For many individuals with IBS, starting the low FODMAP diet can be daunting. One reason for this is because it often means making major dietary changes. Cutting out a variety of foods (even if just for a short time) can be difficult, especially if you have other mouths to feed, or you enjoy eating out regularly.
But what if you aren’t actually feeling better, even though you’ve been following it for four weeks? Does this mean FODMAPs is not working, and aren’t the cause of your symptoms?
Maybe, but first…
Take the following into consideration:
- Check in to ensure that the diet actually has been low FODMAP; high FODMAP foods can be found in many different foods (for example, some brands have low FODMAP ranges, but not all their products are low FODMAP).
- What have your stress levels been like? If they’re high, take some time out to manage them.
- Are you including other low FODMAP foods, that may contribute to symptoms? Broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, chilli, fatty foods and coffee all may contribute to IBS symptoms, however are considered safe on a low FODMAP diet. If you have been, it may be worthwhile reducing your intake of these. We don’t recommend removing these initially, as we are already cutting out so many things, there is often no need, and it can sometimes make it harder to remove all of these as well.
If you’re still unsure, it is a good idea to sit down with a dietitian who specialises in the area for some individualised advice. Feel free to get in touch!
Start feeling better now! By signing up to The FODMAP Challenge you will receive meal plans, recipe ideas, and regular support with other resources, such as a private Facebook group, to make this as easy for you as possible.