Top 5 Foods to Eat This Spring for IBS
The spring season is upon us, and just as the weather changes, our bodies change to adapt as well. We start to crave lighter foods to eat than pasta, and are thinking more about fresh fruit and saladsóespecially when coping with IBS. Incorporating the food items in this article into your weekly shopping cart and daily meals can mean more regular bowel movements, increased energy and happier health.
Do you feel it? You know what I meanóthe crisp temperature mingled with the sunís warmth and green grass that only indicates the spring season is upon us.
And, just like the changing weather, our bodies are changing to adapt, as well. Youíll notice that you start to crave lighter foods to eat than pasta, and are thinking more about fresh fruit and salads; especially when coping with IBS.†
Settle in and get comfortable as I share some simple suggestions to serve your bodyís need for lighter and healthier foods this spring season:
∑†††††††† A is for apple. And apples are your friend. Why? For starters, apple skin contains so much fiber that it will help keep you regular. The skinís the thing, when it comes to apples, simply slice and snack for IBS help. Try an apple-a-day and see it help keep the IBS doctor away!
∑†††††††† Looking for a great vegetable to accompany your meal? Look no further: the asparagus is here. Due to its high fiber content, and high level of calcium and magnesium, the asparagus will help with digestion. Try roasting it with olive oil, salt and pepper. Yummy! And asparagus isnít just for dinner; it makes a great soup as well.
∑†††††††† Not a lot of people give the artichoke its due, but it is by far one of the most nutritious foods to eat this spring. Why? It has high levels of antioxidant properties, and promotes human health and immune boosting as well. Pretty impressive, this artichoke of ours. You can steam it with a little olive oil and salt and pepper, or try baking it with garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper. So good for you!†
∑†††††††† Beautiful in color and shape, the strawberry is also an excellent source of fiber and vitamin C. Eating strawberries also assists in weight loss due to their high fiber levels and low caloric intake. Give strawberries a try by using them as a dessert with whipped cream or in a smoothie. They can also be sliced and used in a lovely fruit salad.†
∑†††††††† Although itís available all year round, spinach is best in the spring. Itís high in many nutrients such as magnesium, folic acid and vitamin K. Spinach can be served raw or cooked. Steam it, sautť it with garlic and olive oil, or serve raw with your favorite dressing.
Incorporating the above items into your weekly shopping cart and daily meals can mean more regular bowel movements, increased energy and happier health. Ask your doctor if she agrees and then dig in to heartier fare for spring that will support your overall health.Thatís how I spell ĎR-E-L-I-E-Fí this spring season.†
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After suffering with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Hypoglycemia and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Randi studied holistic nutrition, changed her diet and made lifestyle changes. She was able to heal herself from these afflictions and is helping other people do the same. Randi Cestaro offers tips for healthy eating in her e-book, I Healed Myself from IBS and You Can Too!, available on her web site at http://www.happyhealing.net. Youíll also find information on Randiís coaching programs and other resources for healthy eating.