To say that the low-FODMAPs diet is slightly restrictive would be an understatement.
So of course there will be times when you’ll bend the rules to eat something that you’re intolerant to or experience bloating and pain when a chef sneaks something into your food that your stomach struggles to digest. I admit that I feel a bit like a circus freak when my usually flat stomach bloats out to the size of a 6 month pregnant woman within half an hour of eating onion or garlic (or both!) It’s a great little trick, but dealing with the feeling that my stomach is so bloated that it could be popped with a pin isn’t very pleasant at all.
Over the last couple of years, I’ve experimented with a few different ways to settle my tummy after accidentally or intentionally eating something I’m intolerant to.
I’ve supplied a list below of what helps me. I’m interested to hear about what works for you!
This usually works pretty well for me when I’ve got cramping or bloating – I usually drink the Twining’s brand. However, I’ve found that the results aren’t instant. Also, after drinking so many cups of the stuff over the last 18 months, I’m a little bit over it! The best way to consume it is by cutting off the teabag string and keeping the teabag in your mug while drinking.
Personally, this works a lot better for me than the lemon and ginger tea. I don’t leave the teabag in though – I just leave it in for 1-2 minutes maximum. The results are practically instant – almost as soon as I finish my mug of tea my stomach is almost 100% better. All cramping is gone – with maybe just a little bit of bloating leftover (which isn’t painful – just not very flattering!) Often, I finish the tea and continue working/watching TV etc and only realise later how better I feel. I’m not a big fan of green tea on its own – I need the one with jasmine. I buy the Lipton’s brand – not sure if Twining’s have the same flavour available. However, it’s important to note that it contains caffeine – so best not to drink it too late at night! Here’s an interesting article I found about how it’s beneficial for stomach pains.
These cookies are gluten free, dairy free, wheat free, egg free and suitable for vegans – but they’re definitely not taste free! While they are a little tough to bite into, they’re a great treat to munch on when my tummy is being a pain. After 1-2 cookies, I’m usually feeling a lot better! You can easily find them in the health food aisle at the supermarket, which is very convenient.
When I’m feeling a bit nauseated post-‘bad’ foods, I find that eating a couple of plain Corn Thins settle my stomach pretty well. I don’t recommend them for cramping or bloating though – you’ll just feel fuller. These can also be found in the supermarket – near the crackers and savoury biscuits.
That’s about it – but I’m discovering new things all the time. I’m also drinking Yakult on a daily basis as a proactive way to improve my stomach sensitiveness – but not 100% convinced that it’s working for me.
I look forward to your feedback!