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

@hopeful33250

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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Diagnosis "Colonic lethargy." Surgeon tried 4 1/2 years NOT to operate, during which countless studies ocurred in radiology ~ techs jokingly offered me a mailbox. Intent was remove small piece of colon for biopsy; he found colon adhered to spleen so what should have been 30min procedure was 6 hr surgery. "Don't eat after 5pm" slows nighttime diarrhea; post-that surgery, diarrhea abounds, sllows eventually. Eating later, as when going out to dinner, brings unhappy results. You learn how to manage.

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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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What is Fody food, and to what web site do you refer?

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@evewrites

Diagnosis "Colonic lethargy." Surgeon tried 4 1/2 years NOT to operate, during which countless studies ocurred in radiology ~ techs jokingly offered me a mailbox. Intent was remove small piece of colon for biopsy; he found colon adhered to spleen so what should have been 30min procedure was 6 hr surgery. "Don't eat after 5pm" slows nighttime diarrhea; post-that surgery, diarrhea abounds, sllows eventually. Eating later, as when going out to dinner, brings unhappy results. You learn how to manage.

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With my first of 5 surgeries in 13 months, my sigmoid colon was stuck to my tailbone. They removed what they could, then did a temporary colostomy, waiting for the infected bowel to heal. This was due to diverticulitis. The surgeon said it was the worst he had ever seen

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@evewrites

What is Fody food, and to what web site do you refer?

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@evewrites
Here is a link to one website that explains what are high fodmap foods (to be avoided) as well as low fodmap foods (can be eaten).
https://www.verywellhealth.com/foods-on-the-low-fodmap-diet-1944679

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@hopeful33250

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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I had c dif several yrs ago and ever since my colon digestive system was off. Then I got an overgrowth of bacteria from taking probiotic from there I started having IBS and had to try different diets bland diet, careful diet and now FodMap. The problem is not one of the diets makes me feel better. The bland is too much wheat and dairy, the careful diet no fiber, the FodMap has some foods that won’t work for me. But I am going to give up wheat and dairy and go glueten free for starters and try FodMap

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@thull

With my first of 5 surgeries in 13 months, my sigmoid colon was stuck to my tailbone. They removed what they could, then did a temporary colostomy, waiting for the infected bowel to heal. This was due to diverticulitis. The surgeon said it was the worst he had ever seen

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Hello @thull
How long had you been diagnosed with diverticulitis before this was discovered? Did your diverticulitis just affect the sigmoid colon?

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@hopeful33250

Hello @thull
How long had you been diagnosed with diverticulitis before this was discovered? Did your diverticulitis just affect the sigmoid colon?

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They found it all over, but mostly in sigmoid. I had my first colonoscopy in 2003 and they saw the diverticulosis, but no infections. Off an on had episodes, with cramping, pain, not being able to go. Was on liquids during those times.
In 2018 was when the proverbial shit hit the fan.
Horrible pain, not being able to go, fever chills, the works. Gastro scheduled the mri, it showed air bubbles in my abdomen, they sent me to the ER, ended up with partial sigmoid removal and temporary colostomy. Had that for 6 months. Hated it

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@evewrites

What is Fody food, and to what web site do you refer?

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Fody is a brand name for FodMap food. Google Fody Food they have a great website with food lists menu planning and material about the FodMap diet lots of resources there

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@stefspad

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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@stefspad – I’m definitely not a fan of any oil used in cooking, including olive oil. Butter, in small amounts if needed.

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@hopeful33250

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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@hopeful33250 – The gallbladder almost seems insignificant the way it connects to the common bile duct from the liver- but it can cause such misery! The bile from the liver is stored in the gallbladder so that when it’s needed it’s ready to go. It helps in fat digestion. The duct opens in the intestine at the same place where the pancreatic duct opens.
After my gallbladder surgery I developed “gravel” in the duct- not stones, but enough to block the opening and in doing so also blocking the pancreatic duct- giving me acute pancreatitis, then chronic.

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@astaingegerdm

@hopeful33250 – The gallbladder almost seems insignificant the way it connects to the common bile duct from the liver- but it can cause such misery! The bile from the liver is stored in the gallbladder so that when it’s needed it’s ready to go. It helps in fat digestion. The duct opens in the intestine at the same place where the pancreatic duct opens.
After my gallbladder surgery I developed “gravel” in the duct- not stones, but enough to block the opening and in doing so also blocking the pancreatic duct- giving me acute pancreatitis, then chronic.

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@astaingegerdm,
Was there any treatment available for the "gravel" in the duct? I'm also wondering about your post where you said, "not a fan of any oil used in cooking, including olive oil". Is that a personal preference or is there medical reasoning based on your health?

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@hopeful33250 – Th so called gravel was detected with a special MRI for that area. It was treated with enlarging the opening to the intestine.
The oil problem is probably secondary to the bile problem. Some oils have a chemical configuration that makes it difficult for me to digest. I don’t know if the doctors know the difference. My daughter has the same- she had her gallbladder out at 19.

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It’s good to meet with a dietician first. This is a medical diet and changes are made systematically.

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@mpeters

It’s good to meet with a dietician first. This is a medical diet and changes are made systematically.

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You are so right, @mpeters. I have had one meeting with a dietician and will have another one in several weeks. Dieticians are most helpful and provide educational support. My next appointment with her will be about re-introducing the foods that I've been restricting. I'm feeling so good right now that I am afraid to change anything!

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@marlailene111

I had c dif several yrs ago and ever since my colon digestive system was off. Then I got an overgrowth of bacteria from taking probiotic from there I started having IBS and had to try different diets bland diet, careful diet and now FodMap. The problem is not one of the diets makes me feel better. The bland is too much wheat and dairy, the careful diet no fiber, the FodMap has some foods that won’t work for me. But I am going to give up wheat and dairy and go glueten free for starters and try FodMap

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When I was just a small child, I had a problem with gas. My big sister always called me stinky. I had no idea what the problem was until not so many years ago, my niece told me her boys were allergic to milk. I never thought of being allergic to anything food wise. So, I decided to quit having cereal every morning for breakfast or lunch when my kids were in school. Guess what! She can no longer call me stinky! I had no idea! Networking is very valuable. Even though my sisters are gone, I feel as if I have a family right here. You may call me Woogie but not Stinky!

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