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

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@livefully

What were the apps you use? I hadn’t thought to use apps to help and was like “ well, duh.. “ when I read that you did as it’s such a smart common sense suggestion! I looked some up in the App Store but there’s like a gazillion of them so I’m curious to know which ones you use since you obviously like them.

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FODMAP A TO Z is basic and easy to use. I think most are similar… good luck!

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I'd like to learn what major foods the Fodmap Diet highlights for DO'S and DON'TS. Hopefully, Laurie

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@artist01

I'd like to learn what major foods the Fodmap Diet highlights for DO'S and DON'TS. Hopefully, Laurie

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You can purchase the Monash University app for your phone . $10.00 University leading the way on IBS research. Easily to pull up foods . Suggests quantity as well as well as what is safe.

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@artist01

I'd like to learn what major foods the Fodmap Diet highlights for DO'S and DON'TS. Hopefully, Laurie

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Hello @artist01,

I hope you are all settled in your new residence now. Since you are interested in the Fodmap eating plan, I'm guessing that you might deal with IBS? Folks with IBS often find the Fodmap diet to be particularly helpful.

Connect has a discussion group on this top. Here is the link, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/fodmap-eating-plan/

Here is a website that lists foods and whether they are high or low fodmap. High fodmap foods are the foods that you should avoid. If you scroll down you will find a list of low fodmap foods. These are the foods that you should be able to eat comfortably. Here is the website, https://www.ibsdiets.org/fodmap-diet/fodmap-food-list/

If you want to share more, what symptoms are you having that have led you to a fodmap eating plan?

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@artist01

I'd like to learn what major foods the Fodmap Diet highlights for DO'S and DON'TS. Hopefully, Laurie

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@artist01 Hi Laurie,

I agree with Teresa (@hopeful33250), so you will see that I moved your post to that discussion that she referenced so you can connect with the members who have been discussing the Fodmap diet and the foods you should eat and should steer clear of.

Also, one of Mayo's clinical dieticians did a newsfeed post on the diet that you might be interested in watching and reading.
A Map for the FODMAP Diet:
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/blog/gastroenterology-and-gi-surgery/newsfeed-post/a-map-for-the-fodmap-diet/
I am interested in your answers to Teresa's questions as well.

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@amandaa

@artist01 Hi Laurie,

I agree with Teresa (@hopeful33250), so you will see that I moved your post to that discussion that she referenced so you can connect with the members who have been discussing the Fodmap diet and the foods you should eat and should steer clear of.

Also, one of Mayo's clinical dieticians did a newsfeed post on the diet that you might be interested in watching and reading.
A Map for the FODMAP Diet:
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/blog/gastroenterology-and-gi-surgery/newsfeed-post/a-map-for-the-fodmap-diet/
I am interested in your answers to Teresa's questions as well.

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@amandaburnett. Thankyou for your response. I'll definitely check out the site you suggested re: fodmap diet! Laurie

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@hopeful33250

Hello @artist01,

I hope you are all settled in your new residence now. Since you are interested in the Fodmap eating plan, I'm guessing that you might deal with IBS? Folks with IBS often find the Fodmap diet to be particularly helpful.

Connect has a discussion group on this top. Here is the link, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/fodmap-eating-plan/

Here is a website that lists foods and whether they are high or low fodmap. High fodmap foods are the foods that you should avoid. If you scroll down you will find a list of low fodmap foods. These are the foods that you should be able to eat comfortably. Here is the website, https://www.ibsdiets.org/fodmap-diet/fodmap-food-list/

If you want to share more, what symptoms are you having that have led you to a fodmap eating plan?

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@hopeful33250 Thanks very much for your helpful response to my query regarding the Fodmap Diet. I've clicked on the link you provided and read all the info I could!
It seems I'm doing fairly well with my current meals, but I do feel I'm missing out on a nutritional level. I don't think I have enough variety in what I eat.
It's difficult to make many choices, being in Long Term Care now, but they're doing their best for me so far. I'll present the diet suggestions to The Powers That Be here and hope for positive results.
You asked why I was driven to seek help at Mayo Clinic Connect. I've recently been diagnosed with IBS-C, but without the benefit of a colonoscopy (high risk in my case). I did have a colonoscopy in a big city hospital several years ago and the radiologist reported that it was "difficult to distinguish between Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis". I tend to go with that diagnosis since I've been pretty ill for about 3 years with multi BM's per day, (4 to 10), many of which finally led to diarrhea or serious blockage. The surgeon's nurse told me afterward in Recovery that she'd never seen the doctor remove so many biopsy specimens- eleven! I've been to the hospital 7 times since April – 3 admissions and 4 Emergency Room visits. (Always due to blackouts and always by ambulance.)
I can't seem to handle SO many foods and thus am on a very restricted diet.
Must close for now but truly appreciate your help. Hopeful Laurie

