7-Day Low FODMAP Diet Plan For IBS

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[Last Updated 31st March, 2017. Shortened to a 7-day plan and swapped some recipes in line with Monash FODMAP updates.]

Do you experience digestive stress almost every single day?

Does it make you feel not only physically tired, but emotionally exhausted too?

If you know or suspect a chronic food intolerance could be causing you to feel this way – and are determined to discover exactly what those problem foods are – this sample meal plan is for you.

The 7-Day Low FODMAP Diet Plan For IBS is a Dietitian-made plan that helps you temporarily eliminate FODMAPs from your diet, which are a proven trigger of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

It’s designed to give you some ideas and take the stress and guesswork out of your meal-planning.

Remember that a low FODMAP diet should be strictly followed for at least 28 days (4 weeks) in order to be effective. To learn why, please read this first.

After that period it may be time to progress to the reintroduction or rechallenge phase.

Many recipes in this plan are from FODMAP bloggers and dietitians that I strongly encourage you to follow!

The 7-Day Low FODMAP Diet Plan For IBS

Absolutely Must-Read Notes Before You Start:

  1. Ask your personal doctor or dietitian first: While I am a qualified Dietitian, I’m not familiar with your personal medical history, your current medications or additional factors that need to be considered when altering your diet or fitness regime.
  2. This meal plan is high restrictive and temporary: A low FODMAP diet is highly restrictive and not for those without a medical reason. It’s also a temporary eating pattern that is split into the Elimination Phase (1st) and the Reintroduction Phase (2nd) – read more about it here. This plan focuses on the Elimination Phase.
  3. Not appropriate for certain medical conditions: That includes people with diet-related medical conditions (eg. type 1 or type 2 diabetes using medication) and those at risk of eating disorders or emotionally fragile. Also it goes without saying that this is not for children- any elimination diet for a child must be under direct supervision of a dietitian.
  4. Download this low FODMAP food list: Portion size is fundamental as most low FODMAP foods still contain small amounts. For example, a serving of pineapple is low FODMAP, but if you eat half a pineapple in one go then your FODMAP intake will be high. Download this list as a low FODMAP food guide.
  5. Choose water as your drink: The meal plan does not include drinks, but keep a bottle of water with you at all times and drink up. Black coffee, black tea, peppermint tea, and green tea are very low FODMAP and okay to have (no milk).
  6. Prepare all foods yourself at home where possible:  To avoid accidentally consuming high FODMAP foods usually means planning meals ahead of time, which is why I recommend you grab the shopping list for each week’s recipes at the bottom of this post.
  7. Keep a food diary: Record each meal you had and if you experienced any undesirable symptoms after each meal or later that day. This is known as a food diary and is crucial for helping you recognise triggers and later on for the reintroduction phase. Here is a simple example from Healthy Food Guide NZ that you could mimic, or just write yours on some paper at home.
  8. The recipes sourced often make 2-4 servings: Consider this when writing your shopping list. You will have leftovers. Feed the family or save the leftovers to have in place of a meal on another day.
  9. I also strongly recommend you invest $11 to purchase the Monash University FODMAPs app, available on iPhone and Android devices. They have a huge bank of foods that have been tested for their FODMAP levels, as well as almost 100 original recipe ideas. Small price to pay for a lifetime of change.

Please email me if you have any other questions – hello AT dietvsdisease.org (had to write it like that to avoid Spam-bots).

Day #1 Monday

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Breakfast: Low FODMAP Blueberry Smoothie. Make a big batch so it’s ready to go from the fridge each morning.

Lunch: Fresh Spring (Rice-Paper) Rolls. Select a maximum of 3 veggies (from this list) and add a protein if you like. Leave out avocado and scallions.

Dinner: Maple Garlic Glazed Salmon + low FODMAP veggies (see the link just above) + 1 cup cooked brown rice (for the fiber).

Snack 1:  A big handful of macadamias, Brazil nuts or walnuts (40g maximum). Important for fiber and nutrients.

Snack 2: Certified low FODMAP Dark Chocolate, Nuts and Sea Salt Snack Bar.

Day #2 Tuesday

Low FODMAP Diet Plan For IBS. Day #2. Click through to see more

Breakfast: 1/2 cup rolled oats + water or lactose-free milk, topped with ½ banana. More than 1/2 cup is high FODMAP (oligosaccharides).

Lunch: Pumpkin & Carrot Risotto. This is best prepared ahead of time in batches.

Dinner: Brown Rice Noodle & Veggie Stir Fry with Shrimp

Snack: 1 cup total of carrot and cucumber sticks + 3-4 tbsp cottage cheese. Keep these in the fridge as a snack or bring them to work.

Want to save all the recipes and ingredients for this meal plan?

Or click here to download.

