Low-FODMAP and Vegan with Jo Stepaniak

 In Diet, FODMAPS, Health, Sugar, Vegan

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Date: August 29, 2016

Episode Description

Numerous studies have shown the benefits of a plant based diet, and anyone who eats a vegan diet expects to have improvement in their health.  But what if that doesn’t happen?  What if eating a plant based diet increases digestive symptoms, or causes more health problems.  In Jo Stepaniak’s book “Low-FODMAP and Vegan” she clearly lays out the dangers of FODMAPs for those with IBS or a sensitive digestive system.

Dr. Risk’s Thoughts

In my health journey, my gut was the first thing to get affected, and the last thing to clear up.  In my worst year of illness I became anaphylactic to most of my favourite foods, and have tried every diet there is: paleo, vegan, low FODMAPS, low oxalate, low histamine, etc.  I was sometimes overwhelmed, and like Jo Stepaniak, know what it is like to feel that food isn’t safe.  In the end most of my issues calmed down, but that wasn’t without such an extreme, comprehensive journey and diets.  I now recognize that there is no “one diet” for everyone, and we are as individual in our dietary needs as our finger prints.  I love sharing these different options with you, so that you can find what works for you, especially if you are going through a journey like I did.

Guest Information

Jo Stepaniak

Jo Stepaniak is the author and coauthor of more than two dozen books on cooking, health, and compassionate living, including Gluten-Free Tips and Tricks for Vegans, The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook, Gluten-Free Success Strategies, and The Food Allergy Survival Guide (with dietitians Vesanto Melina and Dina Aronson). She has dealt with multiple food sensitivities and understands firsthand the challenges of living with dietary restrictions.  Having struggled with IBS for decades, Jo knows what it’s like to feel that no food is safe, even when eating healthy vegan fare.

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