What is a FODMAP? I have been gluten and dairy-free on and off for many years now in a effort to heal my gut. Turns out I’m doing it all wrong…sort of. I remember there was a time when I avoided certain foods, like onions, garlic, cabbage, etc. But then when I was studying nutrition I learned so much about the healing benefits of foods; particularly vegetables, that I wanted to eat them ALL. And all the time. I for one, know how beneficial garlic can be to the immune system and boosting health in general, so how can I give that up? Well apparently onion, garlic and other delicious foods can be categorized under this umbrella of foods called FODMAPS. Which brings me back to my question- what the heck is a FODMAP?? All bad and evil, apparently. At least to someone with a sensitive stomach.
FODMAPS stand for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. These are carbohydrates (sugars and fibers) which a lot of people can have trouble digesting. They are found in so many foods that we eat on a daily basis, and research has proved that people suffering from IBS (gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain etc) can benefit from a diet that restricts these carbs.
So I decided to try it. I am going to post some pictures and lists of high and low FODMAP foods so you know what I’m up against. But honestly it’s been three days (yes, only three) and I feel better already. Yes, it’s been hard. And yes, I want GARLIC. But man, I really think I’m feeling better. So I’ll keep on keeping on. Stay tuned for Part 2 of Fun with FODMAPS!
Peace & Love,