Love this! Many of the granola or bars to go are not fodmap friendly. When eating out-simple grilled chicken, baked potato, simple salad with oil and fresh lemon and for many people- small amounts of wheat okay so even a small pita pocket with lettuce, tomato, turkey can be tolerated just not on big roll! Butter is not restricted on the low FODMAP diet but if you are avoiding it because of other health concerns, I bet you could substitute olive oil in many recipes.
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Meeting with someone that can help you navigate the diet appropriately will ensure you are eating a healthy diet and also following the diet correctly. Hi… love your snack ideas. Do you have a recommendation?? Gluten free may very likely not be friendly fodmaps.
Mia, I agree, the gluten free breads out there are not that great tasting. What are your thoughts on ThinkThin bars?
Thank you. Feel free to send ingredient list of the products you mentioned—and I can provide some thoughts. I love snacking on All Natural Kettle Corn. I am lactose intolerant as well as gluten intolerant.
I am 47 and feel like life just ended. I am now on a quest to learn everything I can. You should be able to add some foods back! Work with a dietitian to guide you—he or she will make the process a whole lot easier for you.
When you say oatmeal is ok is it old fashion, instant, flavored instant?
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How about pudding or jello? Thanks so much for all your suggestions! I have a Fodmap friendly muesli bar at my shop by Hummercrunch. They are fantastic! Done via Sue Shephards guidance. I noticed there are none included on this list.
Thank you so much for your work with low fodmaps. I am just starting this diet and feeling very overwhelmed but I think I have found a treasure on your site!
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I know my triggers and try to eat well balanced meals. I cannot have Boost, Ensure or any other of those supplements without my stomach going crazy. Any suggestions? I would be sure that celiac disease and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth have been ruled out which may be a contributing factors to weight loss.
Of course, my advice here does not replace the importance of addressing your health with your doctor and other health professionals to consider other causes. Many of the over the counter high calorie products appear to have hidden FODMAPs and often can contribute to diarrhea—seen frequently when used in tube feedings—they would not be my first choice.
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I am lactose intolerant and they ALL bother me. Oil is my enemy, among other food items like olives, green beans and brocccoli.
Even too much of a sweet potato. Any thoughts? Sounds like you may have more than lactose intolerance as the cheeses listed are very low lactose.
They say IBS and migraines are related and cheese such as cheddar is a trigger for migraines. The older I get the more things I cannot eat. Pretty soon I will only be able to drink water. Hi Kate, Thanks for having such a great site with so much helpful information!
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Please feel free to give a private response if you are concerned about writing recommendations that may be misconstrued as product endorsements. Thanks again! Your help is greatly appreciated…: Sincerely, Karen.
Hi Karen- Glad you find the site helpful. For grab and go items, I would recommend rice cakes with peanut butter-put two together for easy packing, rice crackers and a cheese stick, a banana and a handful of almonds, tortilla chips or gluttino pretzels. Or keep some oatmeal packets and add hot water on the run. Green Valley makes a nice lactose free yogurt to grab and go. I have not had much time to scan the frozen food aisle but I have looked at some items. Hope that helps a bit. This is a very handy shopping list!
A few questions… 1. It also has whey protein from milk, but not the lactose. What other ingredients do you look for on labels besides lactose, fructose HFCS , wheat semolina, flour, spelt, couscous, durum, farina, kamut , barley, rye, sorbitol, manitol, maltitol, xylitol, and isomalt to avoid a high FODMAP food?
Lastly, in general do you reccommend only 1 serving fruit OR vegetables per meal?
Great questions Jen! Stevia should be okay. Other ingredients…this is a loaded question but I can give you a few more.. Kale is ok on Monash. Just tried it yesterday cooked with a little butter,since spinach seems to bother me.
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Great site! I have a question, how much constitutes a serving size for fruit, vegetable and meat at each meal? Fruit servings range a bit but here are a few examples of what constitute a fruit serving: 1 small banana, 1 cup berries, 1 orange, 2 kiwifruit and 15 grapes. Meat in its pure form does not contain any FODMAPs but for general health a serving around the size of a deck of cards or slightly larger would be reasonable.
Vegetables are generally low in carbohydrates so can be consumed as tolerated-as long as low in FODMAPs and as long as there is not a portion restriction based on the low FODMAP diet guidelines such as for celery which should be limited to 1 stalk per sitting.
Hope that helps! Thank you so much for your advice. Another question — is mayonnaise allowed and is Earth Balance Coconut Spread butter alternative allowed? Hmmm…not sure anyone would eat a whole bunch of celery!!
I hope not anyway! Mayonnaise is generally allowed and I could not find the ingredients for the coconut spread on the Earth Balance website….
BUT if its mostly coconut oil then it should be low.
Thank you so much — I really appreciate your help. Can you eat walnuts and almonds on this diet? Yes, a small handful of almonds 10 or walnuts 20 or so nut halves seem to be tolerated fine. Just avoid pistachios and cashews which contain sizable fructans a no-no! Hi, is TVP ok? If not what alternatives are there for vegetarians? I am confused about the reasoning behind the types of cheeses allowed. I understand that aged cheeses will have the lactose removed, but mozarella seems to be a fresh cheese.
Can you help? Chris- When cheese is made from milk it is divided into curds and whey. The liquid part whey has most of the lactose.
The curds are mostly protein and lower lactose. The amount of lactose in firm cheeses is marginal. If you find the allowed cheeses bother you—it could be the fat content or a dairy intolerance but likely not a FODMAP issue.
Kate, There are whey protein powders that are also lactose free would you consider that acceptable? Fadi, Most individuals can get plenty of protein for their weight lifting needs without purchasing protein powders.
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I have small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, which has led to IBS-C. I am seeing a naturopathic doctor and she prescribed me some herbs to fight the bacteria berberine and thyme oil. She also recommended I go on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, but this diet seems very restrictive and difficult to follow. Do you have any advice? Or a combination of the two? Hi Naomi-That is a great question!
But the 2 diets differ in the types and amounts restricted. The SCD does not take in account the whole concept of fructose malabsorption that is better understood today. It would be irresponsible to provide medical advice without understanding your full medical history. He sent me to a nutritionist who is guiding me on the diet.