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Going On The Low-FODMAP Diet? (Thinking Out Loud)

I mentioned in a recent post that I’ve been experiencing some very discouraging stomach discomfort as of late. Well, really, I’ve been experiencing strange stomach discomfort for I’d say three years now, but because my discomfort has never been what I considered “IBS” – I struggle with more “tightness” rather than bowel distress – I never thought my problems had anything to do with digestion. Or food at all, for that matter. 

In the last three months, however,  I began to experience a twisting sensation in my right side underneath my ribcage, as well as a larger degree of bloating and abdomen distention. It got to the point where it was constant. 

This is all quite ironic timing as it was in these last three months where I started my new job and began really focusing more on intuitive eating. I was doing really well. Funny how this mental improvement brought with it a decrease in physical improvement. Come on, people. 

Still, however, the thought that these issues could be related to food or digestion just didn’t ever cross my mind. 

It seems a bit silly of me, now. 



As my symptoms and stomach discomfort continued to get worse and worse, I finally got myself in to see a doctor. 

My doctor was away so I saw a stand in. I was really hoping to be sent for some actual tests. Something to get some sort of answer. “Tell me anything concrete, please!!” But, sadly, I wasn’t rushed away to any gastro specialist or testing lab. Rather, the doctor pulled out a paper and said…

“I’d like you to go on the low-FODMAP diet.”

Um. What?


I’ve been following Joyce over at The Hungry Caterpillar for a while now and through her I was introduced to, and have been learning a lot, about this – new to me – diet. While reading her posts, I found myself constantly expressing sympathy for “How hard it must be! How much work this must take!” and internally thinking I am so lucky that I do not, nor ever will, need to be on such a diet. Because me with any sort of IBS? That just wouldn’t happen. 

I’m not going to get into it here, but basically, FODMAPS are “Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols,” –  a collection of molecules (specifically carbohydrates/sugars) found in food that can be poorly absorbed by some people. For more information, I’ve been finding A Little Bit of Yummy, Kate Scarlata, Joe, My Gut Feeling, and of course Joyce, to offer some great help. 

The doctor said that the symptoms I was experiencing were very common amongst those who find relief after going on a low-FODMAP diet. It turns out, maybe IBS doesn’t just mean bloating and gas and bowel movement distress? Maybe IBS could be a blanket term for any sort of stomach discomfort?? I’m doing a lot of reading and research on this topic. But, its definitely a new idea for me. 


My Thoughts

Sigh. Me on a diet?

Could the doctor be in the right territory? Or is she just throwing a paper at me?

I was pretty wary. I mean I was pretty annoyed that I wasn’t sent for any kind of testing, and I did get the feeling that this stand-in doctor didn’t really offer me much actual sympathy or care. But I took the paper, quickly began researching everything I could find about this – what I now see as – a new and quickly growing diet prescription, and have decided to give it a shot. 


The Low-FODMAP Diet 

I’ve been working my way into it all very slowly. And apprehensively. I don’t tend to go “all in” to things very easily or quickly. I’m still trying to decide how “strict” I need/should be going, and how much/what to actually eliminate. Obviously if I were to decide to really do the elimination phase, I’d have to fully eliminate all the foods that are considered high-FODAMP. You are supposed to do this for 2-8 weeks, and then start reintroducing each item slowly to see which ones cause reactions.  It’s already been taking a lot of research, a lot of “mistakes,” and a lot of planning.

Although I’m still wading through which items to really watch, I have decided to eliminate a few things more or less completely.  These are:



Honey and Agave

Kombucha (huge, huge boo)


And other stone fruits such as peaches, pears, and dates

There are so many other things you are supposed to eliminate on the low-FODMAP diet, and many things you are supposed to have only in specific, smaller quantities. I’m going to talk more about the food aspect of things – what I’m discovering to be triggers and what I’m watching –  in a following post. 


Putting The Pieces Together

You know, it could all make pretty good sense.  

