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When I started my business I wanted to remembered more clearly what it was like emotionally when I was sick and getting nowhere in the healing process.

But memories of emotions are not the same, as the mind mutes pain and trauma as a protective mechanism.

But when my husband started having digestive issues it was as if I got sick again, because there is no one closer to me in the world than him.

I was confident, this time that I knew how to to fix it. So I put him on a diet free of gluten, dairy and sugar and over time weaned him off grains. I put him on L-carnatine, probiotics, and Z-carnosine and gave him a steaming cups of bone broth for breakfast. We even did a bit of yoga nidra.

And there were minor improvements, but not the kind we had hoped for. So I had to figure out what to try next. I don’t have any personal experience with the FODMAP diet but I’ve read a lot about it.

FODMAP is an acronym for a group of foods that are hard to digest. Fructose (apples, pears, persimmon, watermelon, mango), Lactose, Fructans (wheat, onion, garlic), Galactans (beans, lentils, legumes, so, etc) and Polyols (sweeteners with sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol, maltitol, and stone fruit such as avocado, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, etc)

If you want to learn more, here’s a complete list of high FODMAP foods from the website of a fellow IBS sufferer. And here ‘s a handy grain-free FODMAP shopping list courtesy of the folks at Whole 30.

I’m also taking other steps to figure out why my husband isn’t healing with this protocol.  He’s being tested for infections and adrenal issues to see what else could be preventing his recovery. I’ll keep you posted on the results. But back to FODMAP.

The Low FODMAP diet is popular with IBS sufferers, so I couldn’t leave this diet out of the conversation on my site. And since I am such a hands on, experiential type, I decided to test it’s healing power out on my husband.

Personally I was never sensitive to FODMAP foods, but people who react to high FODMAP foods typically have an infection in their small intestine, and since there is a correlation between leaky gut (my husband’s issue) and small intestinal infections, I decided to give it a shot.

FODMAP is basically an elimination diet that helps people figure out what foods (fruits and veggies mostly) can trigger their symptoms. Eventually foods are added in one by one to test the body’s reaction.

The FODMAP diet allows non-gluten grains, but since I believe in the grain-free approach to gut healing, I put my husband on a grain-free version of the low FODMAP diet.

My frustrations with FODMAP  is this: There is a discrepancy between what you can and can’t eat on the different lists I consulted. That makes me a little crazy.

Also, what isn’t allowed is so random, so I need to carry a list when I shop. Lastly, I don’t think of FODMAP as a diet that cures the underlying issues of IBS, but just avoids triggering symptoms.

It was definitely NO fun to feel even MORE restricted when I shopped, but I told myself it was only an experiment, not a forever thing.  And it would be a challenge to cook with limited ingredients, like on the show ‘Iron Chef’.

If you want to experiment with low FODMAP at home, I’ve prepared a menu plan below, based on what we ate.

And we managed to eat quite well even though I did miss cruciferous veggie staples like cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower, as well as garlic and onions, which I put in everything.

20 grain-free food ideas for low FODMAP

Dinners

Lamb and beef meat balls with steamed green beans with salt and olive oil or herb butter

Soup with beef bone broth pumpkin puree with thai or curry spices and coconut milk. I threw in some red snapper to make it into a pumpkin fish curry.  *Bone broth has magical healing properties for the gut. I highly suggest homemade bone broth for this dish. Store bought broth is too high in salt and has other additives.

Fresh chopped tomatoes boiled down in beef bone broth, served over zucchini noodles with lamb meatballs

Baked salmon with veggie stir fry (bok choy, green bell pepper, spinach, kale and carrots) Season veggies with lemon juice, cumin, tumeric and salt.

Delicata squash roasted and cut in half, stuffed with cherry tomatoes, bacon and lamb

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Sweet potato cut in strips, tossed in olive oil and baked into fries, served with roasted chicken

Roasted frittata with spaghetti squash and cilantro pumpkin seed pesto (put pumpkin seeds, cilantro, lemon, olive oil and salt in a food processor). Combine squash with pesto in a bowl, add in 3 to 4 eggs and green bell peppers (optional) and bake for half an hour at 350

You can also substitute spaghetti squash for noodles in chicken soup. Add broth, chicken pieces and carrots

Arugala salad with chopped hard boiled eggs, cucumber, tomato, green onion, radish and chicken breast or broiled fish of choice

Roasted eggplant puree (put cooked eggplant into food processor with olive oil) and serve with lamb chops and roasted parsnips

 

