This book demystifies the low-FODMAP diet and provides 125 tasty and delicious recipes for a happy gut. Written by a specialist gut dietitian, The Low-FODMAP Recipe Book can help you to take control of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), functional bowel disorder and digestive distress. Dietary management is key to managing IBS and other gut disorders. The most successful diet for bringing relief for symptoms such as bloating, abdominal distension, excessive wind, diarrhoea and other digestive issues is the low-FODMAP diet, which has been medically proven in rigorous clinical trials to improve symptoms in up to 75 per cent of people with IBS. Because of the diet's success it is quickly becoming an essential treatment for people with a sensitive gut and can help in the management of a wide range of stomach troubles and gastrointestinal discomfort. The low-FODMAP diet will help you to identify food intolerances, including intolerance of lactose and fructose, and may also be used to help those who are suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Coeliac Disease and functional symptoms following gastrointestinal surgery.
An expert in the low-FODMAP diet and gut disorders, author Lucy Whigham will help you to understand more about the way your gut functions and what is contributing to your symptoms. This book is an easy guide to why and how the low-FODMAP diet can help, and includes tables of what foods need to be avoided for the elimination phase and beyond. FODMAPs (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Di-saccharides, Mono-saccharides and Polyols) are naturally occurring sugars that are found in a wide range of everyday foods. They are not fully broken down during digestion and therefore cannot be completely absorbed by the body. Instead they travel through the gut where they are fermented by the bacteria that live in our gastrointestinal tract. In susceptible people (those with a sensitive gut) this fermentation can lead to excessive wind, bloating, pain, cramping and stomach gurglings. FODMAPs also draw water into the gut, which can lead to diarrhoea and frequent bowel motions. Cutting out foods that are high in these fermentable carbohydrates and following a low-FODMAP diet can help you to regain control over your digestive symptoms and thereby improve your quality of life.
Once your symptoms are under control you can start to re-introduce FODMAPs to help you identify your individual intolerances and threshold levels. In this way you are empowered with the knowledge of exactly which foods cause you problems, putting you in the driving seat and letting you control your symptoms rather than have them control you.
About the Author
Lucy Whigham (nee Goddard) trained at the University of Nottingham, UK, where she achieved a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics. She has worked at a leading NHS Trust for over 10 years and also works in private practice at a prestigious clinic in London's Harley Street alongside this. Lucy sees patients for a variety of conditions but specializes in nutritional gastroenterology and disorders of the gut.
Lucy has a particular interest in irritable bowel disease, other functional gut disorders and inflammatory bowel disease, and was an early adopter of using the low-FODMAP diet to treat these conditions, being part of the first group of dietitians trained by King's College London in 2010. She has seen a great number of people, both in her NHS and private practices, benefit from using the low-FODMAP diet to gain control of their gastrointestinal symptoms. Lucy has developed group sessions for sufferers of IBS on how to manage their symptoms using the low-FODMAP diet, speaks about gut health at healthy-living events and blogs regularly on gut health-related topics.