Irritable Bowel Syndrome/Two questions!


I have done red meat elimination diets three times, and am convinced that any amount of red meat bloats me up big time, and I think it also has other affects on my body including messing with my blood sugar.

1. Have you heard of red meat contributing to insulin sensitivity and weight gain, besides I.B.S.?

I really overdid it this summer drinking beer,and my stomach has blow up and remains that way. All attempts at dieting and exercise have failed. Does beer contribute to IBS, or is it an intestinal yeast infection?
I took a few tablespoons coconut oil this morning, and tonight I am blowing out gas and diarrhea to beat the band. At first I was nauseous, but that has gone.

2.What do you think?
Thanks! By the way your fibre works great. Anything else gives me problems.

Hi Bud - I don't have a ton of info on red meat outside of digestive issues, but there is a wealth of research on this in general that is available. Good studies are at or the book The China Study by Campbell. Red meat consumption is certainly linked to obesity, and that would in turn be linked to diabetes, as well as heart disease, colon cancer, high cholesterol, etc. There is no good reason to eat it and many very good reasons not to, so trust your body on this.

Beer is tough on IBS - it's carbonated, and it's alcohol, and both can cause tremendous bloating and gas. Check here

If you think you have any kind of GI infection you'd want to see your GI doc.

Coconut oil will also be a trigger - check here

I'd drop back to the breaking the cycle diet for a few days and make sure you're drinking just a ton of fennel or peppermint tea. Brew it so strong it's practically black. Check here

Hang in there - once you get into a rut of IBS symptoms it takes some effort to break the cycle and get your gut back on a calm path. Keep up with your Tummy Fiber - that will help.  

And thanks for your kind comments! :)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Heather Van Vorous


I can address questions regarding diet, cooking, recipes, and non-pharmaceutical supplements (soluble fiber, herbal, probiotics, etc.) for IBS. I can supply information sources about diagnostic guidelines, symptoms, and the medical pathology of IBS, but I cannot give a diagnosis or analyze test results a patient has obtained. I would prefer not to answer questions about prescription drugs and diagnostic tests. PLEASE DO NOT TELL ME YOUR SYMPTOMS AND THEN ASK ME TO DIAGNOSE YOU!


I'm the founder and CEO of, an organization dedicated to serving people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. My goal is to offer education, support, and help that allows people with IBS to successfully manage their symptoms through lifestyle modifications.

I'm the author of Eating for IBS, the only explicit dietary guide and cookbook for people with bowel disorders. Eating for IBS then led to my second book, The First Year: IBS, a comprehensive view of the disorder and every way to successfully manage it. Together, these works have become the two best-selling, best-reviewed IBS books in America.

My writing has led to an ongoing Canadian clinical research study of the groundbreaking dietary guidelines for Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Eating for IBS; this work also led to my inclusion in the 4th edition of Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare. Today's Dietitian has featured my IBS dietary guidelines, and my work has reached gastroenterologists and internists. I'm the author of "Heather's IBS Newsletter", which is free to subscribers and is published twice monthly. As a result, I've become recognized as the foremost patient-expert on IBS in America. I've personally had IBS since age 9.

I now teach classes on managing IBS through lifestyle modifications, I developed the Heather's Tummy Care line of organic medical foods for the dietary management of IBS, and I'm planning to work with corporate HR departments to offer employee IBS education programs. I host Heather Cooks!, the Seattle television cooking show for good digestive health, which is now available on DVD and also on the HelpForIBS YouTube Channel.

Help for IBS on Facebook

Help for IBS on Twitter

Amazon Author Profile

Google Author Profile

LinkedIn Profile

IBS Discussions RSS Feed

Heather Cooks for IBS - Watch the Video!

IBS Pinterest Board

Health Grades IBS Interview
Canadian Living Magazine
USA Today
Today's Dietitian
Digestive Health & Nutrition Magazine
Health Magazine
American Airlines In-Flight Magazine

Eating for IBS excerpts and recipes licensed by Novartis Pharmaceuticals

M.A. 1996
B.A. 1992

Awards and Honors
Inclusion in Marquis Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare

Eating for IBS Finalist for an IACP Julia Child Cookbook Award 2001

Eating for IBS #17 on the Library Journal's Cookbook Bestseller list for 2000

©2017 All rights reserved.