My sugar-free experiment

Low Fodmap for LifeLast week I completed my 8 week experiment of quitting sugar (read about why I decided to take this on here) and my conclusion is that it was definitely worthwhile! I have mentioned in a previous post, here,  about some of the benefits that I saw, and these continued to build. Towards the end it started to become second nature. Even my husband who was a real fruit bat and chocolate lover found that it was so beneficial that he is going to keep going. However, in the past week I have learnt something very important…

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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

Updates and Revelations: cutting out sugar and alcohol

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It has been 4 weeks since I quit sugar, including fruit and other sweeteners. I also quit alcohol for 2 and a half weeks during that time. I was quite nervous at the beginning wondering how I would go and I did quite a bit of pre-work in advance so that I could be in the right head-space for making these not insignificant changes to daily habits (which you can read about here). I did have some early problems with an IBS flare-up which I managed to resolve in an un-orthodox, but effective way (read about this here), however since then this little experiment of mine has been a successful one. This is what I have learnt over the last 4 weeks: Continue reading

Habits and my own spectacular failure

Low Fodmap For LifeHoliday celebrations are over and January strikes. Along with hope and optimism that the new year brings, I am also plagued with an over-whelming need to write down on paper my 2015 plan and this year I have big audacious goals and also some nitty-gritty habits that I want to either entrench or change this year. I have been thinking about habits a lot lately and I have been reading up on the subject trying to work out why some habits are easily changed and some, despite all my best intentions, I seem to be quite incapable of changing.

I also have a bit of a shameful incident to share… read on.

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Why I ‘pass’ on the bread

Low Fodmap For LifeThis is a post that I have been wanting to write for a while now as I felt it was time to give an explanation as to why I follow a low carb diet as well as a diet low in fodmaps and free of gluten. A close friend said to me early last year: “what is there left for you to eat?” Well, if you take out grains, processed foods and sugar then we are left with the simple things that people have been eating for many thousands of years – vegetables, meat, eggs, a little fruit. And lets not forget chocolate which deserves its own food group (do you remember that I make my own chocolate without sugar?). Continue reading

Low Fodmap Muggin (muffin in a mug!) – the perfect quick breakfast

Low Fodmap for LifeI posted this photo on Instagram and Facebook and I’ve had a few requests for the recipe! This is a recipe adapted from a lovely blog: My Clean Plate at WordPress. The reason why I like it is that it only takes a few minutes to make, is very nutritious and filling, and after it is cooked it is portable if you wanted to take it to work or eat on the go! I make this on the mornings that my family have breakfast cereal which is about two days a week (the other days I make eggs or low fodmap pancakes – recipes to come!) My littlest taste testers also likes this muffin in a mug! Continue reading