January 10th 2013 archive

Week 1 on the Fodmaps Elimination Diet

Alright, let me just step down off my soapbox from yesterday’s post and talk to you guys about someting a little less… raw. Like DIETS! It’s been a week since the new year started — who’s off their diet by now? ;)

I started the Fodmaps diet last Wednesday, and so far, so good. Quick refresher: I have been dealing with cronic stomach aches for the past couple of years, so I saw a nutritionist and she recommended the Fodmaps diet. Basically it’s a gluten-free, lactose-free, soy-free, high-fructose-free diet.

Here’s what a typical day looks like for the past week:

Breakfast: 
- Coffee with unsweetened almond milk and a little bit of sugar. It’s basically black coffee with a teeny tiny bit of flavor.
- Oatmeal with 3/4 cup of oats, 1 tablespoon almond butter, 1 tablespoon brown sugar and a pinch of sugar

Morning Snack:
- 1 Clementine. It’s hard to limit myself to just one.

Lunch:
- 2 Rice cakes with organic peanut butter
- Cucumbers
- Gluten free crackers with 1oz Colby jack cheese

Afternoon Snack:
- 1 tablespoon of Nestle dark chocolate chips. Okay sometimes 2 tablespoons….
- Few tablespoons of raw almonds

Dinner:
- Baked potato with 1 tablespoon of sour cream, a little butter, and salt
- Grilled chicken breast with seasoning
- Salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, and balsamic vinaigrette. I miss my feta and goat cheese. :(

Dessert:
- Flourless cake that was leftover from NYE; it’s all gone now. :)
- Pickles. Yes, pickles for dessert. Yum!

I thought it would be super hard, but it’s basically just eating clean with zero processed foods. And so far I have felt better! I have had a couple of stomach aches in the past week. One happened the first night, so I don’t know what that was about, and the second time happened after I ate a salad at Moe’s. There must have been something hidden in the salad dressing I ordered. (Probably soy — it’s hidden in everything I tell you!) But otherwise, I’ve felt great and my symptoms have decreased significantly, which is really encouraging. I have also been sleeping better, which I’ve always struggled with, so I am hoping that’s an added benefit of the diet too. I still want to go to sleep at 9:30 every night, so I don’t have the energy everyone talks about when you go gluten-free, but maybe that still come with time.

The next steps is to visit my nutritionist again and create a plan to slowly add in more fopmaps to my diet to try and determine which category gives me the worst symptoms. I hope it will be easy to pin-point, but we shall see. :) I’ll be sure to share more as I learn!

Have you ever done the Paleo or Fodmaps diet?
How was your experience?
Did you ever get increased energy, and how long did it take for you to feel that way?
If you’re on any other diets, which ones are you on and how are they going? 




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