Fodmap Eating Plan

Posted by Teresa, Volunteer Mentor @hopeful33250, Jun 13, 2020

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

@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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@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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