I completely understand how easy it is to lose sight of the “big picture” when you are focusing on the details.
A Low FODMAP diet plan is all about rules, food lists, portion sizes, and combinations of foods. So, of course, it is natural to get overwhelmed by all of these details and fixate your energy on making sure that you are eating the right things to “be good.” It is really commendable to adhere to the guidelines. While not overly restrictive compared to other “diets,” I am the first to admit that a FODMAP diet plan has a lot of nuances, and is not intuitive.
So, is my advice to hyper focus on the rules to make sure that you are following the Low FODMAP guidelines 100%? You might guess that my answer to this question is a resounding “no!” Don’t get me wrong, I think it is absolutely important to follow a FODMAP diet plan that reduces your IBS symptoms and nourishes you. But, when I counsel someone on Low FODMAP living, I continue to teach the principles that I believe should apply to everyone – and to not only think about FODMAPs (even though I love thinking about FODMAPs)!
What I mean by all of this is that if you become overly reliant on rules, you may not be “listening to your gut.” Just because a food is Low FODMAP, does not mean it is what your body needs or wants. For example, chowing down on a loaf of Low FODMAP bread may technically be “OK,” but is it making you feel good? Just because a food is on a “safe” list, doesn’t mean you should eat it. Don’t forget, there are tons of Low FODMAP food options and companies like Fody Foods are making it even easier for us to all enjoy a wide variety of foods that we would not otherwise be able to enjoy.
If any of this is resonating with you, I have some suggestions about how to stay mindful while following a FODMAP diet plan, which is the key to truly feeling your very best.