If you attempt the FODMAPs diet on your own just by doing research online you probably aren't going to see results. How do I know this? Because I have looked at the resources available online. They are confusing and incomplete. This means that there is a pretty high chance you will be unable to eliminate all FODMAPs foods from your diet which means you won't really be following an elimination diet which means you won't really be able to identify trigger foods. Basically it would be a waste of your time. So what should you do?
- Meet with a doctor to determine that you have no other serious GI problems such as ulcerative colitis, ulcers, Crohn's or celiac disease and get the okay to try the FODMAPs diet
- Find a dietitian in your area who is trained in the FODMAPs diet.
- Talk with them and set up a schedule to meet with them regularly while they help you through the elimination diet. Make sure to plan to meet with them not only for the elimination part, but also as you add foods in because they can help you identify triggers.
- Continue to follow the FODMAPs diet to control bowel problems. If issues start up again call your dietitian to see if she can help you identify the trigger.
I hope to be able to be one of those FODMAP dietitians soon so contact me if you would like to know more or try this elimination diet with my help.