Tuesday, May 31, 2016

FODMAP Challenge Week 6: Fructans

So yeah, fructans.  They kind of sucked about as much as I thought they would.

I was super squirrely this week with the challenge foods and definitely overloaded my system with high FODMAP foods, but even at the beginning of the week when I was being all scientific and good, my stomach wasn't that happy.  Pizza felt heavy, garlic powder caused some cramping and heartburn and I just generally didn't feel good at all.  And I started the week off stopped up, and let's just say things didn't improve.  We had a super wild weekend food-wise, so my poor system is thrown into another dimension level out of wack.  I pretty much did it all:  Lactose, Sorbitol, Fructans (also known as ice cream, metric ton of avocado, salsa and tequila.  So much tequila).

This whole thing has been a bit disappointing, but in may ways I feel fortunate.  I could have a life threatening allergy or celiacs, so I'm fortunate that the worst thing that will happen to me is that I'll get stomach cramps/bloating/constipation if I overload on FODMAPs.  I mean it could be worse, I could have a situation where I have to carry an epipen around.  In some ways I'm grateful that I had to do this diet.  I feel like I make better choices now, am happier with less food, am in the habit of packing my breakfast and lunch every single day and am more in tune with how my body feels.  I'm just trying to stay positive about it all, and there are definitely positives to be had!

My game plan going forward indefinitely is to just pretty much eat low FODMAP most of the time and avoid triggers, but to not stress if I'm in a situation where I have to ingest something high FODMAP.  Yes, I'm even going to try to stay gluten free where I can.  I honestly don't miss it that much, and when I've had it over the last few days I feel gross afterwards.  I also notice my desire to snack goes through the roof.  Coincidence perhaps, but I find it odd that whenever I had any fructan stuff that I would get weirdly snacky and overeat.  Anyway, there's no reason to mess with what's working.  Once I get back from my travels, I'm going to go back to 100% low FODMAP for at least a week to try to get my poor system working properly again.

I leave this week for Minneapolis to see my friend M, and I am SO excited!!  It will be amazing to see her after so many years, plus it will be cool to see a new city.  I leave Friday so I will get my Thinner Thursday post up.  I'm honestly not expecting great things after hoovering down delicious fatty things all weekend, but you know, I guess we'll see!


  1. Travel safe! Good for you for finding a positive spin on all of this. I'm glad you've found something that brings some relief. Have fun in Minneapolis!

  2. Yay Minneapolis! Say "hi" for me!!