I want to start low-fodmap diet but I'm very confused
Posted 09 August 2011 - 07:23 PM
Thanks Kathleen.You're right. The improvements I am experiencing can eventually help me with work (referring to the times I've been late because I was in the bathroom with a stomach ache) and even with the freedom to do things like going to the movie theater which I hesitate to do now. The changes are still so new so that even the slightest discomfort makes me wary that things will get worse as the day or evening progresses, but I've been finding that it's not getting as bad as it was. This is a huge deal for me. It has been approximately three days in a row now that my stomach pain and gas stopped at a manageable level. I can't even verbalize what this means to me. This after only ten days on the diet and some trial and error as I acclimated. The diet is definitely hard to stick to but it is worth it.
My sense, since Fodmaps tend to be compounds in the diet that can cause gas (or with the -itols can pull water into the stool), is that an occasional cheat meal would be a day or three of trouble, not weeks on end.Still, I'd err on the side of less when you do decide to cheat rather than a huge amount of a cheat food.I don't think Fodmaps cause long term damage (like you see in celiacs where the lining of the small intestine changes) but it can take awhile for the gut to settle into a new diet. A big change in diet can upset the GI tract in anyone for a few days.Diet sometimes isn't a complete control, so it may not be a 100% solution if you have other triggers that effect your IBS. However for a lot of people even 50% better can mean the difference between something that is annoying vs something that really interferes with functioning.
Posted 09 August 2011 - 07:29 PM
Posted 09 August 2011 - 07:42 PM
Posted 09 August 2011 - 07:43 PM
That makes a lot of sense. I didn't think of that. Perhaps the Heinz ketchup and the Poweraid only contain those fodmaps in the US.
Versions of the same food in the shepherd book found in other countries have different ingredients. Just look at the McDonald's websites for each country- Australian Maccas doesn't have hfcs or as many artificial additives.