We started the long road to allergy-free life on November 19, 2007. I know. It was just days before Thanksgiving Day. However, at that time all we had to worry about was gluten and dairy: easy compared to our present situation. As of this writing, we are gluten, dairy, soy, high-fructose corn syrup and antibiotics-free.
Whew! That scared me while writing.
Then, why is my daughter still constipated, tired and bloated?
I found the answer in the blog of Sue Sheperd from Australia and her research of FODMAPSTM . According to Dr. Sheperd’s web site:
“FODMAPTM is an acronym referring to:
Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols
Fructose, Lactose, Fructans, Sorbitol and Raffinose are all examples of FODMAPsTM.”
Layman translation: certain carbs make life unbearable for some people, like my daughter, who have an already sensitive digestive system due to allergies or some other illness. In a nutshell: taking the splint out of her finger removes the intruder; the disinfectant makes sure that healing follows quickly.
Conclusion: We had to heal her gut .
Dilemma: How do I know the foods responsible for hurting her ?
Answer: Look for the extremes of her menu (the loved and hated foods ).
We followed a restricted diet for eight weeks. Acid reflux stopped within days of beginning this diet!
Result: Onions and constipation are banished from my house. Apples, beans, peas and raisins are served in small snack boxes.