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Low Fodmap for Life

I first discovered I was wheat-intolerant in my early 20’s, and I avoided wheat periodically but I always found it too difficult to give up entirely. Having gestational diabetes with both of my pregnancies I followed a low-GI diet which certainly helped my blood sugars but did little for my digestive symptoms which continued to worsen. While trying to lose the ‘baby’ weight I started to eat more fruit, despite never being a big fruit eater, and that was the last straw! After months of spiraling agony, I eventually saw my GP and had a series of blood tests and scans to rule out anything nasty. Eventually I was diagnosed with IBS and referred to a dietitian.

Since May 2012 I have followed a low Fodmap diet and I have eventually found my own personal levels of tolerance of foods, however this still requires me to strictly avoid a large number of foods to stay on top of my symptoms. To make my life even more complicated I am now also gluten intolerant and avoid gluten as well as try to limit my carbs to manage insulin resistance! To be honest it is a bit of a minefield and I have gone through many lows coming to terms with the daily implications of following a limited diet.

I was reading an article written by a couple of dietitians where they said that no one should need to follow a low fodmap diet for extended periods of time – clearly they don’t suffer from IBS! This inspired me to start this blog, as there is no doubt in my mind that I will be following a low fodmap diet for life.

For anyone who has needed to follow a restricted diet, you will understand that it can be very difficult emotionally and that there is a very big difference between ‘knowing’ what to do and actually ‘doing’ it everyday. There are times when I am strictly low fodmap and I feel amazing and want to take on the world! Then there are those times where I think “sod it!” and eat something high in fodmaps, perhaps something innocent, yet delicious, like a juicy, crunchy apple. Or toasted mashmallows over a campfire with my children. The physical consequences of these small shifts in my diet is up to three days of discomfort and pain; the emotional consequences can be more confronting.

Through my posts on this site I want to support those who also follow a low fodmap diet, in the hope that sharing my experiences with honesty, compassion and humility will encourage connection and engagement with the emotional issues as well as share low fodmap information and suggestions.

I will also share some of my recipes as I love to cook and create healthy meals for my family! My children have some food intolerances too which I never would have picked up if I hadn’t had my eyes opened to the amazing impact food has on our health and well-being. By removing dairy from his diet my son has been free from asthma for almost 1.5 years (interestingly, I reintroduced dairy recently and within a week the asthma was back!).

It is important to highlight that I am not a dietitian, nutritionist or medical practitioner. Please seek the right medical advice before implementing a low fodmap diet.

Please feel free to contact me directly using the contact form below and I will respond as soon as I can.

Wishing you all the best with your low fodmap journey!

Sacha x

 

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10 thoughts on “About

  1. This is so lovely! I am struggling a lot myself, I have been diagnosed with IBS since several years back but am only recently realising how much I react to gluten as well. I am also sensitive to dairy and sugar, not to mention that I am a mix of pescatarian and vegan (odd explanation) who wants to eat organic and raw food! I also love cuisines like Korean, Chinese, Indian, French, Italian and other awfully tricky ones. Just seeing blogs such as yours makes me feel like we really aren’t alone after all!

    I have also wanted to go on a modified version of the PALEO diet, or just a gut healing diet to try to see if the damage is reversible. However I think that might have to wait for possibly a long time until I can balance all the rather contradictory triggers and diets. Also recentlt found out about cross-reactivity… Phew.

    I think it’s just all about not giving up for people such as ourselves! Apologies for the long comment – your ‘About’ description just realy struck a chord with me! Again, thank you. If only we could have our own little group society and meet ups!

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    • Hi Sara,
      Thank you for the lovely comment! I find the paleo diet very interesting as well and I appreciate a lot of the philosophy of eating whole, unprocessed foods. I read a really interesting article recently about being “pegan” – a cross between vegan and paleo which really resonated with me. Maybe you’d like to look it up?
      All the best, stay and in touch and let me know how you get on!
      Sacha

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  2. hi!,I like your writing very much! proportion we keep in touch more about your post on AOL?
    I require an expert in this area to solve my problem.

    May be that is you! Having a look forward to look you.

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    • Hi there,
      Thank you for getting in touch. I’m pleased to hear that you enjoy reading the blog. If you need an expert in fodmap’s I recommend you speak with a dietitian or a nutritionist who are best placed for this type of advice. I hope you continue to follow the blog. Good luck with everything,
      Sacha

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