Is the low FODMAP diet for you?
If you suffer from any of the symptoms commonly associated with IBS such as excess gas, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea and/or constipation, the low FODMAP diet may certainly help you. However, it is very important that you first visit your doctor to rule out other medical conditions such as celiac disease, ovarian cancer, bowel cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.
Will I lose weight on the low FODMAP diet?
The low FODMAP diet was not designed for weight loss. It can; however, be used as part of an overall weight loss program. You may lose some weight naturally as you will be eating less unhealthy processed food, junk food and fast food. If you focus on whole foods, such as those in my recipes, you will be giving your body more vegetables, fruits and whole grains – all of which can help you to shed unwanted pounds.
How do I make sure I get enough fibre while on the low FODMAP diet?
For those with IBS, excess fibre (over 30 g a day) can actually worsen symptoms. However, it is important for everyone to consume fibre. Healthy women should aim for 21-26 grams of fibre per day, if tolerated. Healthy men should aim for 30-38 grams of fibre per day, if tolerated. Good sources of fibre on the low FODMAP diet include: whole grains, nuts, seeds, brown rice, rice bran, oatmeal, oat bran, potatoes with skins, quinoa, chia seeds, lentils, chickpeas, and those fruits and vegetables that are allowed.
How long can I be on the low FODMAP diet?
The low FODMAP diet is not currently recommended as a diet for life; rather, it is a short term diet to help control IBS symptoms. Once this is achieved, you can start eating foods high in FODMAPs according to your own tolerance levels – as determined through the reintroduction phase.
Where can I find more information?
The following resources have been very helpful for evidence-based information on the low FODMAP diet.