AutumnTiger! thanks for joining in on the conversation! It is absolutely a very personal thing. Honeybuns is right. Many people on this forum have been helping me figure this out and I GREATLY appreciate all the input I've gotten over the past couple years. What exactly are you dealing with???
Originally Posted by AutumnTiger
I've seen a variety of FODMAPS lists and not one completely matched another. Here's my take on the whole thing.......... Find a group of foods that you are pretty confident are safe for you. Eat those ONLY for a week or two until your symptoms are at a minimum, or at best gone. Then add back in ONE food item at a time for a couple days and watch the results. Its a very slow and tedious process of elimination - but it really is the only way to find out what your particular system can handle. Keep a detailed diary. Write down each new addition and note the results. Are you feeling great? Or are you having gastric issues, sinus issues, skin issues, foggy brain or headaches? Anything - keep track.
I have found soy is an absolute NO NO!!! Used to think chocolate of any kind would give me a stomach ache and make me feel nauseous -- then one day I had that LIGHT BULB moment! I realized it was probably the SOY that was making me sick - soy in chocolate, soy in salad dressings (yes I was still eating the commercially made condiments), soybean oil in my vitamin D!!! Soy lecinthin in EVERYTHING!!! Soy in the protein shakes I was having for breakfast!!! I started reading labels and started eliminating all known sources of soy (which is easy now, cuz the FDA requires it be on every label). Within days I was feeling better! THEN, I ate a sweet potato for a couple days in a row, and bingo - diarrhea came back. Stop the sweet potato, no more diarrhea. White potatoes don't give me diarrhea. I've been eating a very limited diet for the past 2 weeks - basically eggs and bacon (uncured), meat, potatoes, carrots and rice - with some mild spices thrown in (we eat a lot of Indian food). I'm finding dairy needs to be on my NO list as well. Lactose intolerance is known, but now I'm suspecting casein sensitivity on top of that! I get terrible bloat! Like 4 months prego belly when I have dairy.
I did the Fructose Malabsorption breath test -- $129 to tell me I don't have it. That's a good thing - but now I need to find what foods my body likes and what foods it doesn't. I'm building my NO list - SOY is at the top!!! Next is sweet potato, I will be trying broccoli over the weekend.
I've been trying to get this figured out for about 2 years now. Its taken me this long to build up the fortitude to work through the tediousness of the elimination work. But, I believe I'm on the right path now. I'm feeling much better just by cutting the SOY, sweet potatoes and dairy.
I have a lot of plans for my future that don't include being slave to the toilet for 3 hours every morning!!!! And I have plans to be at a healthy weight for the rest of my life.
1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
2. Eat to heal
3. Move to live
4. Embrace today
5. Live with intention
6. Respect my body
7. Cultivate joy
8. Find my passion
9. Meditate on peace in my soul