Breakfast

Lactose free yogurt with banana and blueberries

Green plantains (baked) with eggs and turkey sausage

Sugar-free smoked salmon on seaweed nori with matchstick sliced cucumbers

Bone broth with carrots and chives

Sweet potato baked with cinnamon or butter

Fruit salad with honey dew, papaya and pineapple (dressed with lime juice)

Hemp milk with chia seeds, shredded coconut, strawberries and pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin smoothie, with hemp milk, banana and pumpkin pie spice

Kale smoothie with coconut water, banana and raspberries

 

Lunch

Spinach salad with shrimp, tomatoes, cucumber and lactose-free yogurt dressing with herbs, lemon and olive oil

Tomato soup made by boiling down fresh tomatoes, eggs, anchovies, butter and bone broth

Carrot soup made with bone broth and served with sauteed kale and chopped chicken breast

Halibut served with roasted eggplant, dressed with oregano, lemon juice and olive oil

Tuna or egg salad with homemade mayo (here’s a recipe for home made mayo with olive oil, or coconut oil) served in a hollowed out bell pepper

Leftovers from dinner

Chopped, roasted organic red potatoes served with chopped green beans and chopped hard boiled eggs (or protein of choice) served with herb butter

Has FODMAP worked for you? Tell me in the comments below.

  1. Stephanie
    Stephanie11-10-2013

    First I just want to thank you for sharing these tips and ideas, great info!
    In addition to other digestive issues (gastroparesis, IBS, chronic constipation), I tested positive for SIBO last year. For about 6 months I followed a strict low FODMAP diet and noticed a huge difference in bloating. Already gluten and dairy free, I think it was removing garlic, onions, apples, and pears that really did the trick. I now seem to do okay with cooked pears, pickled beets, avocado and pumpkin. Foods too high in fat or fiber still bother me but continuing to work on healing and refuse to give up. Having inspirational stories like yours keeps me going :)

    • ANGELA PRIVIN
      ANGELA PRIVIN11-11-2013

      Thank you so much for your comment Stephanie! IBS is a puzzle that we have to work out individually but it sounds like you are well on your way to healing since your body is building tolerance to some high FODMAP foods. There is a correlation between SIBO and leaky gut so I was wondering if you tried bone broth to try to seal up your gut? You can skim the fat off of it so it is easier to digest. Might be worth a try. Keep on trying things and staying hopeful. The best of luck to you.

  2. Brandy
    Brandy11-11-2013

    My symptoms cycle on and off. My experience was very much like yours (Lyme, feeling of food churning in solar plexus). I started the FODMAP diet at the beginning of a good cycle and never felt better. I had tons of energy and no pain. However, after two months, my digestive tract decided to stop working (again) and I went through one of my worst bad cycles for 3 months. After being off grains and dairy, I noticed that if I try to eat them now, they make my tongue and throat tingle slightly. Beans, cruciferous veggies and onions have terrible consequences so I avoid them. The FODMAP diet hasn’t fixed the main problem, but I’m combining it with what you did (supplements, chi gong, and paleo) to see if I improve. (just started two days ago). I’ve been dealing with this for 5 years. Thanks for your blog and facebook page.

    • ANGELA PRIVIN
      ANGELA PRIVIN11-11-2013

      Thank you for your comment Brandy and for sharing your story. I always learn so much from my readers. You mentioned a tingling of your tongue and throat. This happened to me when I was switching back to the Paleo diet and avoiding dairy. When I had dairy again, on top of Paleo nut bread, my tongue and throat itched and tingled. I looked this up and it is called oral allergy syndrome. The body confuses some foods with pollen. It is a pretty harmless thing for the most part. You can research it further if you are curious. And you can also check out histamine intolerance as I think it is related somehow to oral allergy syndrome. There are certain foods that need to be avoided like black tea, green tea, cheese, sauerkraut, canned foods, tomatoes, spinach, and smoked meats. It might be worth playing around with to see how your body reacts to taking these various foods out. I am glad that you are trying to go deeper in your healing. The best of luck to you and keep in touch to let me know how it’s going.

  3. Daniel Botoff
    Daniel Botoff11-20-2013

    Another awesome post! I'm so glad your story was posted on SCDLifestyle as I really enjoy the wealth of information you provide. My girlfriend and I are both suffering from Lyme, Celiac, and severe digestive issues. I've educated myself to no end, but finding the right foods to eat is a nightmare! I look forward to giving your soups a try for myself and my loved one. Thanks again!

  4. Georgia Gray
    Georgia Gray04-25-2014

    The lowFODMAP diet is not specifically for people with "infections" in their small intestine, I don't know where you read that. For the most accurate and up-to-date research on the diet it's best to go to the Monash University website, and also the website http://www.foodintolerancemanagementplan.com.au/documents/helpful%20resources%20&%20links.pdf

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