What are the causes of IBS? 

Although the exact cause of IBS is unknown, there are multiple factors that may be contributing to the changes in gut function:

  • Abnormal gut motility: the way the muscles in the gut contract to move food along
  • Gut hypersensitivity: the nerves in the intestines seem to experience higher sensitivity to pain
  • Dysfunction in the brain-gut connection: the communication pathway linking your gut and your brain


What are the symptoms of IBS?

Although IBS is not life-threatening, the recurrent abdominal pain and discomfort that it causes can have a significant impact on quality of life. Common symptoms may include:

  • Abdominal pain or cramping  
  • Bloating 
  • Gas
  • Mucus present in the stools
  • Irregular bowel patterns: Constipation, diarrhea or alternating periods between both

How do I treat IBS?

Since there is no cure for IBS, the treatment relies on the management of your symptoms, which are aggravated by certain triggers: infection, inflammation, stress, diet, medications and hormones. 

To help manage symptoms, you and your dietitian will begin by identifying potential trigger is behaviour and eating habits, i.e. how you eat). If no improvement is seen, we will tackle what you eat using Low-fodmap elimination diet, until symptoms resolve, with the help of a Motive Nutrition Dietitian.


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  • Can meal prep be unhealthy? 
Yep, you read that right. As with all behiavours, itโ€™s important to stay mindful of falling to extremes. This includes healthy practices like meal prep. ๐Ÿฅ—

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  • Chickpea, Egg & Avo Salad ๐Ÿฅ— (Psst...hit SAVE so you can make it at your next meal prep)! In case you missed it, here are the deets on this weekโ€™s recipe ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ For the dressing:
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
1 teaspoon honey
1 scallion, minced
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

For the salad:
4 eggs
1 can or jar (398mL) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 avocados, diced
1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced
1 green onion, sliced
1/2 cup roasted bell peppers, diced
4 cups chopped lettuce such as Romaine or Frisee

Place all the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl. Whisk to combine and set aside.
Place the eggs in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Place over high heat, cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove from the heat and let sit 12 minutes. Rinse the eggs under cold water, peel and set aside.
Family-style option: In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for the salad, including eggs, chickpeas, avocado, tomato, onion, roasted peppers and lettuce. Add the salad dressing, toss and serve.
Make-ahead lunch option: If preparing this recipe in advance, layer the salad ingredients in a container, with the dressing on the side. When ready to eat, simply drizzle the dressing, toss and enjoy.

For the printable-version, go to the link in bio or to: www.motivenutrition.com ๐Ÿฅ‘