Irritable Bowel Syndrome/(It's not the carbs) making me sick


hi heather, I started to eat breakfast this morning that consists of 2 waffles, hash browns and eggs. after I ate the breakfast minutes later I started to feel nauseous. why am I feeling sick of these foods.

Hi Christopher - I hope you are feeling better soon. Just FYI, waffles, hash browns, and eggs would have not just carbs but protein and fat. There's no reason "carbs" - an enormous category of foods - would make you sick.

What's much more likely is that your breakfast was far too high in fat. Fat is a huge GI stimulant and thus potential IBS trigger. Were the hash browns and eggs fried? Egg yolks alone are very high fat.

Was there dairy (butter, milk) in the waffles? More egg yolks? Oil?

If you ate this at a restaurant it's pretty much guaranteed there was dairy and a TON of fat in all of these items. If you make them at home, you can be much safer as you can avoid dairy and control the fat.

There is a list of safe and easy breakfast ideas for IBS here taken from the book Eating for IBS.

If you need more detailed information about eating safely for IBS overall start with the IBS diet info here


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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.

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