Vegetable pakora and spicy dipping sauce was my food of choice… at 3 years old… I’ve never been a stranger to a plate piled high with food and tried (mostly successfully) to beat my record of how many roasted spuds I could eat every Sunday evening but that all changed about 4 years ago.
I first went to the doctor when I started getting stomach pains and I noticed that one side of my tummy was sticking out like some weird side baby. I’m not going to lie, at first I thought it was appendicitis, however after a bit of googling realised that you don’t have a left appendix (unless my problems are much bigger than I thought!!)
Eventually after multiple scans, prodding and tests, I was diagnosed with IBS. Now, I know all matters tummy-related can be a bit of a sensitive subject but when you’re suddenly bent over double after a delicious meal almost crying in agony, you get used to explaining what’s going on.
A year or so later, after trying all sorts of medicinal and herbal concoctions, nothing was really helping. That’s when my doctor mentioned FODMAP. For anyone who has ever looked into FODMAP, it’s probably the most complicated theory ever (okay, apart from maybe theoretical physics or other stuff they talk about on TheBig Bang Theory) which is why it took me so long to get into it.
So I bought myself a couple of info and recipe books, downloaded multiple apps, googled everything I could find and bought myself a new notepad (nothing new in life can be started without a new notepad! Just me?!) Turns out FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols- obviously!- and just to show you how extreme the diet is, here is a list of some of the foods you have to eliminate from your diet for the first 8 weeks.
Onions (you can eat the green bit of a spring onion- you know, that bit people normally throw in the bin)
And the list quite literally goes on!
I’ll be writing a week-by-week account of my FODMAP journey where I’ll hopefully be able to give a bit more insight, some tips and probably horror stories along the way.