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.
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.
What Clients Are Saying…
“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
“I’ve been working with Bonnie for three months now and I feel great! Symptoms are minimal, if at all.”
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 found 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.
“Bonnie has really helped me to get my life back on track – feeling better, more energy and stable!!”
I’ve had acute IBS since a trip that I took on a cruise ship in mid-June. The gastroenterologist ruled out major disease; friends and books that I read recommended new diet guidelines, especially to eliminate sugar and white starches. I was very weak and confused managing my own nutrition plan. A good friend in Malverne, N.Y. referred me to dietitian/nutritionist Bonnie Giller. Bonnie is tremendously knowledgeable, understanding, kind and helpful. She has really helped me to get my life back on track – feeling better, more energy and stable!! I recommend her to anyone! ~Joan Schmitt, Malverne, N.Y.