Your individual low FODMAP diet
Now you are through the hard part of the low FODMAP diet. Now you should know exactly which high FODMAP foods trickers the symptoms from IBS and therefore exclude them from your diet. Even though you are still going to be living on a limited diet, you are not living with the unknown anymore because you know why and how you get the symptoms from IBS. So now you have to get used to the low FODMAP diet lifestyle just like people living on a lactose free diet or gluten free diet.
It still is not easy but with out a doubt it will be over time. Places you will always experience challenges is when eating out on a restaurant or visiting a friends/family’s house. You have to embrace it and find the best solution to these challenges, off course with our help. We will give you lots of great tips and tricks for living with IBS and the low FODMAP diet in your everyday life.
Free of symptoms
It is critical that you stay positive and be uplifted about the fact that you are now free of symptoms from IBS and can live your everyday life like everyone else. No more speculating about when the symptoms will turn up, the pains, the bloating and everything else – gone.
What if the diet does not work?
In the case that you have not had luck with the low FODMAP diet, what then? Well there are a 20% chance the diet does not work for you, there are no guarantees in the health business, unfortunately. But there are also som tweaks to the diet you can make in order to see if it will get you better results.
The first thing to do is to limit your diet even more. Exclude all yellow foods and yellow portion sizes, so you only take in FODMAPs in green amounts. This should increase the chance of you becoming symptom free. Give the diet a minimum of 2 weeks from your new limitation and if it does not work then you might be in the group that falls outside the low FODMAP diet.
It is estimated that the Low FODMAP diet only works om approximately 20% of people suffering from IBS, so there is always a chance that it want work for you. Next step – if it does not work – would be to consult a doctor or dietitian to see if they can helt map your symptoms and point out what might help (Note: You should always consult your doctor before starting on the low FODMAP diet, so you are cleared for any other life threatening diseases before trying the low FODMAP diet).
There are other diets that can help relieve uncomfortable symptoms in your stomach or intestines. These diet might be for you should definitely read more about them.
Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Even though you now have your own personal diet, it does not change the fact that you still have a sensitive gut and therefore it will not be unnatural that you in periods can experience symptoms again. Hopefully they want come around as often and in best case stay away entirely. If you do suffer from symptoms again then you can try to go back to the low FODMAP diet for a couple a days/weeks. It might be a good idea to still keep a diary of what you eat, then you can always trace the symptoms back what you ate. Remember tolerance of foods can change over time.
There are a few things you can do to help prevent symptoms even more. Here is a list of things that will help relieve IBS and your general health:
- Go to the bathroom when you need to.
- Lie down and relax when you start experiencing symptoms.
- Drink herbal tea.
- Use peppermint capsules or drops.
- Use psyllium husks capsules or in bakery.
- In cases of emergency or if you know you are gonna eat things your stomache cannot handle, use IBS medicine e.g. Colpermin.
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