Beth Rosen, MS, RD, CDN is an expert on the low-FODMAP diet and focuses on empowering her clients to mend their relationship with food and their bodies and to feel better in the skin they are in by relieving symptoms of digestive disorders and ending the vicious cycle of dieting. Below are 3 tips that she tells her patients to mend their relationship with food after starting the low FODMAP diet.
1. Don’t believe the diet hype!
There are so many diet trends in our society and some of them have us avoiding certain macronutrients like carbohydrates. Diet rules can send us mixed signals (and false information!) about food and lead to food confusion and avoidance. The truth is that some carbohydrates can minimize symptoms associated with digestive disorders. Before you remove foods from your diet, remember that what works for one person may not work for you and that’s why you should consult with a professional.
2. Ditch food labels.
…Especially high FODMAP foods! Placing the “bad” label on foods leads to feelings of guilt and shame when we eat them. When high FODMAP foods are labeled as “bad,” it creates an additional challenge during the reintroduction phase when these foods are added back to the diet to pinpoint your personal food triggers. Instead, you can refer to low FODMAP foods as “safe during the elimination phase” and high FODMAP foods as “unsafe during the elimination phase” which will remind you that this categorization is only temporary.
3. You deserve to feel good in the skin you are in!
You are worthy of feeling good in your body and trusting your gut again. The majority of the people I see in my practice are women and many of them have assumed the caretaker role in the lives and put their own needs on the back burner. Make yourself a priority and get help quickly by putting all of your digestive history in one document that you can share with your healthcare team. It is possible to live symptom-free and feel good in the skin you are in!
Why Your Body Needs Carbohydrates with Beth Rosen, MS, RD, CDN