Hello! I’m Sarah, 28, from Scotland 🙂
At the age of 19 my digestive health too a turn for the worse, I had no idea idea what was wrong with me and I soon fell into a vicious cycle battling with my health and emotions. After going through many, many tests I was eventually diagnosed with IBS. I tried everything to help me get some normality back in my life – I stripped my diet right back to gluten free, dairy free and sugar free which did help my symptoms a little but I still had a lot of problems. When I’d just about given up hope a dietician friend suggested I try out the low-FODMAP diet. This was something I had never really heard of. So through the support of a dietician, I begun to follow this diet and found significant improvements with my IBS and I haven’t looked back. By no means this is a cure for IBS but for me it has helped control my symptoms, form a better relationship with food and given me some confidence back in my life. My aim is to share some yummy low FODMAP recipes and share some lifestyle tips on how I manage and cope with my IBS. For me using this blog has also given me the opportunity to discover lots of inspiring low-FODMAP foods and interact with lots of lovely fellow FODMAPpers 🙂
Now, I am no expert in nutrition or dietetics, I’m just an everyday girl, trying to fit in a (not so) restricted diet into my everyday life. If you decided to follow this diet, please do so with the help of a registered dietician.
What is the FODMAP diet?
FODMAP is the collective abbreviation for a group of fermentable, poorly absorbed short-chain carbohydrates that provide fast food for bowel bacteria and may cause digestive discomfort.
FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, And Polyols. (good luck trying to explain that one to your mates!!)
These certain food componants cause the bowel to distend by drawing in more fluid and rapidly generating gas when they are fermented by bowel bacteria, in turn worsening your IBS symptoms.
(Source, Dr. Sue Shepard and Dr. Peter Gibson)
In simple terms a low-FODMAP diet is a diet that involves cutting out foods high in FODMAPS that are difficult for a sensitive gut to digest and as a result reducing your IBS symptoms.
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