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  • Anyone exclude FODMAP foods?

    Here's a link about it from a Primal crossfit gal:

    Crystal Nelson: The Road to Digestive Health Continues...

    I'm wondering if this will help my gastric issues I've been having lately. Anyone else follow this for their digestive problems? Thanks.

  • #2
    It made a huge difference for me. I have to stay away from most fodmaps, although I am ok with a little cabbage and broccoli, and small amounts of the high fructose fruit. I do have dairy - but I make sure I am lactaided up first. It is definitely worth trying out, and then introducing some of the types back in a little to see if you can tolerate any.
    Karin

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    • #3
      The site I found that had the best list in terms of what was ok or not was this one:
      Low FODMAP Diet | Shepherd Works
      Karin

      A joyful heart is good medicine

      He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. - Jim Elliot

      Mmmmm. Real food is good.

      My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread29685.html

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      • #4
        Thank you for that. Would you mind sharing what your symptoms were that lead you to the fodmaps?

        Right now I am in pain after eating....gas, belching, bloating and my lower stomach burns. I am becoming more fatigued each day and I swear I would be gaining weight really quick if it wasn't for eating primal.

        Thanks!

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        • #5
          Before I discovered the lactose tolerance, I had very painful gas pains, bloating, burping, nausea, and diarrhea. After I dealt with the lactose issues, I had less problems, but I was still dealing with chronic diarrhea, and some stomach discomfort and nausea. The diarrhea was the biggest issue, because it dragged me out terribly. I mentioned it once to a sister in law and she said that if she had diarrhea like I had, she'd be a corpse - now she knew how I felt so much of the time!

          At this point, I started taking immodium every day because it did help control symptoms. Once I found out about the fodmaps foods, I found I had to get off the immodium (YAY) to avoid constipation, which is NEVER an issue for me.

          I used to be aware of my stomach nearly all the time because of discomfort (read: low grade pain) there, but now for the most part, I don't even notice it as I go about my day, which is wonderful. FODMAPs avoidance was the nearly last piece of the puzzle I needed to be able to have a consistently healthy working digestive system.

          The last thing I found that made a difference for me is coffee - even decaf sets me going, so I can't drink it at all.

          Feel free to PM me if you have any questions you don't feel comfortable sharing here.
          Karin

          A joyful heart is good medicine

          He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. - Jim Elliot

          Mmmmm. Real food is good.

          My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread29685.html

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          • #6
            Thank you again for the reply. I have pretty much figured out that I was lactose intolerant about three years ago. So dairy has been gone for awhile. This all started in the last two weeks. I was off Primal for awhile (4 weeks...more sugar than grain consumption though). It was only after the first week I began Primal again that I began having all this distress. Now every time I eat I feel so terribly sick....my left side hurts (gastro doctor says that's where my colon is located), and I feel like my stomach is going to burst from the excess gas I can feel stored inside. The gastro doc doesn't know what to do though because I'm not having diarrhea. If anything I feel as if my digestion has slowed and am more on the constipated side, but I've been taking my magnesium, which has kept me regular. I've been taking over the counter gas relief pills, but they don't help. I tried probiotics/digestive enzymes/glutamine for over a week and felt no relief whatsoever. Now granted it could be a parasite or bacteria or h. pylori overgrowth (I am being tested for that as well as celiacs), but I'm thinking even if it is that the FODMAP foods could be feeding whatever is down there? I've read they feed harmful bacteria in your gut. I just need some relief fast...I feel so sick.

            Thanks for your advice!

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            • #7
              I am low FODMAP too, similar symptoms to JKC. I am actually getting the test to confirm fructose malabsorption today. Full spectrum digestive enzymes have helped immensely, I can tolerate a little garlic and onion now, where I couldn't before.

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              • #8
                I probably didn't take the digestive enzymes for long enough then....I took them for a little over a week, but I was still eating fodmap foods.

                Would it be correct to assume that until I get the fodmaps out of my diet that any food will hurt my stomach cause it's still pushing the other food through the colon? Basically, I ate an egg and a slice of bacon for breakfast, and my stomach is still killing me.

