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Do what is right for your gut.

I love fooooood! Cooking has always been a passion of mine. For as long as I can remember I have been experimenting with food and making some crazy recipes along the way. But then I started to get really sick and I went to the doctor a dozen times and did a lot of tests. But they could never figure out what was wrong with me. Medical bills were racking up and I didn't have enough PTO to take off work to always be at the doctor. So I started to venture on my own and do some research. I was so over feeling sick every single day for six months straight. I just wanted answers and I wanted to feel like myself again. Then I came across the low FODMAP diet. I started reading into it and thought it was worth giving a try. It was definitely worth it!

Oh garlic how I miss you.

The letters in "FODMAP" stand for a different types of carbohydrate in foods. FODMAP stands for "fermentable oligo-, di-, mono-saccharides and polyols". The Low FODMAP diet starts you off avoiding foods that are high on the FODMAP list. From what I read the diet has you go 6 to 8 weeks avoiding these foods which are high on the list. I went 8 weeks and had to cut out a lot of my favorite foods. No dairy, gluten, certain fruits and vegetables. After the 8 weeks I started to slowly add certain foods back into my diet to see what I could handle. Let’s just say it did not go well with my stomach. The things I miss cooking with the most are garlic, mushrooms and heavy whipping cream. Taking everything I was doing on my own to my doctor, she agreed that what I was doing was the right choice. Eating something that your body can’t process or handle can affect your mood, skin, health and many others. I am very proud of myself for sticking to the low FODMAP diet. It has been a hard journey but well worth it!

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