Going on a diet plan before Christmas is far from sensible, in my mind. Back and forth to the doctors lately has been a process of elimination to what’s going on with my body. One of the things mentioned to me just before the holidays was to look into the FODMAP diet. Now, coming into Christmas I didn’t really take that as a ‘You should start’ I took it as more of a ‘Google what it is, skim it, and eat all the treats and drink all the alcohol you want over the holidays’. Now that I had a scan today and a follow-up appointment is coming up, I’m really starting to think I should have given this a go.
So FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. WTF!
These…. things are a collection of molecules found in food, that can be poorly absorbed by some people. The sucky thing about these, things, is that they are in loads of common foods that seem totally random to each other. Then the 2nd sucky thing is that you may be OK with some of the foods in a certain group and not others in another group. So yip a lovely long process of elimination is needed.
I’ve printed off the lists today of what foods to avoid and what is OK so I can give it a go for a week. Probably not enough time to know a real difference before I see the doc in a week. But hey at least I can say I have made a start.
I’ve suffered really bad in the past from endometriosis and have had a fair few operations, so I am fingers crossed I am not dealing with that again.
In the meantime, I’ve stopped picking at chocolate and drinking alcohol for the first time in ages, and damn I have a nasty headache – some serious withdraws right there. Maybe I should just start again :/
Over in Our Lifestyle Tribe group on FB I popped up the following and got such a good response from people. Definitely made me look at my own choices!
“I’ve been thinking about limiting or giving up alcohol. With it now proven HOW alcohol causes cancers, it makes me think about sitting in a chair being told ‘You have cancer’, would I immediately think ‘I wish I didn’t drink’. I know there can be so many reasons/causes in getting cancer. But if alcohol is ONE potential cause then I’m choosing to take that risk. ???? Just thoughts in my head lately. Any other views?”
I’d LOVE to hear from anyone with any experiences or views on the FODMAP diet and alcohol consumption.
Until next time xx