FODMAP Diet – Week 5 Roundup

This was likely my last full week on the low FODMAP diet, as I see Kara (the dietitian) again on Tuesday, February 7th. I had forgotten to log the days I felt bloating and other symptoms like that, but they haven’t decreased at all on this diet. Most days, I am still extremely bloated in the evening. This entire last week, I felt incredibly overfull and was having to force myself to eat on my meal schedule (every 2-3 hours). I’ve been having a lot of nausea, and have taken at least one Zofran every day. To top it all off, my eosinophilic esophagitis is acting up, but I think that’s due to the new nasal spray the immunologist gave me (if it continues for another week, I’ll be emailing them to let them know I’ll be discontinuing it).

I’m really not feeling any better on this diet, my symptoms haven’t improved, and I’m fatigued/overwhelmed by the restrictions and inability to eat out and need to carry a cooler with me everywhere I go. I’m almost positive, now, that my GI was right and that my symptoms are being caused by eosinophilic enteritis… or that they’re at least food allergy/sensitivity related. (No, I am not gluten sensitive. I have been tested several times, and every time I eliminate gluten I get sicker.)

(LF = lactose free; GF = gluten free)

Week 5 FODMAP Diet: January 30 – February 5

Monday, January 30

started having EoE problems: feeling of a very dry throat making me swallow repeatedly and cough

  • 6:45am: raspberry jelly toast (with margarine); scrambled eggs
  • 9:40am: ProNourish; Bobo’s bites (one)
  • 11:45am: Sunbutter and grape jelly rice cake
  • 2:15pm: veggie straws; Babybel
  • 4:30pm: LF plain yogurt with raspberry jelly (makes raspberry yogurt)
  • 7:15pm: chicken and tomato nachos (two servings; tortilla chips, tomatoes, mozzarella, chicken)
  • Fluids: 1.80 liters

Chicken and Tomato Nachos

Tuesday, January 31
  • 11:50am: LF raspberry yogurt (plain yogurt with raspberry jelly); ½ cinnamon rice cake
  • 2:15pm: Sunbutter and grape jelly rice cake
  • 4:30pm: veggie straws; Babybel
  • 7:00pm: GF noodles with margarine; chicken (Italian seasoning)
  • Fluids: 2.81 liters
Wednesday, February 1
  • 12:00pm: raspberry jelly GF English muffin (with margarine); glass of milk
  • 2:30pm: veggie straws; Babybel
  • 4:30pm: Sunbutter and grape jelly rice cake
  • 7:15pm: quesadilla (rice tortilla, mozzarella, chicken deli meat, tomato)
  • 9:30pm: LF vanilla ice cream; 4 Pamela’s Simple Bites snickerdoodles
  • Fluids: 2.24 liters
Thursday, February 2
  • 8:00am: oatmeal with brown sugar; hardboiled egg
  • 10:30am: ProNourish; ½ cinnamon rice cake
  • 1:00pm: Sunbutter and grape jelly rice cake
  • 3:30pm: mashed potatoes (made with potato flakes, Fairlife milk, margarine, salt, water)
  • 7:00pm: grilled ham, cheese, and tomato sandwich
  • Fluids: 2.1 liters
Friday, February 3
  • 11:45am: raspberry jelly toast; glass of milk
  • 2:40pm: veggies straws; ProNourish
  • 5:10pm: Dole mandarin orange cup (I did not check ingredients, but they’re packed in juice so I figured they would be okay); Babybel
  • 7:10pm: GF strawberry shortcake with milk (follow the recipe on the GF Bisquick box, but serve in a bowl with milk instead of whipped cream)
  • Fluids: 3.03 liters
Saturday, February 4
  • 11:00am: raspberry jelly toast; hardboiled egg
  • 1:00pm: Sunbutter and grape jelly rice cake
  • 3:30pm: veggie straws; ProNourish
  • 5:30pm: GF pasta with margarine; chicken (Italian seasoning)
  • 9:00pm: 4 Pamela’s Simple Bites snickerdoodles; 2 Andean Dream Cocoa Orange Quinoa cookies
  • Fluids: 1.69 liters
Sunday, February 5
  • 9:40am: raspberry jelly toast; LF vanilla yogurt
  • 12:15pm: Sunbutter and grape jelly rice cake
  • 3:30pm: coconut Bobo’s bite; Babybel

Dan and I went to a Super Bowl party at his dad’s house. I didn’t keep track of the times I ate anything, but I did write down what I ate and drank, so this record will still be complete!

  • Party: hamburger patty (plain beef with salt and pepper) with mayo and tomato, wrapped in lettuce; carrots and celery dipped in Sunbutter; 6 veggie wraps (made by me – lettuce, mayo, deli meat, tomato)
  • Fluids: 2.04 liters

I’m sad that this diet really hasn’t worked for me, but I can definitely say I gave it my best shot! Really, having it not work isn’t much of a surprise anyway… my body is extremely finicky (especially my gut) and I either overreact or don’t react at all to almost everything. Hopefully, I can get the blood testing for food allergens and figure out what I’m actually allergic to. Maybe a diet based off my food allergies/sensitivities will have better results!

I will likely continue to log my food and beverage intake, so I will likely continue to do updates. I will try to get more of the low FOMAP recipes posted in the near future! I promise!

Thank you so much for following along on this low FODMAP journey. If you have a tricky digestive system, I would highly recommend giving it a shot! My FODMAP intro post has links to many of the handouts I was given to guide me on this journey. They’re fantastic! If you are serious about doing the low FODMAP diet, you can contact me and I can get you some of the other handouts I was given. Best of luck on your digestive journey!

Other FODMAP Diet Posts:

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