Five Things I've Learned from Low FODMAPS

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I just completed my third week on the Low FODMAPS program.

{Week 1 Recap, Week 2 Recap}

Over the past week I kept meticulous notes in my May Design journal, not only of what I’ve eaten, but how I’ve felt. Using a tip from the Inner Health, Outer Shine program, I tracked how I’ve felt immediately after eating and then two hours later. This new exercise helped me be more in tune to have I was feeling.

Here’s five things that I discovered:

1. I can control my cravings.

I used to think I was hungry just an hour or two after a meal. And so I would start snacking.

By pausing to check-in how I felt two hours after my previous meal, I found that I was in fact NOT hungry. And I found myself extending the time to at least four hours between meals before I felt hungry again. No longer did I have in-between-meal cravings.

2. I’m often dehydrated.

When I’m working in the office I make it a point to frequent the break room to refill my water bottle. I don’t do this at home. Yet I work at home 95% of the time which means I wasn’t drinking enough water. Again, by paying attention to how I felt, I realized that I had often mistaken hunger for thirst. This week I’m setting a timer to refill my water bottle every hour.

3. I don’t need to do endless killer workouts to lose weight.

I weighed myself on January 1st and saw a number I haven’t seen in 10 years. My clothes were tight to the point where I needed to size up.

This past week I had four (unplanned) complete rest days. Meaning, after the Kaiser 5K (only 3.1 miles), I only worked out one other day this week - a Pilates session on Wednesday.

But somehow my clothes fit again, some a little loose. So I stepped on the scale and was down seven lbs since January 1st. And this is after a week of less than two hours of total exercise (and only 28 min of cardio). I KNOW that was seven lbs of bloat.

4. Balance is everything.

One of the reasons I had four unplanned rest days is that I had a couple of long work days. This is not the norm for me. I’m good at work/life balance and working from home gifts me a lot of flexibility. So when long days are necessary, I don’t mind. But I sure noticed the toll it took on my body. Sitting hunched over a laptop all day hurt my neck, shoulders and back. I had a hard time unwinding and felt the stress on my shoulders.

Yesterday (Saturday) I didn’t sit at my desk at all. My shoulder pain was gone. I slept like a baby. Coincidence? I think not.

5. I’m addicted to my phone.

This isn’t a surprise but it was eye-opening to realize how attached I was to it. As in often checking it in the middle of the night. Its such a bad habit. And has a direct impact on the quality of my sleep. Even though I always get 7-8 hours, they don’t always feel restful. The nights that I don’t touch it I wake up feeling rested and refreshed.

I’m pleased with the progress that I’ve made so far. Yet, I am still not completely healed. I still having some bloating in evenings, though it is much less than three weeks ago. Most of my other symptoms have subsided.

It's recommended to follow the Low FODMAPS program for 4-6 weeks. I have one more week to go, then will assess whether I should start reintroducing foods or continue for another two weeks.