So, here I am again, harping on about FODMAP foods. Because the truth is that there isn’t too much out there about it.

With an internet full of Paleo chocolate cake recipes, juice fasts and 8 week food plans to help kick your dirty sugar habit, this diet has completely slipped under the raider. When I googled it all I found were Doctors reports and terribly illustrated nutritionalist charts. No hashtags, dribble inducing Instagram pictures, or even many Pins – I was questioning the reality of this newly prescribed lifestyle.

Yet I’m, embarking on a this unknown (un social media-afide) strict diet change. The last few years of my life has been fraught with food changes. I think I’ve mixed up the way I eat more times that the Kardashians have outfit changes. My head is spinning.

Unfortunately, the luxury of my usual baby-step-system of approaching big life modifications isn’t really applicable here. My body needs a change. And what better day to begin a change than Monday – the day that all healthy dreams are pinned on. I’ve been trying to dip my toe into the FODMAP diet… but the truth is, with such a harsh ‘naughty’ and ‘nice’ list, you just can’t play.

I have downloaded all the apps, I have a stack of books that makes me think I’m back at university, and I’m committed. As of now, I will research the FODMAP-ability of everything that passes my lips.

What makes a food a bad guy I hear you cry? Well, high FODMAP foods are the following:

  • Foods with a bigger amount of fructose to glucose (think; pears, apples, and honey)
  • Fructan foods (think; artichokes, garlic, onion, wheat, and rye)
  • Galacto-oligosaccharides contain foods(think; lentils, beans, and peas)
  • Polyols (think; stone fruits such as peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, and cherries)
  • And Lactose, which is known to increase gas and bloating

And that is what I am staying away from.

Keep checking back here, as I’m going to keep you all in the loop of my journey. I’m going to see if this new, scientifically formulated and dietician backed way of eating can help with what seems like a worldwide epidemic of intolerance/allergies/generally screwy tummies.


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