If I’ve been experiencing a certain level of chronic discomfort for three years now, how would I have EVER thought it could have had anything to do with things like onion and garlic? Or apples!?! These are things that have been a steady part of my diet, but in such quantities that I never would have thought anything of them. My intake of “FODMAPS” would have been totally up and down and unrecognized, so my varying levels of discomfort – with what seemed like no rhyme or reason – would have made sense. 

When I started at my new job, however, my intake of these things most definitely increased. I was eating food from work every day, and the menu is saturated with FODMAPS.  Every sauce or dressing is made with garlic, onion and most contain agave syrup (which I now just learned). My favorite tempeh bacon marinade? Garlic and agave. All the drinks?….sweetened with agave or honey. Fresh juices and smoothies? Based with apple.  MY BELOVED ONION RINGS. Guys… I was having a lot of onion rings. So this right there sky rocketed my increase of garlic and well… onions. Man. That one really, really sucks. 

Also, randomly enough, the nut mix that goes in my favorite bowls and salads all contain cashews and pistachios, which are both considered high-FODMAP.  My two favorite nuts, but not ones that I would have consumed regularly (or much at all) before starting my new job. I mean, pistachios? Who would have thought?

Ugh and I was just getting on a role with the falafel tacos. Topped with crispy onions and garlicky tahini. 

So I do see how, if I am sensitive to these FODMAP foods, that my discomforts would have really grown over these last few months. 

Sigh. Bye for now BBQ onion ring burger…? 


Is It “Working?”

Like I said, I have no freaking clue if this could be the “cure” for my discomfort.  The doctor I saw could be a genius, or she could have been way off. 

But I do know that since beginning to attempt this diet, I have had two days where I have felt completely discomfort free. It’s incredible how you can become so accustomed to a certain level of discomfort, that the days where it is simply less severe are days you consider feeling “good.” It isn’t until you experience what it’s like to be totally discomfort free that you actually realize… oh my god there is something so much better out there!? Two days doesn’t sound like much, but those two days felt… amazing. I was riding my bike to work and felt like freakin’ Yoshi in Yoshi world. Nintendo ’64 version, obvi.  

I’ve still experienced many bouts of discomfort and flare ups that continue to confuse me, but in general, I have began to feel much better. 

So if this diet is making me feel better, even at all, then maybe the doctor was onto something. And maybe its worth a shot?



I’m not entirely sure how to proceed. I don’t know how strict to go or for how long. 

And – yes – I can hear your concerns and skepticisms seeping through my screen. They’re probably matching well with my own. 

  1. The low-FODMAP diet is extremely restrictive. 
  2. I am still recovering from an eating disorder and have been trying to gain weight to recover from hypothalamic amenorrhea 


Boom. Head butt.   

Trying out any sort of “diet” will sure put a kink into the whole intuitive eating thing. I have been working hard over these last few years to abolish food rules, and I’ve gotten to a place where the rules and food fears are very few. According to this trip to the doctor, I had actually made pretty solid ground in the weight gain territory, too. 

Right now my focus is no longer on being intuitive or gaining weight, it is simply trying to figure out the cause of my discomfort and heal whatever is going on. Right now, I feel this clash between the thrill of eliminating things and being put on a diet to – hopefully – find relief from all this physical stress, and a sense of impending worry that this is not a good idea. 

But I also know this wouldn’t be forever. The low-FODMAP diet is not intended to be a lifestyle, but rather a temporary means of discovering food sensitivities and rebalancing gut health. 

Moving Forward

I’m going to continue limiting a lot of the biggest high-FODMAP foods – as long as I continue to notice a difference – but I’m not going to eliminate things like gluten and lactose, which you are also supposed to eliminate during the strict elimination phase. I just mentally can’t go that strict right now. Not when I feel uncertain and nervous. 

