The Complete IBS Health & Diet Guide: Includes Nutrition Information, Meal Plans & Over 100 Recipes for Irritable Bowel Syndrome by Dr. Maitreyi Raman, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Angela Sirounis, BSc, RD and Jennifer Shrubsole, BSc, RD

The Complete IBS Health & Diet Guide: Includes Nutrition Information, Meal Plans & Over 100 Recipes for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Dr. Maitreyi Raman, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Angela Sirounis, BSc, RD and Jennifer Shrubsole, BSc, RD
Robert Rose Publishing (2011)
ISBN 9780778802631
Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views (3/11)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common ailment in our society and according to the authors may be caused by environment (emotional, financial, social, occupational and psychological stress), pre-existing gut motility, pre-existing psychological factors or lifestyle (exercise and diet).  In “The Complete IBS Health & Diet Guide,” the authors, all experts in nutrition and gastroenterology, offer concise information about the disease while presenting ways to combat the discomfort and move toward healing. They provide charts, lists, and “Did you know?” facts that dispels myths or offers tips and information. The case studies allow reader to parallel and to glean information or know they aren’t alone in symptoms or experiences.

More than half of the book is on meal planning and recipes.  Their “Foodmap” is self-explanatory and user-friendly, especially for those that have recently been diagnosed with IBS and are in overwhelm.  Suggestions for meals are very palatable and from the looks of everything on the lists, all the products can be purchased at the local grocery store.

Because there are recipes in the book we are asked to test some of them for the purpose of the review.  I decided to test out “Potato Latkes with Cilantro Sour Cream Topping.”  I’ve made Latkes before but either used apple sauce or dill cream as a complement. The cilantro added a wonderful flavor to the sour cream while the lime juice added to the tartness.  The latkes were very good – crisp and flavorful.

The other recipe I tested was “Brown Rice Tart with Tomatoes.”  The crust, made from brown rice, egg and shredded Cheddar cheese, was crisp, yet tender.  The filling of tomatoes, feta cheese, and eggs flavored with thyme was delicious.  The recipe called for 8 sprigs of thyme so you can imagine how flavorful it was!   The halved tomatoes were prebaked for 30 minutes before placing on the crust, then pouring filling over.  It took a long time to prepare this dish and then bake it for an hour; however, it was worth every minute of it.  Served with a side salad it was a hit.  And, the leftovers the next day, served slightly warmed up, tasted even better.

I recommend “The Complete IBS Health & Diet Guide” for newly-diagnosed patients; the book is easy to read and understand and it will give you enough information to accept the syndrome and learn how to deal with it.  Change in lifestyle is necessary but it’s not as hard as one would think; it can be done and with support from family, friends, and information like in this book it is possible to living a fulfilling life regardless of this syndrome.

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