Trigger Foods and Valentine’s Day.

So it was Valentine’s day last Sunday, for which I decided to make a cake for my girlfriend. Unfortunately cakes usually do not agree with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. On top of this I was making an Asian style pork roast(ginger, soy sauce, honey, garlic, etc..), rice & steamed carrots + broccoli. Overall the meal was quite good, the only problem was that pesky cake.

Trigger foods for me are usually fatty foods that are low in fiber, plus dairy is rarely good unless something has broken it down. Cheeses are okay, so is sour cream. Plain milk is a no-no. Sometimes it’s a matter of mixing a trigger food in with something so it doesn’t bother me as much.

I’ve had experiences with cake in the past that worked out just fine. For example once I ate a white cake w/ cream cheese frosting without problems. This most recent cake had the markings of being something that would probably cause me trouble. It had butter, oil, whole eggs  & milk in it. On top of those items, I was putting a whipped cream frosting on it. Truly it was digestive Armageddon. I was praying to the mighty Digestive Gods to let this one slip by while eating a slice. Unfortunately the Gods were angry & I paid for it a couple hours later with mega-diarrhea & discomfort the rest of the evening.

Ultimately it’s frustrating what with not being able to enjoy the food you make or food others can eat with no problem. Also frustrating is how trigger foods can change from week to week or month to month. Best bet is to probably just stay away from things so loaded with triggers. Maybe you can sneak 1 or 2 trigger foods here and there, but not a gut bomb like that cake.

Do you notice your trigger foods change from time to time? What are your trigger foods? Leave a comment, it’d be interesting to know.