Since seeing this first doctor, I did see another NP  – one who actually knows and cares about me, aha. She is sending me for some ultrasound and blood type tests. Just to get some questions out of the way. And I’ll be seeing a nutritionist in a few weeks. I know I don’t need help with the diet, but then again …. we always need help. 

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The possibility that all of this is due to my years of restricting isn’t alluding me, either. It’s possible my body is just rebelling now that I’ve been feeding it things that were restricted for so long. Or, that it is all more stress related than anything. And that the real cure is just eating more and decreasing stress. Honestly, I think this is what scares me the most, because this doesn’t really have any concrete answers behind it. It’s a much longer prescription than a pill or diet. 

I don’t know what the answers are, or will be. I just really want to feel normal again. 

Sorry this is ridiculously long, but thank you for continuing on this journey right along with me and letting me think all this mess out loud

Tell me,

Have you ever been/are you on the low-FODMAP diet?

Have you ever had complicated stomach discomfort?





  1. Dee | 3rd Aug 17

    Cora have you read much about gastroparesis? It’s VERY common in people who have struggled with eating disorders and can mimic IBS and needing to be on a low FODMAP diet. I have struggled tremendously with GI issues and even saw a top Gastroenterologist who wanted to put me on a FODMAP diet as well. I did not proceed because I think I knew in my gut (pardon the pun) that it was not what I needed. I learned a lot about gastroparesis in the eating disorder world-lots of YouTube videos on it and reading/studying online. I hope that you find relief from your symptoms. I just hope this doesn’t set you back with food restrictions etc. Keep us all posted. Thinking of you.

    • Cora | 10th Aug 17

      Thank you, Dee!! Yes – I am definitely not eliminating the notion that the main cause of my discomfort could be something like gastroparesis or simple weakened digestive system due to my years of restricting. Hence why I’m not 100% going all in to this fodmap diet, at least until/if I see some improvement with it. I wonder what have you been doing/what have you found – if anything – to improve your gastroparesis? Have you found anything to help speed up or strengthen your digestion??

      • Dee | 10th Aug 17

        To be completely honest, what has helped me the most is being patient with myself and removing myself from the holistic side. I do believe that many holistic remedies serve a purpose and can be helpful, but for me, it just drove me further down the rabbit hole. I began focusing so much of my time there and becoming fearful of different things. It has helped me tremendously to learn the science behind food and nutrition. I have been enjoying things that I never thought I’d touch again – we are talking “toxic” foods according to my eating disorder/orthorexia/”wellness” community -and I’ve never felt better. To me, it is worth my sanity. My digestion has never been better. All the acupuncture, avoiding “toxic” foods, taking herbs etc left me uptight and just trying to control other things. I still wasn’t just living free. Like I said, this was my experience. I really just needed to chill out and live my life. For me, it means stop trying to always figure everything out, be in control, find the perfect way of eating and just live. I hope this makes some sense. Like a text message, it’s not always easy to know how it comes across in writing. 🙂 I do know that the FODMAP is a legit medical approach and serves a purpose, and that it’s not “holistic” medicine. When I saw the gastroenterologist, he was doing his job in trying that approach because that’s what he’s trained to do. I knew in my heart it wasn’t going to get me where I needed to be. I still was very underweight and not normalized. It takes time and it definitely won’t come while one is underweight. Looking forward to hearing how you are doing and I am glad you are finding some relief.

  2. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 3rd Aug 17

    I understand your concerns and worries, and I share thing with/for you. But I think you just need to believe in yourself wholeheartedly and embrace this like you have embraced your go-with-the-flow eating. Because that is a diet as well, no? Any way of eating is a “diet,” even intuitive eating. This is just going to mean that you have to be even MORE attuned to your body! Which could be a good thing!
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    • Cora | 10th Aug 17

      Suz – HOW are you always so brilliant? And positive! You seriously have a gift. Until I read this I never even thought of the notion that this is/could be just another – maybe even more – important aspect of tuning into my body and taking care of myself. I think I was jumping to the negatives, and not thinking that this could actually lead to many positives, including a better sense of intuitive eating. Thank you.

