Fodmap Eating Plan

Posted by Teresa, Volunteer Mentor @hopeful33250, Jun 13 7:44am

I will be starting on the fodmap eating plan next week and I'm looking for some suggestions about following this plan for the first four weeks. Did you have the guidance of a dietician? Did you find any books, recipes, YouTube videos that helped you? I'm also wondering how you went about the addition of foods after the four-week restricted period?

Any success stories (I'd really like to hear them). Anything that was particularly helpful or difficult for you?

@astaingegerdm @thull @nancybev

I do more of a low residue diet than low fodmap. I am trying to add some cooked veggies like Brussels and broccolini, because I like them. Cooked carrots and green beans get boring. I don’t do any raw veggies and no raw apples, pears etc. some melons seem to be ok. lots of white pasta, cheeses, eggs and chicken and seafood. Almost never have any red meat, as it is hard for me to digest.

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@thull

I do more of a low residue diet than low fodmap. I am trying to add some cooked veggies like Brussels and broccolini, because I like them. Cooked carrots and green beans get boring. I don’t do any raw veggies and no raw apples, pears etc. some melons seem to be ok. lots of white pasta, cheeses, eggs and chicken and seafood. Almost never have any red meat, as it is hard for me to digest.

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Thanks for your reply, @thull. I'm thinking that the low residue diet must just reduce the amount of fiber that you consume. Is that correct? Do you have other food group restrictions like dairy, gluten, etc.?

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@hopeful33250

Thanks for your reply, @thull. I'm thinking that the low residue diet must just reduce the amount of fiber that you consume. Is that correct? Do you have other food group restrictions like dairy, gluten, etc.?

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Yeah, the GI dr doesn’t want me to have a lot of fiber. No restrictions on dairy or gluten, thank goodness! My kids say I am on the toddler diet!🤣 I eat a lot of the same things as my 5 and 3 year old grandkids!

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@hopeful33250 @thull – The FODMAP diet was part of my Mayo evaluation to find out if my diet caused my symptoms.
I stayed on it for a few weeks only – there was not any change. It was easy for me to follow- it included many of the foods I could eat.

I don’t do well at all with high fiber- I can have a small slice of whole grain bread, but prefer white bread!
! It is also difficult for me to digest beef. I still eat it, but small amounts. I take a supplement with it- Iberogast- recommended by Mayo GI. It does help with the digestion. In general, I feel better eating very small servings of any meat.

I don’t have any other restrictions. However, I’m lactose intolerant. Lately I take a Lactaid pill with pizza- makes a difference.
I find it easier to eat similar food daily, because then I don’t have to worry.

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@astaingegerdm

@hopeful33250 @thull – The FODMAP diet was part of my Mayo evaluation to find out if my diet caused my symptoms.
I stayed on it for a few weeks only – there was not any change. It was easy for me to follow- it included many of the foods I could eat.

I don’t do well at all with high fiber- I can have a small slice of whole grain bread, but prefer white bread!
! It is also difficult for me to digest beef. I still eat it, but small amounts. I take a supplement with it- Iberogast- recommended by Mayo GI. It does help with the digestion. In general, I feel better eating very small servings of any meat.

I don’t have any other restrictions. However, I’m lactose intolerant. Lately I take a Lactaid pill with pizza- makes a difference.
I find it easier to eat similar food daily, because then I don’t have to worry.

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@astaingegerdm I agree with the small servings of any meat. Poultry and fish settle the best for me. So far I feel better with the gluten restriction. I may keep that part of the diet. When I looked at the foods on the high fodmap list (foods to avoid) I realized that a lot of those foods I have been avoiding for a long time because they would cause discomfort. I also don't mind eating the same things on a regular basis. There is no guesswork that way. Given the results so far, I may be on to something here.

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@hopeful33250 – I think that’s why I never ate much of them either. I think that you are going to do well!

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@hopeful33250

@astaingegerdm I agree with the small servings of any meat. Poultry and fish settle the best for me. So far I feel better with the gluten restriction. I may keep that part of the diet. When I looked at the foods on the high fodmap list (foods to avoid) I realized that a lot of those foods I have been avoiding for a long time because they would cause discomfort. I also don't mind eating the same things on a regular basis. There is no guesswork that way. Given the results so far, I may be on to something here.

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So much of what you wrote is true for me also. My husband’s doctor wants him on an all fish diet. We also occasionally eat low fat turkey. I have been doing really well since we eliminated red meat.

