Ask An Expert

FODMAP Diet and Eating Disorder Recovery?

I tend to suggest more gentle approaches before using the low FODMAP diet.
Our Ask an Expert Column allows you to submit your questions anonymously to our panel of health professionals. To submit a question of your own, visit


What are your thoughts on the FODMAP diet for those who have a history with an eating disorder or disordered eating?

Dear L,

When working with clients with a history of disordered eating experiencing digestive issues, I tend to suggest more gentle approaches before using the low FODMAP diet.

For example, we might experiment with:

  • Reducing common gut disrupters like artificial sugars, added fibre (ex: inulin), and caffeine
  • Introducing probiotics, digestive enzymes, a magnesium supplement, or herbal supplements (like Iberogast)
  • Breathing exercises
  • Warm beverages like peppermint tea
  • And more!

When we have exhausted these options, we may consider trialing a modified, less restrictive version of the low FODMAP diet.

I encourage clients to regularly assess how these dietary changes are making them feel. Being reflective can help to identify any reappearance of unhelpful thoughts or behaviours.

In conclusion, I believe a modified low FODMAP diet can be helpful for some, especially when approached within the context of self-care.

I would encourage getting support from an eating disorder dietitian if this accessible, as well as an increased awareness of how our relationship with food is being impacted by these dietary changes.


Josée Sovinsky, RD

If you have a question you wish to submit, visit:

You can read our archives of answered submitted questions HERE.

Article Photo by Augustine Fou on Unsplash


Become a patron!

Become a Monthly Patron

$ 5

You have chosen to donate $5 monthly.

Select Payment Method
Personal Info

Credit Card Info
This is a secure SSL encrypted payment.

Donation Total: $5 Monthly

Support our work through our NEW Giving Shop!

libero mental health nonprofit giving shop preview

Ask An Expert Column Disclaimer

This column is meant to serve as a safe place to ask questions and get opinions from educated professionals. Please always consult your own team before making any changes to your medication, activities, or recovery process. Although our Experts are certified professionals in their area, their advice may not be suitable for your situation, and thus is not to be taken in place of that given by your recovery team and/or family doctor or personal therapist. Please use your own good judgment, and consult a licensed mental or physical health practitioner for specific treatment. In the case of a crisis, please do not rely on this column. Please contact one of the Helplines listed in our Resources section if you feel you are a harm to yourself or in need of emergency support.

Do you blog about mental health?

Follow us on Instagram!

Instagram has returned empty data. Please authorize your Instagram account in the plugin settings .

Micaela: Free from Shame | Libero Magazine 1

Share your story! [click here] or post your “Free from___” photo on Instagram and tag us: @liberomagazine!


The opinions and information shared in this article or any other Content on our site may not represent that of Libero Network Society. We hold no liability for any harm that may incur from reading content on our site. Please always consult your own medical professionals before making any changes to your medication, activities, or recovery process.

Libero does not provide emergency support. If you are in crisis, please call 1-800-784-2433 or another helpline or 911.