A wise person once said, Everyone Poops. And if you have Crohn’s Disease, you know this is exceptionally true.
Poop and IBD go hand and hand. I learned early on that I could understand how my insides were doing by looking at what was coming out of them. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised to have healthy, regular poops while on the Fodmap diet.
Now, you may ask: What makes for a healthy poop? Well, obviously a lot of people asked this question because there is a chart to help with poop identification:
This chart is known as the Bristol Stool Scale. It is designed to help doctors understand how the body is breaking down and digesting food. I personally like this chart because it lets me know what to expect or how I am going to feel for the next few days if I deviate from “normal” poops.
I don’t go as far as keeping a poop journal, which some people find very helpful! But once I start the Fodmap diet, I did try to keep mental notes of how I felt and well… pooped throughout the day.
I scored Type 4s across the broad! Woooohoooo! Seeing it described as a “sausage” makes me never want to eat sausage again. But this means that the diet provided me with the proper amount of fiber (lacking in Type 1 poops) and did not irritate my intestines (the cause of Type 7 poops).
Happy eating! (And pooping)