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@artist01

@hopeful33250 Thanks very much for your helpful response to my query regarding the Fodmap Diet. I've clicked on the link you provided and read all the info I could!
It seems I'm doing fairly well with my current meals, but I do feel I'm missing out on a nutritional level. I don't think I have enough variety in what I eat.
It's difficult to make many choices, being in Long Term Care now, but they're doing their best for me so far. I'll present the diet suggestions to The Powers That Be here and hope for positive results.
You asked why I was driven to seek help at Mayo Clinic Connect. I've recently been diagnosed with IBS-C, but without the benefit of a colonoscopy (high risk in my case). I did have a colonoscopy in a big city hospital several years ago and the radiologist reported that it was "difficult to distinguish between Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis". I tend to go with that diagnosis since I've been pretty ill for about 3 years with multi BM's per day, (4 to 10), many of which finally led to diarrhea or serious blockage. The surgeon's nurse told me afterward in Recovery that she'd never seen the doctor remove so many biopsy specimens- eleven! I've been to the hospital 7 times since April – 3 admissions and 4 Emergency Room visits. (Always due to blackouts and always by ambulance.)
I can't seem to handle SO many foods and thus am on a very restricted diet.
Must close for now but truly appreciate your help. Hopeful Laurie

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I hope that the nutritionist at your new residence is able to find a good eating plan for you, @artist01 . You said that you are missing a nutritional level. Is that because you feel tired or hungry? I do understand the restrictions that come with the fodmap eating plan. What would type of food would you like to add?

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@johnbluffside

You can purchase the Monash University app for your phone . $10.00 University leading the way on IBS research. Easily to pull up foods . Suggests quantity as well as well as what is safe.

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@johnbluffside . Thanks John. I'll certainly look into your suggestion. Happy New Year! Laurie

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@hopeful33250

I hope that the nutritionist at your new residence is able to find a good eating plan for you, @artist01 . You said that you are missing a nutritional level. Is that because you feel tired or hungry? I do understand the restrictions that come with the fodmap eating plan. What would type of food would you like to add?

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@hopeful33250 Hi again, Teresa. To add a bit more to my response yesterday, I think my nutritional needs are not met right now bc firstly, there are so many foods that cause me IBS distress . I've been isolating them one by one as I realize the culprits but don't yet know which foods are safe. Trial and error. Therefore, I've had many hospital "emergencies". I've pretty much lost my appetite through this, and thus am very weak and dizzy. Since April, I haven't been "allowed" to progress with my walking outdoors regime at Assisted Living due to my propensity for blackng out but am told I can stroll the gardens here at my new residence in Long Term Care, Victoria, BC, once we get rid of the rare frigid temps and SNOW (unheard of here!). Laurie ❤

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@artist01

@hopeful33250 Hi again, Teresa. To add a bit more to my response yesterday, I think my nutritional needs are not met right now bc firstly, there are so many foods that cause me IBS distress . I've been isolating them one by one as I realize the culprits but don't yet know which foods are safe. Trial and error. Therefore, I've had many hospital "emergencies". I've pretty much lost my appetite through this, and thus am very weak and dizzy. Since April, I haven't been "allowed" to progress with my walking outdoors regime at Assisted Living due to my propensity for blackng out but am told I can stroll the gardens here at my new residence in Long Term Care, Victoria, BC, once we get rid of the rare frigid temps and SNOW (unheard of here!). Laurie ❤

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@artist01

I can certainly understand what you mean when you say, "I've pretty much lost my appetite…" I've had three surgeries of the upper digestive tract to remove carcinoid lesions, a rare type of cancer, and there are times when eating seems more of a necessity than a need or a pleasure. I tend to feel full long before I've really finished eating.

You have an indomitable spirit, Laurie, which I admire. I hope the weather warms a bit so that you can get out and walk some. I find that exercise is important for appetite and good functioning of the digestive tract as well as a sense of well-being.

Will you keep in touch and let me know how you are doing?

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@hopeful33250

@artist01

I can certainly understand what you mean when you say, "I've pretty much lost my appetite…" I've had three surgeries of the upper digestive tract to remove carcinoid lesions, a rare type of cancer, and there are times when eating seems more of a necessity than a need or a pleasure. I tend to feel full long before I've really finished eating.

You have an indomitable spirit, Laurie, which I admire. I hope the weather warms a bit so that you can get out and walk some. I find that exercise is important for appetite and good functioning of the digestive tract as well as a sense of well-being.

Will you keep in touch and let me know how you are doing?

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@hopeful33250 Hello Teresa. Thankyou for your response, and your kind words.
You're so right about eating. I once loved food and now I approach every meal with apprehension. Eating is now, indeed, an Eat to Live strategy, and not a Live to Eat anymore! I've never had a weight problem and was always active with hiking the Rocky Mountains, long walks with my dogs, etc. It's so true that exercise is vital to our health and welfare. I hope to be back to walking outdoors once the snow clears and the frigid temperature goes up. Thanks so much for your encouragement! 😊 Laurie

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