  3. Mikey Clare | 3rd Aug 17

    Hey girlie! I completely understand your apprehension. I actually had a very similar experience in my recovery. I went ahead and tried the low FODMAP “diet” for my stomach problems. Truthfully, I can say with confidence, it actually helped my recovery in the end. It is a limited diet at first– there are a LOT of high FODMAP foods. The limitation is only temporary, though– you will find that many high FODMAP foods don’t affect you at all or you can have them in small doses. I found that for me– dried fruits, honey, chamomile, cashews, certain veggies, and lactose REALLY affect me… like cause bloating for days! I continued to gain weight on low FODMAP foods and, in fact, recovery in general became easier because I was not in so much pain and discomfort. Also be comforted by the fact that you are not eliminating these foods because your ED deems them “unhealthy” but because you are listening to the signals your body is giving you (aka pain and discomfort). I never felt restricted while on low FODMAP– especially now that I have reintroduced foods and eliminated only the ones that clearly upset my GI system. That said, I hope you find improvement regardless of what you try! 😉 there is no wrong way! Do what is best for you!

    • Cora | 10th Aug 17

      Mikey – thank you thank you thank you!! This was revolutionary.

      In all this new stuff being thrown at me, I really never thought of the positives that *could* potentially come out of it all. All my pain and discomfort has been causing me stress, after all, so if I am able to find things to help alleviate this discomfort, I will be SO much more happy and comfortable and relaxed in my day to day. I can totally see, and believe, how if I am able to find relief through this diet, it will actually be a huge positive in my recovery. Physically my digestive would be better, and mentally I will feel confident in what I’m putting in my body. And, yes, the weird positive behind this is that my focus has been changed totally away from anything to do with weight/calories and simply on what feels good to my body. I do not feel like I am restricting myself from an ED stand point, but rather, that I am doing something good for myself. This was so so helpful. Thank you again for your support and sharing your experience.

  4. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 3rd Aug 17

    Your real skill for writing about emotional complexity so often amazes me, Cora. You’ve so beautifully articulated so many of the confusions I felt and still often do feel surrounding FODMAP foods. For me, I think, it was a little more straightforward because my symptoms so exactly matched the description of IBS I read–folks the IBS community sometimes were the *only* ones who fully understood my symptoms–and I can imagine it must be so hard and confusing to have this weird tightness thing that doesn’t seem to match the descriptions you’ve read. But even just this week, Robyn’s post about GI issues has me really doubting my decision to go low-FODMAP. Which is complicated because low-FODMAP actually worked pretty well for me. Sigh.
    I actually can really relate to what Mikey is saying. Going low-FODMAP has helped me recover. I was weight-restored when I went on it initially, but being able to manage my GI stuff, which can be so uncomfortable, actually helps me continue to eat intuitively, which has helped me stay weight restored and get my cycle back. I should do another post about intuitive eating and FODMAPs/IBS. I think that would be a help for some folks.
    But Dee is also right; gastroparesis is also a thing. In some cases, I don’t think it’s the only thing, but it is a really important factor to consider. So many factors to juggle. Grrr.
    I’ve shared my thoughts about your doctors in private correspondence. 😉
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    • Cora | 10th Aug 17

      But if low-FODMAP really did work well for you, then I think you have absolutely nothing to second guess yourself for. Who ever knows what the real reason/problem/cure is or was, but if this diet has helped – even SOME – then it was the right choice. And I think, right now, that’s where I’m at too. I am noticing a difference, so I will continue doing what I’m doing. I love how Mikey and some others have impressed upon this idea that trying out this diet – and just working to find the root of my discomfort – will actually be a POSITIVE in my recovery. Not set me back. Look at me being stuck in the negative. If I can get to a place where I am feeling better, I will have less stress… which will just continue to help with over all health and digestion… and be able to find a way to eat in a way that is MORE healing and healthy for my body. I’m excited for this new positive outlook on it all.

