As my children are still relatively small (4 and 6 years), I am a newcomer to the “school holiday” experience, which I have mostly found to be chaotic, busy and with all semblance of routine thrown out of the window. So I was well and truly ready for us to return to routine at the start of this week – my sanity was noticeably starting to fray and my exercise routine and sugar-free state also in tatters. Then, one by one, we have come down with a virus-y, cold-y thing. In Australia we are entering the cool season, which in Brisbane never gets very cold, but nonetheless the change of season sparks the first series of colds and viruses which seem to hit children first, and then of course, their parents! My best laid plans and urgent non-child commitments have had to be pushed to the back-burner while I care for my little family as well as myself…
So as well as feeling unwell I find myself also struggling with rising stress levels as deadlines loom and washing piles climb… Of all the mundane challenges of being a mum, I find the toughest time is when the kids are sick, as everything else (quite rightly) get gets pushed down the priority list. I’m managing to keep my head above water and hopefully next week will be a better one.
In the past I would have been tempted to stray from the low fodmap diet but I am pleased that I am keeping to the diet – thank goodness for Sue Shepherds Low Fodmap soup which is what we lived on yesterday! I was less restrained with a bar of chocolate that was calling out to be eaten on the couch last night in my semi-comatose state, but if that’s the worse that happens then I think I am doing pretty well. I am also aware that in the past I would have gotten a lot sicker with these passing virus’s so it is testament to how well I have been looking after myself.
On a more positive note I have started experimenting with green banana flour (a resistant starch) as well as milk kefir and I am reading a lot about the benefits of pro and pre-biotics at the moment which is fascinating. Intuitively I feel that these might have a role to play in improving symptoms of IBS… Has anyone had personal experience of these? Please tell me about it!
You probably won’t hear from me for a while (I have a few super busy weeks coming up), but I will continue with my experiments and let you know how I get on.
All the best,