My blog posts are few and far between I know, life has been keeping me busy!
I have almost finished a Graduate Diploma Degree in Counselling and I volunteer one day a week supporting adults and young people who have lost a loved one and who are struggling to cope. It can be hard work, but I enjoy it, and I learn so much about resilience, perseverance in the face of insurmountable obstacles, but most of all about love. Because the only reason grief and loss is so hard is because we love so much.
The other four days a week I am working on a new business which is in a completely different space, and somehow this seems to work for me. But, yes, I’m very busy.
How am I managing to also balance my two kids and all the prep and cooking needed on the low fodmap diet? Continue reading
The Fodmap diet is one of the most complex “dietary requirements” and I have always had praise for the Monash Uni’s Low Fodmap App, as it helps to shine light on the extraordinary complexities of food types and serving sizes across the food groups. Their new app update though has me reeling in dismay…. It takes the fodmap diet from confusing to disorientating… Continue reading
Before I started the low fodmap diet 3 and a half years ago, I would regularly eat lentils and kidney beans which I would add to soups, bolognese sauce, and chilli con carne, because they are great sources of fibre and an easy way to stretch out a meat-based meal and save some $$ at the same time. This all came to a halt, and I have not had any success re-introducing them and so I gave up on legumes. Recently though I have discovered Butter Beans (also known as Lima Beans) Continue reading
I have been looking over some of my older posts and thinking about new topics for the blog, when I came across the first one that I wrote and felt that it still resonated with me, and I thought I would re-post, perhaps it might strike a chord with you too. This post describes the moment when I was reduced to tears by a snow pea. Continue reading
If you are anything like my family the increased choice and variety of milk makes for some practical concerns – I often have 4 different types of milk on the go in my fridge: rice milk (for my son), almond milk (for me), lactose-free milk (for my daughter and myself) and then regular milk (for my husband and any visitors). As I also have an incredibly small fridge (to fit my small kitchen), things tend to get quite crowded. One way around this is to ditch the regular milk and only buy lactose-free milk, but then this gets quite expensive – until I discovered a really easy and relatively inexpensive way to make my own… Continue reading
Last week I wrote about recent research showing that an increased intake of soluble fibre can be helpful in the treatment of IBS. If you missed it you can read the post here: Soluble fibre helps IBS symptoms, but which are the best low fodmap options?
In the post, I listed out the best low fodmap food items to eat to give your soluble fibre intake a boost. I did find the list a bit over-whelming and thought: so what now?
I have put together a list of the top 5 ways to get more soluble fibre into our daily diet as a helpful guide that is easier to focus on. Continue reading
I am a chocolate lover and I am guessing that 99% of you are as well…
There was a time when I thought I was intolerant of chocolate and I was absolutely devastated. As it turned out I was intolerant of the erythritol in the “healthy” chocolate that I was choosing to indulge in!
Over the past year I have been passionate about making my own chocolate, but lately I have been buying it, and I thought you might like my tips for choosing the best, low fodmap chocolate. Continue reading
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I have been suffering chronic sinusitis over the past couple of months and I have ended up having to take very strong anti-biotics to treat it, and all up I have been on these for over 25 days. I am incredibly grateful that I seem to have kicked the infection for the moment, but I am still reeling from the physical impact of taking such powerful medicine. A few months ago I began experimenting with making my own home-made fermented kefir and I am so glad I did Continue reading
If you haven’t tried macadamia meal yet, I highly recommend that you try to track some down and give it a go. This is why I like to use it:
- It is a great low fodmap alternative to almond meal
- It is a delicious, gluten-free alternative to grain-based flours
- Macadamia’s are a wonderful source of minerals, vitamins and healthy fats
At the moment I am using a simple approach for incorporating macadamia meal: Continue reading
I have been following the low fodmap diet for 3 years and I thought I’d share some of my tips for deciphering labels at the supermarket to help you work out if something is low fodmap or should be avoided.
There are some products that are particularly hazardous for those on the low fodmap diet and these usual suspects are: muesli/granola bars, protein bars, chocolate/candy bars, chips/crisps, ice-cream, sauces and yoghurt. Now that I think about it, many processed foods can be difficult for us!
Here are my 5 tips to keep in mind when shopping: Continue reading