Cold Feet? The trouble could be FODMAPs ….

I had never heard the word FODMAP before last week.  I did not know what it meant.  But … I now suspect that FODMAPs are a big problem for me.

I have complained of having very cold hands (and feet and even my nose) for many years.  My suspicion was that a food related allergy or sensitivity was to blame, but I have never been able to pinpoint a troublesome group of foods.  My symptoms were seemingly very random.  Really … and apple?  then an organic mango?  then watermelon?  What do they have in common?  High FODMAPs!!!

From the website Whole30 – discussion of doing an “autoimmune Whole 30”:

We briefly mentioned FODMAPs in Chapter 10 of It Starts With Food. FODMAP stands for “fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols”—a collection of fermentable carbohydrates and sugar alcohols found in various foods, like grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits. FODMAPs are poorly absorbed, thereby “feeding” gut bacteria and causing a host of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)-related symptoms, including abdominal bloating and distension, excess gas, abdominal pain, nausea, changes in bowel habits (diarrhea, constipation, or a combination of both), and other gastro-intestinal symptoms.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to the fine people at WHOLE9 / WHOLE30 … I have modified my 30 day challenge to eliminate this troublesome group of foods – and VOILA!  No more cold hands.  or feet.  or anything else.  I cannot believe how easy this was, after struggling so long to find comfort.

Click here for a SHOPPING LIST of whole 30 compliant LOW FODMAP foods.

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Healing with Good Nutrition

Once upon a time, I really DID enjoy fresh baked breads and steamy hot oatmeal and fresh made pasta, too.  Ahhhh – It seems so long ago!

It was exactly 2 years ago that I gave up all that up – on the advice of a nutritionist/blood work analyst who quickly declared “NO MORE GRAINS FOR YOU”!   I followed his advice – and adhered to a fasting period, followed by an extremely restricted “elimination diet” and plenty of supplementation.  My focus was on becoming gluten free.  I was strict with myself and diligently followed the plan, but still was experiencing inflammatory responses that could not be explained.

About 6 months later, with the help of my friends at DLUX (evolutionary personalized training) in Crown Point, Indiana I discovered the PALEO diet, with a “30 Day Challenge” following the “Whole 9” program.  Wow!  Their combination of nutrition and exercise will transform your overall health!  It did mine!  I had already eliminated most grains, sugar, alcohol, dairy and processed foods.  Legumes (soy, bean) and rice were the last to go.  I began working out twice a week – about 1/2 hour each session.  And I began to heal!

I still have more healing to do – but, I have no doubt that I am on the right track.  I feel better than I have in 20 years; my inflammation and a host of other ailments have disappeared from my life –  I have more energy than I have ever had – my blood work is so greatly improved – and I am sleeping like a champ!

Good nutrition advice IS hard to find – but it can change your life.

Thanks 🙂