What is the Low FodMap Diet??

April 8, 2017


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!

The Joys!

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 🙂


  • Jenni

    April 8, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    I really feel for you! I would hate to be diagnosed with IBS. I love my food and don’t know how I would be able to cope! I hope your consultation goes well for you and you start feeling a bit better.

    1. Nicola

      April 8, 2017 at 5:17 pm

      Thank you Jenni 🙂 xx

  • Amy Hunt

    April 8, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Fodmap diets are essential when navigating through IBS and any type of bowel issues. I did an awareness blog post last year for most people suffering from bloatedness,diahoreaah and even constipation should really try to regulate their diets.

    You have a brilliant post for introducing this to people 🙂

    1. Nicola

      April 8, 2017 at 5:17 pm

      Aw thank you Amy. I hope that by blogging my journey I can help others who are trying the diet!

  • Jess

    April 9, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Such an interesting post, looking forward to hearing more about how you get on! I imagine it’s a difficult plan to stick to for the elimination phase, but hopefully your results will be worth it 🙂
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  • Mellissa Williams

    April 10, 2017 at 10:44 am

    I have read a lot about IBS and the low fodmap diet and you have explained it well. I will follow how you get on with this
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  • Healthy & Psyched

    April 10, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Great informative article. Low FODMAP is such a mine field. I have been creating some recipes recently and I have to google ‘is X low fodmap’ for just about every ingredient haha!
    Hope you start to feel better soon, I can totally relate to how frustrating it is when your getting ill and don’t know why.

  • Gareth Torrance

    April 10, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    My father in law suffers from IBS. I’m gonna have to send this to him to look through!

  • Rachel

    April 10, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    A close friend of mine with IBS is doing just this in a hope it works for her x

  • Jenny

    April 10, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Good luck with embracing your new diet, hope it bring you an end to the discomfort.
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  • Whatlauraloves

    April 11, 2017 at 4:54 am

    My friend has IBS and is currently following the low fodmap diet, I must admit she’s struggling but sticking with it! xxx

  • Lynne Harper

    April 11, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    I have suffered with IBS for years so has my mum. I havent eliminated anything to date so this post has been great for me. I do know my triggers and avoid as much as possible but not always easy when eating out or at weddings where meals and sweet things are cream laden x

  • Sarah

    April 12, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    sounds very interesting. I guess you don’t realise how hard it can be to navigate foods etc until you really HAVE to

  • Lisa

    April 13, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Good luck with the low fodmap diet! It’s certainly very restrictive and can be incredibly frustrating, but it’s so worth it to feel ‘normal’. If I eat low fodmap I’m almost totally symptom free, which is the absolute dream!
    I enjoy your reviews so looking forward to seeing any low fodmap restaurant reviews in future!
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  • fashionmommy

    April 13, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Really hoping it goes well for you and you find all your trigger foods.

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