Dancing On Ice star Suzanne Shaw suffered agonising stomach pains when skating for the show – triggered by her Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
The gut disorder causes pain, bloating and spasms which can mean an urgent need to use the toilet.
‘I really had to watch what I ate,’ reveals the 32-year-old ex-Emmerdale actress – now out of the ITV contest.
‘Certain foods and drinks trigger my IBS symptoms and if I drink too much red wine, coffee, cheese and starchy foods like bread and pasta, I get gripping stomach pains.
‘On a couple of occasions, I was in agony after having a bowl of pasta – I shouldn’t have eaten it but I needed to keep up my energy levels.
‘Luckily it was never bad enough to come off the ice, and the rest of the time I was on a strict high-protein diet of chicken, broccoli and salad.’
Suzanne believes that stress also exacerbated her symptoms. ‘There was so much pressure to do our best every week,’ she explains.
She is also lactose-intolerant and believes cow’s milk triggered her IBS. She adds: ‘I’ve swapped to St Helen’s Farm goat milk, which has really helped.’
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