Q&A Series: Mindful Eating: Building a Healthy Relationship with Food for People with IBS

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Welcome to Episode 4 of our Q&A series, where we explore mindful eating and building a healthy relationship with food for people with IBS, with registered dietitian Julie Negron, RD. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects millions of people worldwide, and the relationship between food and IBS symptoms can be complex. In this episode, we explore how to build a healthy relationship with food through mindfulness and other dietary strategies. Julie Negron, RD has extensive experience in working with clients with IBS, and in this episode, she shares valuable insights on how to identify food triggers, modify eating patterns, and incorporate mindfulness practices to manage symptoms and promote overall health and well-being. Whether you're someone who struggles with IBS or simply looking to build a healthier relationship with food, this episode has something for you. Join us as we explore the power of mindful eating with Julie Negron, RD. Don't forget to like, subscribe, and share with your friends and family. Let's start the conversation on how we can all achieve a healthier relationship with food and better manage IBS symptoms through mindful eating.

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Chapters:
[00:02:29] Managing stress through mindful eating is important for people with IBS. Stress is a potential cause of IBS and can worsen symptoms such as constipation and diarrhea. Being mindful of oneself can aid in dealing with gastrointestinal diseases.
[00:06:09] Mindfulness practices like meditation, yoga, and deep breathing can improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and digestive issues. Incorporating stress reduction techniques can positively impact digestion and emotional awareness through mindful eating can improve one's relationship with food.
[00:08:22] Building a healthier relationship with our body helps in building a healthier relationship with food, respecting our body, and listening to it allows us to eat mindfully, consider food that our body agrees with, and control the portions we consume.
[00:10:58] Tips for mindful eating: slow down, pay attention to portions, remove distractions, focus on the plate. Helpful for irritable bowel syndrome.
[00:19:45] Food is a social and central aspect of all cultures, with family meals reducing stress and improving digestion. Mindful eating and journaling can help individuals with irritable bowel syndrome identify and manage personal trigger foods, even if there are delayed reactions. Positive experiences with eating can build a healthy relationship with food.
[00:21:53] Keep a food journal to identify trigger foods and improve digestion, pay attention and slow down while eating, and consider cumulative effects of certain foods.
[00:28:25] Being mindful while eating reduces stress, helps make better food choices and aids in portion control which is important for low FODMAP diet, particularly for individuals with IBS.
[00:46:16] Importance of managing stress and practicing mindfulness for better quality of life and health. Healthcare professionals should be open-minded and offer stress management and mindfulness resources to patients with IBS.
[00:48:38] Key points: Healthcare professionals should prioritize finding credible sources of information and treating the link between stress and IBS-related mental health issues. Smartphone apps, such as Monash FODMAP, can aid in mindful eating and symptom tracking.
[00:57:36] Individuals with IBS can benefit from being mindful in all areas of life, not just food choices, by planning ahead and using mindfulness techniques such as stress reduction, therapy, and meditation. Integrating these practices into a long-term lifestyle can improve symptoms and create a healthy relationship with food.

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