Review: The IBS Elimination Diet and Cookbook: The Proven Low-FODMAP Plan for Eating Well and Feeling Great
Patsy Catsos, MS, RDN, LD
Eating well and feeling great captured my attention in this rather formidable title. Both of those outcomes are high on my agenda. IBS or Irritable bowel syndrome isn’t something that I find folks discussing openly in group settings, but if it afflicts you or someone you know this is a book to have. Don’t let that big title put you off. Catsos’ plan may be able to help.
That said, this will require some serious reading and planning to implement. IBS is uncomfortable, inconvenient, embarrassing, and bunch of other descriptions of that ilk. To have a means to leave that life and rejoin the “normals” might be worth it. This book explains the current thinking on the causes of IBS, its symptoms, and how to plan and implement a diet that can ease the distress of this syndrome. Some of it seems to fly in the face of current wisdom related to bowel health. The author realizes that and explains why that is the case.
The happy part of all this study is that it isn’t really all that bad once you begin to grasp that FODMAP acronym. Don’t let it scare you off. It’s just a way of classifying certain carbs that have been found to trigger symptoms. That’s a bit more manageable for me. Carbs I get, although I wasn’t aware of how varied they are. Then after becoming familiar with the lists she provides to identify some of the culprits or combination of culprits, you can start your own project of discovering what works best for you. Work your meals around that information and soon you’ll be eating well and feeling great.
Yes, there are some recipes and substitution lists to get you headed in the proper direction. Soups, veggies, main courses, desserts. Finally, there’s bibliography and reading list if you want more or want to investigate her sources.
When you’ve had enough of IBS this might be a great place to start to reclaim your life.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.