Over the past few years, I’ve learned a lot about IBS by reading of blogs, medical sites, books, magazine articles, etc. To make things a little easier for you, I’ve compiled the top five sources that I’ve found to be the most helpful. My journey is always evolving, so this list will most likely update as time goes on.
P.S. I’m a science nerd so my top two may be a bit much if you’re just looking for diet help and recipes! They give excellent background on IBS and the low FODMAP diet.
- Monash University – Your one stop shop for a medical overview of a low FODMAP diet. Straight from the source, researchers at Monash University developed a Low FODMAP diet to reduce the symptoms of IBS/GID. Background about the diet can be found on the Monash site, but in a synopsis, this diet reduces and sometimes eliminates carbohydrates containing FODMAPs that are poorly digested in people with IBS. (This is the diet I follow as closely as possible – all of my recipes are low-FODMAP)
- Shepherd Works – I own one of Dr. Sue Shepherd’s IBS Recipe books, which can be found here. There’s so much great scientific info in the beginning followed by dozens upon dozens of delicious recipes. Highly recommended!
- Low FODMAP Grocery List – Dr. Kate Scarlata has put together a ton of great resources, recipes, and tips all in the same place. If you visit any of the links in the list, you must visit this one! The last thing you want to do at any grocery store is spend hours reading labels or checking websites to see if you can or can’t eat something. Dr. Scarlata solves this problem.
- A Little Bit Yummy – Eating out used to cause my so much stress! Since reading and using the suggestions from this blog article, eating out still isn’t the easiest thing ever, but it’s a LOT better. Sometimes I think that maybe the flare ups I used to get after eating out were from just the stress alone. For me, it’s never easy to send the waiter/waitress back with a bunch of totally off the wall requests. While it might seem embarrassing at first, we have to prioritize our health and well-being and make sure we’re getting the food that our bodies need.
- Karlijns Kitchen – Talk about food porn! Karlijns has got this category on lock down. Not only do her recipes look incredible, but they taste great too. If she didn’t say on her blog that she’s “Low FODMAP”, I would have never guessed.
What resources have you found to be the most helpful on your journey with IBS? I’d love to know where you find inspiration and advice for tackling this diet and lifestyle. Wherever you are on your journey, I hope my list can help you find balance and relief!