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!