Learning to live with the fodmap restrictions

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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

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Why you need to avoid Natvia & Truvia

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Natvia (and Truvia in the US) is a sugar free blend of stevia and erythritol and you may have noticed that they are starting to become very popular in the supermarket as a sugar replacement and also as an ingredient in many processed food items such as muesli bars, jams and chocolate. Personally, I don’t have anything against Natvia, I think it is a great sugar alternative for the general public. However for those of us who suffer from IBS it MUST BE AVOIDED! And this is why… Continue reading

Are Cruciferous Vegetables Low Fodmap?

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One of the most common questions I get asked on the low fodmap diet is about cruciferous vegetables. This is such a confusing topic for most people starting off on the low fodmap diet simply because there is so much conflicting information available on the internet. I have been following this diet for 3 years now and I thought this is a great topic to write about so that I can share with you an outline of what has been researched and what is, as yet, undetermined.

Firstly, to answer the question: are cruciferous vegetables low fodmap? Continue reading

Is coconut safe on the low fodmap diet?

low fodmap for lifeI think that we can all agree that the low fodmap diet can be difficult to navigate – it has taken me over 3 years and still I continue to find it difficult sometimes! Coconut causes significant confusion as there is conflicting information on the fodmap status of the numerous coconut products out there.

The main problems lie in that there are many different coconut products and it seems, from my research, that each product has a different fodmap rating. If you want to find out what my research has told me, please read on… Continue reading

I say ‘good-bye’ to cauliflower for good this time

Low Fodmap for LifeI am not one to give up easily, and must admit that I can be particularly stubborn in many aspects of my life. I really, really like pizza. I posted about it last week here to share a great buckwheat pizza base. My body also really appreciates it when I primarily base my eating around low carbohydrate options as much as possible (I’ll post more about why I do this at another time). So this helps explain why I was so excited last week to have mastered the art of making cauliflower pizza bases Continue reading

Is Rice Malt Syrup a Fodmap?

Low Fodmap For LifeWhen following the low fodmap diet one of the biggest challenges I have faced is finding out about the best sugar alternatives for baking and general use. I have posted before about the toxic effects that erythritol has on the digestion of an IBS sufferer and I have also shared some of my favourite sweet treats here and here.

After research and personal trial and error I can announce that the winner of the best fodmap friendly sweetener is: Continue reading