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FODMAP challenges and reintroduction schedule

Monday, April 03, 2017

For the last seven weeks I have been on what is called a low FODMAP diet. That is, eliminating all those foods that are considered to be poorly absorbed in the small intestine.

Today I visited the dietician and was able to report that this phase of the diet was a huge success. I have been almost symptom free for the last seven weeks. When symptoms have occurred, I have been able to identify 5 out of 6 possible causes.

For example, did you know that some soy milk products are made from soya bean protein and others (most) whole soya beans?

I have already done my shopping for this week, so will not be starting the next phase until the following week.

The first group of fermentable sugars I will be reintroducing is lactose. That is milk, soft cheese, yoghurt, icecream, cream, etc. The advantage of this, is that I can stop buying expensive alternatives such as soya milk and lactose free milk and yoghurt.

The instructions are to do it for a week, but do it in your own time. For example, re-introduce lactose containing foods and if I get symptoms, return to the diet that I tolerated well. Then try again to determine the threshold level for the problem food.

I do hope that I can return to consuming greek yoghurt, skim milk, and creme fraiche.
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