April 7. 2016

Hello, I was given information about the FODMAP diet by my General Practitioner on April 1, 2016, and it was no joke.  She was not really diagnosing me with IBS,  but she thought the dietary suggestions might help improve my symptoms (abdominal pain,  cramping, unpredictable bouts of diarrhea.)  The handouts I received as I left my doctor’s office included an overview of the acronym, some suggested books & websites, a sheet listing suitable foods vs. eliminate foods, plus a couple of Kate Scarlata’s outstanding resource sheets (“how to make a low fodmap meal” and “low fodmaps grocery list“.)

It only took a quick glance to recognize foods I had avoided for years and in just six days I have found a wealth of information online and on Pinterest (in fact I had never used Pinterest before this but signed up because there are so many people with FODMAP recipe boards there.)

Now I have decided to begin a new blog to record my experiments with new  food shopping habits, recipes, and whatever else happens during this segment of my life.

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May 29, 2016

 I just completed a wonderful two week free online “Life Balance Challenge” with the remarkable ” IBS Liberator” Suzanne Perazzini.  I learned just how much I still do not know, and was moved by her statement that those of us blogging about our experiences, without expertise, confuse things for others surfing the net for help. When I blog, I am using the best knowledge I have at that time, but I know things I have posted already are not 100% correct given what I know now.  And that is likely to continue.  But for me to continuing blogging does help me on my journey. Therefore… PLEASE NOTE  I am just someone trying to get well, and then stay well.   I have no specialized background or training re FODMAPS.  Some recipes and remarks in this blog may not match with the latest, most accurate clinical practices.  Please always defer to more authorized sources.  

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October 18, 2016

I am feeling good.  It is time to venture beyond a strict low FODMAP approach.  That said, I still need to do a few more structured re-challenges.  What I can say is I am not bothered by wheat in moderate amounts, and that fructose (especially honey) is not one of my triggers.


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