I'll get straight to the faux-pas topic: what helps you go number 2? I have IBS that leaves me constipated, and I've been going raw for a month now, hoping it will help my guts more. I am eating plenty of veg, greens, fruits and drinking what, for me, is a lot of water. I hardly ever eat nuts, seeds, or dried fruit anymore since I tend to eat far too many.
I'm going to the bathroom better than usual (maybe once or twice a day, but not much; sometimes I still don't go for a couple days.) I feel like I'm gaining weight: my gut is huge, I feel bloated with water and watery produce, but I feel starved at night sometimes---and I'm still not having very good bowel movements. I hoped going raw would be the answer; I mean, everyone keeps joking about how I must have to be in the bathroom all day with all the veg n fruit I'm eating...but it's not happening.
Can anyone recommend things to eat or supplements that help you go? I'm taking digestive enzymes to help but even with those I'm still backed up it seems.
Any suggestions of:
WHAT TO EAT?
WHAT TO EAT MORE/LESS OF?
WHAT NOT TO COMBINE?
For those of you who like percentages: I'd guess I'm 50% to 80% raw. Also, I thought eating raw cabbage would be a good solution, but it feels like it sits so heavy in my guts instead of getting things moving. Do I have the wrong idea?
Raisins are one of the only things that I know help me go, but a while ago I was only eating raisins all day, just to go to the bathroom. I'm talking 4 cups per meal. Not pretty results, but I was desperate.
Thanks, and I hope this post isn't too "icky" for some people. My boyfriend says bowel movements are my favorite topic---but when it's on your mind every day for years, you tend to get a little preoccupied.