ The low FODMAP diet isn’t all or nothing, instead – I like patients to think of it as a ‘swap this for that’ – a way to figure out your triggers and in the end, liberalizing your diet to the fullest extent possible. ⚖️⁠

In addition, FOOD isn’t the be-all and end-all of IBS management! In fact, many other lifestyle interventions perform just as well. 😴🧘🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️⁠

@Ignite.nutrition.inc – we’ve developed our ‘4 Pillar Plan’ – that encompasses nutrition, stress management, medication management, and the gut microbiome. ⁠

The focus is on finding solutions that work for you that actually fit within your life, and understanding how your IBS is triggered. This can include things like working on sleep, stress, changes in exercise, focusing on ADDING IN low FODMAP items instead of focusing on ‘taking away’, and finding some good non-pharmacological and pharmacological strategies as needed to provide support.⁠

Looking for help with your nutrition? Book an appointment with our private practice gastroenterology dietitians at Ignite Nutrition.