Gelatine – what do I do with it?

Low Fodmap for Life Gelatin

I have had a large container of gelatin in my cupboard for well over 12 months now with all the intentions in the world of using it, but it all just seemed too hard. A couple of weeks ago I pulled it out, dusted it off and started making some interesting concoctions with it. It wasn’t as easy as I thought…. Continue reading

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Soluble fibre helps IBS symptoms, but which are the best low fodmap options?

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Do you eat enough fibre in your diet? Sometimes on the low fodmap diet we might find that we have inadvertently reduced our fibre intake as we cut out wheat, most legumes, certain fruit and vegetables etc, but what does this really mean for our health?

“Adequate dietary fibre is essential for proper functioning of the gut and has also been related to risk reduction for a number of chronic diseases including heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes” Australian Government National Health & Medical Research Council

This got me thinking lately about whether there is a relationship between fibre and IBS… and I was suprised by what I uncovered. Continue reading

Kefir on the low fodmap diet

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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

Have you tried macadamia meal yet?

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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:

  1. It is a great low fodmap alternative to almond meal
  2. It is a delicious, gluten-free alternative to grain-based flours
  3. 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

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

Stock and Bone Broth: Low Fodmap Options

Low Fodmap For LifeYou may have heard about one of the latest cooking fads these days: homemade bone broth (or stock). There are some who are huge advocates of the stuff, who say that:

  1. It is soothing and healing for the gut due to the natural gelatine
  2. It is rich in minerals, particularly calcium and magnesium as the small amount of vinegar added leaches the minerals from the bones
  3. It is good for inflammation due to amino acids and nutrients from the cartilage

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