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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Pond Cove Press; 0002- edition (April 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982063520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982063521
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"IBS--Free at Last! is a must-read for anyone who thinks they have tried it all. This book truly is life-changing. Catsos' practical advice and realistic approach is inspiring and empowering; it offers the IBS-sufferer something that is so often elusive--hope!"--Niki Strealy, RD, LD, the Diarrhea Dietitian

About the Author

Patsy Danehy Catsos is a registered dietitian in private practice; her special area of interest is gastrointestinal health. Her trailblazing book, IBS--Free at Last! (Pond Cove Press, 2009), introduced U.S. health care providers and consumers to FODMAP-restricted diet therapy for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Patsy is the editor of the blog IBSfree.net, and an expert contributor to Sharecare.com, an interactive social Q/A platform created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz in partnership with Harpo Studios, HSW International, Sony Pictures Television, and Discovery Communications. Ms. Catsos earned a B.S. in Nutritional Science from Cornell University and an M.S. in Nutrition at Boston University. She completed her internship at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital. She is a professional member of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of American and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association); she is past-president of the Maine Dietetic Association.

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Patsy Danehy Catsos is a registered dietitian in private practice; her special area of interest is digestive health. Her trailblazing book, IBS--Free at Last! (Pond Cove Press, 2009), introduced U.S. health care providers and consumers low-FODMAP diets for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Patsy is the author of the Flavor without FODMAPs Cookbook and editor of the blog IBSfree.net.

Ms. Catsos earned a B.S. in Nutritional Science from Cornell University and an M.S. in Nutrition at Boston University. She completed her internship at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital. She is a professional member of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of American, the North American Society for the Study of Celiac Disease and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; she is past-president of the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Customer Reviews

It really has changed my life (for the better).
Brent D Hassler
Having suffered with IBS and SIBO for over 25 years I found Patsy Catsos book extremely informative-- It's very easy to read and understand!
David
If you have certain food philosophies you ascribe to, you can incorporate them into this diet.
LiveWell

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138 of 145 people found the following review helpful By LiveWell on May 10, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
For the last two years, I have been on a quest to find the right diet for myself that will accommodate all my food restrictions, not worsen my digestive symptoms and actually will allow me to maintain or lose those creeping middle aged pounds. A tall order for any diet.

Going gluten and dairy free may have actually unmasked or worsened my IBS symptoms! The Paleo diet (greens and meat) fit my food restrictions and made me feel energetic (I lost weight for a few weeks). Unfortunately, a gradual worsening of IBS symptoms led to a desperate state after about 6 months. Then I learned about soluble vs. insoluble fiber impact on IBS and I brought back all the soluble fiber that Paleo had eliminated (potatoes, rice, beans, etc. ). My IBS symptoms were mostly relieved (Whew!) but I miss the light and energetic feeling I had on Paleo. The Blood Type Diet makes sense to me because as a blood type A, I should be mostly vegetarian, which fits with how I used to eat before all this IBS started. However, the Blood type diet is more difficult due to so many specific "no-nos" - like tomatoes and peppers! What's life without a little spice?!

My IBS still seems to come and go and I'm not sure why. So now I found Patsy Catsos book IBS-Free at Last! 2nd Edition on Kindle. This book is not about food restriction or rigid philosophies. It is a road map to personalize your own diet. If you have certain food philosophies you ascribe to, you can incorporate them into this diet. Once you learn which types of carbohydrates are problematic for you personally, you can avoid what you want or choose to challenge your system and bear the consequences. At least you'll have a good idea what caused any problems so you can make better choices for yourself.
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By lauren on June 7, 2012
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IBS: Free at Last! Change Your Carbs, Change Your Life with the FODMAP Elimination Diet, 2nd Edition
This is an update to my original review:
September 2012
It has been 4 months since I received my copy of IBS: Free at Last! and what a difference the 4 months has made! I thank Patsy Castsos for providing the framework that allowed me to succeed in being FREE from IBS pain and now FREE from IBS medications! And if being pain free wasn't a great enough gift, I have also been able to lose 50 lbs in just 4 months. I do understand that weight loss is NOT the intention for this book, especially since many IBS sufferers are underweight and cannot afford to lose weight. But in my particular case, eliminating high FODMAP vegetables has allowed me to enjoy fresh vegetables and finally succeed in eating a well rounded diet that allowed me to lose weight. I do believe that 20-30 lbs that I lost were connected to the bloat and water retention of IBS and being that I am IBS free, those pounds are staying off! The time it takes to follow the elimination phase of this program is time worth spent. I know it seems daunting and impossible to eliminate things like garlic, onions, wheat and even broccoli. But, I have and I am so glad I did. It turns out that for me, these 4 ingredients were the main part of my previous diet. What was a salad without red onions? How would I cook without garlic? I have learned to have a varied diet, full of nutrients, without being sick. Now my salads are full of a variety of low FODMAP vegetables and I can actually eat as much salad as I want ... a huge change for me!
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 26, 2012
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I stumbled upon IBS Free at Last (first edition) by accident and it has changed my life. I've been on a low FODMAP diet for a year now and have had a huge improvement in symptoms, but still have bad days that are hard to figure out. When the 2nd edition came out on Kindle, I bought it immediately. Even though I've practically memorized the 1st edition, I refer to the new one frequently to try to fine-tune my management of IBS. I've already found several new wrinkles (the research coming out about FODMAP content in foods is still emerging) and I have noticed a new level of improvement in symptoms. Unlike other books I've read, this is research-based and actually makes sense from a physiological point of view. It's much easier to eat a restricted diet if one can understand what to restrict and why. The author does an excellent job of making this simple but gives enough detail that a reader with more background in nutrition or medicine can get the most out of it.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 3, 2012
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I have been suffering with IBS for about 6 years now. At times it can be debilitating and other times frustrating. In recent years Australian researchers have found that the FODMAP diet can relieve a lot of the symptoms of IBS. After having this recommened to me, I found it very difficult to find good information about FODMAP and IBS. This book came highly recommended and I am glad that I bought it. It explained a lot and was a good introduction to FODMAP and how it can help with IBS. There is also a website of the same name which gives updates as new research is being done all the time. The accompanying website posys updates as they are available. The only downfall is that I wish there was a more extensive recipe section. If you are wondering about the FODMAP diet and how it can help your IBS, this is a good book to start with.
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