This is a post that’s been a long time coming. You may have seen me speak about my experience of the low-FODMAP diet and the positive affect it’s had on my IBS, as well as share some low-FODMAP recipes. While the Low-FODMAP diet has been amazing in helping me manage my IBS symptoms, my health has changed. So I thought it was high time I told you all why I’m no longer following the Low-FODMAP diet, but how I’m still incorporating it’s principles into my daily life.
If you’re been a reader of my blog for a while, you’ll probably know of my struggle with dysphagia and that this has been diagnosed as oesophageal dysmotility. I still need to add a section on this to my Navbar – it’s on my to-do list. I’m going to warn you now, this post may get a little TMI. If I’m honest, ’m not sure it’s possible to talk about gastrointestinal disorders without a little bit of TMI. But don’t worry, I’ll keep it PG.
Ok, the main IBS symptoms the Low-FODMAP diet was helping me with were diarrhoea, urgency, stomach pain and bloating. These were symptoms that medication had helped with, but were still significantly troubling before I started the Low-FODMAP diet. However, gastrointestinal dysmotility conditions (like oesophageal dysmotility and gastroparesis) are often accompanied by constipation. This is because food takes longer to get through the affected part of the gastrointestinal system.
When I started to notice that my IBS was becoming problematic again, this time my symptoms had ‘gone the other way’, I knew I needed to do something to improve things. But this point, I was no longer on my IBS medication, so that we could try for a baby.
Milk was an ingredient that I’d noticed used to cause diarrhoea. So instead of opting for relief from medication, I decided to add a little dairy into my diet to see if it would help. I started small and diluted, switching my dark (and dairy free) chocolate for milk chocolate. Low and behold, I saw an improvement!
So I experimented with adding foods that I’d previously not been able to eat when following the Low-FODMAP diet. Thankfully, this went really well! I didn’t experience any of the symptoms that I’d first started the Low-FODMAP diet to help with and my constipation continued to become less of a problem. I’m careful with the amount of high-FODMAP foods that I eat in a day. I need some to help with the issues my oesophageal dysmotility has caused. But, I don’t want to have too much and end up with stomach pain.
So while I’m no longer following the Low-FODMAP diet, I’m still incorporating it’s principles into my every day life. I don’t know whether I’ll need to go back onto my IBS medication or the Low-FODMAP diet in the future. I suspect with my oesophageal dysmotility that including high-FODMAPs in my diet will be something I need to continue with. Our symptoms can fluctuate and new conditions can affect existing ones. The only thing we can do is respond to these things as they happen.
The Low-FODMAP diet made a big difference to my IBS. I wish I’d found it sooner! Even though I’m no longer following the Low-FODMAP diet, I’m glad I can use the principles of the Low-FODMAP diet to help me manage the impact my oesophageal dysmotility has had on my bowel movements. I don’t know what the future holds, but at least I have another tool in my arsenal to be able to deal with it.
Have you tried the Low-FODMAP diet? How did you find it?
Have you found your diet has been affected or helped by eating or cutting out certain foods?
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