  5. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 3rd Aug 17

    I had no idea you’ve been experiencing GI symptoms for 3+ years – bahh. That’s a huge bummer and I can see why you want to try something new to see if it helps. Fortunately, more and more research is being done on the low FODMAP diet, and Kate Scarletta is a cavalier in the field. I believe the University of Monash also has a great app for foods you can/can’t eat. I hope things don’t have to become too restrictive for you, but hoping you can start to figure things out. Sounds like a good step that the last 2 days have been symptom free!
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    • Cora | 10th Aug 17

      I’m just weighing out how restrictive to go. Even if you have to go super restrictive it isn’t long term, so that’s a nice reminder. But right now I am seeing some differences in just eliminating a handful of items, and I’m continuing to learn a few more as each day go. I’m doing it as a slow process but I do think I am figuring some things out. Tedious – but exciting!!

  6. Emily Swanson | 3rd Aug 17

    Stress is HUGE for my stomach, and I do have (I think) an undiagnosed form of IBS. However I wanted to really encourage you to maybe check into Victoria (The Die Hard Foodie) and Nourishing Minds Nutrition. They really emphasize using the low FODMAP diet not as a permanent solution but working with your digestion, and Lord willing, it can be healed to the point where you can eat FODMAPS again; Victoria didn’t want me going on a life long FODMAP elimination diet. I know it isn’t guaranteed to work for everyone, but God has so graciously blessed my time with her to really enable me to eat a lot of FODMAPS without discomfort again.
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    • Cora | 10th Aug 17

      I’ve looked into Victoria’s work and honestly – it sounds like exactly what I ideally need. Someone to help with with HA recovery, digestive recovery, AND knows about histories with eating disorders? Yes please!! Unfortunately I just can’t afford it. Sigh. But I’m soooooo happy you’ve worked with her and have noticed so many improvements with your digestion over this past while. What a blessing to see such change.

  7. danielle | 3rd Aug 17

    i’m so excited for your new journey! i am pro healing in any shape or form, so if this is your path to healing then i’m all for you and all for this. i’m also curious what you will be eating that is yummy and low FODMAP because i’d love some good sample meals. i have struggled with IBS the last 20 years during and after my ED so i can certainly appreciate wanting some harmony in the tummy region. i’m just too busy to care most times but some days i would love to feel less bloated 🙂

    • Cora | 10th Aug 17

      Its amazing how we can get so “used” to the discomfort that we just kind of choose to ignore it, eh? I would love to be able to share some sample meals etc…. its just going to take me a bit longer to figure them out. I’ve mostly just been focusing on keeping things crazy simple. Potatoes, chicken, veggies. I have learned some super easy and simple ways to still flavor and marinate things without onion and garlic though. Ooooo and I made my own ketchup (without onion and garlic) that is AMAZING.

  8. Ellie Pell | 3rd Aug 17

    Of course I’ve had stomach discomfort. Sometimes weekly, however the causes are usually stressed eating environment or food that might be turning. I think stress is a big factor in discomfort. Also certain foods should not be combined with other foods. I’m not saying you shouldn’t eat certain things together, but be aware that it might do funny things in your stomach.

    I hope this works Cora, text me.
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    • Cora | 10th Aug 17

      I think our conversation the other day about also not beating yourself up any little time you have discomfort was also very important for me. Sometimes things just don’t go down right, or we eat too much.

      I had a really interesting conversation the other day with one of my friends, who’s in the holistic nutrition world, about the chronic stress in our society and its effects on digestion. I was asking about why it seems like everyone is going on some sort of IBS diet. Its crazy the connection stress has with our physical abilities.

