An IBS diet for vegans doesn’t mean you have to miss out on eating all the delicious-looking plant-based treats.
On this episode of LIVEKINDLY With Me, Ri Turner shares her journey living with IBS, also known as irritable bowel syndrome. Plus, she shares a few of her favorite vegan recipes.
“I was diagnosed with IBS about seven years ago,” Turner explains. “I’ve had this condition all of my life, but like I said, up until seven years ago I didn’t know what it was. I didn’t know what was wrong with me”
Before she went vegan, Turner says her diet was incredibly restrictive. “There were so many trigger foods, such as broccoli, cauliflower, tomato-based foods,” she says. “But once I did get the diagnosis, I actually cut out dairy. That was a huge relief for me.”
Turner did some more research and decided to go completely vegan. “Since being vegan, my digestive system has completely improved like so, so much,” she adds. “I can honestly say this is the best decision that I’ve ever made personally. It’s just so mindblowing to me how a simple lifestyle change can improve my digestive system, my health, and just my overall wellbeing.”
IBS Diet for Vegans
So, what does Turner eat? She shares two of her go-to vegan recipes. “They’re very, very good for digestion,” she explains.
“I like to start my day off with either a juice or a smoothie,” she says about her morning routine. Her first recipe, a strawberry “mylkshake,” features hemp milk, vegan collagen, hemp seeds, dates, vanilla extract, coconut butter, frozen strawberries and banana, and pitaya. “If you want a creamy smoothie, use frozen fruit,” she says.
Her second recipe is a Buddha bowl. “I usually just make this using the ingredients that I have at my home,” she explains. “I love these bowls because they allow me to get a lot of veggies in, a lot of variety of vegetables and grains and stuff like that.”
Her Buddha bowl recipes feature potato rounds seasoned with grapeseed oil, garlic salt, smoked paprika, black pepper. She adds barbecue chickpeas, radish, mixed greens, yellow pepper, and avocado.
Note: When making lifestyle changes such as undertaking a plant-based diet, please consult with a physician, dietitian, or nutritionist before embarking on any food program. Depending on where you are in your journey with IBS, consider implementing new foods gradually and work together with a wellness practitioner.