So you may remember in my last post where I spoke about my IBS Diagnosis I mentioned that I was starting the Low Fodmap Diet.
This week has not went to plan at all so I am hoping to start the plan next week. On Tuesday I am super excited to be having a Nutritional 1-2-1 Consultation with Jenna from A Balanced Belly where hopefully I will be more prepared for tackling the diet.
So What Exactly is The Low FodMap Diet?
Fodmap stands for …
F – Fermentable
O – Oglio-saccharides
D – Di-saccharides
M – Mono-saccharides
P – Polyols
So that all sounds a bit complicated eh?
Basically Fodmaps are short chain carbohydrates that are not absorbed correctly in the small intestine. Once you eat a fodmap they increase the amount of water in the small intestine which causes loose stools. Fodmaps also pass into the large intestine where they are fermented causing bloating and horrible gas.
Pretty much what I have been suffering with for like forever!
Unfortunetly for me Fodmaps are found in pretty much all foods such as gluten, wheat, fruits and veg and milk.
The diet was initially developed by a team at Monash University in Australia and they are continually carrying out research into all things gut related. Kings College in London have also been doing their own research and have helped modify the plan for us lucky lot in the UK. They have also developed a fab App to help navigate the plan and make food shopping that little bit easier.
Navigating The Plan
Soooo basically you follow an initial elimination diet which ideally lasts around 6-8 weeks or until you feel that your symptoms have eased. All Fodmap’s are excluded which makes for interesting meal planning!
After elimination each Fodmap is introduced one at a time to determine which one your bowel is reacting to!
I am hoping that after my consultation with Jenna next week things will be a little bit clearer and I can finally get some answers to what is making me feel so ill!
Remember April is #IBSAWARENESSMONTH so please do check out everyone’s stories over on twitter 🙂