Low FODMAP food diary #4 – Petra
Also today a food diary from a reader! This time Petra shares her “What I eat in a day” for two days.
Let me first introduce myself. I am Petra, 43-year-old, married to my childhood love, Johny and mom to teenage daughter Jani. I live in Peer, Belgium.
I had been having problems with my stomach and gut for years. Always diarrhoea, feeling sick, bloated and no energy…. I have seen a lot of doctors, specialists, examination rooms and hospitals. They gave me all kinds of medication, even medrol, but nothing helped. Only the medrol in a high dose, but it was not possible to use this for a longer period. After two years of examination, all they could tell me is what I didn’t have. They didn’t find out what the problem was. I didn’t get any further with it. Then I asked my specialist if I couldn’t diminish my problems by nutrition because I read a lot about the low FODMAP diet. She didn’t really feel for this, but because I kept asking, she gave me the address of a dietician.
This is how I got to know about the low FODMAP diet. Now about 8 months ago. I had my first meeting with the dietician in the beginning of January and I started the low FODMAP diet on the 23rd of January. Following the diet went well, but it took about ten weeks for me to see results. My gut was so upset that it needed a long time to calm down. Sometimes I was afraid that it wasn’t going to work for me and I really felt like this was my last chance. Luckily things changed and I started to feel better. I can’t tell you how happy I was. In the beginning of August, I went to the dietician for the last time. I know what I can and cannot eat. Sometimes I make a mistake, but I really feel better. I have more energy and as a bonus, I also lost 8 kg. A positive thing for me. The only thing I find difficult is going out for dinner or going to a party. I went out for dinner once in April and I told the restaurant what I could and could not eat, but I still had problems. Twice I was disappointed because a restaurant offered a lactose- and gluten-free breakfast, but it turned out to be not worth it. Very disappointing!
Note: note that Petra has been following the low FODMAP diet for a longer period and that she knows what she can and cannot have. She has already adapted her diet to her own tolerances. Therefore it is possible that some of the things she eats are not according to the guidelines of the elimination phase of the low FODMAP diet. Blackberries, watermelon and peas are for example not allowed in the elimination phase.
Petra’s low FODMAP food diary
Banana pancakes with Greek yoghurt and fresh fruit
Egg wrap with lactose-free cream cheese, rocket salad, smoked salmon and some veggies.
Oat-banana-peanut butter cookie
Fries with a piece of fresh salmon and vegetables.
Skewers with oat pancakes, raspberries, strawberries and grapes.
An oat waffle with fresh fruit
A slice of banana bread
Oat pancake with fresh fruit
Greek yoghurt with strawberries and granola
Rice with turkey and vegetables
Thank you for keeping a food diary Petra! You made such delicious things. I am very curious about the recipe for the skewers and the banana bread because those look super tasty!