 

Day #3 Wednesday

Low FODMAP Diet Plan For IBS. Day #3. Click through to see more

Breakfast: Overnight Banana Chocolate Oats

Lunch: Easy One-Pan Ratatouille

Dinner: Quinoa Crusted Chicken Parmesan + 1 cup cooked brown rice (for fiber) and low FODMAP veggies (from this list). Swap marinara sauce for plain tinned tomatoes.

Snack 1:  200g (7oz) Lactose-free yoghurt

Snack 2: Certified Low FODMAP Almond Coconut Snack Bar.

Day #4 Thursday

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Breakfast: Sourdough toast (white wheat or 100% spelt) + peanut butter (2 pieces). Learn more about breads are okay here.

Lunch: Quinoa Salad with Nuts. This recipe has many alternatives depending on what vegetables and nuts you have leftover. Leave out the fruit.

Dinner: Low FODMAP Spaghetti Bolognese. You can also use certified low FODMAP bolognese sauce.

Snack: 1 cup of carrot and cucumber sticks + 3-4 tbsp cottage cheese

Day #5 Friday

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Breakfast: Choose your favourite.

Lunch: Low-FODMAP Tomato and Leek Frittata

Dinner: Sesame Tofu with Broccoli and Walnuts + brown rice (for extra fiber). Brown rice provides extra fibre (you will need it), but limit broccoli to 2/3 cup per serve.

Snack 1: A big handful of macadamias, Brazil nuts or walnuts (40g maximum)

Snack 2: 1 small packet (50 grams) corn chips + certified low FODMAP salsa.

Day #6 Saturday

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Breakfast: Low FODMAP Blueberry Pancakes.

Lunch: Choose your favourite or leftovers.

Dinner: Choose your favourite / leftovers / eating out

Snack: 200g (7oz) Lactose-free yoghurt

Day #7 Sunday

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Breakfast: Sunday Breakfast: Poached Eggs on Toast. Use sourdough toast (white wheat or 100% spelt).

Lunch: Choose your favourite / leftovers / eating out

Dinner: Korean Bibimbap Nourishing Bowl

Snack: Banana Nut Quinoa Muffins. One muffin, too many and it becomes high FODMAP.

Bonus Snack Ideas

Additional healthy treats and snack ideas… because life happens:

Snacks

Desserts and Treats

Want all the recipes and shopping list to print?

To make it easy for you, I’ve compiled all the recipes and ingredients for this meal plan into a document . You can then save it to your phone or print it out:

Or click here to download.

 

Free Foods

Monash have discovered that some fruits and vegetables are so low in FODMAPs that they can be eaten “freely”.

That is, you don’t really have to worry about them.

Click here to see the full list.

Further Reading

For more details and recipes, you can’t go past The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet: A Revolutionary Plan for Managing IBS and Other Digestive Disorders. 

It’s authored by Dr. Sue Shepard and Dr. Peter Gibson, the researchers who first discovered the IBS-FODMAP link.

 Click here to take a look on Amazon (aff link).

If you’ve already been through the elimination phase successfully, it could be time to move on to the reintroduction/rechallenge phase.

More on IBS, FODMAPs and related topics

The 7-Day Low FODMAP Diet Plan For IBS is a Dietitian-made plan to help you eliminate FODMAPs from your diet- a proven trigger of IBS. Click here to view: dietvsdisease.org/low-fodmap-diet-plan-for-ibs/

Comments

  1. Heather Evans says:

    Thanks Joe have been following you for a while now. At Last someone has turned on the light for me. My whole body feels like it’s groaning and saying for goodness sake please help me. I am however having trouble about where to start. I have changed my attitude towards exercise. And now are really enjoying it. My problem is I’m a terrible night eater. I will eat anything that’s no nailed down.
    What do you suggest as a good snack at night time

    • Hi Heather,

      Do you mean where to start for food intolerance, or just for health in general?
      That’s great to hear about exercise, so that shouldn’t take up so much willpower now (willpower is finite). Now you can focus on your nighttime habits.

      I’d say fruit is a better option than junk food, and it works as a good swap because it’s still sweet. But at least has some fibre and much lower calorie per gram.

      Or popcorn, but only natural microwave popcorn (you can buy that variety) or better yet popcorn that you have to pop yourself on the stove. (FODMAP friendly too).

      85%+ dark chocolate is another good one, because you can’t eat loads of it.

      Then there is the more important things to think about to make it a healthy habit. Not having any junk food in the house is the best method, because then you can’t even consider it.
      Or brush your teeth shortly after dinner, because then you’ve made that commitment already to no longer eat afterwards.

  2. Hi thank you, I think I might have to start this, the bloating is unbearable.. I’ve been tested and do not have celiacs, I eat healthy and lots of salads, but I might have to replace apples with banana, I need a change..

    • Bananas bloat me up and make me nauseous—so don’t go overboard on anything-moderation is the key—Bananas are high in potassium, I have high potassium. Hyperkalemia is the term for that.

