What if you really can’t go vegan? IBS, Allergies & Limited Food Available

[UltraVid id=246 ]For people in a very difficult situation where eating plant-based isn’t an option yet. You can still choose vegan in all other aspects of your life, and be careful about how and how often you consume animal-based products. Because trying your best will always be better than not trying at all

IBS affects over 11% of the global population, (that’s one in every 9 people you meet!!) so let’s not be embarrassed about it! I want this channel to be a safe, open and kind place for people dealing with IBS. We’re far from alone, so let’s ask questions, share advice and feel better together xx

▽ What are FODMAPs?

The term FODMAP is an acronym, derived from “Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides And Polyols”. They are short carbohydrates found in lots of healthy foods, which the bacteria in your intestines will break down, producing gas in the process.

For unclear reasons, some people are particularly sensitive to this and experience painful and embarrassing symptoms such as bloating, abdominal cramps, diarrhoea, constipation and fatigue. FODMAP restriction has been found to improve symptoms in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGID).

▽ What is a Low-FODMAP Diet?

The Low-FODMAP diet usually involves carefully cutting the down the amount of FODMAPs you consume over a day and at one time for 2-6 weeks until your symptoms resolve or at least become manageable. Then you “re-challenge” each type of FODMAP individually to see how sensitive you are to them. Thankfully most people can tolerate some or all of the FODMAPs at certain levels or combinations.

▽ Is it forever?

NO! From this feedback, you can reintroduce foods in a way that won’t set off your symptoms. Your tolerance will likely improve over time, so you can always retest foods when you feel up to it.

▽ Resources For Vegan Low-FODMAPers

These are some two things I’ve found to be invaluable since starting the low-FODMAP diet.

The first is the official app* from The Monash University. It’s the easiest and most up-to-date way to check what foods are A-okay and how big your portion size can be. Measurements come in grams, as well as “cups”, which is great as a brit!


Here’s What Happens To Your Brain And Body When You Go Vegan

[UltraVid id=95 ]What happens to your body when you go vegan thinking of making the jump to a vegan diet you’re not alone in your first few weeks you may feel especially tired without meat vegans often have a hard time getting enough vitamin b12 and iron which helps make red blood cells and transport oxygen throughout the body but it’s nothing a supplement or a handful of nuts can’t fix you may also discover that foods don’t taste the way they used to that’s because your zinc levels have taken a hit affecting your overall sense of taste and smell on the plus side expect to lose some weight right away after switching new vegans lost an average of 10 pounds over a ten-month period plus a 2009 study found that average BMI was lower for vegans than all other diets another benefit that you may experience is a healthy decrease in cholesterol blood pressure and heart disease risk in 1999 a study showed that vegans were 24% less likely to have clogged arteries from saturated fat and cholesterol while your arteries are better off your bones may not be if you’re like most Americans who get their daily calcium from dairy products you may see a dip in calcium levels but you can combat this by simply boosting your intake of kale broccoli and other leafy greens plus cutting out dairy might make you more regular 60% of humans don’t have the enzyme to properly digest lactose and dairy the result is cramping bloating and even diarrhea swapping dairy with high-fiber veggies will make bathroom trips a lot more productive like any diet veganism has its pros and cons be sure to research and see which diet is best for you