My new 4 -6 week lifestyle…like it or not

I have been dealing with some gastro-intestinal issues since November. I have made some diet and supplement changes which have helped, but nothing is just fully getting rid of the problems. I am basically using a drop of Digize Essential Oil on my stomach daily, due to tummy upset, bloat or discomfort. So because of this, two of my doctors suggested a diet re-haul to try and get me back on track and maybe discover what food(s) might be causing the issues. So here I am, on day three of the Low FODMAP¬†Diet. Haven’t heard of this? Yeah me either, until recently.

FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. Yes, super confusing. Basically that is a list of foods that have carbohydrates in them, that often times are hard to digest. So by doing a low FODMAP diet, I am eliminating those items for 4-6 weeks. After that I get to slowly bring back item by item into my diet to see what may be causing a negative reaction to my gut.

To be honest, my doctors suggested this diet about 3 weeks ago. I put it off as long as I could. Enjoying every morsel of food I would shortly not be allowed. But dude, punishment ensued. My gut does NOT like something. I have pretty much had a tummy ache for a week straight.

So here I am, day three. I am still very much so easing my way in to this diet.

Day one was sad. Here is a picture of my lunch. It was like I was refusing to even try.

Corn tortilla quesadilla with sharp cheddar cheese, turkey and spinach. Next to a scoop of steamed sweet potatoes. Yes, pretty sad. 

But yesterday I got tired of complaining and decided to make myself a real meal. Now doesn’t this look much better?

Grilled chicken which had been marinated in mustard, fresh basil and cilantro. With a side of kale salad and mashed potatoes.

I’m still waking up over here and am not a big early morning eater. But the plan is homemade banana and egg pancakes with a side of sausage. See! I can do this. It’s not that bad.

For those interested here in a simple guide of the foods I am allowed and not allowed to eat. Again, its more detailed than this. I have a cool app I’m using that allows me to enter foods in to see if its Low FODMAP, which is super helpful. But having this list (that I found on Pinterest) when I go to the grocery store is nice too.

Thank you Hillarys Home for this useful guide

Anyone else done this elimination diet? Any tricks or recipes you want to pass my way? I will be grateful!!