For the people participating in our 12 Week FODMAP Challenge, most have started the challenges over the weekend, or are about to start them now. We are so excited to hear how it goes for all of you!
The purpose of the FODMAP challenges is to help determine what is actually causing your IBS symptoms.
But what happens if your symptoms are yet to improve? Does this mean that the low FODMAP diet isn’t for you? Potentially. Firstly, I would normally check in to ensure that the diet actually has been low FODMAP; high FODMAP foods can hide in many different foods (for example, some brands of breakfast cereals have low FODMAP ranges, but not all their products are low FODMAP).
If you’re unsure, it may be worthwhile sitting down with a dietitian who specialises in the area for some individualised advice. If the diet has been a true low FODMAP diet, there are other things to consider.
Not everyone responds to a low FODMAP diet. Other common triggers of IBS include fatty foods, chilli and caffeine, and if you are yet to feel better, these may be worth an investigation.
If it is neither of these, it could be something else; if this is the case, again, it would be worthwhile sitting down with a dietitian who specialises in the area for some individualised advice. If you don’t live in the Sydney area, no biggie – we do skype and phone consults as well! feel free to get in touch, if you do feel you need some further assistance!