Challenge Five: Fructans and GOS P1
Now past the half-way point, the next four weeks are all about testing my tolerance to fructans and Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS).
This week has been one marked with a big fat star on my calendar since I started this whole process.
It answers a very important question for little old me….can I eat the yummy white bakery bread that I love so much?
I pretty much already know the answer through informal testing (that’s a no, by the way), but I have been keen to see how reintroduction goes anyway, given that my belly has been having a rest of late (between testing anyway), and my serving size for the test (2 slices) is definitely less than what I would normally eat (who can stop at just two slices when it is that amazing fresh-baked stuff from the local bakery? You need at least four LOL).
Today is day three, and I have just had my third ‘dose’, of what is intended to test the Oligosaccharides (eg. Fructans and Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS)) factor.
To be honest, I have been pleasantly surprised that it hasn’t been as bad as I thought.
That being said, I have definitely had some reactions – just not as bad as last week’s fructose test.
I already had a rumbly tummy on Monday morning before testing, due to some high stress stuff going on in my life at the moment, and high stress plus high heat on the weekend meant that things hadn’t exactly been ‘working’ properly over the weekend, so it wasn’t a exactly clear slate that I was testing on to start with.
Even with that, yeah I have had some twinges and some small pains, I have definitely had some bloating (hello food-baby belly) and gas, and everything is now definitely ‘working’ (LOL) in complete reverse to the weekend, but I haven’t had searing cramps and I haven’t been sprinting to the loo (which is what I expected). I still have today to go, but it is interesting so far.
Of course I have to wait and see what the dietician has to say, but I am hoping that this means that this one may be one of those ones where I have a low/moderate reaction, and its all about judging the risk, and watching my serving size (which as I noted above, has been a issue in the past LOL).
Who knows, let’s see what the dietitian says, but either way, its not as bad as I thought it would be, so its a win in my book!