“What do apples, multi-grain bread, cauliflower, yogurt, high-fiber breakfast cereals, and hummus have in common? These ‘healthy’ foods all contain fermentable oligo-, di-, and monoscaccharides and polyols (FODMAPs), and they can trigger symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Ironically, for many years it was thought that foods like these would help everyone with IBS. And even today, many health-care providers still have not moved beyond traditional one-size-fits-all ‘fiber’ therapy for IBS – if they give any dietary advice at all. If you are reading this book, it may not come as a surprise that high-fiber IBS therapy, beloved by doctors everywhere, doesn’t always (or even usually work)! If thirty-three IBS patients are told to eat more bran, only one of them is likely to report improvement of his or her symptoms over the next month. Clearly, we need to do better. There is no longer any reason for doctors to stand by helplessly to give the same old ‘high-fiber diet’ advice or, worse yet, to tell patients that diet doesn’t matter. ”
– Patsy Catsos, MS, RDN, LD
As someone who has struggled with different dietary restrictions, I know how important it is to have a healthy, balanced diet that allows me to feel my best. This is not always easy, though. Patsy Catsos has made this so much simpler, and I am so appreciative of it. With loads of information to avoid digestive upset and adhere to a FODMAP free diet, The IBS Elimination Diet and Cookbook is a treasure. There are dozens of delicious (and drama free recipes) that make eating well easy and make maintaining gut health a simple process. Maple Bourbon Baked Salmon, Five-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies, Chna Masala, and the Veggie Burger of Your Dreams, there are lots of options for fresh meals that will keep me feeling great. While I wish that there were a few more recipes, this is a great book for every kitchen and perfect as a gift for friends and family struggling to find the right balance in their diet.