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                • #9
                  I just started digestive enzymes a few days ago and I was going to see if it made a difference. I have my gallbladder out, so it is prolly a good thing for me anyways. I may try reintroducing to see if I can handle a bit more fruit now - that would be awesome if I could!
                  Karin

                  A joyful heart is good medicine

                  He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. - Jim Elliot

                  Mmmmm. Real food is good.

                  My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread29685.html

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                  • #10
                    I avoid FODMAPs too. Fruit & avocados are the worst for me. Cooked veggies on the list, not so much.

                    Hope you find out what's going on for you!
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Goldensparrow View Post
                      I probably didn't take the digestive enzymes for long enough then....I took them for a little over a week, but I was still eating fodmap foods.

                      Would it be correct to assume that until I get the fodmaps out of my diet that any food will hurt my stomach cause it's still pushing the other food through the colon? Basically, I ate an egg and a slice of bacon for breakfast, and my stomach is still killing me.
                      Yes it will hurt til it's all the way through. You might consider an enema to get things out quicker. Which enzymes are you taking? If protein foods like eggs and Bacon are a problem, consider adding betaine hcl to get your stomach acid levels up.

                      Originally posted by JKC View Post
                      I just started digestive enzymes a few days ago and I was going to see if it made a difference. I have my gallbladder out, so it is prolly a good thing for me anyways. I may try reintroducing to see if I can handle a bit more fruit now - that would be awesome if I could!
                      Ox bile is great for people with no gallbladder, my MIL had hers out a couple years ago and some research turned up ox bile to get her digesting fats and proteins better.

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                      • #12
                        I was taking Digest Spectrum then stopped because I just kept getting worse. Probably should've kept it up but live and learn.

                        As for the eggs and bacon, I think it's because the fodmaps are still in my stomach. I'm a big garlic/mushroom eater. I've had that since last night. Yesterday at lunch I had blueberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, and pineapple.....but I had more than the 1/2 cup recommended in most fodmap lists. Generally I don't eat that much fruit, but I was throwing a pity party cause I felt so yuck. But almost all of my dinner meals contain some garlic or mushrooms. Not to mention I eat out a lot, so I'm sure there was some questionable stuff in a lot of my lunches this week. This is going to be tough, but I'm dying here and the results from the tests won't be back until monday or later I'm sure.

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                        • #13
                          if i touch fruit, i get diarrhea, worst is berries/strawberries. i quit eating them altogether. tried citrus fruit but my gums bleed and teeth literally deteriorate and hurt.

                          i love fruit, but i have grown to HATE fruit because of how i handle it, no desire for the s*it

                          i get gas when i eat avocados, but theyre fulla fiber so i kinda would expect that.

                          xyiltol...OMG haha this stuff was added to an electrolyte drink i was using during the summer when i sweat excessively(110-120 degrees here) IT GAVE ME the absolute worst gas and bloat eeeeeevvver.


                          also, you may want to check out a citric acid allergy/excess....stuffs added to EVERYTHING
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                          • #14
                            I wonder how long it takes to develop these problems, though? I mean all of this started in the past two weeks after being perfectly fine on Primal for several months. And yeah I had a bit of a slip up that I guess could've thrown everything out of whack, but I just don't understand how stuff I've been eating for years with no problems could be attacking my digestive system all of a sudden you know?

                            I've laid off the avocados already for over a week or more. I was still consuming blueberries blended with some coconut milk kefir because liquids don't hurt me as much as food does. But until yesterday blueberries was it for fruit. And I haven't touched an artificial sweetener in over two months. I only drink water with lemon and don't eat any processed foods that I know of.

                            It sucks cause I already feel like I'm pretty strict with my diet. I will look into the citric acid thing too though.

                            My one joy with food is going out to eat at lunch to relieve my work stress....it looks like that will have to be cut out too and just when I was getting the hang of ordering Primal at restaurants.

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                            • #15
                              Eating just meat, eggs, ghee, spinach (or other cooked leafy greens) for a few days could help give your system a break. When I stick to this (and a small amount of dark chocolate) I am symptom-free!

                              Even too much coconut milk can be a problem for me.

                              Work stress may be a big contributing factor. You may want to try EFT or meditation to help.
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