Date: 01 November 2010 00:32:32
didn't look back but in case I haven't blogged about this (I know, very slack lately) - I have my diagnosis. fodmap ... which is an acronym for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols - essentially I can't absorb these, they ferment instead digesting in the small intestine, and continue on to cause all sorts of nasties in the large intestine.
I also, apparently, have a milk protein allergy .... so I'm off milk products (and they're in LOTS of things) until I've got a handle on the low fodmap diet .. which I thought I had but after a few weeks of weekends away and parties and weddings and stuff it seems I don't have as much of a handle on it as I thought.
Not to mention the discovery yesteday that the brand of oat milk I was drinking contains inulin (a big no no, added to boost fibre levels apparently) so I have to go to my second brand (a blessing that there is one!) that does not contain it ... and the discovery today that my favourite mineral water flavour contains added fructose - which is basically the cause of all my problems ... so ... bugger :(
I've just come in from an hours weeding in the round garden - mostly all out, still a few little ones remaining, it was so thick that the 59mm of rain we've had in the last 48 hours had no actually made it through the weeds, they were dry underneath! Shocker!
Anyway, got the shakes so came in to sit down and have a drink and some food (happens to me when I've not eaten enough and if I"m having 'issues' with my foodstuffs not digesting properly - as at this moment in time).
Anyway, fired off an email to the bad oatmilk people with the link to a pdf about this allergy- and an email with the link to the good oatmilk people saying thanks for not using this stuff in your oat milk - am about to send one off to the makers of the mineral water to ask why, in heaven's name, if you also have stevie and sucrose in your mineral water, do you need to add fructose and make it therefore undrinkable?
fodmap issues will be looming larger on the radar as research goes on because basically the symptoms lead to a misdiagnosis of IBS ... so the symptoms are treated to no great effect and the cause is not dealt with in any way.
My allergist essentially said I was a case of 'too much of a good thing' ie eating 'good' foods (apples, peaches, beans, legumes, avocado, mushrooms, honey in my tea etc) all of which 'cause my system to go haywire ... unbelievable!
Okay, rant somewhat over ... now going to have another glass of water, write to the drinks manufacturer, and maybe watch some tv!