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Rax ([personal profile] pyrrhocorax) wrote2011-11-16 04:26 pm
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My new diet of FUN!

Since Willow asked about this, here we go. Bear in mind that all the information here is strictly based on stuff from the internet (including some of the original research papers) because I have yet to see a dietician (lol NHS).



Basically the problem is with some molecules that some people cannot digest! They therefore pass through to the large intestine where they ferment (feed the bacteria that live there). That causes IBS-like symptoms, along will mental and physical exhaustion if the problem is bad enough.
By eating a special diet you should be able to starve those bacteria down to normal levels, and maybe after a while be able to go back to a more standard diet. It normally takes at least six to eight weeks for the Low FODMAP diet to take its full effect, but you should see improvement within a week. If you don't, this probably isn't your problem!

ALLOWED FOODS
If it isn't on this list, try not to eat it! You may be able to handle small quantities, depending on the severity of your problem. This list is not correct for everyone! There may be foods on the list that you can't eat. I'm afraid everyone is different so you'll have to experiment. "Trace" elements in food ingredient lists are fine. Try to avoid eating to many of the items marked with a star in one day! Glucose powder or tablets can probably be bought in your local chemists or drug store.

VEGETABLES
Aubergine (Eggplant)
Basil
Bok Choi
Broccoli
Carrot
Chives
Cucumber (no Courgette/Zucchini!)
Stringless Green Beans (they're the flat looking pods, and the beans inside must be removed)
Green Coriander
Parsley
Parsnip
Potato
Sage
Spinach
Spring Onions (the green tops only)
Tarragon (Fine Herbes)
Turnip
Tomato
Banana
Blueberries
Pineapple* (one slice, covered in glucose powder)
Orange* (half of, covered in glucose powder)
Raspberries
Strawberries
Kiwi Fruit

GRAINS
Buckwheat
Rye
Rice
Oats
Spelt
Corn
Barley
Millet
Kamut

OTHER STUFF
Maple Syrup
Golden Syrup (I believe you can't get this in the USA)
Marmite
Vegemite
Molasses
Bovril
Ginger
Cinnamon
Allspice
Cocoa (make sure yours is gluten free!)
Black Chocolate (dairy free)
Sugar
Stock Cubes
Margarine
Butter
Meat
Fish
Hard Cheeses
Lactose-free "dairy" products
Eggs
Strawberry Ribena* (no more than about a half cup/120 ml a day)

BAD EVIL FOODS
These guys are the particular villains, so watch out for them! They may try to sneak into your stomach hidden in other foods. Always check the ingredients!

Onion
Leek
Cabbage
Asparagus
Brussels Sprout
Courgette (Zucchini)
Garlic
Dried Fruit
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Wheat
Chicory
Artificial sweetener ending in -ol (sorbitol, xylitol etc.)
Coconut
Honey
Sherry and Port
Fruit Juice (as a drink)

STUFF NO ONE MENTIONS/SOURCES DISAGREE ON

Grape
Blackcurrant
Quorn
Quinoa
Beer
Wine
Other Alchoholic Drinks


I've been doing this properly for about two weeks, and I've definitely seen improvement!
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[personal profile] willowistari 2011-11-16 08:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh hey I may have to try this, a lot of this is stuff I already eat. I'd only have to cut out honey, zucchini, asparagus, and a small amount of HFCS.