Living with IBS- The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

As I had mentioned Sunday, I had my Intro to RealRyder Class yesterday after work and it was…awesome! After not taking a spin class for almost four months it was a humbling experience to get back on the bike. Especially a RealRyder bike because they are completely different than a standard spin bike. They have the ability to move side-to-side as you lean into turns and stand up to jog.


I’m excited to take the “Burn & Firm” class at Cycle Soleil! It incorporates a 20 minute ride,  followed by 10 minutes of arm toning, 10 minutes of leg toning, and 10 minutes of abdominal work, a total-body workout!

After class I came home to cook up this yummy dinner…

Quinoa Stuffed Portabella Caps


Disclaimer: I am not a professional Doctor nor health specialist. These opionions about IBS reflect what I have dealt with and how I handle it. 


In my “about me” section I briefly mentioned that I was diagnosed with abnormal digestive contractions and IBS. It’s something that has extremely impacted the way I live and completely changed my outlook on the food industry. This may be a little “much” to talk about but it’s something that goes undiagnosed in many people and I feel it needs to be discussed openly.

We’ll start with “The Ugly” then move to “The Good”.


What is IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects your large intestine (colon). Irritable bowel syndrome commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating gas, diarrhea and constipation.
Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS affects up to 55 million Americans, mostly women.


Causes are unknown but there are three main triggers that affect it:

  • Food- milk, alcohol, carbonated beverages, some fruits and vegetables, refined sugars, oils
  • Stress- stressful events & changes in daily routine. This is my largest trigger. When I’m stressed it heads right to my gut and I get excruciating pains.
  • Hormones- (sorry male readers) when women menstruate the pain tends to be worse


What I’ve learned

  • What type of foods I can combine together when eating.
  • What type of foods I can’t eat- pork, red meat, brown rice, refined sugars, oily foods.
  • I like to know where my food comes from and what exactly I’m putting into my body. IBS has opened my eyes to how corrupt our food industry is and how we’re basically “poisoned” through half the foods we’re consuming. I mean, what’s the point in dosing fresh produce in pesticides or genetically modifying them? That’s just wrong. — Sorry, I’m going on a tangent here! You can tell this is an important topic to me!
  • I’ve learned to listen to my body and give it food as fuel. When I feed my body right, I have so much more energy and feel happier overall.

What I’m still learning

  •  How to balance my stress– This is my biggest problem. I work myself too hard at times and don’t RELAX enough. I’m learning to breathe and take time to myself every day.
  • I still battle stomach pains every once in awhile, so learning what type of foods trigger the cramps is a continual process.

So, there you have it; the in’s and out’s of IBS! Sorry if I made you quezzy or made you toss that delicious breakfast of yours!


XOXO. Britt

Anyone else struggle with IBS? How do you manage it?

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  • Bernie Csuhta

    Pains that are due to bloating will feel sharp and cause the stomach to cramp. These pains may occur anywhere in the body and can change locations quickly.’*’.

    Stay in touch

  • Reply

    Love Spinning too :). Quinoa stuffed portabella caps looks so yummy. Can’t wait to try this out. But where’s the receipe? I clicked on the link and 404 error. Please update it. Thanks.

    • Brittany

      Thanks for pointing that out Kristin. It’s fixed now!

  • Deborahy

    I am a spinner bike fan, really love it, thanks for your useful informaiton, would you like to talk more about spinning with me?

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