Woe is the child who doesn't feel well enough to go trick-or-treating on Halloween night! For adults and children with IBS, we offer these strategies to pave the way for a great Halloween night.
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.
Q. My child is prone to frequent stomach aches. Her doctor says she is healthy and he doesn’t have any concerns about her height or weight. I have pretty bad IBS myself and I worry about whether my daughter might have it too. I’ve heard that a low-FODMAP diet can help kids with IBS. Should I try a low-FODMAP diet with her?
A. Kids can certainly have IBS, but my advice is to avoid jumping to that conclusion.
Q. My child’s pediatrician has asked me to cut back on FODMAPs for her. Now that school has started, I’m really struggling to figure out what to put in her lunchbox for meals and snacks. Do you have some suggestions?
A. Here are some thoughts on putting together low-FODMAP lunchboxes that will please both kids and adults!
A FODMAP elimination diet is not the type of diet meant to help people lose weight. In fact, some people with IBS actually need to gain weight for one reason or another. Unintentional weight loss can happen if you've been ill or if you've been over-restricting your diet trying to find relief of your abdominal pain, bloating, excess gas, diarrhea or constipation.
Smoothies have never been more popular! And why not? They taste great, can be assembled quickly, offer a convenient way to have a meal while on the job or in the car, and are a great vehicle for eating more fruits and vegetables. You can even use them to help you take nutritional supplements! As healthy as they can be, however, they are full of belly-ache potential.