The book: The complete low-FODMAP diet

It’s a terrific, in depth analysis of what FODMAPs are and how they affect IBS sufferers. It’s full of tips how to implement the diet and how to reintroduce FODMAP foods once you’ve stabilized yourself. I took it out of the library, and I would recommend reading it to gain a better understanding of your diet and yourself.

1 week: Reflections

We’ve been on this diet for all of a week, and I feel like it’s completely overhauled our eating habits. We’ve gone through the hunger phase of not knowing what to eat, and not having any snacks to munch on, and we’ve found some alternatives. I definitely wouldn’t keep this up if not for the health benefits – but even those we haven’t seen a tremendous improvement yet. We’ll keep at it for another three weeks, and re-evaluate then. But I do feel accomplished that we made it this far, and we figured it out. And just like we got through this one week, we’ll get through the next three!

For anyone thinking about starting this diet, my advice is to make sure that you’re very prepared. Read up on what you can and can’t have. Keep in mind that there are many different sources that put different foods in different categories: remember – you’re on a low FODMAP diet, not a no-FODMAP diet. Choose the websites that you trust very carefully. Go shopping and find all the foods and spices that you can have, and take all the things you can’t have out of your kitchen. After that, bake a little with spelt flour so you have something to snack on. Then you’ll be ready to start – good luck!

FODMAP Research and Resources

Here’s a list of some research you can do on your own to understand FODMAPs:

My doctor recommended the Standford University summary – it’s the most concise, and seems to have the most accurate food list. This page links to it: http://fodmapliving.com/the-science/stanford-university-low-fodmap-diet/
(they have a smartphone app)

(I reserved their book at the library)
http://www.ibsfree.net/high-or-low/
http://www.gesa.org.au/consumer.asp?id=190
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20136989
http://fodmap.com/the-low-fodmap-diet/
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/716634_1
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3388522/