As a gastroenterologist, I have seen countless patients over the years with abdominal pain, bloating, irregular bowel habits, diarrhea and constipation. They end up in my office after several visits to their primary care physician, and sometimes they have even met with other gastroenterologists. They are frustrated and in pain, and they are looking for answers. These patients desperately want a solution that will help them feel “normal” again.
When I see these patients again after they have tried the low FODMAP diet, the vast majority report that they feel immensely better. Many have told me they didn’t believe they would ever feel this good again. Some haven’t felt this great in 30 years! They no longer plan every social outing around the availability of a bathroom. They don’t have to scout them out each time they walk into a store, restaurant or event. And they can even relax at work, knowing that if they need to use the restroom they aren’t worried about who may be in the stall next door. Their new lifestyle is full – a large variety of delicious foods that won’t cause pain, less stress/anxiety and the ability to be spontaneous. They are getting back to their true self.
But, there’s one BIG problem these patients face – they are busy and packaged foods and snacks often contain FODMAPs. For years I waited for a person or company to make food for them. They needed an option that is quick, safe and wouldn’t leave them in a bind when they were hungry while out and about. Eventually, my husband got tired of listening to my complaints and said “either you do it or stop talking about it.” So I began TrueSelf Foods.
I decided snack bars were a good entry point because people can simply throw one in their bag or car and not be in a crisis situation three hours later. In the few short weeks that we’ve been available on our website and Amazon, we’ve received excellent reviews and feedback.
I am excited to provide the first certified FODMAP Friendly foods available in the US. They are a safe, delicious, convenient option for people on a low FODMAP diet.