*This is a partnered post with Rachel Pauls Food. All opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
Do you ever look at yourself in the mirror and mourn the days when you could eat literally anything you wanted but never gain a single pound or feel blah or sick to your stomach after? I remember when I was in my teens and even on into my early 20s, I could gorge myself on greasy burgers, milkshakes and it never made a difference to the size of my jeans or how my stomach felt. However, by my mid to late 20s, I started to notice the change.
Eventually, I figured it out and knew I had to make changes to how I ate. Even though I was relatively active, I knw exercise was only a small portion of living a healthy lifestyle. As sad as it made me, I knew I had to cut back on some of my favorite foods that were causing me to feel so yucky. The trush it, I’m not alone in this issue,
In recent studies alone, nearly 20% of adults and children suffer from illnesses and often feel sick from simply what they’re eating. What I’m talkinga about is irritable bowel syndrome (or IBS). IBS is a functional gastrointestinal condition that is diagnosed by its symptoms which include gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation.
While I may not have had gastro-related problems that were directly related to IBS, I know many who do have the condition and I can certainly say that I experienced similar symptoms from time to time after eating certain foods. Among children especially, who have been diagnosed with IBS, eating foods that are high in fermentable carbohydrates, (FODMAPS) can trigger GI symptoms. If you know anyone with the condition, then you know that the symptoms can cause some pretty significant discomfort.
Fortunately for those who suffer from the effects of IBS, managing the symptoms and keeping the effects minimal is definitely possible with help from a low FODMAP diet. If you’ve been searching for a way to reduce belly pain, bloating, etc. then the FODMAP Guide from Dr Rachel Pauls, which outlines a list of Low FODMAP & High FODMAP foods, the importance of eliminating high FODMAP foods and other helpful tips is a great start to feeling better.
Not only is the FODMAP guide chock full of good tips but adding foods from the Rachel Pauls Food website to your FODMAP elimination process is also a great way to enjoy foods you love while getting rid of those yucky symptoms mentioned earlier. Managing the symptoms of IBS in adults and children is easier than ever thanks to products from Rachel Pauls like Original Happy Jerky, & Peanut Pleasure Bars ( a delicious energy bar packed with fiber, antioxidants & protein!)
Easily accessible foods that you can grab on the go, keep in your desk at work or tote around to the park for your little ones, were one goal for Dr. Rachel Pauls when she created her line of Low FODMAP foods to combat the effects of IBS. Her own home kitchen was the starting point for homemade recipes that were healthy, IBS-friendly and delicious. Even now, with a product line that is geared towards adults and children alike, more products are being developed to help keep those with IBS live happy, healthy and symptom free!