A Careful Cookie Inspection
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I am THAT girl at every party.
No, not the IT girl…
THAT girl. The one that asks waaaaaay too many questions about each item of food… and then, having discovered that no other food item is safe for consumption, resigns herself to drinking red wine while everyone else stuffs their faces with chocolate cake and teriyaki meatballs.
And then the barrage of questions and assumptions begins.
“Why aren’t you eating? Are you gluten-free? Dairy free? My sister is gluten free. Every time she eats wheat she swells up and …. But she lost 10 lbs! …Are you trying to lose weight…?” And so on and so forth.
No, I’m not trying to lose weight. No, I have nothing against gluten. My bizarre diet is hard for people to understand. Heck, it’s hard for ME to understand. But it makes me feel human, so I like it.
So, what bizarre diet is this exactly?
It’s called the Low-FODMAP diet and it was developed by researchers at Monash University in Australia. Here is the quick and dirty from http://www.aboutibs.org:
“…a group of short-chain carbohydrates, named FODMAPs (Fermentable Oligo-saccharides, Di-saccharides, Mono-saccharides And Polyols) are problematic for those with IBS. These short-chain carbohydrates are poorly absorbed in the small intestine and rapidly fermented by bacteria in the gut. The production of gas by these bacteria is a major contributor to symptoms.
A pilot study first observed that three out of four patients with IBS responded symptomatically to restriction of FODMAP intake. Subsequently, several high-quality clinical studies have further confirmed that improvement is due to the reduction in FODMAP intake.”
You probably already knew that certain foods are difficult for most people to digest (beans and dairy are common culprits), but people with IBS tend to have much longer lists of such foods. Without a really in-depth knowledge of short-chain carbs, it’s pretty hard to give a succinct answer to friends who ask, “…Sooooo, what can you eat, exactly?
It can be a bit of a bummer sometimes, knowing that some of my favorite foods are off-limits (or at least severely restricted), but the feeling of good health makes it worth it. All in all, I’m extremely happy that I got to ring in the New Year with a happy tummy. I think my new diet will help make 2014 the best year yet!
Here’s to a healthy, happy 2014, my friends!