You may have seen over social media that I am about to embark on a new diet plan - the low FODMAP diet. This isn't for weight loss or an aesthetic goal, it isn't a diet that I would recommend anyone embarking on without being advised to do so and this certainly isn't a new craze.
For the past few years I have suffered with a pretty poor digestive system and all the side effects that come with it. I have seen doctor after doctor only to get no where and be left feeling even more confused than I was before. A year ago I was finally referred to gaestroentrology and we slowly made progress ... after tests and follow ups lasting all of a year I was diagnosed with IBS but the cause was still unknown. This was when my dietitian came in who has put me on this diet to hopefully find out what is the main cause and trigger.
What is it?
When it comes to IBS there are a range of differing triggers and they alter person to person, but research has shown that some carbohydrates might contribute and these are: Fermentable, Oligo-saccharides, Di-saccharides, Mono-sacchardies And Polyols aka FODMAP. So a low FODMAP diet is when you restrict all of the above carbohydrates for 4-8 weeks which is known as the restriction phase, which is what I am starting today. Now I'm not going to bore you with endless lists of foods that I can and can't eat because that would be pointless and there is actually more than I thought. However its time to say goodbye to my dates, avocado, sweet potato, apple and yogurt :(
I will be following this restriction phase for 8 weeks as strict as I possibly can, as it is completely new to me I know there will be times I might slip up and eating out may be tricky. But I will do the best I can as I want to work out what is my trigger, I will have guidance from my dietitian as well. My main aim is to have as much variety as I can to show that it is possible to do and keep healthy. I will be documenting my progress through out it and I hope that I will be able to help others through my experience.
Hopefully when we start to reintroduce the FODMAPs back in slowly I will be able to find out what causes my IBS therefore I can eliminate it completely from my diet. I know it will be tough, I know I might not like the outcome but whatever it is will be alot better than the symptoms I currently get.
Fingers crossed ...
I want to reiterate that I am not a qualified dietitian or nutritionist and everything I am writing is based on information I have been given or my own experience. You should not embark on this kind of diet unless you have been told to and under the guidance of someone qualified.