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What is the low fodmap diet?

May 1, 2015

what is the low fodmap diet?If you’ve been with me for a bit, you know that I struggle with stomach issues. In reality, it’s one of the reasons I started this blog.

I was having major stomach pains–I’m talking vomiting, pain and nausea that would wake me up in the middle of the night, gas, heartburn…the full monty. I experimented with an intense carb diet (which–go figure–also made me gain weight) so that it, if I had celiac’s, it would show up on my GI test. When it turned out I did not have celiac’s disease, but may have a gluten-intolerance, I tried a gluten-free diet, but felt like a fraud. Who was I to be eating a gluten-free diet when I didn’t have a diagnosed condition? Plus, though the gluten-free made me feel a bit better; lighter, I was still experiencing the same stomach nausea, especially when it came to alcohol.

To add to the fun, I randomly developed a fruit allergy over the past year (fun fact: I found out I was allergic to some sort of berry when my lip swelled up during a morning meeting).

The full post on my stomach issues can be found here, and in it I also mention how my nutritionist “prescribed me” a low fodmap diet.

Because this was just before my wedding, I’ll be honest. The solid information informing me that there was indeed an issue and a “cure” for my pain came as a relief, but I didn’t necessarily do much with this new insight. I blame everything that was going on in my day-to-day, wedding prep schedule.

Fast forward to almost a year later, and I think I’m ready to give this new diet a try.


What is the low fodmap diet?

Essentially, it’s a diet for people who suffer from digestive issues (especially IBS). My nutritionist recommended it to me because of my gastroparesis issue.

It’s interesting when looking at what foods are allowed on the diet and which ones to steer clear from because, for the most part, the items that I shouldn’t consume are indeed the ones that usually cause me problems. However, there are a few exceptions for me personally; items that are included as safe, when personally they cause me issues. Which they do say–the low fodmap should be seen as a guide, adapted to your own needs. (If you search “low fodmap guide” and look in images, you’ll see that the charts do vary slightly). For all intents and purposes, I’ll be trying to follow the chart below (again adapted to my own needs), but here, here and here are a few other good ones.

your easy guide to low fodmappingWe’ll see how successful I am at this. I’m one of those people who, if I say “I’m doing this,” I usually freak out and feel too much pressure, so just stop doing it. This was also a problem in school where I suffered from text anxiety…but that’s for another day, another post, ha.

I will say, after we have settled into our new place, I’m excited to jump back into a routine. Probably restart BBG (again, since I’ve only successfully ever completed it once and that was back before my wedding) and get back on this healthy eating, while trying to stick with the low fodmap thing.

Experts say to give it 6-8 weeks on the diet to see if it helps, and then slowly introduce the other foods back into your diet–one by one–to see if and what may cause your issues. So I’m considering doing that, since I’ve already found some of my triggers after experiencing problems the past few years (almonds are my downfall, for some reason). However, you will still see me eating apples, which are on the “no no” list, but have never caused me any problems. I can’t give up those little suckers.

What do you think? Have you ever tried the low fodmap thing?

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