The Low Fodmap diet. Day 3.
Food, what can I eat? Now that is the question. When I first started researching The Low Fodmap diet, after a quick glance, I wondered just what I could eat. Digging deeper, I discovered it was a case of noshing less, of what I had been eating & tweaking a few things here & there. I have always been a healthy eater, consuming salads, veg & pulses by the kilo in one sitting. BAD MOVE. I need to cut down or remove a few of these bloat producing veggies from my diet.
The Low Fodmap diet is all about removing from your diet [for a period of time], foods which you know cause you discomfort. You then start eating the foods suggested by the research which has been carried out the “Safe Foods. This method allows you to see if your symptoms persist, ease or disappear. Gradually, you then reintroducing foods back into your diet from the suggested Fodmap food group list.
There are several things to observe, before embarking on the low Fodmap diet.
- You should consult you doctor first to ensure you do not have any prevailing medical conditions.
- Unless you are knowledgeable as to what a “healthy, nutritious diet ” consists of, you should consult a dietitian to ensure you are eating enough carbohydrates, protein, vegetables, vitamins & minerals, etc to keep your body healthy.
- Beware of were you gather your information from. A Google search has provided me with numerous sites dealing with Low Fodmap lists, of foods which are considered “OK to Eat” & those to “Avoid” many seem to contradict each other & sometimes even themselves on their lists.
As an example of the above, it is generally thought that lactose found in milk & dairy products, is thought to be a sugar to be avoided when starting the Low Fodmap diet. However, on the same chart, two of the foods on the “safe” chart are butter & cream, both of which are made with milk! Check your information carefully. A good place to start is with NHS.UK
Some of the foods I have discovered on my Low Fodmap diet experiment so far are:
- Potatoes but Sweet Potatoes seem OK
- Onions (White)
- Fruit Juices
- Dried Apricots
Should you eat the cake in the photo above on the Low Fodmap diet? Find out the answer tomorrow.