We have suffered from digestive issues for ten years maybe, maybe longer, possibly fifteen years. We tried pretty much everything we could think of, read all sorts of books, we're talking mountains of books over many years & found our situation got progressively worse. It got so bad we stressed out about making it work on time, knowing where private bathrooms were, stressing that we'd embarrass ourselves at work or outside of the home. We went organic. We went Vegan. We went low fat. We ate a sh*t ton of fermented foods. We made our own sourdough breads. We started growing my own food & raising our own animals, to the point where we even now run our own Eco-farm rather than work for someone else, yet we got worse & worse until we read Digestive Health with REAL Food: A Practical Guide to an Anti-Inflammatory, Nutrient Dense Diet for IBS & Other Digestive Issues. We started to follow the most restrictive part of the plan & had instant positive results. And by instant we mean exactly that. All of our suffering was gone on the first day. We followed this plan for two years. It changed our lives. The biggest problem was boredom. We ate a very limited diet. We stumbled across The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet: A Revolutionary Plan for Managing IBS and Other Digestive Disorders for free on Kindle. We read it & bought the hard cover. We later purchased The Low-FODMAP Cookbook: 100 Delicious, Gut-Friendly Recipes for IBS and other Digestive Disorders which we think is a great follow up & has much better recipes (all of them have turned out delicious) plus is more up to date on which foods contain FODMAPs (not all foods have been tested).
Following a low FODMAP lifestyle has been wonderful. We learned a lot & were able to expand what foods we could eat. The problem is we noticed a slight regression. Nothing like the past, but not as good when we followed DHWRF. In this time we also read Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ. The author is funny & informative. The information provided is enlightening to say the least. We enjoyed this book so much we ordered the Audible version as well (if you haven't figured it out by now, we am obsessed with nutrition & find the newly explored microbiome fascinating). Now most recently we came across this book The Gut Makeover. You better believe we jumped at the chance to read it. We think the book is great. But for first time readers into the complex world of digestion, we strongly recommend you read the other books we linked to first. We know it's a lot of reading, but it is so worth it! The better you understand how your digestion works (and remember we are all different), the better able you will be to make decisions that are right for you. We have already started working towards trying this month long plan. We'd love to drop some weight & maybe, just maybe fix our digestive issues for good. Because we already follow a lifestyle similar to what is recommended in this book, we think we shouldn't have too big of a problem adjusting. For those of you who eat the typical American/western/developed countries type of diet, it will be tough. If you already follow a Paleo or Mediterranean style diet, you should find the plan similar to what you are used to (Note: it is neither of these, just similar). If you are Vegan, there are suggestions for you as well. It's only for a month, to let your microbiome heal & recover.
Think of it as a reset not only for your gut but for your entire body & mind.