Living with dietary restrictions

Low Fodmap for LifeThis post describes the moment when I was reduced to tears by a snow pea.

Followers of a low Fodmap diet will know that snow peas (mangetout) are high in Fodmaps – specifically Polyls (read about this more here) and for those who have a problem with Polyol Malabsorption (as I do!) they are strictly a no-go zone!

Recently my husband visited his Uncle who has the most amazing vegetable garden and brought home a selection of organically grown capsicums (peppers), chillies, swedes and a handful of freshly picked snow peas, still warm from the sun. Now, usually a snow pea won’t turn my head, but in this case I couldn’t resist. I bit into the luscious, crisp, green pea and burst into tears. I was immediately taken back to my childhood when my mum grew an abundance of snow peas in our garden and I would eat them straight from the vine.

Little moments like this can be difficult when we need to avoid an innocent vegetable in order to remain free from discomfort, bloating and constipation.

On the low fodmap diet, there are many vegetables, fruit and every day ingredients that we need to restrict, some are OK in small doses and some we will never again eat as, having weighed up the pros and cons, eating it is just not worth it. Logically, this should be straightforward, but when it comes to food and emotions, this is rarely the case. I have found that I have needed to give myself time and permission to grieve the loss of certain foods. Grief is a natural process and by accepting this, and not fighting it, I have finally been able to ‘let go’ of my attachment to most foods that are high in fodmaps.

Have you had a similar experience?

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