How do you know which meal is a trigger?

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Pardon me, because this may be a stupid question but I'm not exactly sure how this works. I'm having a bad week and just when things were getting back to normal, I just had a liquid stool. Help me out here.

Yesterday breakfast:

I had a pastry for breaksfast that was probably made with a lot of butter and sugar. It was a bad idea, and I felt I might pay for it.

Yesterday lunch and dinner:

grilled turkey from the deli with french bread.

Today breakfast:

oatmeal with bananas.

All yesterday I was fine, then about half an hour after breakfast today I had bad diarrhea.

Can I assume this was probably the meal from 24 hours ago just now presenting the problem?

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    I find that I have the same problem if I eat pastries and oats, I stay away with anything that contains oats, fresh cream is another trigger, also whole meal bread or granary, my tummy reacts to too much roughage even most vegetables and fruit! IBS can be a nightmare plus the tummy aches too. Try and be careful what you eat!
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    Sounds like significant amounts of gluten might be a trigger for you unless your pastry and french bread were gluten free. I can only tolerate small amounts of gluten and absolutely can't tolerate oatmeal. Why not try eliminating gluten and oatmeal from your diet, and then reintroduce them one at a time? You'll then be able to identfy which are triggers for you. Have you tried the Low FODMAP diet? It doesn't work for everyone but has been brilliant for me in identifying trigger foods. 

    Jan

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    Thanks, I'm sure it's not the turkey with bread as that is my go to safe meal. I just can't eat it for breakfast.

    I think it must be the oatmeal with bananas, although sometimes that is ok. Still figuring this out. Trial and error.

    By the way, when you guys get a flare up, are you tempted to just eat whatever you want? Haha. That's the way I feel. Like, if I'm going to be on the toilet all day anyway, why not just enjoy some Mexican food?

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      I have ibs and diverticulosis C and unlike you i have the trouble after a bm. Have to go 3 or 4 times a day and then my colon or bowel hurts like hell! It just does not know when to stop. This is one of those days and yes like  you i think ---- it! and eat some of the things that will  normally give me a problem. Hubby has made chicken curry so i will eat it because i am so FED UP! got to laugh though as that is how i deal with it . Hope you feel better soon and yes i will enjoy my dinner and take any consequences. sadbiggrin

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    I guess I need to retract what I wrote above because I just ate some french bread and it didn't go well. Seems like the last bread I had was fine (really basic ingredients) but these white french baguettes are causing a problem. I wonder what could be the difference.

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    Anyway, back to my original question: When you have diarrhea, how do you know which meal it was that triggered it?

    From what I'm gathering looking on google, it's common to have to go immediately after eating a trigger food. Do you agree? Do you ever find that there is a long delay, like 24 hours, before the flare up?

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      Major trigger foods have an immediate effect on me. Minor triggers, such as gluten, seem to build up over time, so if I have had too much gluten one day I will suffer the effects the following day. 

      Jan

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    Try the FODMAP diet.
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