Goodbye Fiber, Hello FODMAPs – Guide Provides a New Prescription for the IBS Taboo For several years now constipation and diarrhea have been dueling in my digestive system.  I get constipated when I travel and diarrhea takes over my life when I am under stress.  My only conclusion is that I suffer from IBS or irritable bowel syndrome.  Even after adding more fiber to my diet my symptoms still continue. But for the millions of IBS sufferers like myself there is hope thanks to a new proven diet program that truly works.

The FODMAP elimination diet which was developed in Australia, has helped thousands of patients with IBS eliminate their symptoms.  In the book, IBS Free at Last! Change Your Carbs, Change Your Life (second edition) registered dietitian and nutrition therapist Patsy Catsos explains the FODMAP concept, “FODMAP is the acronym for Fermentable Oligo-, Di, and Mono-saccharides And Polyols… FODMAP carbohydrates include certain natural sugars in foods such as milk, fruit, honey, and high-fructose corn syrup.  FODMAPs also include certain types of fiber in foods such as wheat, onions, garlic and beans.”

FODMAP carbs are not absorbed very well in the small intestine. Bacteria already living in your large intestine love these carbs.  When the bacteria feed off of them they produce a lot of gas.  FODMAPs also act like a sponge and draw and hold excess fluid in the large intestine.

In IBS-Free at Last (second edition) Patsy Catsos explains in more detail about what FODMAPs are and how eliminating them from your diet helps relieve IBS symptoms.  I found this book and the tools she provides very helpful in dealing with my IBS.

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IBS-Free at Last (second edition)  includes menus, shopping lists,  label reading tips and several lists of low- and high FODMAP foods.  I eat a lot of dairy products and dried fruits.  Before reading this book I  was not aware that these foods could be contributing to my IBS symptoms.

If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome or any other related intestinal problem you must read IBS- Free at Last! (second edition). After trying the diet program outlined in this book for a couple of weeks I noticed a major decrease in my IBS symptoms.  You can purchase this book in paperback or Kindle format on

*Disclosure: I received a copy of IBS Free at Last! Second Edition in exchange for this review.  All opinions are accurate and 100% mine.

Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger, publisher, freelance writer, online merchant and mother of five children, living in The Pacific Northwest. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms and features several health expert writers and mom bloggers. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

Ms. Talbert is a featured health blogger at and her articles can also be found on She also runs the Healthy Moms Social Network on Ning, is the Chief Marketing Officer for Talbert Nutrition LLC,  and is on the Social Media Advisory Board for America’s Wellness Challenge. Follow her on .

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