|Healthy foods....right?! Yes, but they aren't all good for me or others with IBS.|
LOW FODMAPS FAQS
1. Why did you start a low FODMAPs diet, and what made you take the low FODMAPs route vs. any other route for IBS?
I started the low FODMAPs diet after a reader of my blog mentioned it to me in my comment section. I had written a post about my IBS and chronic gas and bloat, and a reader suggested I look into the diet. To be honest I had never heard of any diet specifically for IBS, other than the Simple Carbohydrate Diet. which didn't really appeal to me because the research wasn't very current.
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2. Which foods can't you eat?
I like to focus more on what I can eat instead of what I can't. If I think about all the foods I can't eat it's pretty sad, but then I remember all the foods I can eat and it's pretty amazing. Plus, my "off limits" foods aren't really completely off limits. I can eat foods with FODMAPs, I just have to be careful about how much I eat in one sitting, and in one day. There is sort of a threshold that I have, as well as anyone who follows the diet. You will learn your threshold as you experience the diet. Read below, from IBSFree.net;
In other words, it's ok to eat some FODMAPs (it's almost impossible not to), you just have to be careful about how many you eat, and everyone's "threshold" is different (and you will also learn that your threshold for different sources of FODMAPs is also different, for example my threshold for polyols is VERY low, but my threshold for glucans is high).
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I can eat beans. But, just not a lot in one sitting (ie: ~1/4th cup is my limit). And of course, I take a BEANO :)
So, looking on the bright side, while I can't really eat many of my favorite fruits; apples, pears and mangoes, for example, I can eat berries and oranges. Yum! While I can't eat large servings of my favorite vegetables like mushrooms, cauliflower and onion, I can eat tomatoes, squash, and zucchini. As far as grains, I can eat wheat, I just have to watch my portions. For the most part I don't eat it, it's just easier that way. My favorite grains are quinoa, rice, and oats. You can learn more about what to eat, and what not to eat (much) via the links below.
3. Why can't you eat things like garlic, apples, mangoes, and whole wheat breads? They are so healthy!
I get this question a lot. I get blank stares when I tell people "I love apples, but I don't eat them". People think I am saying I don't eat them because they are bad for me. Well, it's true, apples are bad for me, but not because they aren't healthy! It's similar to how peanuts are bad for people who have peanut allergies (although I know that's much different!). I mean, peanuts are healthy, but for those with peanut allergies peanuts are still health but not good for them. Period.
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It's sort of ironic, actually. I would be better off eating the cake! If I ate the apple I'd be gassy and bloated for hours.
4. What's been the hardest?
My first year on the diet was very hard, but at the same time it was very easy because I felt so much better. Yeah, it was sad not being able to eat pizza, and some of my favorite fruits and vegetables, but it was worth it because I felt so much better! If I had to name the most difficult food to avoid, it would have to be garlic and onion. Have you noticed they are in EVERYTHING?! I never noticed until I tried to avoid them. And it's impossible to avoid garlic and onion when you're Italian, and married to an Italian as well. Holidays are difficult, to say the least. Stay tuned for a future post where I will talk about my current most-missed food. You might be surprised (and I'll include some delicious recipes for you all to enjoy, while I just sit, stare and feel jealous, ha!).
|Instagram; This is what we eat on Christmas Eve. I suffer. But...it's worth it :)|
5. How do you do a low FODMAPs elimination diet?
I never did a technical elimination diet, so I'm not really the right person to ask. Check out the book in the link below, as the author (Patsy Catsos) has an elimination plan included in the book. Keep in mind an elimination diet might not be necessary. At least, not to the extent that Patsy has detailed in her book. I have instructed people in the past to try to get as FODMAPs-free as possible, then stick with that for 2 weeks. Then add one favorite higher fodmaps food (one serving) per day and wait two days for symptoms. If no symptoms occur, test another, and another, and so on and so forth. This is tedious. It might just be easier to slowly eliminate FODMAPs and keep a journal of your symptoms and foods eaten....the ultimate goal is to find the foods that cause you the most problems, and eliminate those, and to find your threshold of FODMAPs foods and amounts, so you feel the most comfortable and are not in pain.
- Do you have IBS? FODMAPs may be the culprit
- Three years after starting a low FODMAPs diet
- What do eat when you're SICK and following a low FODMAPs diet
- IBS-Free at Last (note there is a book, a Twitter and Facebook page!)
- Department of Gastroenterology from Monash University (where the research originated!) Note the latest creation; the low FODMAPs Phone App! I just downloaded it a few weeks ago and have already learned an incredible amount of information.
- Shepherd Words; Order the low FODMAPs booklet/shopping guide, cookbooks and other great things to help you get started and live FODMAPs-free (Learn the basics of a low FODMAPs diet here)
QUESTION: What questions do you have about FODMAPs or the low FODMAPs diet?
Thanks for reading!
The Candid Rd
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