My food story

Soy milk is a bliss!

I just re-introduced soybean and soy milk to my diet again last week; luckily and finally I can have them again in moderation! Moderation is the key because if you want to relieve IBS pain, you need to take one step at a time.

I have been living with IBS for my entire life without knowing it since I was little. I was diagnosed first time when the symptoms got worse 4 years ago. I went through phases of foggy head, bloatedness, heartburn and stabbing headache. I could go up a couple dress sizes in 2 hours. I had been looking for ways to help IBS pain and finally I found some ways that helped relieve IBS bloating.


How I could look like a 4-month pregnant in 3 hours!

My usual tummy

So what is IBS?

IBS or Irritable bowel syndrome is a symptom-based diagnosis, characterized by bloats, abdominal pain, discomfort, and alteration of diarrhea or constipation.

IBS seems to go hand in hand with food sensitivities. Ok now.. what is food sensitivities? In short, it means you can’t have some food items because you are highly or moderately sensitive to those due to the lack of some enzymes in your body, caused by IBS.

I got asked a lot what I can’t have or actually what I can have. Here is my extensive list of food I can’t have at all or I can have very least so that I could prevent or relieve stomach bloating.

My extensive list could go on and on..

Allergies: Prawns, shrimp, lobster, crab (sometimes), fish roe.

Sensitivities: Corn, corn flour (so no nacho for me), soy sauce, soybean, every kind of legumes, honey, non-dairy cream (some ingredients made from corn/soy), any kind of condiments, some kinds of veggies like broccoli, garlic, red onions, nightshade plants such as tomatoes (including anything ketchup, tomato sauce base), bell peppers, eggplants, every kind of fruit–the worst is pomelo and dragon fruit, anything brown or wholewheat, anything that contains lots of fiber (I know whole wheat is healthier but for me, no!)

Yes, according to the list, it is very hard to live in Thailand as garlic and red onions are the main ingredients in Thai cuisine but yes, I have survived so far since I moved back. And luckily, I am okay with curries where garlic is ground. Once in a while, I would just let myself have those a little bit but have to prepare for being bloated like a balloon or 5-month preggers!


So..being able to enjoy soy milk and soybean is very blissful to me. It is big for me, really!