Well in December I tested my diet (again) by following a Low FODMAP diet, and I've been following it strictly for about 8 weeks now.
It's basically a diet that eliminates high fructose foods and may support those of us who have fructose malabsorption.
Why did I do this? Well, I am already CD and lactose intolerant, but had noticed for a good 6 months that I was not myself. Doc had already put me on Vit D supplements but I still had crushingly low energy. And I had really bad acid reflux, worse after certain foods, and wind sooo bad that the only proper thing to do was to blame the kids I teach!!!! Honestly, I reckon an average of 60-80 farts a day! (sorry)
Well I am 8 weeks in and all change!
The acid reflux has completely disappeared, as has the wind (I'm down to about 2 a day!) No more sudden toilet runs, sleepless IBS nights, daily grumbles. I cannot believe the difference it has made to me. Within 3 days of starting I could feel the difference in my guts.
Having recently started to retest certain foods I'm beginning to see a real pattern in foods I should avoid. Cauliflower is a killer for me and ends in an almost instant toilet dash. Onion I'm less certain of - I think I may be able to get away with a little, or the reaction is slower. Raspberries are ok, but I have to steer clear of mushrooms.
I had falling out with tapioca a couple weeks ago. I'm wondering if that is related or if I have started reacting to even more foods now.
I still have really low energy, but I now know it's not because I am lying awake at night in a constant dull ache from my guts. All that has gone. I think for anyone who has unresolved 'gluten' feelings the Low FODMAP diet is worth a week of your time.