Research on the FODMAP content of food is constantly evolving, and today's findings may differ tomorrow. That's because the scientific methods used for testing FODMAPs are continually improving, affording greater sensitivity and accuracy. But perhaps even more important are changing environmental and agricultural factors that can greatly influence FODMAP levels in foods.
Well, not totally. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is also in your gut, of course. But recent research has revealed structural changes in the brains of people diagnosed with IBS that demonstrate an organic component to the disorder. This is huge, as it's the first time scientists have confirmed an association between the gut microbiota and the brain regions involved in processing the body's sensory information.
It's a fact: everybody poops. Although the subject isn't usually considered an appropriate topic of conversation, if you're having a poop problem, it's important to be able to talk about it.
Do vegans ever tire of this age-old question? Why, yes, in fact, we do. That's because protein abounds on plant-based diets, despite persistent myths that perpetuate the opposite.
I've been having a rough time of it lately -- more bad days then good this past year -- in terms of my IBS. In fact, I clearly remember the last long stretch of relief I had because it's been such a rarity. It lasted for two blissful weeks. During that time, I felt certain that everything I was trying had finally started to come together. I was positive I had hit upon that elusive cure for IBS. And I felt spectacularly brilliant!
Although vegan product options are rapidly expanding in the marketplace worldwide, manufactured food products that are safe for vegans with IBS still remain quite limited.
Casa de Sante makes all-natural vegan, gluten-free, certified low-FODMAP foods. Inspired by the holistic teachings of Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, and other herbal traditions, they offer some spectacularly unique seasoning mixes, salad dressings, and savory granolas that will knock your socks off.
A trip to the grocery store can often be a bummer when you're a vegan with IBS. It's not always easy to remember what is and isn't safe or what our particular triggers may be.
Please enjoy my interview with Daniel Davis on the Beyond 50 Radio Show. We delve into food fads, living with dietary restrictions, getting started on a low-FODMAP diet, coping with IBS, and my book Low-FODMAP and Vegan.
I don't generally promote products unless they're vegan, low-FODMAP, and totally fabulous. I've affiliated with three companies that fit the bill, and they're offering some sweet discounts for a limited time, just for you!
This simple recipe makes it easy to have a hearty, low-FODMAP breakfast.
Tasty, satisfying snacks that aren't loaded with sugar, fat, or FODMAPs aren't easy to find. Low-FODAMP fruit, although nutritious and low in fat, can trigger IBS symptoms if consumed too frequently or in large amounts. Nuts and seeds, while abundant in healthy fats, can also be a trigger if the portion size is too large. In addition, those calories and fat can add up quickly.
A common suggestion for improving IBS symptoms is to simply eat more fiber. But fiber can be a complicated matter, and simply eating more of it won't necessarily improve IBS symptoms and could, for some people, make symptoms worse.
"May your troubles be as brief as your New Year's resolutions." I love this slogan because of its unabashed honesty. The majority of resolutions people tend to make are short-lived and never get beyond their wish list.
In addition to fun and fellowship, most holidays, regardless of which ones are celebrated, involve feasting on rich food that can wreak havoc on delicate digestive systems. Holidays can be hard enough when you're vegan and have nonvegan family, friends, and coworkers, but throw IBS into the mix and navigating these events can seem impossible.