Thank you Jackie and Thomas for your quick replies.
Jackie – I have tried many of those suggestions over the past year. Many of them I still do. For example, I always drink more than 8 glasses of water a day. I work out usually every other day – usually I go jogging. I eat cooked/raw vegetables for lunch and dinner every day. Breakfast I usually eat oat bran/cream of buckwheat with greek yogurt. I always drink about about 32 oz right around breakfast time. It does help. Always try to eat higher fiber foods. I guess I can give the Vitamin C thing a try. I am only taking 1000 daily now. Oh and I am a vegetarian already.
In the beginning when I first started having constipation, I was all over the internet trying different things. I found no relief until I started taking MiraLax. I seriously feel like an 80 year old lady for taking it (and I’m only 24)…but it the ONLY thing I have found that can help me have more good days than bad days.
I also think when I have constipation, it slows down my progress. When I get really bad, the rash on my ankle gets a little worse. Then I spend the next week trying to make up for the progress I lost in one day.
I will increase my raw vegetables and increase my Vitamin C in the mornings. How much are you taking currently, Jackie? (If you don’t mind me asking).
Thomas – I am still on stage 1 of the diet with several items introduced such as greek yogurt, kefir, coconut/buckwheat bread, rutabagas, quinoa (once a week), oat bran, and cream of buckwheat. I have tried red rice twice. The first night I tried it I felt just fine. The next morning was good too. The second time I tried it a week later didn’t go as well…but I was already feeling constipated. I also eat vegetables that are higher in fiber suh as cabbage, brussel sprouts, and avacado.
That’s the thing, I have not found anything CONSISTANTLY to help. I’ll get to thinking that something is helping and then it suddenly doesn’t. Sometimes, it seems like no matter what I do, I can’t help it and I just have to ride it out until it’s done.
That’s why I’m thinking there might be something else causing it. I’ve been dealing with this for about a year and every time I try something…it appears to work and then it doesn’t at all (even though I don’t change anything).
Thanks again for your help!