LOW FODMAP Hmmmm?!?!

The Low FODMAP diet was developed by researchers at Monash University. The Monash team, led by Peter Gibson, provided the first evidence that a Low FODMAP diet improves IBS symptoms. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common functional gastrointestinal disorder. I lived most my adult life thinking I had IBS. However at age 48 I was diagnosed Celiac. FINALLY! While dealing with not feeling well from food through the my life.I became a vegetarian for 7 years then a pescatarian for yet a few more years. I did soup diets, cleanses and so on, all in an effort to get better. While I felt somewhat better it never offered me what I was looking for. So for years I just struggled with food and not feeling good. I never knew why I had all this trouble but gave up enjoying food. I just thought I’d never find the balance between eating and feeling well. FODMAPs was what I was searching for, I just didn’t know it. Knowing I’m Celiac has brought me relief. Yes, relief. Beacuse knowing I’m Celiac has given me freedom to love what I am eating without the fear of being sick. I feel great and I live well now. I use FODMAPs to deal with  my symptoms after I’m “glutened”.

I’m now 50 and FODMAPISH to maintain those good vibes between life and food. It’s not just all about avoiding gluten for me. I want to live, eat and share how I overcame my digestive issues and created my own happiness. I now enjoy living this life to the fullest. No sacrifices here only enjoyment. The low FODMAP LIFESTLYE is what I was searching for most my life. I say lifestyle because that’s how I approach it all. First of all FODMAPs are Not a constant  diet. It should be a reoccurring diet. Meaning I need it to deal with reoccurring issues. Which is why I call it “ish”. It’s not just about food. It’s about eating out, having drinks, being a mom, a wife. Being Celiac has its challenges all around me, but..I got this!

I’ve never felt better, it’s like I’ve been waiting my whole life to turn 50. REALLY!

Gluten was the obvious problem in my diet.Going gluten-free was a must do for me. It put me in situations where I was forced to put me first. I had to speak up or insist on certain things. I had to watch out for me. It seemed all around me were those people who either don’t get the gluten thing or they think that they do but don’t. Then there are those people who just can’t understand because they don’t want to. Oh and lastly the ones who can’t stand that you now that you’re gluten-free now.’im not going to sugar coat it,  I’ve lost friends along the way. Those who couldn’t support me I passed by. I have mention that a few friends were even mean, shocking right? Most friends and family were understanding so no worries. It all became a large part of my life. BUT… with that said, I don’t make eating gluten-free very fussy at all. I now actually live with more ease than I ever did. I less apprehensions, less stress and I smile more than ever.  

Following gluten free and low FODMAP diets allow me to feel better inside and out. It helps me deal with symptoms when I’m “glutened”. I hope it offers you the same freedom and joy it brings to my life.