If you missed Part 1, it's over here.
I'm still working my way through FODMAPs testing and quite honestly, I'm about over it. My meals have become a bit repetitive and boring, because I'm tired of trying to think up new ways to cook food without onion, garlic or half the veggies and fruits I enjoy. I can't even reach for a pre-mixed spice shaker to add flavour quickly because: onion powder. It's in everything. Blah.
|Yes, I love my strawberry-banana breakfast bake. Yes, I'm also thoroughly sick of it.|
Week 2 of testing started off with me remarking offhandedly to Bike Boy: "It's lactose this week. Pfft. I'm sure I'm not lactose intolerant. This will be a breeze."
Famous. Last. Words.
On the Friday, I cooked my oats in milk. Delicious. No symptoms appeared - See? I knew I was right. Sunday, I repeated the dose. Monday, I felt a bit unsettled and grumbly in the gut but thought perhaps it was due to one of the "added extras" I'd indulged in on Sunday (naughty). On Tuesday I forgot to have the required cup of milk at breakfast, so bought a cafe latte at work. Same-same.
By Tuesday afternoon, I was feeling pretty horrible. Tuesday night was downright unpleasant and the symptoms continued through Wednesday and Thursday and only started to abate on Friday. Drat, drat, and double-drat. That's two out of two FODMAPs intolerances so far.
Putting a positive spin on things, it's good to know what's causing my problems and that they can be eliminated if I avoid the offending foods. And I don't have to avoid dairy altogether. I can use lactose-free milk and cream, which simply have lactase (the enzyme that I'm lacking, that enables us to digest lactose) added to them. I can also eat some yoghurts - full fat products are better than those made from skim milk, as the lactose is more concentrated in low fat varieties. And most of my favourite cheeses are OK too - cream cheese and cottage cheese are out, and ricotta needs to be strictly limited, but cheddar, parmesan, mozzarella and brie are all good. Not that I eat a lot of those anyway - my main dairy indulgence is yoghurt.
Other options are to switch to nut or rice milks - I don't see myself doing that though - or coconut milk products. Coyo make a coconut milk based ice cream, which isn't available anywhere in my part of town. I suspect that it's sweetened with xylitol like their yoghurts anyway, which means that it's out... Plan B is to pull out my ice cream maker and make my own from coconut milk or lactose-free milk. And if I desperately want a Magnum or whatever, there's always lactase tablets, which you just take before eating anything containing lactose. I've stocked up on those - after all, you never know when you might NEED an affogato...
|My new best friend|
I moved onto testing fructose this week and I seem to be OK with that. Hoo-RAY. I did have some ...shall we say "turbulence"?...going on about twelve hours after my third dose of honey, but I wasn't exactly sticking strictly to my low-FODMAPs diet for the couple of days preceding, so I'm not drawing any conclusions. Oops. As I mentioned, I'm just about over it.
I have to keep reminding myself that up until I started testing I've been 99% symptom-free. It's worth it, Kek, keep going! Ugh.
Next week's adventure is testing fructans. Those are the buggers that are in wheat, rye and barley and also in onion, garlic and a whole heap of other veggies. I'm fully expecting a reaction, as the test food is bread and I know that too much wheat sets me off.
I'm almost there - once this testing phase is complete, I can move onto testing specific foods and quantities so that *hopefully* I can add some variety back into my meals. Let me tell you, I would just about kill for an apple right now.