FODMAPS diet IBS: Find Your Balance

FODMAPs Diet IBS
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FODMAPS diet IBS:

What on earth is the FODMAPs diet IBS treatment??

In simple terms, this is a diet focused on cutting back/cutting out specific types of carbohydrates.  

The idea is that these carbohydrates are more difficult to digest and can also cause bacterial overgrowth in the digestive tract.

I find that consuming these specific carbs can give me IBS symptoms, or even worse, an attack.  Eating at a restaurant or friend’s house has become quite a challenge.

I’ve found myself running for the bathroom like a cross country racer too many times!


What Does It Stand For?

theibsnetwork.org explains that “The term FODMAPS is an acronym that stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols.”  These particular carbohydrates are difficult to digest and do not absorb well.

Your body will work twice as hard to digest these, yuck!

Also, many people believe that bacterial overgrowth is one of the root causes of illnesses such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.


FODMAPs Diet IBSThe Problem Is Growing

The very informative website, AboutIBS.org states that “Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects up to one in five Americans.”.

I can’t say I’m surprised, it feels like every other person I meet, I can bond with over IBS.

Western medicine is not helping our problem, but simply treating symptoms.

Our diet plays a huge role in our health and well-being.


Where To Begin?

There are several books out there explaining the IBS FODMAP diet in detail, including the Complete Low-FODMAP Diet book on amazon, my favorite low FODMAP resource.

You can also consult a nutritionist/dietitian to plan out your diet so that you are eating healthy as well as cutting back on those high FODMAP foods that can trigger IBS symptoms.

Also, ibsdiets.org provides helpful high and low FODMAP lists here.  

The high listed foods are the foods you should be avoiding and/or cutting back on.  

The low FODMAP list is what you want to focus on eating in your diet.

This list provides well-balanced food groups with different options for each.

It’s nice to have a diet that is not extremely limited, but effective.

Below are my top three picks for low FODMAP diet resources.

The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet: A Revolutionary Plan for Managing IBS and Other Digestive DisordersThe Complete Low-FODMAP Diet: A Revolutionary Plan for Managing IBS and Other Digestive DisordersThe Low-FODMAP Cookbook: 100 Delicious, Gut-Friendly Recipes for IBS and other Digestive DisordersThe Low-FODMAP Cookbook: 100 Delicious, Gut-Friendly Recipes for IBS and other Digestive DisordersThe Everything Guide To The Low-FODMAP Diet: A Healthy Plan for Managing IBS and Other Digestive DisordersThe Everything Guide To The Low-FODMAP Diet: A Healthy Plan for Managing IBS and Other Digestive Disorders

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Not To Worry

This diet isn’t terribly restricting like many other diets.

The list of acceptable foods is rather large, actually.

You’ll love the variety of recipes and treats you can make while on this diet!


Is This A Lifetime Commitment?

FODMAPs Diet IBSThe FODMAPS diet IBS treatment is not necessarily needed for the rest of your life.

As we age, our symptoms can change or diminish based on stress levels, what we consume, our environment, etc.

I can tolerate more foods now than I could even a few years ago (Yay!).

Once successfully getting your symptoms under control, you can begin slowly re-introducing some of the high FODMAP foods back into your diet and see how your body reacts to them.


Not The Diet For You?

Low fodmaps diet ibs edition! Perfect diet for easing yucky IBS symptoms.

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3 Comments

  1. I checked out the foods to avoid, that is a long list. I do suffer from IBS. I do think it is due to some on that list. I already can’t eat somethings I should avoid due to health reasons Onion and garlic.

    I checked out the good food list and is long to. Very detailed.

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