Review of The IBS Elimination Diet and Cookbook by Patsy Catsos

From the back cover: “…this is the complete guide and cookbook for overcoming IBS by discovering your dietary triggers. Using (the author’s) established, step-by-step elimination diet, you’ll build a personalized, doable, and fulfilling diet around nutritious, delicious foods that let you finally feel your best.”

The book begins with a foreword, written by Dr. William D. Chey and Professor Timothy T. Nostrant, and then goes on to a preface written by the book’s author.

At first glance, this book has a very “textbook” style to it, which may be overwhelming to some readers. This also makes the book come off a bit dry and reference-like – this might be another possible turn off for readers who may be looking for an easy, quick IBS solution, but I can tell you from experience there’s no such thing as a quick IBS solution.

In a nutshell, the author is recommending that IBS sufferers experiment with eliminating possible dietary triggers. As an IBS sufferer (having been first diagnosed in my early twenties), this is exactly what I’ve done and I can say that this method absolutely works.

IBS is a somewhat mysterious illness, with no definitive medical tests currently available. What might be a trigger for some sufferers might not be for others. It can be downright frustrating to get to the bottom of what causes our IBS flare-ups. But the author has hit upon practically all of the very same things I’ve found to be my own personal dietary triggers. Things like gluten, fructose, lactose, even certain carbs, can cause IBS flare-ups in some sufferers. The only way to know for sure is to experiment and eliminate, while keeping a diet journal.

The author also shares plenty of recipes, food alternatives, charts and other valuable tools. There’s a ton of information in this book and it’s not exactly a sit-down-and-eliminate-your-IBS-in-a-day fix. It’ll take time to work through this book and put it to proper use, but it’ll definitely be worth the effort. Thanks to Blogging for Books and the publisher for providing a complimentary book!

5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton