Cocktails and Mocktails for May Celebrations
Showers and celebrations with friends abound this time of year. Show us your healthy, colourful drink concoctions for festivities like bridal showers and graduation celebrations.
Now challenging a FODMAP is probably not something you want to do as part of a bridal shower, but it is a delicious way to celebrate your graduation from the elimination phase to the challenge phase of the low FODMAP diet.
The challenge phase is the second phase of the low FODMAP diet. The main goal of this phase is to find out which FODMAP groups are your biggest triggers & which FODMAP groups do you tolerate well. During this phase, you will also learn the difference between mild, moderate and severe symptoms and importantly how to challenge a food to get accurate and reliable answers. This new found knowledge will guide you towards learning how to live & eat like a normal person. You can read more about the 3 phases of the low FODMAP diet here.
If you want to get accurate results, the challenge phase needs to have structure and clear rules to follow:
If you react: If you are reacting, you can stop the challenge. Take the test food back out of the diet and wait until the reaction goes away. Wait until you feel well again. Then have at least three days with no or minimal symptoms before starting the next test.
If you do not react: If there is NO REACTION during the challenge, you can consider the challenge complete. You still need to stop eating the challenge food and wait 3 days before beginning the next challenge.
Challenges are completed over 3-6 days. Each challenge starts with a small dose of the test food which then increases in over a few days.
There are two options for a challenge schedule, you can choose whichever one you feel suits you best.