Last week I shared my lovely experience getting my first colonoscopy and learning that my IBS is getting worse. Basically, the doctor told me that I needed to be very careful about the foods I eat and advised I learn about FODMAPS. For those of you who know me, my facial expressions tell a thousand words. I had never heard of the term FODMAPS and I was not happy that he suggested I get rid of most everything I love from my diet. I will be honest, fruits and vegetables have never been high on my priority list of foods. I am happiest when I have loads of crackers, cookies, chips, ice cream and carb/sugar loving foods in my belly ;). I have never had to watch what I eat (I am lucky!) so this new way of eating kind of stinks. Some how through the years, I have gotten away with eating what I want and managing my IBS but as I get older, my belly is putting up a fight. One of the biggest challenges for me is the grocery store. I need to eliminate as much gluten and lactose as possible and understand the ingredient labels as been tough.
Yes, I had a little fun with my picture in photobooth ;). So what the heck are FODMAPS? FODMAPs are carbohydrates (sugars) that are found in foods. Not all carbohydrates are considered FODMAPs. The FODMAPs in the diet are: Fructose (fruits, honey, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), etc) Lactose (dairy) Fructans (wheat, garlic, onion, inulin etc) Galactans (legumes such as beans, lentils, soybeans, etc) Polyols (sweeteners containing isomalt, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol, stone fruits such as avocado, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, etc). So basically, I need to eliminate all or most of these when possible.
I came home from my appointment feeling frustrated, confused and starving. I was afraid to eat because I knew my normal diet would upset my stomach but I had no idea what I could eat. My doctor set me up with a nutritionalist who I will meet with in mid-March but in the meantime, I got busy googling and searching the FODMAPs term. I was so surprised about the abundance of information out there. This is actually a huge problem for many and the low FODMAP diet is extremely popular. I found this fabulous graph on the Stanford Health site and it breaks everything down in english.
Stay tuned, I am on week two of a low FODMAP diet and yes, I am eating that Kahl in the picture above. I can’t stand to eat it regular so I have been blending it in with my morning green juice smoothie. I can’t even believe I am drinking green juice smoothies but I am. I will be sharing my smoothie, lunch and dinner recipes with you as time goes by.I came home from the grocery store and my grandfather said, what are doing with all that green stuff? I told him about my new diet and his response was, “don’t be cooking any of that crap for me.” ha.
PS. don’t tell anyone but the diet is actually amazing. My stomach is not bloated or killing me. There is hope for me after all ;).