Thank goodness for “gluten free”!

Low Fodmap for LifeI went to the shops this weekend for some much needed “alone” time – I had spent the morning entertaining 15 small children at my daughter’s birthday party! I stopped off at a new cafe in the shopping centre and I saw this sign – I didn’t believe that all (or even some!) of those tempting goodies would be Gluten Free, and so I ordered a coffee and asked. They told me “yes, all of our products are gluten free, including the bagels.” WHHHAAATT? Although I wasn’t hungry I couldn’t resist a Macadamia and Caramel slice. Next time I will go back and try their bagels as they looked amazing!!!

My experience made me realise just how fortunate we (low fodmap enthusiasts) are to have the increased awareness of “gluten free” needs these days.  As I mentioned in my last post gluten free foods are the best go-to options when eating out, and I was just so uplifted when I went to this cafe today and there were so many options that I could eat (when so often my choices are incredibly limited).

So often I tend to focus on the glass half empty (what I can’t eat), and I am now slowly learning to change my focus. This experience leads me to want to capture these key points:

  • I am grateful for the growing awareness in our communities that there are individuals who need to follow a restricted diet, particularly gluten free, as this so helpful on the low fodmap diet
  • I am grateful that scientists have discovered the powerful, life-enhancing difference low fodmap eating has for those who suffer from IBS
  • I am thankful for those days when I am free from IBS symptoms, as it is only then that I fully realise how much they impact on the quality of my daily life
  • I hope that by focusing on how wonderful I feel when following the low fodmap diet that I will be less likely to stray from this (often difficult) way of eating

There are so many things in our lives to be grateful for, and it is funny, but actually consciously thinking about what I am grateful for makes me feel happy….

What do you have to be grateful for?

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