**First, I did not receive this book from anyone, I got it myself, this is not a review that I was asked to give.
I follow Kate Scarlatta’s blog Well Balance food * life * travel she is a registered dietitian who is an authority on the low FODMAP diet. She works closely with Monash University researchers and is up to date on all the latest information.
When I saw on her blog that she co-authored with Liz Vaccarielo 21-Day Tummy The Revolutionary Diet That Soothes and Shrinks any Belly Fast, I knew I had to try this book.
After I had been trying to long to work on the low FODMAPs diet on my own I was still having problems, and I was still not losing the weight I gained. If you’ve been following this blog for a long time….thank you I know I’ve been very sporadic in writing, and thank you to all the new followers, I’m amazed you have jumped in here, but I’m glad!….you may recall before I was diagnosed with Fructose Malabsorption I gained a LOT of weight. I was having constant diarrhea and gaining weight like crazy. In one month I had diarrhea every day and gained close to 40 pounds! Now I need to lose about 70 pounds. And I’m still miserable.
I read this book, and yes, it reads like a weight loss book, but it has very sound principles. I hope since it is geared to the lay person it will be more approachable. It is inspirational, like most weight loss books, and that might help a lot of people try this and they just might find a lot of relief from a variety of symptoms not just lose a few pounds.
I have been on the diet just 4 days, and I’ve lost an inch around my tummy, and I’ve lost 1 pound. I’m thrilled about how I feel. I haven’t felt bloated, not one time. My acid reflux feels so much better. My headaches feel better. (I suffer from chronic migraines, this might just be a fluke, but I don’t think so, the weather here has been prime migraine weather and for the past 2 days my head has felt better!) Note – I probably won’t lose as much weight as fast as others could because I can’t exercise like other people due to my disability.
I’ll keep you up to date about how I’m feeling on this diet, but so far, I’m feeling pretty darn good!
You can find more about the particulars of the diet on www.21daytummy.com. You can also order the book from there. I originally got the book from the library to check it out, but loved it so much I had to have my own copy.
Personally, I think of the diet as a great elimination diet. It starts off with a little bit of FODMAPs and no grains….then slowly adds other FODMAPs in, including allowed grains. This soothes your tummy while giving it lot’s of great nourishment. (note, they do not mention anywhere that this is an elimination diet, but I think it will be working that way for me. As foods are added back in I will be able to tell if there are any FODMAP foods that I may also be sensitive too. This is great!
My husband, who does not have Fructose Malabsorption, decided to go on the diet with me. He isn’t sticking to it as much as I am, but he’s doing a pretty good job. (he has had a soda or two, something I could never do, and he’s eaten a bit more yogurt, but I think that’s all. I’m curious to see how his weight changes, I don’t think he even measured his tummy! Silly man!) I’ll let you know how he’s doing too.
So there you have it. I’m very excited that I think I have finally found help for my tummy. Maybe I can get rid of, what we (not so)_ affectionately call, my food baby. Yes, we really say this, because often after I eat I will look very pregnant.
If you decide to go on this diet please let me know your results.