Whether you're a veteran or novice Low-FODMAP-er, we have everything you need to heal your body and feel better than ever before.
Meet Dr. Barbara Bolen, our Low-FODMAP diet expert. For over fifteen years, she has been helping IBS patients find ways to better manage their symptoms. Dr. Barbara has written four books on IBS and has provided extensive digestive health information online since 2007. Her training in clinical psychology, transformational health coaching, and nutrition, provides her with a unique ability to support those who have IBS in finding symptom relief.
Below, Dr. Barbara Bolen shares the nuts and bolts of the Low-FODMAP diet, including her bestselling books. You'll also find helpful articles and tasty recipes from the blog.
What is the Low-FODMAP diet?
The Low-FODMAP diet is the first research-supported dietary treatment for the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The diet can be very, very effective in easing the abdominal pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation that can make a person’s life miserable. FODMAPs are carbohydrates found in ordinary foods that due to the way they are digested can cause unwanted symptoms in people who have IBS.
The diet consists of two phases. The first is an elimination phase, in which you would avoid eating any high-FODMAP foods for a period of two to four weeks. This is followed by a re-introduction phase in which you slowly begin to incorporate high-FODMAP foods, one FODMAP at a time, to assess for tolerance. The diet can be challenging due to the fact that many of the foods that most people eat are high in FODMAPs. However, the challenge can be worth it when dieters experience what it feels like to have a “normal” stomach, often for the first time in years.
Who is the Low-FODMAP diet for?
The Low-FODMAP diet is for anyone who has been diagnosed with IBS, or who has IBS-like symptoms alongside a different chronic digestive illness, such as celiac disease, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease.
Who is the Low-FODMAP diet not for?
The Low-FODMAP diet is not for someone who is looking for a weight-loss diet—although you can lose weight on the diet as you eat less processed food and feel more comfortable eating IBS-friendly, health-enhancing fruits and vegetables. The diet is also not for anyone who is looking for a “quick fix” to their digestive woes, as it does take a commitment to changing the way that you eat.
What has the Low-FODMAP diet done for your clients?
As a health coach, I am so grateful that this diet has been developed and researched. It has been a game-changer for my clients who have struggled for years with chronic and disruptive tummy troubles. I love that the diet gives people the confidence to eat healthy, real foods without worrying that these foods will set off their symptoms.
What is your favorite Low-FODMAP dish?
I am a big fan of warming, immune-boosting soups, like carrot and ginger soup. I also know that eating real foods on the go requires take along options. Low-FODMAP granola and Low-FODMAP trail mixes are easy to make and are so helpful to have readily available.
Dr. Barbara's Low-FODMAP resources
IBS: 365 TIPS FOR LIVING WELL
Practical tips and support to help you deal with the stress and lifestyle changes that come with living with IBS each day.
THE EVERYTHING GUIDE TO THE LOW-FODMAP DIET
150 recipes to ease painful symptoms and improve digestion!
Breaking the Bonds of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
In this book, Dr. Bolen, provides a comprehensive overview of IBS, describes its treatments, and helps readers establish healthy new eating habits.
IBS Chat: Real Life Stories and Solutions
Get practical strategies for managing symptoms, information about a wide variety of treatment options, and insight into the effect that this devastating disorder can have on a person's life.