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What type of diet would you recommend for a woman on the go? I am always out and about and don’t have much time for exercise, although I get quite a bit chasing after my 16-month-old. I don’t even have time for cooking at home, because of the hours I work. I also can’t eat a lot of fast food because I have IBS.

Take your little one for a walk, play outside, if possible, just to get that extra activity. Use exercise videos when your little one is napping.

As for the diet, I like the expression that fruit is "nature's fast food." Carry some fruit along with you. If raw fruit bothers your IBS, try little canned fruits. You can carry vegetables, whole grain crackers, low-fat cheese, vegetable juice, English muffins, bagels and yogurt (if you can tolerate it, with the IBS). Carry the more perishable foods in a lunch cooler.

On days when you do cook, make extra amounts to freeze. Be sure to eat a good breakfast. There are many prepared foods to help the busy woman, such as chicken already roasted and ready to serve. Some grocery stores will prepare such items as fish at no charge.

Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website for more ideas and tips.

Nutrition counseling services are available at several BJC facilities including:

BJC dietitians also can be located by calling Help For Your Health at 314.747.7234.

If you live outside the BJC HealthCare service area, you can find a nearby registered dietitian at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

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