Making life easier on a low FODMAP IBS diet
A low FODMAP diet can be difficult to incorporate into your everyday life. Have a dietitian on hand to give practical tips and meal plans for eating out and at home. This will make it easier to incorporate the changes into your life.
Eating out – People find it quite difficult to eat out whilst completing the trial. The best way to avoid FODMAPs is by sticking to more basic meals and restaurants. e.g. Pub meals are often more FODMAP friendly than Indian, Asian, Italian, Mexican cuisines.
Probiotics – Probiotics can also be beneficial. Check with your dietitian for the most appropriate one for your symptoms.
Laxatives and fibre supplements – Often these supplements contain sugars and sweeteners that are not recommended on the Low FODMAP diet.
Chewing gum and artificially sweetened products –Many contain sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol which are not suitable for a Low FODMAP diet.
What if the low FODMAP diet doesn’t work for me?
About 1 in 4 people will not respond to the Low FODMAP diet. Therefore, for best results, it is important to strictly follow the diet for 2-6 weeks as this will help determine whether you are responding. For people who don’t respond to the Low FODMAP diet then a more restrictive elimination diet may be considered.
If you feel there is little or no improvement after completing this process with a Dietitian, it is important that you discuss your symptoms with your GP as they will be able to conduct further testing and refer you on to a gastroenterologist for further investigation.
Some people who find that their IBS is worsened by periods of stress may benefit from psychological support to help manage the stress and anxiety.