If you’ve tried a low FODMAP diet for 2-6 weeks and found your IBS symptoms improved, it is time to move onto Step 2 - FODMAP Reintroduction.
The aim of Step 2 is to identify which FODMAPs you tolerate and which trigger your IBS symptoms. As always, we cannot emphasise enough the importance of consulting with a Monash FODMAP Trained Dietitian who will help you through all 3 steps of the FODMAP diet.
Here are top tips to help you complete FODMAP Reintroduction:
- Wait until your symptoms are well controlled before beginning each challenge
- Remain on your Step 1 low FODMAP diet while completing each challenge
- Challenge each FODMAP separately because tolerance to each may vary
- Complete challenges one at a time, and at approximately the same time each day
- Complete each challenge over a 3 day period
On Day 1, include the challenge food in a moderate (amber) serve
- Break each reintroduction up in the following way, or as instructed by your dietitian
On Day 2, include the challenge food in a high (red) serving
On Day 3, include the challenge food in a higher red serve or your usual serving.
- Record challenge foods eaten and symptom responses in a paper diary or the diary in the Monash FODMAP App
- Take a 2-3 day break between challenges, or until symptoms settle. In this time, return to a low FODMAP diet.
- Expect the entire reintroduction process takes around 6-8 weeks to complete.
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