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#1 Lizzie O

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 01:42 PM

Do I need to follow low- fodmap 100%. I was diagnosed today and given a diet sheet to follow.
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Posted 03 February 2015 - 06:45 PM

Hey Lizzie,


The first time I was handed the FODMAP diet pamphlet I about lost my mind trying to figure it all out. However, within less than a week things became much easier and the diet began to make more sense. I recommend sticking to the FODMAP diet 100% for approximately 4 weeks. Then what you are typically supposed to do is challenge each group. I.E.) a tablespoon of honey for fructose. Wait a few days, if nothing happens try another Fructose food. If it is still confusing then I highly recommend finding a dietician in your area. Monash University also developed an android and iPhone app for those of us on the go that want to know what foods are safe, and which ones are no-no's.


Everyone is different. Some people can't have any FODMAPs at all, others find that it might only be one group that bothers them, others don't notice any difference on the diet. I stay low-moderate FODMAP most weeks, but have identified fructans and fructose as the culprits of my distress. It certainly helps when I follow the diet strictly, if I cheat too often my body lets me know it. The FODMAP diet is meant to be a 4-6 week diet to determine your sensitivities, but you may also find that you need to be on it long term. Essentially the diet reduces fermentable carbohydrates which provides symptom relief to many, but starves our good (and even bad) bacteria of the prebiotics they use for growth. That is why many people recommend challenging food groups later on, so that you can have any many prebiotics in your diet as comfortably possible. If you can't have any, that is fine too. In the end your body will tell you what is working and what isn't.

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 08:39 PM

SheLikesCats--thanks--that's very helpful advice....



and welcome to the board.....i like cats

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 12:42 PM

I find that with FODMAPs it was a sliding scale. No critical point at which symptoms return/disappear. Just the less FODMAPs, the better.

Some FODMAPs cause different symptoms though. Some caused gas and others caused pain (for me). Can't say exactly which did what for certainty... although I did have a few theories on the worst offenders.

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