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5 Reasons for a FODMAP Do-Over

5 Reasons for a FODMAP Do-Over

Life gets busy, and things don’t always go as planned. Sometimes you need a fresh start. What about a “do-over” FODMAP elimination diet, starting from scratch with the elimination phase, or just doing the reintroduction phase over? Who can benefit from doing this? Perhaps you, if...

Dairy-Free Low-FODMAP Desserts

Dairy-Free Low-FODMAP Desserts

Q. Any suggestions for dairy-free, low-FODMAP desserts?

A. Most people on low-FODMAP diets can eat versions of custards, puddings, ice creams, and parfaits made with lactose-free cow’s milk. But some people on low-FODMAP diets avoid even low-lactose dairy products for various reasons; this makes desserts more of a challenge. 

If the main ingredient of a recipe is usually cow's milk, just substituting with almond milk or another alternative milk can have unexpected results. And recipes that are all about the flavor of butter, such as butter cookies or fudge, aren’t easily made dairy-free either! It is probably best to begin elsewhere, with recipes that don’t have milk products at their core. 

Navigating Thanksgiving Dinner

People with IBS seem to take one of two approaches to Thanksgiving Dinner. The oh-what-the-heck group splurges on high-FODMAP party foods and bears the consequences. Friends, good luck with that. This post is for members of the other group, who know they will enjoy the festivities more without abdominal pain, bloating, and bowel problems getting in the way.

Pain Point for People with IBS and Diabetes

Pain Point for People with IBS and Diabetes

10-20 percent of people in the U.S. have IBS and about 10 percent have diabetes. So, it’s a good bet that some of you have both! The pain point? Some of the best strategies for managing diabetes increase symptoms for people with IBS. The good news? Other strategies for the two conditions match up nicely. Here are some important teaching points for people with diabetes, and some comments about how that advice intersects with low-FODMAP diets.

The FODMAP Big 10

The FODMAP Big 10

Q. What foods should I look for in my diet to see if I am eating too many FODMAPs?

A. “Too many FODMAPs” means something different for everyone. Still, there are certain things I have learned to look for when I’m reviewing someone’s food diary to figure out whether their usual diet is high in FODMAPs. 

Signs That a Low-FODMAP Diet is Not Right for You

Signs That a Low-FODMAP Diet is Not Right for You

The low-FODMAP diet has become the “go-to” solution for IBS. That is understandable, because it is so effective at helping people get rid of their excess gas, bloating, abdominal pain, and bowel issues. Still, a FODMAP elimination diet isn’t right for everyone.