Following a Low FODMAP Diet During the Holidays

If you suffer from IBS or other gastrointestinal disorders, you and your doctor may have determined that a low FODMAP diet is right for you. Of course, following any kind of dietary guidelines during the holiday season is difficult, but Thanksgiving dinner gives you plenty of delicious low FODMAP options to choose from.

What Foods to Avoid During the Holidays

As you navigate the holidays and attempt to keep your IBS under control, there are certain foods that are known triggers that you should avoid – and these foods are everywhere during the holidays. Avoid these foods to help avoid triggering an IBS attack:
  • Breads and cereals
  • Alcohol
  • Cheese
  • Chocolate
  • Fast food
It’s a busy time of year, filled with parties and food-based gifts. If you avoid these known triggers, you’ll feel better for it.

Thanksgiving Meal Planning

Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner or attending a dinner hosted by someone else, you should have no problem filling your plate with low FODMAP foods, starting with turkey. Turkey is a lean protein that can serve as the basis of your meal. Instead of burying it with gravy, choose squash as a side. Include plenty of vegetables, such as carrots and broccoli, and look for options like deviled eggs and pecans to add extra protein.

Watch for These Culprits that Can Trigger IBS

As you make smart food choices over the holidays, remember that caffeine is a known IBS trigger. Skip that extra cup of coffee in the morning and go for a walk instead. Your gastrointestinal system be grateful. Carbonated drinks can also spell trouble, so stick to water. Dairy products can also be an issue, so steer clear of milk and butter (you can use olive oil in recipes). There is no reason you can’t enjoy the holidays, even with IBS. You just need to be mindful of the choices you make to protect your gastrointestinal health. If you’d like further information about food habits, digestive issues, or suspect gastrointestinal problems that need further testing, contact Gotham Gastroenterology. We specialize in gastroenterology, GI health, and nutritional services. Our doctors provide top-notch quality medical care and services in a professional, compassionate, and personalized setting. Call us today at 212-794-0240 or fill out the request form on this page.

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