This month I was finishing up my last food re-introductions on AIP. I met with my nutritionist, who asked me how I was feeling. I have been feeling pretty good. I’ve still avoiding wheat/gluten, most dairy (I’ve started eating small amounts of cheese and even 2% milk in my coffee occasionally), garlic, onions, and apples. I’ve found that the last three, garlic, onions, and apples, are the ones causing most of my bloating. Once I learned to avoid them, including garlic and onion powder which is found in a lot of prepared foods, my bloating has gotten a lot more under control and I’ve been feeling not exactly skinny, but at least not fat. It feels really good for my stomach to be it’s “normal” size and not extra big.
The last foods I re-introduced were pinto beans and black beans. With the black beans, I felt okay for a few hours and then I could almost feel my stomach start to protrude. I also felt some pressure on my bladder like I had to go to the bathroom. I also had gas with both kinds of beans. It wasn’t terrible. I could handle if I ever really wanted to eat beans, like at a Mexican restaurant, but I’ve decided that it’s better to avoid beans most of the time.
My nutritionist said I should keep doing what I’ve been doing for the next 6 weeks until our next appointment, and we’ll see if I still feel good then. She advised against doing an official low-FODMAP diet at this time since I’ve already been through an elimination diet this year. If I’m feeling pretty good, there doesn’t seem to be a need to restrict my diet further. Just keep doing what I’ve been doing. Also, I’m pretty much already eating a low-FODMAP diet. The highest FODMAP foods are wheat, dairy (that contains lactose), beans, garlic, onions, avocado, and apples. There are some other foods like pit fruit and some vegetables that are fairly high in FODMAPs as well, but she said I didn’t need to cut them out at this time. The only high FODMAP food that I’m eating a lot of is avocado, which I eat everyday. I’ll have to start watching my quantity. Otherwise, I’m good to go!