  9. Alyssa | 3rd Aug 17

    I really hope this helps your digestive problems love. I have been there. I struggle with IBS. I have been on a low fodmap diet but not for a long time. The probiotics I’m on as well as learning ways to cope/ what foods bug me has helped… but digestive issues flat out sucks. Here rooting you on girl for a happy and healthy belly! <3 xoxo
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    • Cora | 10th Aug 17

      Thank you, thank you Lyss. Yes – they do really really suck – and I’m sad that sooooo many of us/so many people are struggling with them today in our society. I do think it is a long process of simply sleuthing out our own triggers that will be what give us the most relief. And of course, I firmly believe in the connection stress has with it all – so constantly finding ways to relax our physical and mental bodies. And then of course probiotics, digestive enzymes, and gut healing foods to just be the “cherries” on top.

  10. chasetheredgrape | 3rd Aug 17

    My mum had severe IBS and I recommended a low FODMAP paleo lifestyle (emphasis on lifestyle not diet). 3 years later she is IBS free and in the best health of her life. Honestly I’m not exaggerating! So many of the foods she eats now she couldn’t even enjoy before because her IBS was so bad. She never misses the old foods because she associates them with feeling so unwell.
    I can understand how you must be nervous with it relating to previous restriction but you also have to remember that you have done so much work on your mental illness – food was just a symptom of the illness.
    Will support you though no matter what decison you choose to make lovely!

    • Cora | 12th Aug 17

      Wow – that’s incredible to hear about your mom’s experience with her digestive healing. That must have been a tough road, but it worked!! And now she’s living a full life again. That’s amazing!!

      Its such a messy road right now trying to figure it all out. I’m very sad at the notion of restricting myself, but like you said, I know this time it is actually coming from a true place of health – and wanting my body to get to a good place – rather than the opposite.

  11. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 4th Aug 17

    Follow your gut, pun not intended.
    I’d be interested to hear what the TCM doctor thinks. Also remember it’s possible once your gut is healed, you’ll be able to add these foods back in. I’m rooting for you whatever you decide.

    • Cora | 12th Aug 17

      I wish my gut would be a little better at telling me where it wants me to go. Its worse than a preteen girl right now.

      I’m really longing for when I get a sense of what is triggering this and can therefore eat all the other stuff again. Without stress/worry. Its just all sorts of mess right now.

  12. Evangeline | 4th Aug 17

    “All the twists and turns of life make it interesting.” Said someone who clearly needs to find himself a dictionary and look up a better fitting word than “interesting.” Hmm like baffling or arduous or mystifying. I mean, come on people.

    You’re unsure, and rightfully so, because this is new and scary, but recovery is loong road. Maybe this will be a detour or a wrong turn, but it could also be a shortcut. Either way, looking at the big picture, you’re still driving, still trying to make progress on the journey. And no one (especially not YOU, Cora) can fault you for trying to get rid of GI discomfort. That’s no joke. Plus, it’s tough to be intuitive about your eating when you feel bloated and uncomfortable 24/7. Keep us updated. You’re doing great.
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    • Cora | 12th Aug 17

      You are right. This could be a short cut. As awful as a lot of it is right now, I do see some positives. If I can figure it out – or this was simply the catalyst to finally being treated for something – then this could actually be a really good thing for my recovery. If i can get back to feeling comfortable, then eating and eating intuitively will be doable again. More so. Or maybe this is a new lesson in intuitive eating and helping me truly focus only on “what feels good” rather than anything to do with numbers and weight. Still…. life lessons can hurt..

  13. Naomi @ Naomi Why: Roots | 4th Aug 17

    I’m so sorry you’ve been going through this. I’ve never experienced this type of thing, so I won’t try to offer advice, but I’m here for moral support! I feel for you–trying to get rid of GI discomfort while recovering from an ED must be so far from easy or simple. I listened to a podcast recently (can’t remember which one now, agghhh) about intuitive eating and food allergies and loved the reminder that even if your diet has to be restrictive for a time, even a long period of time, treating it as self-care rather than self-control can help it not feel as restrictive in an ED way. Rooting for you!
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    • Cora | 12th Aug 17

