Science Class for Grown Ups

Okay, I’m going to wrap up this tummy issue within this post. It’s just SO MUCH info I didn’t want the post to be a Master’s class dissertation πŸ˜‹

Today I am going to break down everything I ate the first week when my stomach was KILLING me. When it’s hurting this bad, you’re scared to eat-even if you’re HANGRY-but you also have to keep a little something in your GI tract because if you have an ulcer, food substance soothes it. IF you eat the RIGHT things.

BREAKFAST: I told you in the last post that I take Protonix, eat a rice cake, THEN have my beloved coffee.
LUNCH: 1/2 of a baked chicken breast, 1 cup of rice OR 1/2 Cup of mashed potatoes, and 1 yellow/green banana. (Soooo not my favorite way to eat a Nanner, but if you’re hungry, you gonna eat it!)
SNACK: another cup of rice or a rice cake or Gluten Free Pretzels (they are SO SUPER CRUNCHY)
DINNER: the Exact same thing I had for lunch. If I had rice for lunch, I’d have mashed taters for supper. Instead of a yellow/green banana I may have some grapes and blueberries.
BEFORE BED SNACK: more gluten free pretzels.

Nothing fancy, right? Makes it SUPER easy to meal prep for the whole week in one day so you’re not constantly cooking 2 meals all day every day.

Why?? Why did I choose these particular foods? Obviously, they are bland foods. They are also called LOW FODMAP foods. FODMAP is the word of the hour.

FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols, which are short-chain carbohydrates (sugars) that the small intestine absorbs poorly.”

When your stomach is bothering you whether it’s from ulcers, or ulcerative colitis, or IBS, it is recommended to eat LOW FODMAP foods.

Here is a cute graphic from Pinterest I found that is a GREAT, QUICK go-to guide!

Lemme share something with you that I found out the hard way. VERY FIRST THING on the list of Low Fodmap foods is BANANA’s. Remember when I laid out my list of foods I ate that first week I was in intense pain, I specifically wrote yellow/GREEN bananas. For the life of me I can NOT remember where I found this information but it was a life-saver. When you are having a GI flare up and have chosen to eat LOW FODMAP, make sure the banana’s have a tinge of green. The more ripe banana’s are, the more sweet they are, right? That’s why they’re perrrrfect for making banana bread. It’s because they’re SWEETER, which is exactly what we are wanting to AVOID with our tumultuous tummy’s. I love me a good yellow, brown-spotted banana. But when I started this journey 4 years ago and someone with Ulcerative Colitis told me to eat Low Fodmap, I saw that I could eat bananas. BUT, oh my WORD it made me hurt SOOOO bad. SO this go around, when I read that about Bananas, I was so excited, a little scared, to try it! But it worked out fine more me. The more green it has, the better. Again, not my fav way to eat them, but when you’re starving and hurting and scared to eat, you’ll eat a green banana to fill up! πŸ˜‚

Now I use JUST oat milk. I found this go ’round that even Soy Milk bothered me. Now that my stomach is feeling better, I can handle the soy, but I’m just sticking with oatmilk to eat with my cereal.

I also am eating gluten free-most of the time, like with my gluten-free pretzels. They taste just like regular pretzels but oh my gosh when I say they’re crunchy, I mean, they is CRUNCHYYY. I also bought some Gluten free chip/cracker things and they’re pretty good. I think they’re supposed to be chips, but kind of remind me of a Ritz in taste? Maybe that’s just me. But hey, I like Ritz and I LOVE to eat. 🀣🀣🀣

Once I was through the immense pain stage, I started to eat little things here and there and see how I react. I seem to be okay now, but still experiencing some reflux!

Whew, I felt like this was a long blog with lots of info. Any questions? Remember, I am NOT a doctor, I am just sharing what has helped me.

I would LOVE to hear if you have heard of Low FODMAP diets and/or applied it to your life? Did it help?

Love yΓ‘ll and God bless!! πŸ™‚

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