My FODMAP Journey – Weeks 5 & 6

Over halfway through the FODMAP elimination stage and although I am feeling good tummy-wise (minus the few exceptions where I’ve not stuck to things 100%) I’m starting to find I’m getting really frustrated with it all! Luckily I have a very understanding and supportive husband so meal times at home aren’t an issue as all meals we prepare are FODMAP-friendly. The worst part is at work. I’m sitting with my dry gluten free sandwich when all I want to do is run down to the burger van and get a big fat toastie (have even considered taking my own bread- BYOB taken to a whole new level ;)) or cookies and cake are being passed around my colleagues and all I want to do is stick my face in it all but I have to politely (if slightly agitated) decline.

Have been wondering whether to do 6 or 8 weeks of the elimination phase but after having a pretty rubbish weekend, I’m going to do the 8 to give my tummy the best chance I can! I went out for a couple of meals this weekend for family gatherings and really struggled. I still find it a bit embarrassing making a fuss about what I can and can’t eat so I find myself eating very plain stuff or choosing completely the wrong option thinking it’ll be okay and it turns out it’s loaded in garlic or something! 

But I figure I’m through the worst of it now, only 2 weeks to go then I can start reintroducing again! I’ve been studying “Rechallenging & Reintroducing FODMAPs” by Lee Martin so I know what I’m doing when it comes to reintroducing. I’ve found it so helpful because it’s full of examples as I was so anxious about measurements and groups etc! I’d definitely recommend this one!! 

Anyway, hopefully the next couple of weeks will be better and my tummy will settle down again too! Can’t wait to get to the bottom of all this!


2 thoughts on “My FODMAP Journey – Weeks 5 & 6

  1. Hi,

    For me, it’s all about perspective. For almost 14 years, I have been trying so many things/diets and taking so many lab tests. I took myself off of gluten/wheat, sugar and dairy at least 5 years back and even stopped eating ALL grains to try to fix myself. I just discovered the Low FODMAP diet 6 weeks ago. Before I had no idea of what I was doing and I was avoiding almost EVERYTHING! Now I feel that I have more control now that I can make wise choices. Yes, I wish eating wasn’t such a big deal. But, at least now, I can manage the most painful parts and what it was doing to my health and how it made me feel physically. Additionally, now I can eat more variety of foods than I could before and I’m very thankful for that.

    I wish you the best.

    1. Hi Shonda!
      Wow, that definitely sounds like a challenge! When I first started FODMAP, I felt really restricted but that’s amazing that you are able to eat more than before. It really is a shame that food can have such a huge impact on our lives but thankfully with FODMAP we can regain a bit of control!
      I hope you are doing well and would love to hear how you get on with your FODMAP journey! I’ll be updating my blog with each of my reintroduction weeks so please do give them a read if they are of interest!
      All the best!

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