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The IBS Elimination Diet and Cookbook
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The IBS Elimination Diet and Cookbook
The Proven Low-FODMAP Plan for Eating Well and Feeling Great
The complete guide for overcoming IBS by discovering your triggers and building a personalized, doable, and fulfilling diet around nutritious, delicious foods that let you finally feel your best.

Patsy Catsos, MS, RDN, LD, pioneered the use of the low-FODMAP diet to find your unique FODMAP fingerprint when she self-published IBS—Free at Last!, ushering in a new era of treating IBS through diet instead of medication. Written for at-home use, her book quickly established itself among doctors and other specialists as an invaluable tool for anyone suffering from IBS, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, SIBO, and gluten sensitivity.

This new, definitive edition offers the theory along with a program that walks you through eliminating FODMAPs (difficult-to-digest carbohydrates found in a variety of otherwise healthy foods) and adding them back one by one—the most usable, thorough program available. And its 56 delicious recipes, 24 full-color photos, and comprehensive guides to high- and low-FODMAP foods make this the bible of the low-FODMAP lifestyle. Here is your plan for eating well while finally feeling great.
Note: This is the updated and expanded edition of IBS—Free at Last, including its landmark 8-step program.
The complete guide for overcoming IBS by discovering your triggers and building a personalized, doable, and fulfilling diet around nutritious, delicious foods that let you finally feel your best.

Patsy Catsos, MS, RDN, LD, pioneered the use of the low-FODMAP diet to find your unique FODMAP fingerprint when she self-published IBS—Free at Last!, ushering in a new era of treating IBS through diet instead of medication. Written for at-home use, her book quickly established itself among doctors and other specialists as an invaluable tool for anyone suffering from IBS, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, SIBO, and gluten sensitivity.

This new, definitive edition offers the theory along with a program that walks you through eliminating FODMAPs (difficult-to-digest carbohydrates found in a variety of otherwise healthy foods) and adding them back one by one—the most usable, thorough program available. And its 56 delicious recipes, 24 full-color photos, and comprehensive guides to high- and low-FODMAP foods make this the bible of the low-FODMAP lifestyle. Here is your plan for eating well while finally feeling great.
Note: This is the updated and expanded edition of IBS—Free at Last, including its landmark 8-step program.
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    A Revolution in IBS Treatment

    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 monosaccharides 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 now proof that changing the types of sugars and fibers in your diet can help you achieve lasting relief from IBS symptoms. The FODMAP approach, developed in Australia and now used around the world, is increasingly recognized as the most effective way to manage IBS with diet. Up to 85 percent of patients report significant improvement of their IBS symptoms when they have followed a low-FODMAP diet. The 35 million Americans with IBS (about 11 percent of the population) are no longer left to their own devices, desperately looking for help with their symptoms. 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.

    When I wrote the first edition of IBS—Free at Last! in 2008, almost no one knew about FODMAPs outside of Australia; the challenge was to get the information to the IBS sufferers who needed it. Its publication coincided with exploding consumer interest in nutrition and non-drug therapies for IBS. Connected by social media and with ready access to published medical literature, people began to learn self-help strategies directly from each other, without regard to international boundaries and without the filter of what their health-care providers knew or chose to share with them. This meant that patients often learned about FODMAPs from the Internet, or from my book, before their doctors or dietitians did. We are witnessing a revolution, with nutrition emerging as first-line therapy for IBS, and it has been a patient-driven phenomenon.

    Today, the challenge for many IBS sufferers is actually dealing with too much information (and misinformation!). Word spreads fast on the Internet, sometimes presented by people with a thin grasp of nutritional science. Pretty recipe pictures on Pinterest and lists of high- and low-FODMAP foods are not enough. To get the best outcome from a FODMAP elimination diet, you need a strategy and a plan. You need help in cutting through the confusion about FODMAPs and IBS, and in getting down to work. You deserve trustworthy guidance, and you can find it here. With this book, you can conduct a dietary experiment to learn how FODMAPs affect you by eating only low-FODMAP foods for a few weeks, then reintroducing high-FODMAP foods and monitoring your symptoms. You will learn which FODMAPs affect you and which ones don't.

    That's what this book is. This revised and expanded version of IBS—Free at Last! is your guide to understanding the science of FODMAPs and finding your unique FODMAP fingerprint. And it offers fifty-six delicious recipes to get you started on your new pain-free lifestyle, as well as tips and plans for eating when you don't have the time and resources to cook every meal from...

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  • PATSY CATSOS, MS, RD, LD, is a leader in the field of low-FODMAP diet. A nutritionist based in Portland, Maine, with a BS in nutrition from Cornell University and a master's degree in nutrition from Boston University, she completed her internship at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital and now maintains a private practice. She also speaks at conferences for other nutritionist and doctors.
    She was first to publish a book about the low-FODMAP diet, IBS—Free At Last! in 2009. Before long, it was adopted not only by IBS sufferers, but by health care professionals and major medical centers. Her step-by-step elimination diet is updated for ultimate usability and effectiveness in this new edition, The IBS Elimination Diet and Cookbook. It helped set the standard of care for patients using diet, not medicine, and continues to be the most recommended by doctors.
    She lives in Portland, Maine, with her husband, Paul.

    www.ibsfree.net

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  • Miechelle O'Brien, MD, PhD, co-Founder TrueSelf Foods (Low-FODMAP Foods Made Easy) "Long a leader in IBS and low FODMAP education, Patsy Catsos dives deeper than ever before in this book, with up-to-date medical insight and real world strategies. This is an invaluable resource for my IBS patients."
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