Week 2 – Galacto-Oligosaccharides

Welcome to Week 2 – Galacto-Oligosaccharides. I’ve got a feeling this week’s gonna be a tough one for me. Firstly, it’s time for my first FODMAP reintroduction (Galacto-Oligosaccharides) and secondly, I can already feel unsolved issues creeping up and waiting to be dealt with…. Fingers crossed it won’t be too hard!!

Day 1: Week 2 – Galacto-Oligosaccharides

Well, today was one of those days… I miscalculated almost everything I did today… I got up feeling okay, though. For breakfast, I had coconut yoghurt, some granola and berries for breakfast, followed by a stew & my first reintroduced FODMAP!! I’ve simply added some split peas to my stew. So far I’m feeling okay, but I can tell my stomach is working.

I also got my notice today and I can’t say I’m completely surprised, yet I feel a bit sad, that my IBS is the reason to loose my job. I really hope, going forward, that I’ll be able to combine my health with a great job and not having to compromise on either anymore. This also leaves me with a very big question: “What am I gonna do now?”

Day 2: Week 2 – Galacto-Oligosaccharides

Today was a weird day. I had an interview, I had an argument with my soon to be ex-boss, I had the most amazing yoga session and overall I just felt really overwhelmed… I mean, how can so many entirely different things be happening at the exact same time?! Anyways…. I only had a little yoghurt and granola with berries for breakfast as I don’t like eating too much before doing exercise. For lunch was another bowl of lentil soup and dinner was some veggie stir fry with noodles.

Day 3: Week 2 – Galacto-Oligosaccharides

This morning, I REALLY wasn’t feeling well at all. My IBS was acting out a lot. Seems I have identified a sensitivity towards galacto-oligosaccharides. This means mostly beans and lentils. I used to notice not feeling perfect after having loads of lentils or hummus. So I guess now I know for sure. Now it also means I’ll have to find out how many I can eat without feeling sick… Anyways, I made a really great quinoa salad for lunch and a Massaman inspired curry for dinner. I’m going to dial down a little on this first FODMAP group for the rest of the week and get myself ready for the next FODMAP.

Day 4: Struggling with Galacto-Oligosaccharides.

I did it. I got up, I had breakfast & I went to yoga class. Struggling more with my IBS, due to the first reintroduction, it wasn’t easy. Yet, I pulled myself together and just went for it. I also drove out to my parents house for the extra bit of relaxation. I had the rest of the Quinoa salad and Massaman inspired curry for lunch and dinner.

Day 5: Goodbye Galacto-Oligosaccharides.

I didn’t even get up today and I also skipped lunch. Those galacto-oligosaccharides simply don’t agree with me. So, no more for me. From now an I’m going to eat only very few of them. Anyhow…. I had a porridge for breakfast and vegan shepherds pie for dinner. Due to increased IBS symptoms I didn’t get up to much else, today.

Day 6: No rest for the wicked.

Skipping lunch, yesterday, was a good call. My stomach calmed down and I was feeling much better today. So, off we went to have a coffee and keep moving a little bit. Here, at my parents, I don’t have a yoga studio close by, so I had to get my exercise from walking, which I did. I also decided I want to create more delicious low FODMAP dishes. It’s been mostly curries, as the few allowed components don’t leave a lot of room for creativity. So, I bought pasta, a couple of veggies, wild garlic and some stuff for baking low FODMAP brownies – YUM! Breakfast was a porridge – again! I know, porridge, porridge & even more porridge. It’s really good for me, though. Lunch was a rice noodle salad and dinner some more shepherds pie.

Day 7: Finishing week 2 of my low FODMAP diet.

I can’t believe it’s been 2 weeks already. One third is already done!! Yippie! To celebrate it, I started the day off with some more porridge. šŸ˜€ Lunch was some more of the rice noodle salad and then I went for a really long walk, around the nearby lake. I’m not gonna lie, it was a struggle. The shepherds pie is basically made off lentils and peas… so much for avoiding galacto-oligosaccharides. Due to easter, I couldn’t buy anything else, though and had to eat the rest of it. Anyway, to make myself feel better, I treated myself to a big bowl of pasta with spinach and mushrooms, some olive oil and chilli flakes helped elevate the dish and it was soooooo good. Let’s see what week 3 is gonna bring!

In case you missed it, check out my report on Week 1 of my low FODMAP diet.

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