To answer this question, most people would need to do a standard low FODMAP diet for around 4-6 weeks. If there are any symptoms improvement, followed by a re-challenge phase. This phase typically takes around 8-10 weeks, depending on the number of carbohydrate group you are testing. From there, you would be able to work out what type of carbohydrate group you are able to tolerate. From there, you will be able to work out what food can you can eat for the long term.
It is important to remember though - the symptoms of IBS can be quite a bit similar to a number of more serious conditions, such as coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, certain forms of cancer and endometriosis. Therefore it is important that you seek medical opinion first to exclude other causes and to have a medically confirmed irritable bowel syndrome before making any changes to your diet.
Most people with IBS should be able to tolerate (not a complete list):
The week is run by Accredited Practising Dietitians, supported by the Dietitians Association of Australia. Smart Eating Week falls at an ideal time, wit the start of a New Year inspiring many of us to live healthier lives, inducing through smart eating.
So what is 'smart eating'?
Smart eating is a means to good nutrition. But because we are all unique, with different lifestyles, personal goals and health challenges, 'smart eating' will mean different things to different people. Generally speaking though, 'smart eating' usually means including as many fresh, seasonal and minimally processed foods into our daily diet as much as possible.
Any tips from the dietitians on 'smart eating' this year?
There is growing trend of plant-based eating and the momentum is really building. There are more plant-based option in main stream supermarket, such as vegan mayonnaise, vegan meat substitutes and vegan jellies. I would suggest by starting a 'Meat-free Monday' initiative...