The low fodmap diet eases symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (bloating, constipation and/or diarrhoea). After starting the low fodmap diet, most people feel better. Once symptoms have improved, the next step is to eat foods which challenge people with fodmaps one-by-one so they can work out which foods and how much of it affects them.
I went through this process in August and September.
The order in which I did the challenges are below.
I reacted mainly to lactose so I stick now to lactose free milk and yoghurt. If I have more than 1 piece of bread a day and/or pasta for a meal I have constipation. Large amounts of garlic, onion and stone fruit also cause problems. If I keep eating small amounts though, with a day's break between each, I can manage.
Please see an Accredited Practising Dietitian about a low fodmap diet. The challenges can be complicated but the process is worthwhile to work out what what to eat to feel well.
Leanne is an experienced dietitian who is passionate about helping people eat well.