The 28-Day Plan for IBS Relief: 100 Simple Low-FODMAP Recipes to Soothe Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
The 28-Day Plan for IBS Relief: 100 Simple LOW-FODMAP Recipes to Soothe Symptoms of IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME by Audrey Inouye, BSc, Rd, and Lauren Renlund, BASc, MPH, RD
I ordered this book and 'The 30 minute Low FODMAP Cookbook' on the same day. Out of the two, I find I like this book slightly better. My main reason is that this book utilizes slightly more whole food ingredients. The recipes seem healthier overall. In hindsight I should have known a "30 min" cookbook would use prepackaged goods whenever possible.
My background: I've been following a restricted diet for many years now. It has been a combination of AIP & low FODMAPs for endometriosis. Virtually all of my symptoms were eliminated when I went on a incredibly restrictive diet after reading the book 'Digestive Health with REAL Food.' I followed this for about 2 years with great success, but it was probably not as nutrient dense as I needed thanks to the extreme restrictions. The only time my Endo wasn't causing me pain was when I was on the ultra restrictive diet. When I discovered low FODMAPs, I jumped right in. Many of my symptoms returned, but not all. It taught me what I personally can and cannot tolerate. For example, if I consume a lot of nightshades, my Endo comes back with a vengeance, making day to day living virtually impossible. When I completely cut out nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, etc.) I notice a dramatic reduction in my Endo pain.
The beginning of this book gives a nice explanation of what FODMAPs are. What I really enjoyed was the updated lists of low FODMAPs, moderate FODMAPs, and high FODMAPs foods. It has been a while since I've ordered a low FODMAP book and I don't have the Monash APP so, this is very useful to me. I'm super pleased to see that as more foods are tested, some previously high foods are not all high. An example is mushrooms. Not all mushrooms are high FODMAP. Canned mushrooms get the okay as does another type of fresh mushroom. The book also provides weekly shopping lists and menu plans.
Now for the recipes. It's winter here. Even though I run my own small organic family farm full time, growing and raising my own, I still don't have access to all the ingredients listed. It can be very hard for me to get fresh organic vegetables and fruits in the winter (I have to drive an hour away for the closest decent grocer). Add to this my bodies negative reaction to nightshades; I've had to do the best I can with the recipes. If this was summer, I'd be able to utilize more of the recipes.
I am always trying to find ways to incorporate as much good fish as possible into my diet thanks to my Endo. Therefore I decided to make two recipes that use fish. I am happy with both of the recipes.
This is pretty tasty considering I make it without tomatoes. Much to my surprise, my husband even likes it. He doesn't like fish at all, so this was a real shocker. If that doesn't make a good recipe I don't know what does!
Ginger-Lime Salmon Burgers
This is quick to prepare and is rather good. I have it on a bed of dark leafy greens for breakfast.
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Wherever you are in your journey to healing, I hope you find success. Know that the Low FODMAPs diet is a real medical diet. It is not a fad diet. It has been proven to help many folks who suffer from various digestive ailments. Please keep in mind that if it doesn't work for you, you could have additional sensitivities (like me and nightshades). Don't give up. Finally finding peace with your body is so worth it!
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