Awesome IBS Resources

I've had IBS for a long, long time, and in that time I've read through a bunch of, well, shit. However, I've also found some awesome resources that have made a huge difference in my quality of life. I thought I'd share those with you. Hope you find them as helpful as I have!

  • Registered dietitians!!
    • Every single one of you needs to see a dietitian if there are foods you avoid. More and more of them are aware of IBS and our triggers and can help set up a meal plan that will be GI friendly and still get us the nutrients we need
    • If you live in the midwest, HyVee has a dietitian in almost every store
      • Your first visit is free and the follow up visits are pretty affordable. They'll even walk around the store with you and help you pick out food!
      • Check out their website to find if one is in your store
    • This may seem like an odd resource, but I've been thrown into a couple of depressions thanks to my IBS, and I feel like I'm probably not the only one out there. I found this book during my last depression, and it saved me.

**If you have any sites you'd like me to add, please let me know!


  1. Hi Rachel,

    I stumbled across your blog today as I was researching blogs and websites for IBS. It sounds like you are going through a really tricky time right now and I want to help. I am a registered dietitian in Ontario that focuses on a low FODMAP diet approach for digestive symptoms and IBS. There has been much research in recent years showing that the reduction of high FODMAP foods can help reduce IBS symptoms. I would love to chat more about this with you to help you get to a good place. I too have IBS and working with others to help them relieve symptoms is something dear to me.

    Let me know if you are interested.

    Stephanie Clairmont, MHSc, RD

    1. Hey....Dr i am also suffering from this deadly disease but my symptoms are little different..... a little help would be of great use.

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  3. Hey Rachel, my name is Kassidy! I've been looking at your blog and have noticed that we had had a lot of the same problems, symptom wise and through mental struggles. I would really love to talk to you sometime about how you take care of your IBS. I am really just starting to try to take charge of my IBS. It is really hard to be at college a ways from home and try to deal with my stomach. I would really love some advice, and maybe jut to swap stories and ideas sometimes. Thanks for all these great posts and all the help! Hope to hear from you soon!

  4. Hi Kassidy! I'd love to talk- feel free to email me. It's just IBSRachel at gmail. I have a really funky schedule which is especially bad lately, so if I don't get back to you right away, know that I will eventually!

  5. Hello Rachel! I'm so, so happy I found this blog. I just got diagnosed with IBS a few days ago. I'm one of the lucky ones--I'm 36 years old and up until now have had pretty much zero symptoms, but my mother and grandmother have / had IBS, and my mother didn't develop symptoms until she was in her 30s. My symptoms aren't overwhelming (yet), but right now I'm just struggling to wrap my brain around what it means to have IBS and the fact that things I never had to think about before--poop, gas, wondering what food is going to trigger symptoms--are now things I am obsessing over. Luckily my boyfriend of 4 years has also been very supportive and I don't feel the need to hide things from him (can't hide much, really, because we live in a postage stamp-sized apartment in Tokyo where the bathroom walls are really thin!).

    Anyway, I'm just relieved to be able to read about someone else's day-to-day life and struggles and know that I'm not alone. And the resources are a huge help--I love food and cooking so my first order of business is to gradually figure out my trigger foods so that I can continue to make the things I love in modified form. Thanks again!

  6. Rachel, great information on here. It's nice to find this type of real person information instead of reading pointless information over and over again on different medical sites. I'm a 33 year old male and my symptoms have gotten progressively worse. Because of this, I will now see a dietitian. Thanks and keep your updates coming.

  7. Hi Rachel, I just came across your blog. Thanks for your lovely words about my work and for all the link love! Good luck with your blog and your health!
    --Dr. Barbara Bolen