What is the Low FodMap Diet??

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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

And

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 🙂

15 thoughts on “What is the Low FodMap Diet??

  1. 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.

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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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  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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!
    Lisa | http://www.whatlisadidnext.com

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