Thursday, May 3, 2012

Finding a FODMAP Friendly Life

I'm going to talk about a little something different on the blog today. I'll go ahead and throw it out there, I have IBS {Irritable Bowel Syndrome}. Yes, it's maybe a little blunt, forward and some may find it embarrassing, but I don't have an issue sharing it and maybe by doing so, I can help others!

You are probably wondering what on earth is a FODMAP. A few weeks ago, I was wondering the same thing. I'm still learning in fact. Let me tell you, it's not as easy as I would like for it to be, but I'll get there. FODMAPs is an acronym that stands for Fermentable Oligo-, Di- and Mono-saccharides, and Polyols. This term was coined by a group of researchers who theorize that foods that contain these forms of carbohydrates exacerbate the symptoms of some digestive disorders, such as IBS. 

The FODMAP diet is not a cure for IBS, instead it isolates certain foods that trigger issues in the digestive system. The Low FODMAP diet acknowledges that we couldn't survive without some FODMAP to allow a balanced diet. Most of us can tolerate some level of FODMAP but we should avoid a fructose overload.

Here's a rough list of things I can and cannot eat for the next several weeks:

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

It is HARD! No wheat - so gluten free essentially - no lactose - so dairy free - no soy beans - so soy free - and look at that list of fruits, veggies and sweeteners! It's far from easy and I'll admit I have a mini slip up or two each day, but I've only been following it for a week. The longer I stick with it, the more familiar I'll become with the foods I can't eat.

After several weeks, I'm thinking about 4 based of my severity and pain (usually 4-8 weeks), I'll be able to add one group back at a time. This will be a slow process to see what exactly is causing my tummy to have issues! Needless to say, wheat and cereals will be the FIRST group that I add back it. I have gluten free bread, but it's so hard! Let's hope wheat isn't what I have an intolerance too!

Like I said at the beginning, I know this post is a little forward. I know that so many people avoid going to the doctor for stomach issues, but you can live a pain free life if you take the right steps to find out what is wrong. I have a fun post lined up for next week to talk about some awesome foods that I can eat and fun new foods that I've found because of my restrictions! 

Any questions about eating Low FODMAP or tummy troubles? Don't hesitate to ask. I'm not afraid to share {as you can see}!

Until next time...
With love and God bless,

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