FODMAP

FODMAP’s Decoded

Happy Tuesday All!

Last week, I asked you on an Instagram poll if you knew what FODMAP’s was and 95% who responded said no.

The reason I am talking about FODMAP’s is because I think it has to be one of easiest ways to solve a simple problem so many of us have, but don’t really talk about.

B L O A T I N G.

You know, the sexy kind that makes you look like your 6 months pregnant at the end of the day.

In a bid to vanquish reoccurring stomach issues, I have been trying to follow this guide (as far as possible) for the last few months and you can read all about that here.

In summary – if your exercising and eating healthy, but your tummy is feeling heavy and bloated almost all the time, you may want to try the LOW FODMAP diet, which is proven to banish bloating and indigestion.

What are FODMAPs VERY briefly
Put simply, FODMAP’s are a collection of short-chain carbohydrates (sugars) that aren’t absorbed properly in the gut, which can trigger symptoms in people with IBS. But you don’t just have to have IBS to be effected, you may just experience general discomfort when eating these foods on a day to day basis.

Examples of High or Bad FODMAP’s to avoid – Wheat and rye; apples, peaches and pears; onions, beans, cabbage, leeks, garlic, cauliflower, mushrooms; dairy and soya milk, sweeteners and most types of creamy cheeses.

Low FODMAP foods to eat instead include:
Tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, avo, potato, banana, dragon fruit, raspberries, grapes, melon, blueberries, oranges, limes, lemons, hard cheeses, almond milk, coconut milk, gluten free bread, oats and rice. I will be blogging on Le Famished Cat more and more using these kinds of foods.

You can get a more detailed list in my original FODMAP post here

After about 8 weeks of eliminating these foods, you can then slowly incorporate them again to see what exactly is triggering any stomach issues.

So I figured out that It was perfectly OK for me to consume yogurt (even though it was a dairy product) but I could not eat anything with cream and excessive amounts of milk (Like a cappuccino for example)

I could also eat Mushrooms (thank heavens as I love them) but definitely had to learn to live without onions. 🙁

So, the FODMAP diet isn’t really a diet per say, its more of a guideline to use to help figure out certain foods that may be poorly digested by your body.

The FODMAP guide has helped me a lot, so you will continue to see a FODMAP friendly posts in the future.

Here are some examples of the FODMAP Friendly Food I have posted about before on Instagram.

DISCLAIMER: Before starting any diet or food elimination guideline, you should speak to your doctor as I am not a registered dietitian, just a girl trying to figure out what to eat, in the hopes I could help you too 🙂

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