Irritable Bowel Syndrome Analysis

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Food Curt This might be TMI (too much information), if so, skip this chapter. Throughout the trip, I was struggling with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Trust me, when your bowel is irritable, so are you. At any rate, I had been trying to eat healthy and high fiber. While we were traveling, I was faced with a lot of new foods. Given all my digestive issues, I was trying to keep it simple. A couple bad experiences prompted my decision to pretty much eat nothing but ham and cheese sandwiches unless I was fairly sure the foods available would not cause me problems. I had thought Chinese would be a safe choice; however, that turned out not to be the case. My bad experience at the Chinese restaurant in Tapachula, when I was served essentially…show more content…
I don’t think it is as heavily processed nor do I think it contains as many additives as the cheese available in the United States. Although it may not be as safe to eat, it is really delicious. I live in Arizona and have occasionally had cheese from across the border in Mexico. The cheese I had in Buenaventura was memorable and much like Mexican cheese: really rich and salty. The other issue I struggled with was a justifiable fear of drinking contaminated water. Non-carbonated bottled water, referred to as sin gas (without gas), was hard to find. Trusting tap water was inviting serious illness, so Miguel consumed primarily Diet Coke and I resorted to regular Coke, which left me dehydrated a great deal of the time. A ham and cheese sandwich became my standard lunch at airport cafes. I based my choice on a combination of knowing it would not make me sick and the ease with which I could order. “Sanwich de jamon y queso con Coca sin hielo, por favor.” (Ham and cheese sandwich with Coca Cola, no ice.) Boy did I eat a lot of ham and cheese sandwiches washed down with bottles of warm Coke by the time the trip was over. Fortunately, there were memorable meals which provided a counterpoint to all the ham and cheese sandwiches. Our “Thanksgiving dinner” when we were not officially in Buenaventura, Columbia, dinner at the Sheraton restaurant in Guayaquil, Ecuador
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