      I’ve seen some negative comments about LOW FODMAP diets, and it could be the amount of bananas- other than that, this is one of the best looking diets.

  3. I feel like I’m starving all the time so it’s terribly depressing what can I do?

  4. Sarah G says:

    So excited that I found your site! I have been aware of FODMAP “eat this not that” lists for a while but it’s helpful to see how you can build your meals for a whole week vs. good food/bad food mentality.

    Thank you
    Sarah

  5. Hi. I downloaded the 14 day FODMAP shopping list today, and purchased everything on it so that I could follow your meal plan. However, when I got home, I started looking at the recipes in the links that appear in the 14 day plan, they had a number of items in them that do not appear on your shopping list! This is very frustrating, and likely means that I will end up doing repeated trips to the shops, which is what I was hoping to avoid!

  6. HI, I don’t see the link to the shopping list…am I blind??? lol

    Bobbi
    Thank you so much, my journey is just beginning and this will help tremendously!

  7. Ronda Bentley says:

    Hi. I have several food allergies including all Treenuts and shrimp. What would be good replacements?

  8. Kaye Duerksen says:

    Hey Joe,
    Just wanted to say how easy and user friendly I found your article and attachments to be. I have now followed FODMAP for months now by researching anything I could get my hands on. Wish I would have found yours earlier. Now I’m at the point of adding things in slowly to see what bothers me. The info on gluten free products enlightened me. Grocery list is just FABULOUS!

  9. Heather Rozelle says:

    I’m not really sure where I fall in. My body definitely responds to wheat (gluten I think), dairy, sugars of all kinds (since birth), and now corn. I feel like I’m on a runaway train with no brakes. I get everything from headaches to body aches to stomachaches (sometimes right after or even while eating) to diarrhea. I have ataxia and various forms of Tremor. The only thing I know for sure is that I have two mutated genes MTHFR C677T and A1298C (compound heterozygous) that prevents me from methylating folic acid. Seems to be the cause of inflammation. Any thoughts? Is this diet for me? Or do I need something else?

  10. Irish girl says:

    In the notes you said ” I recommend you grab the shopping list for each week’s recipes at the bottom of this post.”, but I can’t find a link. Can you please send me the link. Looking forward to giving it a try

  11. Hi,

    I broke my diet accidentally. Does that mean that tomorrow is day one?

    Sims

  12. Kathy Gilkison says:

    You mentioned that this diet is not good for type 2 diabetics. So… what does a diabetic with intestinal issues do? Also, if I do this diet, I think a descending list of the allowed foods and ascending of the not allowed would be helpful to me in making choices. In other words, if I eat fruit, say, which is the worst and best?

  13. I can’t tolerate quinoa. What would be an acceptable swap?

  14. Hey there I found your page very useful thank you however I hate egg to the point i wretch at just the smell and hate the texture and taste of vegetables so I really am not sure what to do with regards to following a healthy diet or the diet shown above? I have had chronic ibs for 16 years and only vegetables I have ever eaten or will eat is peppers chopped up tiny in meals. :/Any suggestions would be really appreciated. Thank you.

  15. Billie Jo Ruttan says:

    I start seeing my dietician next week to help her me on track with the fodmap plan. I have already started sampling some of the recipes, and using the good lists as I am shopping
    The elimination part is going to be easy I already have a good idea of what causes my flare up, my biggest goal is getting rid of this bloating I have. Thanks again for all the ideas keep them coming, because I am determined to get this under control and have my life back.

  16. Hi
    Have a spastic stomach
    Really cramps up. It comes at different times of the day. Trying to follow the elimination phase and think it’s ok but boom, it comes back
    Oatmeal blueberries strawberries almond milk, salmon chicken are in the diet.
    drink peppermint tea, water and cucumber/celery juice.
    Still get the cramps. More often now then 4 weeks ago.
    Any remedy for the cramps?
    Also taking antispasmodic medicine
    Any help out there for the cramps?

    Doug

  17. Hi, I was diagnosed with IBS when I was six, I’m now 30. To be honest I’ve started to do something about it only since 2016 but I find the info online confusing. I’ve tried eating healthier like more fruit but I found most fruit gives me cramps? I’ve tried to eat porridge again gives me more cramps? The only things I know for definite I can eat is fish, vegetables, salad and chicken but how can I make food tasty if I don’t even know what food I should/shouldn’t eat!

  18. I’ve had loose stool for 10 years. I’ve had all kinds of testing and no one can figure out why. My gastroenterologist hasn’t mentioned a low FODMAP diet, but I came across it while researching on my own. I do have a history of long term antibiotics to treat Lyme disease, but the loose stool issue didn’t start until at least 5 years after I finished treatment…probably closer to 8-10 years.
    To complicate matters, I’m vegan. It looks like it could be quite a challenge to do this diet. Any suggestions?

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