One Sunday afternoon, after experimenting with an amazing chili recipe, a stabbing pain in my intestines and a severe case of distension convinced me to haul myself over to my GP as soon as possible. After describing my symptoms and reviewing my life-long battle with constipation and diarrhea, I had my diagnosis: Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I was handed 3 pieces of paper and told to start the Low FODMAP diet…
I left my doctor’s office full of questions! How did I get IBS? What exactly is a FODMAP? Why does nothing on the “allowed” list make a food I would consider eating?
I decided in order to get the most out of this diet I needed to know how it worked. I tried to understand what was going awry in my body (as best as current science would allow), to break down each FODMAP to understand its basic parts, and to prepare for the changes that come along with a diet of this nature.
Since then, I’ve done some research, bombarded my dietitian with questions about organic chemistry, cried more than once while turning over boxes at our local grocery store, and screamed at the internet repeatedly for being a cesspool of conflicting and misleading information. Most importantly, somewhere in the midst of all that, I figured out a way to live happily. Now that you’re here, let me share what I’ve learned with you!