      Thank you so much Naomi. That’s now what I’m really trying to focus on. It makes me really sad to think of restricting foods again – when I’ve worked so hard to get to the other side – but I’m reminding myself that figuring this out and eating what doesn’t hurt me is a really big form of self care, and actually, a new level of intuitive eating. If I can figure this out and get myself fixed, then this could actually really help in my recovery and my ability to eat without discomfort moving forward. Thank you for your support <3

  14. Abigail T | 4th Aug 17

    Clare from FittingItAllIn has done the Low-FODMAP for some stomach issues also. Just thought I’d let you know in case her blog is helpful.

    • Cora | 12th Aug 17

      Thank you!!

  15. Casey the College Celiac | 4th Aug 17

    Girl, I can relate 100% to your struggles. I went on the low fodmap diet a few years ago and, while I was able to re-introduce a lot of things, foods like garlic, onions, mangos and some other random triggers are still off my menu. Here’s how I think of the fodmap diet in the scheme of intuitive eating: sure, I may not be following all of my cravings…however, considering the HUGELY bad side effects some high fodmap foods cause in me, maybe my body is just telling me to think twice before buying garlic and that’s what I need to listen to. Lots of love your way girl! It sounds lie you’re taking a smart and realistic approach to this new diet.
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    • Cora | 12th Aug 17

      Thank you Casey. This is what I’m trying to remind myself of. I may have to “restrict” myself right now of my cravings, but this is a new level of intuitive eating and, actually, a new level of self care. It is really really forcing me to think about the health and comfort of my body and put it first.

  16. Sarah | 5th Aug 17

    Cora, I read your post about TCM with great interest and contacted a local practioner because of your experience. (Commented on Instagram under username greengablegal) I have experienced many f the same symptoms as you and share the same concerns. Because of my history of orthorexia I am hesitant to label any foods as “off limits” or even “use with caution.” Moderation has not been my strong suit. I too read Joyce’s blog as well as Emily’s and have considered adapt in a low-FODMAPS diet. Also looked into Ayuvedic dietary suggestions. There is a lot of overlap in terms of the foods that are advised to be avoided. When I met with the TCM doctor her said I seemed to be doing all the right things in terms of diet. I made it clear to him that I was not willing to completely eliminate any food category. Dairy, for instance, often demeaned actually seems to improve me digestion, especially yogurt and kefir. I do not avoid gluten although sprouted grains seem to be best tolerated. I have come to the conclusion that, since every body is individual I simply need to find what works for me. Cruciferous vegetables, garlic and onions, oats, these are some of the foods that my body has difficulty with. For now, I am just going to eat as many different foods as I can, concentrating on those that seem to be most digestion friendly. On either concern I have is that I am focusing too much on what I eat. Although I am in a precarious place physically, I do not want food to become a project. Because, even if my food focus is health rather than diseased, it still is not what I want to make the center of my life.
    Enjoying your blog. Thank you!

    • Cora | 13th Aug 17

      Sarah, I’m so glad we’ve connected. Thank you so so much for making that comment on IG – and now for commenting here. I hope we can continue to support/help each other through this. Heck, or just be someone we can rant to who understands.

      Your current experience and journey sounds parallel to mine. I think what’s hardest is the acceptance that this is all going to take a lot of patience, a lot of trial and error, and a lot of time. As much as I (we) would love to have someone just be able to “diagnose” something tangible and give us a one-all cure, I just know I have to accept this will not happen. Even if we are given dietary suggestions, it really will be down to us to take the long lonnngg task of simply finding what foods work for us, and what are the triggers. And to accept that they may not be what others deem “normal.” The concerns about restricting food again are a whole other issue. But I’m learning to believe that by doing this work we are actually doing so FOR our health, rather than for other reasons like maybe in the past. And that if we can figure it out, it could all be a huge benefit to our recovery.

      I’m sending you so much good luck through all of this and hope that your sessions with the TCM continue to help. Please keep me updated!!

