Ahoy there me mateys! Okay so this be a weird book to appear on me blog. A little background. I don’t talk much of me personal life on this blog very often because the focus is books and the point of this hobby is to bring me joy. So the bad things that happen tend to be dealt with on me own. However, life changes occurred in 2018 that made this book relevant and helpful and so figured I would share in case some other crew member may need it.
Beginning in March 2018 and taking until December 2018, I experienced intestinal pain of such intensity that I would be laid out in me bunk for days at a time. Thousands of dollars in medical tests later gave me negative results and no pain relief. Then I got a new primary doctor who suggested a low-FODMAP diet. Basically for reasons no one understands, my body suddenly stopped being able to digest certain types of sugars. Diabetes runs rampant in me family so I don’t know if there is a correlation but there is no denying that beloved foods now cause excruciating pain. And a lot of that pain shows up with anywhere from 4 to 10 pounds of stomach bloat.
This book showed up towards the end of journey into the FODMAP diet. I had already been (finally) diagnosed and was at the tail end of figuring out the list of many foods that cause me grief. But I saw this title on NetGalley, thought “well more information is always good”, and got a partial eArc from the publisher. I was mainly interested in the recipe recommendations and to see what other recommendations there were for combating bloat as all the doctors were disinclined or confused about how to actually treat the recurring systems that just wouldn’t go away. None of the standard medication worked for me.
So I ended up really liking this book as an additional resource. The particular sections that were invaluable dealt with supplements, fiber, and the research results of some of the recent studies. I do think this would be a great starting point into possibilities of bloating issues and wish I had this back in the beginning. There is even a quiz to that can help determine which conditions ye might have. So much suffering and useless medical tests could have been avoided. I do have to say that the recipes in this book were lackluster. Basically there are a couple of recipes for each type of diagnosis. So don’t buy this for the recipes. But if ye experience unusual painful bloating and are at a loss as to how to get rid of it then this book might be handy.
Goodreads’ website has this to say about the novel:
Bloating: ugh. About the most common complaint they get from patients, according to gastroenterologists. But Tamara Duker Freuman, a highly trained and sought-after nutritionist, knows something many doctors don’t: every unhappy belly is unhappy in its own way. That’s why Tamara’s clients call her “The Bloated Belly Whisperer,” and for good reason–for many years she’s successfully helped her clients accurately describe their symptoms, and find a course of treatment that delivers rapid and lasting relief.
In The Bloated Belly Whisperer, Tamara guides readers through the same steps she would use in a consultation, first with a quiz to help them hone in on their specific symptoms, and then by discussing the latest research and patient stories to offer dozens of solutions that will reduce abdominal bloating in a week or less by:
– Helping identify the specific cause of bloating
– Equipping readers with the right terminology and questions to take to their next doctor’s visit
– Teaching the most effective dietary remedies for each particular brand of bloating
– Laying out the tools and healthy practices to end abdominal distress and bloating once and for all
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