About three years my doctor suggested Low FODMAP for my IBS. I never heard of the food plan but immediately went home to do some research.
What are FODMAP's?
*per Healthline.com* FODMAP stands for fermentable oligo-, di-, mono-saccharides and polyols (1).
These are the scientific terms used to classify groups of carbs that are notorious for triggering digestive symptoms like bloating, gas and stomach pain.
FODMAPs are found in a wide range of foods in varying amounts. Some foods contain just one type, while others contain several.
The main dietary sources of the four groups of FODMAPs include:
Oligosaccharides: Wheat, rye, legumes and various fruits and vegetables, such as garlic and onions.
Disaccharides: Milk, yogurt, and soft cheese. Lactose is the main carb.
Monosaccharides: Various fruit including figs and mangoes, and sweeteners such as honey and agave nectar. Fructose is the main carb.
Polyols: Certain fruits and vegetables including blackberries and lychee, as well as some low-calorie sweeteners like those in sugar-free gum.
I purchased three books on the subject, pinned every recipe possible, and was excited to start the elimination process until I read garlic was a no-no.
I use garlic in almost all my dishes. I love garlic. Now I can't have it?
I use olive oil for almost everything. Or avocado oil, which is also approved for Low FODMAP.
There's the solution.
Garlic infused olive oil. I add a small leaf of basil -- just because I want to -- and giving up garlic wasn't as detrimental. This olive oil goes with everything. Pork Chops. Jicama Fries. Salmon.
I had veered off the Low FODMAP path for a while, oh how I've noticed, but I'm back on track. For years I viewed food as my enemy. Between IBS and food allergies my rebellious nature always did me in. I am learning to understand my relationship with food and my body. Food isn't the enemy, my way of thinking was. Health is about respect. I can't heal if I don't respect my insides and my soul.
I am in the process of growing fresh herbs and look forward to infusing olive oil with rosemary or thyme or peppers with rosemary. The possibilities are endless. It's easy to feel the weight of digestive syndromes and diseases but together we will reduce inflammation, pain, and improve our way of thinking.