Have you ever wondered why the healthier you eat, the sicker you feel? Well, you are not crazy. It is an unfortunate fact that the conventionally healthy foods like vegetables, fruit, beans and fibre are not always our best friends. Not if we have irritable bowel syndrome. Beans almost kill us and we have to avoid certain vegetables and fruit while restricting others. When you have irritable bowel syndrome, the healthier you eat, the sicker you feel because so many healthy foods are high in Fodmaps. A low Fodmap diet which restricts the Fodmaps in foods is the only way to eliminate the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Have a look at the video for more information.
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Why does healthy food make me feel worse?
Conventionally, what constitutes healthy food? Heaps of vegetables, fruit, fibre, beans, only a little red meat. We all know those blogs with great followings which dish up super healthy food, full of colourful raw or steamed veges, beans, lentils, rare foods with strange names which look super pretty on a plate. And yes, those foods are healthy for a section of the population but not for that segment with irritable bowel syndrome. Beans cause us terrible pain, lentils can be tolerated only in very small amounts, many vegetables have us running to the toilet in distress. Fruit with high levels of fructose are not our friend. Too much fibre irritates our gut and does the opposite of what it is supposed to do. On the other hand, we digest red meat well and it causes us no symptoms.
Isn’t that a crazy mixed up world? Well, it is the world of the IBS sufferer. We all have a similar story of trying to eat as healthy as possible so we can get well and not realizing that our mission to eat healthy was making us sick. I can’t tell you how many doctors told me to eat more vegetables and fruit and who gave me fibre supplements. They thought they were giving me healthy advice, of course, and didn’t know any better.
But now there is scientific evidence that these foods hurt us and yet they still give the same advice to IBS sufferers. But it’s changing slowly, too slowly for many. I recently had an 83-year-old woman on my coaching program who has suffered from IBS all her life and who felt relief for the first time when she started my low Fodmap coaching program. 83 years of suffering, of being told to eat more vegetables, fruit and fibre. At least, I was finally able to help her but now her heart is giving her trouble. What a shame.
It takes a real mind shift for many with IBS to understand that those healthy foods are not healthy for them. That they have to eliminate some of those foods and limit others. That we can control our IBS symptoms but only by taking what is conventionally understood and turning it on its head.
Yes, you are not going crazy – healthy foods do make you sicker. The solution is the low Fodmap diet which restricts those foods and clears up the symptoms of IBS.
Rich Potatoes Wedges
And yet another potato recipe from the little green book I created while living in Italy. These potato wedges defy time and continue to be a hit whenever they are made no matter what the decade. You can vary the spices and level of heat depending on taste and to make them a little different each time you cook them.
- 4 large potatoes
- 1 tbsp butter
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp garlic-infused oil
- 2 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp chilli powder
- Heat oven to 180°C/350°F.
- Boil 4 large scrubbed potatoes until not quite tender.
- Cool a bit and cut lengthwise into wedges.
- Soften the butter and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix together.
- Coat the wedges in the mixture and bake spread out on an oven tray for 1 hour, turning once.