Welcome to the FODMom Blog! If you’ve been diagnosed with IBS (Intestinal Bowel Syndrome), leaky gut syndrome, or SIBO (Small Intestinal Bowel Disorder) or, if you’re tired of second-guessing what foods to eat in order to prevent gas, bloating and general digestive discomfort, then you’ve come to the right place!
My FODMAP journey began in Fall 2013, following many doctor visits and tests to diagnose my stomach discomfort over the previous year. As a last resort, my GI doctor suggested trying the FODMAP elimination diet to determine what foods could be causing my discomfort. I was hesitant given the number of foods required for full elimination at the start, but I was hopeful it would make me feel better.
As background on FODMAP, I have linked the Stanford University Medical Center findings on FODMAP, which is the plan my doctor suggested to follow. Also check out my post from January 6, 2016 with more details on my FODMAP experience.
Since Fall 2013, I have slowly worked to determine the high FODMAP foods that negatively impact my stomach and have had great success in keeping my stomach and body comfortable. All of my recipes and restaurant recommendations are focused on my individual FODMAP experience and if used by others, should be tailored to meet their individual FODMAP needs.
Thanks to a team of Australian researchers at Monash University, the FODMAP diet was developed. The FODMAP diet reduces the short-chain carbohydrates that we can’t digest. These carbohydrates circulate through the small intestine and ferment in the large intestine. They multiply and draw in water to your intestine, which causes the discomfort.
Fermentable- foods that are broken down in the large intestine
Oligosaccharides-“oligo” means “few”; “saccharides” are sugar
Disaccharides-double molecule sugars
Monosaccharides-single molecule sugars (or simple sugars)
AND Polyols-sugar alcohols (Xylitol)
Grocery Shopping is easier with a FODMAP list!
Click here to get a shopping list of low FODMAP foods