Following info and advice in some random social media post or infographic by someone who is totally unqualified to give expert, and safe advice.
Their info/advice might be incorrect.
It might be DANGEROUS.
It might not be based on sound scientific evidence (which helps to remove guesswork out of the potential risks and benefit).
It isn’t tailored to YOUR specific needs. Even if it is sound info/advice, it doesn’t mean it’s right for you – ‘one size doesn’t fit all’.
One post/infographic doesn’t give you everything you need.
Just because it “worked” for them doesn’t mean it’ll work for you.
And the person posting that info/advice might not have your best interest at heart.
Following a list of foods that are supposedly low FODMAP.
A FODMAP food list is not extensive, so what about the other foods that aren’t on the list – are they low or high in FODMAPs and who can you ask about this, or do you not bother asking anyone and just crack on with only eating the foods on that list? If you do ask someone, are they qualified to give you the correct answer? – Tip: Just because a fellow IBS sufferer has previously followed the low FODMAP diet, it doesn’t make them an expert using this diet and they may have got it wrong themselves (so it ends up like Chinese whispers!).
Some of the foods on that list might be incorrectly classed as low/high FODMAP which could make it unnecessarily restrictive, plus compromises your chances of success.
Following a list teaches you nothing, so what do you do about shopping, eating out, etc.,
…and eventually a list of foods gets boring, and it might not supply your body with everything it needs to function properly (which increases risk to your health) let alone support exercise and recovery.
Following the low FODMAP diet for too long.
Following the diet too long can affect your gut health and your social life!
Food should be enjoyable, nutritious and variety is the spice of life – the low FODMAP diet is a tool not a way of life! (And should only be followed with the help of a qualified Dietitian).
If you need help with your IBS symptoms, you need the help of an expert who factors YOU into the solution …rather than fobbing you off with a one-size-fits-all approach or pushing you supplements/remedies which might not be effective or safe for you.
N.B. It is crucial to get your food and fluid intake right if you want to control your IBS symptoms and if you want train harder, go faster and recover quicker from training sessions and competitions. Dietary requirements are highly individualised and there’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach. Working with a Registered Clinical & Sports Dietitian to develop a bespoke plan based on your unique requirements will help to ensure the most appropriate strategy and best results are achieved.
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