SOOOOO those who know me personally will know how difficult I adapted to American food which left me very ill and full of long-term intolerance which I never had prior to my trip. I was advised to follow a certain plan to make my symptoms better and I just wanted to explain a little about it and what the logic behind it is.
Basically some foods can trigger inflammation and cause problems with sensitive guts and these foods are known as HIGH FODMAP, so the LOW FODMAP as you can imagine are foods that are suitable for those with allergies and intolerance. Truthfully I was shocked to find out some really healthy ingredients can cause intolerances and whilst seeing 70% of fruit in generally is to be avoided I knew I had to start taking things more seriously because I was eating foods that I didn’t even know were making me feel worse.
Some examples of HIGH FODMAP include: Wheat, Dairy, Soy ( yup I was also surprised to be honest) Apricots, Jams, Garlic, Rye, Red Meat, Chickpeas, Apples, Watermelon, Honey and Peaches to name a few as the list is endless
Examples of LOW FODMAP are: Potatoes, Tomatoes, Maize, Chicken, Lettuce, Strawberries ( Thank goodness because I am obsessed with them haha) Bananas, Courgettes, Tortilla Chips, Mayo, Rice Milk ( in small quantities), Eggs, Prawns and Jelly again to name just a few
The problem is, it may seem simple to avoid the “trigger foods” but when you think about it, so much food these days contains a lot of the HIGH FODMAP foods for example salsa has garlic in it if it is pre-packaged etc . . So the trick is to meal prep in advance and make everything from scratch. I have only just started to follow this plan but let’s see how it goes . . .GULP.
The idea is to then slowly reintroduce food groups one by one to find out which foods exactly trigger symptoms, if a certain HIGH FODMAP food doesn’t trigger symptoms then it is fine to eat again, if something does trigger symptoms then it is advised to be permanently avoided or avoided as much as possible.
One thing I wanted to add is the recipe for a FODMAP friendly brekkie- PROTEIN BANANA PANCAKES WITH STRAWBERRIES AND COCONUT. This one is so simple and only needs 2 bananas, 1/2 a cup of protein powder in any flavour and 2 eggs. You just whisk it all up into a batter and fry for a few minutes with coconut oil, then top with strawberries and coconut flakes, really quick and easy breakfast that can be eaten hot or cold and doesn’t taste like cardboard. You forget that it is actually healthy because it tastes so sweet and delicious.
GUYYSSSSS wish me luck on this! I know it won’t be easy to follow but I hope it will be worth it to find out what I may be intolerant to.