As an IBS dietitian I am always looking for new ways to talk about the low FODMAP diet and how it applies to my patients. On Instagram @AndreaHardyRD, I talk all about FODMAPs and why some people have different tolerances to high FODMAP foods than others do.

Why does it seem as though some people on the low FODMAP diet can tolerate more FODMAPs than others? 🤨⁠

Think about your FODMAP threshold like a bucket. The size of the bucket differs between individuals – some buckets are smaller and some are larger. 🧺⁠

🔼 For those who have a larger bucket, they can eat foods containing FODMAPs freely and comfortably without ever overflowing their bucket. ⁠

🔽 For those who have a smaller bucket, their threshold to high FODMAP foods is lower, and can easily overfill their bucket – leading to IBS symptoms.⁠

The size of your FODMAP ‘bucket’ may change during periods of stress, hormonal changes, if you’ve had a lack of sleep, or even medication changes! ⁠

Food is only ONE factor in IBS management – it’s important to know that sometimes we need to focus on those other factors that change our FODMAP tolerance, especially stress! ⁠

Stress can affect how you tolerate FODMAPs. More stress often leads to more digestive distress. For example, you may be able to have more FODMAPs on the weekend if you are relaxed, compared to during the week or at a stressful event. What makes understanding the FODMAP bucket concept so helpful is knowing that with small tweaks and changes, you can help to manage your symptoms. 😊⁠

For example, when I’m stressed, I know I’m not going to eat a pasta loaded with garlic and mushrooms, though I might do that on a relaxed Friday night when my gut has been feeling good all week as I know it can handle it! 😁⁠

Need help getting started on the low FODMAP diet? Download my free e-book – link in bio!⁠