  17. Lucia | 6th Aug 17

    Hi Cora,

    This is such a confusing issue to be dealing with! I can completely relate, it’s taken me years to get to the point of feeling better & not in constant digestive distress.

    I have tried so many diets & medications (including the FODMAP protocol) but nothing offered much relief from my debilitating stomach woes. What worked in the end was oddly enough just eating whatever my body craved until I was totally satisfied (kind of radical rest and refeeding in the style of Matt Stone style if anything) & avoiding large amounts of onion (which is just something that has never agreed with me!)

    But I know it’s different for everyone & I think my only advice would be to try look deep within yourself & trust your intuition as much as possible. Feeling calm & confident in deciding what goes into your body can be very powerful. Sorry I’m rambling now- I hope this makes sense, I just want to convey that sometimes listening to your own inner self & what makes you feel good can play a big part in feeling better overall.

    Hope eveything works out & really look forward to hearing more of your journey Cora.

    Peace & Hugs

    • Cora | 13th Aug 17

      It is such a long journey, isn’t it? Sigh.

      This is really fascinating to read. Kind of really proves that – above all the medicine and “prescriptions” we get and look for these days – the body and its intuition really does know best. After I get some big questions out of the way, and if nothing comes of them, I know that this may be the route I am supposed to be going. And what will help my overall health in the long term. Thank you so so much for commenting and sharing your experience, Lucia. I so appreciate it <3

  18. Lucia | 6th Aug 17

    P.S SO Sorry for any mistakes my English is not brilliant!

    Xo Lucia

  19. Ankit Sarawgi | 6th Aug 17

    nice article. keep sharing

  20. Kaylee | 13th Aug 17

    And the on-point-ness continues… Because of my a) allergies, b) weight gain struggles, c) high thyroid antibodies, d) feeling bloated, my new dietician said the second or third time I met with her, “I’m going to tell you something a dietician would never tell an ED patient. I want you to go gluten-free.” She believes low FODMAP would actually be ideal but to hold off on that because of my restrictive past.

    Weeks later, I haven’t made any changes to my diet in that sense but after reading your posts, the comments as well as other blogs I am considering it more and more. It just scares me to give up even MORE things I actually enjoy eating. LIKE BREAD (literally typed as I eat toast). I know it’s temporary but how temporary is temporary? They said the eating disorder was too and here I am years later fighting the same weight restoration issues. I think I am also worried about what others will say/think (what’s new… sigh). It’ll make it more difficult to eat socially and have to explain to people.

    Can’t say that I know exactly how you’re feeling since there’s no way for me to do that with certainty. I know though what it’s like to feel as if your body is working against you. Sorry if that didn’t really help much. Just wanted to say that I’m here with you. Thanks for sharing your journey. As usual, it’s helping me with mine.
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    • Cora | 13th Aug 17

      Oh girl we are on the SAME journey. All the similarities are uncanny. As much as I so wish you weren’t experiencing all this discomfort/confusion/frustration, it does help to know I’m not alone (or crazy).

      T worries about becoming restrictive again, and the concerns about what other people will think? I SO hear you. But you know what… the work I’m doing right now to try and heal myself is so obviously geared towards my health and making me feel better that I’ve been able to comfort myself in knowing I am NOT doing this from a ED perspective, but rather the opposite. Its actually, ironically, an even more important form of intuitive eating and listening to our bodies. And I’ve actually been shocked that no one – especially my parents – have raised any concern about the restrictions of the diet. I think because they know how hard I’ve worked to get to a non restrictive place, and they know I must do this to keep furthering my recovery. Its twisted, I know. But I don’t think you need to worry about what others would think – if you do decide to eliminate some foods. Even if they judge, they don’t know your whys. You do. And that’s whats important.

      Whatever you do, listen to your heart. Do what you know is least stressful and best for you. That, in all, is going to be the right prescription. Thinking of you <3

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