I hate being that person at a restaurant who has 1,000 questions and substitutions for the waiter just for the hopes of not feeling terrible the next morning. It has gotten so tough that I have been known to call the restaurant beforehand to make sure they can work with a gluten free, garlic free, dairy free, pain in the butt…. It sounds like a headache having to be so strict with what I eat but at the end of the day feeling SO MUCH better is SO WORTH it! This is also why cooking at home is so important because I have much more control of what is in my food.
With that being said: what the heck is the Fodmap ((Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Mono-sacharides and Polyols) carbohydrates) diet?
It really should be called the “I’m starving diet” at first because the first few weeks while I was in the Elimination Phase it was hard to figure out what was safe to eat. My go-to’s were no longer okay to eat so finding replacements was hard. Once I was ready for the Challenge Phase I had to slowly reintroduce each category of Fodmaps one at a time to see what I reacted to. Lucky for me, I reacted to almost everything! :/
Once I realized what I was able to eat safely, I started noticing how much better I was feeling. The Fodmap diet can seem overwhelming at first but I highly recommend working with a nutritionist who can help encourage and guide you throughout the process.
Here are a few links that I found helpful:
Please let me know if you have any questions!