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Readers Respond: How Hard Is It to Follow a Low FODMAPs Diet?

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Updated August 20, 2012

From the article: Foods on the FODMAP Diet
Researchers in Australia have been looking into a low FODMAPs diet as a way to minimize IBS symptoms. They maintain a strong recommendation that you work with a qualified dietitian in order to ensure proper nutrition. Have you tried to follow a low FODMAPs diet? Did you find it easy to follow or was it challenging to try to follow the diet and make sure that you are getting adequate nutrients? Share your experience here and find out what it has been like for other IBS sufferers to follow a low FODMAPs diet. Share Your Experience!

EASY AND EFFECTIVE

BEEN ON IT A MONTH AND LOVE NOT BEING IN PAIN - EATING MOST OF MY FAVS SO NO BIG ADJUSTMENTS , AS I GAVE UP GLUTEN/WHEAT 10 YEARS AGO - THAT TOOK SOME WORK BUT CAN EAT RICE, QUINOA, TATERS, AND SO MANY VEGGIES - JUST NOT ONION, GARLIC, MANGO AND APPLES - THEY WERE MY BIG PAIN MAKERS AND I DID NOT KNOW IT TIL I STOPPED EATING THEM AND WITHIN 24 HOURS MY GUT WAS HAPPY. I AM SO GRATEFUL THAT I FOUND THE INFO ON LINE- THANKS TO ALL!
—Guest ELE

FODMAP DIET - ADDED IN YOGURT

YOGURT GAVE ME A HEADACHE - JUST MILK AND ACTIVE CULTURES. WONDER IF I SHOULD CONTINUE TO EAT IT ...ONLY HAD 1/2 CUP. BEEN ON ELIMINATION PHASE FOR LAST MONTH. NO YOGURT FOR 4 WEEKS. IT'S NOT A BAD HEAD ACHE, BUT QUESTION WHY I AM GETTING A REACTION- LACTOSE NEVER BOTHERED ME, BUT FRUCTOSE AND FRUCTANS ARE THE ENEMY. ELE
—Guest ELE

Stomach removed

Due to illness my stomach had to be removed. Everything I tried to eat made me extremely sick. My Gastro suggested the fodmap diet and sent me a list. It's been hard to completely stick with but if I don't, I pay dearly for it. Take care of your tummy, it's worse not having one.
—Guest Gina

Very helpful diet

This diet should be canonized as the best thing since sliced gluten free bread. No matter what I did, nothing helped until I avoided FODMAPS. Then, the silence in my stomach was almost a hedonistic pleasure. After years of struggling after every meal and joking that I was allergic to food, this is the answer. I was starting to think that doctors were ignoring my misery. But they just didn't have the answer. The answer was here all along. To think I stupidly took FOS supplements when I was a teenager thinking it was "good for me." Ugh. Thinking back, they were already making me sick back then and I stopped.
—Guest Eldar

Fodmap gave me back my life

I had been diagnosed with IBS but had a life and could work around "bouts". Looking back I had IBS since childhood just didn't have a name for it. I had severe Gastro-Esophogeal Reflux Disease so underwent surgical repair for that. Unfortunately the hospital gave me a severe intestinal infection as a result of. Now my intestines didn't work at all basically. I was in severe and constant pain, gas hugely bloating my stomach, I had to wear Depends & elastic pants. I had no life as it revolved around proximity to a toilet. I then found a gastro Dr. and he put me immediately on Fodmap with a probiotic supplement, that's all. I am up to about 95% of normal intestinal function over the last year. Bit by bit. I have had the last 30 days free of any PAIN and bouts. I have some periods of discomfort and slightly irregular if I go off it but I can self correct next day. I now have a life again. I am very very grateful to my doctor. Fodmap was a savior. No IBS if I stick to it.
—Guest Cheryl

It's less about hard to follow...

For me this is just part of life. If I don't do this and actually more, I am miserable. So, misery or life? You can't even think straight if you feel gut kicked three times a day after every meal... and whenever a drug is finally approved, the FDA just yanks it away again (zelnorm). For me it's not just Fodmap, but also all rice and all gluten. Over the decades I believe I have Aspergillus overgrowth. Ha, try to prove it. But maybe that is why so many people feel so good when they go low carb. Anyway in my case it is only daily survival.
—Guest Erica

It's Working!

I just started the FODMAP diet one week ago and feel great! I have been following it strictly and have had no GI symptoms. Much to my surprise, even though I am eating less because I'm having a hard time finding foods, I don't feel hungry and I've lost 2 lbs this week. On top of the lactose-free / gluten-free and other FODMAP prohibitions, I'm struggling with cooking and eating out. In spite of that, I feel great and think this is the way to go for me.
—Guest Rose

Fodmap IBS etc etc

I have suffered since I was in my teens, pain, gas, dissension, visits to the doctor, the hospital. Fibre does not help IBS, Fodmaps now is a great tool and I know I will need to follow it for life, introduction of other foods will be random and greatly dependant on how I "feel" we need to listen to hour oft, look for signs, wind, pimples, swollen hands and feets and then be very clean until 100 % again, the tip, minimum ingredients per meal, minimum grains / fibre and soak well prior, exercise , they say our guts our second brain, and last of all don't think about what your missing out on, think about how good you feel, some people feel sick and never understand their bodies, they believe aches and pains are part of getting old, they are not, they are part if dis ease, be happy your alive and enjoy what you can have, I regressed for 4 months and ate nothing but rice cakes, salmon and avocado, breakfast lunch and dinner, again I know why I need to be calm with myself, eat for your health
—Guest Liz

What IF

What if I also have Acid Reflux and Diverticulitis? I see corn is acceptable but that wreaks havoc with me. Also I like mandarin oranges but my acid reflux doesn't always like it.
—Clewdster

First week over!

I've just started this diet, I've had lots of tummy problems and ended up in hospital a few times from the crippling pain i get :( There was an app my dietician showed me that has recipes for people on this diet and also a shopping guide so it's helped alot. This is actually the first week I haven't been feeling sick or had bloating. It took a few days to feel the effects but its been really good for me so far :)
—Guest Toni

Sandra Hartey

I did the FODMAP diet last year after a very bad bout of what turned out to be IBS after having been tested for so many things gut related. I can only say that this diet has helped me so much and I would recomment anyone to give it a go. I did find a dietician but was so glad I had heard about this diet from a programme I had watched on the TV as I am quite sure my doctor did not know anything about it.
—Guest Sandra Hartley

worked ok

My doc put me on the fodmap diet as well as a perscription to help "reset" my digestive track. 1st two weeks were great, but by the 3rd week, gas and bloating came back and I can only figure that the only reason I felt good was from the antibotics. I have been on fodmap for 5 weeks and still have gas and bloating but thankfully no full blown ibs attacks.
—Guest jen

Lydia

This diet is working for me. I notice HONEY is not on this list. CAN I add it back safely or is it a no no?
—Guest Lydia from Pottsville

Look up gaps diet

If you want to heal IBS look up gaps diet. IBS is the result of a build up of bad bacteria in the gut.
—Guest Louise

weight gain

Has anyone put on weight with this diet? I am trying to lose a considerable amount now?
—Guest penney

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