What is the FODMAP diet?

July 19, 2020

IBS FODMAP gut health

The “FODMAP diet” may be able to help you if you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).  There are, however, some key things you need to know before you try this approach.

How does it work?

The terms “refined carbs”, “ultra-processed carbs” or “good carbs” are commonly used these days.   There are, however, many more terms for different types of carbohydrates.

Certain types of carbohydrates (which have long almost unpronounceable names!) are poorly digested in the small intestine of some people with IBS.  When these carbs reach the large intestine they become fermented by some types of bacteria in the gut microbiome.  The result can be bloating, pain, and/or diarrhea.

More gastroenterologists and primary care providers now recognize that what we eat (or don’t eat) can play in IBS, but there are problems with this! Important points often get forgotten or overlooked by people looking for relief from IBS.

Who may be appropriate for the FODMAP diet?

You should ONLY use this approach if you have a diagnosis of IBS from your doctor. Other medical issues can appear to be IBS.  Your care team needs to exclude those first. Also, the FODMAP approach may not be effective with all types of IBS.

Since so much happens during your visit with your doctor or primary care provider, if you have IBS some key points may not be discussed with you.

What is critically important on the FODMAP diet?

Working with a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) experienced in the FODMAP approach is key. The FODMAP approach is complex and can lead to nutritional deficiencies if you do not receive the proper guidance.

Another common mistake is people think they are following the FODMAP approach appropriately but are not. As a result, they either continue to experience discomfort or exclude many more foods than they need to – or both!

Also, sometimes there are non-FODMAP ingredients that cause issues.  This is why you absolutely want to work with a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), such as myself, who is experienced in dealing with IBS, food intolerances, food sensitivities, and gut health issues.

There is a lot of inaccurate and misleading information on the internet!!!

I’ve lost count of how many people who found inaccurate information on the internet before reaching out to me.  Or how many people who received confusing or outdated information by well-intentioned primary care providers and specialists.

This is an evolving method of treatment.  You need to work with a registered dietitian who keeps up with the research and changes in the foods that can be consumed as research continues.

I’ve helped many people through the FODMAP approach and keep up with the research.  I’ve also completed extensive training from the leading university in the world for this treatment approach.

A common mistake on the FODMAP diet

Despite what you may commonly hear or read, the low FODMAP diet should not be followed for the long term!  Eliminating so many foods that actually provide benefits to your body and gut microbiome is not healthy.  Eventually, nutritional deficiencies can occur.

Yes, something that makes you feel better can actually make you unhealthy!

The correct approach is to follow a strict low FODMAP elimination phase for a few weeks. Then complete a series of carefully structured challenges that will help to identify which categories of FODMAP foods are causing your issues.

The goal is to get you back – as quickly as possible – to eating and enjoying the widest possible variety of foods.

See if I can help you!

Are you tired of wondering if what you are eating will have you spending the rest of the day uncomfortable?  Or looking for a bathroom or being embarrassed by what your body is doing?!!

Contact me to schedule a free, no obligation discovery call with me.  Let’s find out if I can help you find out what foods are not agreeing with you.  Let’s get you back to not being afraid to eat or having your body’s reaction to some foods make life less than enjoyable!


Having personally struggled with weight and gut health issues, I understand how easy it is to think that food is the enemy especially with the changes our bodies undergo as we age.  It doesn’t have to be that way!

I love using my extensive education and coach approach to help people realize it is possible to feel better and be healthier while still enjoying their life and food.

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