December 4th 2012 archive

The FODMAPs Diet

Last week I shared my search for a nutritionist… today I’d like to share her recommendation for treating my digestive problems. 

My nutritionist suggested I go on a FODMAPs Diet. (I know, I hadn’t heard of it either). She explained that my body was working in over-drive trying to digest foods that contain FODMAPs, which is why I seem to have chronic stomach aches. In case you’re curious, here’s a little information about the diet and how it should help treat my stomach issues….

What in the world are FODMAPs?
FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, and Mono-saccharides And Polyols. These are components in food that cause discomfort to susceptive individuals, and a FODMAPs diet help disorders such as IBS and IBD. There are five types of FODMAPs that can trigger problems in the digestive system.

There are five categories of food that contain FODMAPs:

At first when my nutritionist told me I needed to go on a diet, I assumed it would be a restrictive list of processed and sugary foods. But I was really surprised after seeing the list how many healthy things are included, such as fruit, beans, and a whole host of vegetables that I would never have thought could cause stomach problems.

My Nutrition Plan for The FODMAPs Diet
My nutritonist recommended I go on a two week FODMAPs Diet, which means I will have to avoid all of the foods / ingredients listed above. It’s essentially a gluten-free, dairy-free, sweetner-free, fun-free diet. (Although I can have chocolate and potatoes, so I’m not complaining too loudly.) Since I met with her right before Thanksgiving, and have a trip coming up this week, closely followed by Christmas, followed by New Year’s… she recommended I start the plan January 2.

So starting in January, I will join the other new years resolutioners and start my 2-week diet from everything listed above. The hope is that I will be feeling 100% better during that time and allow my digestive system to kick-back into shape. After the two weeks, I’ll go back to see her and share my results, and then come up with a plan to slowly add in each of the five groups to pin-point which group was giving me the most problems. Ideally we’ll be able to determine which of the five categories gives me the most problems, and come up with a nutrition strategy moving forward.

I’ll be sure to keep you posted in the new year on the diet and my eating plan, especially for anyone who has suffered with similar symptoms and is interested in trying it!

Had you ever heard of the FODMAPs diet?
Have you noticed any discomfort eating any of the foods on the FODMAPs list? 



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