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Hello. I'm with the Neuropathy group but just noticed the FODMAP discussion and can't resist adding my two cents. I've been on the diet for about two years now and it works for me. The first month I went lactose- and gluten-free, then gradually added them back. I can pretty much tolerate both but try to limit myself to A2 milk, which is naturally lactose-free (hard to find but worth it the trip to Sprouts). Every once in a while I'lll try something that I love but that's on the FODMAP list (yes, I'm sick of carrots and green beans, too) but it usually ends badly. Like the sauerkraut I couldn't resist last week. I should add that I am self-diagnosed. When IBS kicks up, I sip apple juice, which works as a binder for me. Since there's not much fiber on the non-FODMAP diet, I also keep little cans of prune juice in the pantry. I started out following the advice of dietician Kate Scarlata (katescarlata.com) and have two FODMAP apps on my iPhone so I can check the occasional temptation. I've just started taking fruit & veggie capsules and am waiting to see the results. BTW, I love and eat red meat, which seems to agree with me. Until now, when I've mentioned the word "FODMAP" to people they just stare blankly. I'm glad to find a group that knows whereof I speak.

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@stefspad

Hello. I'm with the Neuropathy group but just noticed the FODMAP discussion and can't resist adding my two cents. I've been on the diet for about two years now and it works for me. The first month I went lactose- and gluten-free, then gradually added them back. I can pretty much tolerate both but try to limit myself to A2 milk, which is naturally lactose-free (hard to find but worth it the trip to Sprouts). Every once in a while I'lll try something that I love but that's on the FODMAP list (yes, I'm sick of carrots and green beans, too) but it usually ends badly. Like the sauerkraut I couldn't resist last week. I should add that I am self-diagnosed. When IBS kicks up, I sip apple juice, which works as a binder for me. Since there's not much fiber on the non-FODMAP diet, I also keep little cans of prune juice in the pantry. I started out following the advice of dietician Kate Scarlata (katescarlata.com) and have two FODMAP apps on my iPhone so I can check the occasional temptation. I've just started taking fruit & veggie capsules and am waiting to see the results. BTW, I love and eat red meat, which seems to agree with me. Until now, when I've mentioned the word "FODMAP" to people they just stare blankly. I'm glad to find a group that knows whereof I speak.

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When I heard about FODMAP I had that blank stare. There are still foods that should be okay, but are not.
In addition, I have to watch out for certain fats/ oils that would cause major problems with my bile flow ( no gall bladder).
It could be worse.

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@astaingegerdm

When I heard about FODMAP I had that blank stare. There are still foods that should be okay, but are not.
In addition, I have to watch out for certain fats/ oils that would cause major problems with my bile flow ( no gall bladder).
It could be worse.

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That is interesting that you should mention bile flow and no gall bladder, @astaingegerdm. I had my gall bladder removed during one of my carcinoid cancer surgeries. I'm wondering if some of my digestive problems are related to bile flow problems. I suppose I really don't understand what roll the gall bladder (and lack of it) affects bile flow and the digestive process.

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@astaingegerdm

When I heard about FODMAP I had that blank stare. There are still foods that should be okay, but are not.
In addition, I have to watch out for certain fats/ oils that would cause major problems with my bile flow ( no gall bladder).
It could be worse.

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It could be worse, but it sounds pretty bad if you can't even eat the dregs that FODMAP has left us. I've had similar problems (tho I'm lucky enough to still have my gall bladder). If your problem is certain oils, have you read any of Dr. Cate Shanahan's books or visited her website? She writes extensively on the effects of vegetable and seed oils that are in most prepared foods: what she calls "The Hateful Eight." Here's a condensed version — https://drcate.com/the-hateful-eight-enemy-fats-that-destroy-your-health/

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My situation differs, but diet problems are likely the same. After removing my colon, my surgeon said, "You have, now, the equivalent of a newborn infant's intestinal system. You'll learn what works. First, avoid salads: lettuce of every hue is chiefly water, shouldn't bother, but does, and offers little. Don't eat after 5 p.m. Introduce foods gradually as you did to babies." Everything he said proved true.

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@evewrites

My situation differs, but diet problems are likely the same. After removing my colon, my surgeon said, "You have, now, the equivalent of a newborn infant's intestinal system. You'll learn what works. First, avoid salads: lettuce of every hue is chiefly water, shouldn't bother, but does, and offers little. Don't eat after 5 p.m. Introduce foods gradually as you did to babies." Everything he said proved true.

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Hello @evewrites and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect

I'm glad that you joined this discussion on diet for GI problems. I find your diet guidance interesting, especially "no eating after 5 p.m." Did your doctor explain how that helps?

If you care to share more, could you explain why your colon was removed? Was it from diverticulitis? Could you share a little of what your daily food intake is like? How do you feel?

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Me just starting I saw a great list on the web and it has menus and a place to buy Fody food

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@marlailene111

Me just starting I saw a great list on the web and it has menus and a place to buy Fody food

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Hello @marlailene111 and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect,

I'm pleased that you joined our discussion on the Fodmap diet. Could you share a bit about why you are starting this eating plan? What has been your experience so far?

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