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IBS: Free at Last! Change Your Carbs, Change Your Life with the FODMAP Elimination Diet, 2nd Edition Paperback – April 11, 2012
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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.
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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.Read more ›
This is an update to my original review:
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!Read more ›
Tip: since FODMAPs are cumulative in the gut, it make take you a bit of practice to find out what is an okay cumulative amount in a day, and what is not. When you find you're having symptoms, you overdid it. Reduce your total FODMAP intake the next day. I found out that I was overdoing even the allowed fruits; I went without fruit for a couple of days, and had zero pain. Then I proceeded with caution with the fruit.
If these fermentable sugars and fibers are your problem, you're on the road to Glory Land! Good luck!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book introduces the FODMAP diet which I have only recently heard of through my doctor after prescribing countless medications for constipation, etc. for many years. Read morePublished 21 days ago by AlwaysAmazon
Didn't even know I had ibs til I tried this diet, pretty helpful book and there's meal plans in there for the busy person though I haven't tried those I imagine it's pretty... Read morePublished 1 month ago by terry foster
This is an excellent, reader friendly book that comprised a lot of very helpful information regarding FODMAPS and their extreme significance in a gut healing protocol. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Megan
I am trying to follow this to the letter. But one has to be careful of GMO products and any of the Gum's (Gar Gum, Xanthan Gum etc. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. Livingston
haven't tried the menus but it seems like I will have to buy a lot of special food.Published 2 months ago by sakailey