IBS Treatment Using a Low FODMAPs Meal Planning Approach

Attention IBS Sufferers:

Are you suffering from the uncomfortable symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Does stomach pain, bloating, gas, cramping, diarrhea and/or constipation sound all too familiar to you?

If the usual nutrition recommendations of a high fiber diet and lactose-free foods are not helping to resolve your symptoms, then the Low FODMAPs meal planning approach may be just what you need to take back control of your health.

The Low FODMAPs meal plan was designed by Australian researchers at Monash University. Seventy-five percent of IBS sufferers report improvement in symptoms when following the Low FODMAPs meal plan.

FODMAPs is an acronym that stands for:

Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols.

These are forms of carbohydrates that might be causing your symptoms. An elimination diet followed by FODMAPs food challenges may help you identify the foods causing your symptoms.

Fermentable: A process where the bacteria in the colon feasts on the malabsorbed sugars and produce gas which contributes to bloating and other symptoms.

Oligosaccharides: Fructans and Galactans, found in foods such as wheat, onion, garlic, barley and rye.

Disaccharides: Lactose, found in milk, yogurt and ice cream.

Monosaccharides: Fructose, found in fruits, vegetables and honey.

And

Polyols: Sugar Alcohols, found in some fruits (peaches, plums, apples) and some vegetables (cauliflower and mushrooms) and added as an artificial sweetener in some foods.

How does the Low FODMAPs Meal Planning approach work?

All foods that contain FODMAP carbohydrates will be eliminated for a trial period of 2 weeks. If FODMAP carbohydrates are causing your symptoms, you can feel relief in just a few days.

These FODMAPs are eliminated collectively, rather than individually. This approach has been found to be more effective.

After the elimination period, we begin FODMAP FOOD CHALLENGES by reintroducing each of the FODMAP carbohydrate groups one at a time. Symptoms are observed and documented during these challenges.

At the end of the challenge phase, we will have a list of foods that are not tolerated, those that are tolerated in small amounts, and those that are fully tolerated. From that list, we are able to create a personalized meal plan for you that will free you of IBS stomach pain so you can live your life symptom-free.

Are you ready to get started?

If you are interested in beginning a Low FODMAP meal plan to help treat your IBS, contact Bonnie and get started on your way to being symptom-free in just weeks.

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Bonnie taught me that this process had to be done in a systematic fashion and it was the best thing I ever did.

When I first came to see Bonnie, I was very bloated and was living with constant stomach pains. None of the doctors knew what it was. They suggested I try a FODMAP diet, but gave me no direction. I looked up nutritionists online, and saw Bonnie had experience working with people on a FODMAP diet. She helped me implement the elimination phase of the FODMAP diet, and then we did the challenge phases. She taught me that this process had to be done in a systematic fashion, and it was the best thing I ever did. I feel 100% better and have no more stomach pain and bloat.                
Maria D, New York


“After years of searching for a doctor to diagnose me with IBS, I decided to try to find a nutritionist that could help me. That too took a while to find. However, I fell upon Bonnie Giller’s website and I was extremely happy to find that she dealt with IBS. In addition, she knew about FODMAPs. Not many people, including doctors (unfortunately) know anything about it. It’s a terrific way to find out one’s trigger foods. I’ve been working with Bonnie for three months now and I feel great! Symptoms are minimal if at all. And she’s always an email or call away and willing to help you through things. I highly recommend her.”
— Catherine, Malverne, N.Y.

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