If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I’m on a diet. It’s not a weight loss diet, and it’s not some stupid cleanse diet or whatever, it’s a diet for my IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and it’s been a lifesaver. I posted my IBS story here (this was before I had learned about the low FODMAPs diet for IBS), and I posted a bit about the low FODMAPs IBS diet here. As it turns out this diet is becoming more and more popular throughout the world, and recently my favorite magazine; Today’s Dietitian, wrote an article all about it.
Ever since I’ve been on this diet I have felt about 1000 times better, and my quality of life has increased tremendously, so I’m not surprised that other people are slowly starting to find this out as well. Imagine going your entire life with constant bloating and gas. It’s not fun (not for me or anyone around me…..). Now I can finally say my gas is under control, and all I did was change my diet! Food really is the best medicine, but I guess it can also be your worst nightmare. Here are some important points from the article in Today’s Dietitian;
Why are these foods considered “trouble foods” for those with IBS?
What are some foods that contain FODMAPs and which those with IBS should avoid?
You will likely find hundreds of different food lists of “foods to avoid” on the internet, which could quite possibly lead to confusion (some people have told me this). The article in Today’s Dietitian, as well as the booklet you can order (see the right side of my blog) seem to be very consistent. I have stuck with these lists.
FODMAPs exist in some very commonly consumed foods, which is why many people with IBS have trouble figuring out the exact cause of their discomfort (I’ve heard this before, “everything I eat causes a problem!!”) .Here are some examples of problem foods;
Spices: Garlic (garlic is found in many, many foods, and unfortunately it tends to cause the most severe issues in those with IBS).
Spices: Cinnamon, pepper, salt, cumin
Question: Have you had to make a major change in your life, which was difficult but well worth the effort?!
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