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IBS Sufferers: I'm Going to Try this FODMAP Diet for my IBS

Saturday, May 31, 2014

I providentally ran across this information about a diet found to be effective for sufferers of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), which I have had pretty much all of my life but was only diagnosed in my mid-30's. I am also lactose intolerant, so having bouts of diarrhea or constipation are common, even with Beano and Lactose enzyme supplements. My worst symptom is gas, and distended stomach (even when I was slender) and that has been a daily problem.

However, I recently began to notice that I seemed to also experience extreme gas when I had a lot of carbohydrate, especially with whole grain products, and with Soy products. Soy is basically a bean, so that's no surprise, but the seeming wheat was a surprise to me. Then I ran across a video from Dr. Samid who appears on several major networks (NBC and now regularly on FOX that I know of) mentioning the success of this FODMAP diet for IBS. I especially eliminates all wheat products. I had been enthusiastically using whole grains to get much of my fiber to help improve the constipation problem (along with lots of water) and even a prebiotic organic acacia fiber for IBS sufferers by Heather's tummy fibers (she has a great blog, too, and recipes).

This is going to add a little more stress to my meal planning as I am just getting back to tackling my weight loss after gaining back a bunch of weight over the past year and a half. And I'm going to miss some of my favorite foods. But the indication is that within 6 to 8 weeks I should see definite improvement, so I know I can do this if I double-down, and still maintain my healthy eating and weight loss diet.

For anyone interested, check out a couple of good explanations of FODMAP at the following sites or do your own searches.


www.aboutibs.org/site/tr
eatment/low-fodmap-diet/


www.ibs-health.com/fodma
p_food_list.html


If anyone else has tried this, I would love to hear of your experiences and results.

Linda, the Beach Sandpiper (the active plumpish one)

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  • BEESPARKLE
    Sounds like I am much older then you but I have been on here for many years as a member on Sparks. Long story.

    I was on the gluten free diet for many years. For me it did not help.

    So my doctor said I can do the low first for three weeks or more to see how I do.

    This diet just hit my Drs office so it is new in my little town where I live in Canada. We do have a dietition but like the info I am reading. Make sure your dietition knows all about this diet and was trained to help you.

    Till then. I have joined you ladies . I found a real great Questions and Answers on line free. She is Kate Scarlatar. People like us who want to know the answers. http://blog.katescarlata.com/aboutm
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    It takes time to load up. About five minutes so let it be. First time I loaded it. It frozed. So let patience be your guide. Ha-ha.

    So for all of us. We can learn to-gether.
    I looked for groups. On line found alot but then I thought try Sparks. That way . I dont have to use my name out in public. Persay on other groups.
    2054 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/7/2015 7:39:01 PM
  • MILPAM3
    I'm definitely looking into those web sites at the beginning of the week. Distended tummy problems here, too.
    2334 days ago
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