This is going to be a brief post for those wonderful people who follow this blog. I’m sure many of you follow me because you are clutching for information on the low fodmap diet (it is so complex and hard to come by). Others perhaps like to hear about new recipes. I apologise to you, because I have been quite lax on both accounts. This post is to share a little about why, not as an explanation or excuse, but to illustrate the real life experience of someone living with IBS, a family, and way too many commitments. And how depression crept its way back in.
Photo by Andrea Killam
It has been a while since I wrote my last post! School holidays have once again intervened with my best laid plans, but as of tomorrow I am hoping to get back into a semblance of routine!
While I am amazed at how far I have come following the low fodmap diet, lately I am aware that I am feeling frustrated when controlling my diet can only get me so far. There are still fairly regular symptoms that are often unexplained from the viewpoint of fodmaps and I can only now accept that these episodes are most likely triggered by external factors such as stress. Continue reading
When I started following the low fodmap diet 3 years ago, some of my initial experiences included feeling overwhelmed by the amount of information I needed to work with each day including what to eat, what to avoid, quantities allowed, remembering to keep the food diary, and so the list went on. My initial elimination stage was longer than expected, about 12 weeks, as I worked with my dietitian to eliminate foods that we thought initially might be OK (fresh dates) but turns out were continuing to cause symptoms. During that 12 week period I found myself starting to feel quite obsessive about food: thinking about it constantly, checking product labels, seeking more information on-line and feeling very anxious if I needed to eat out. Continue reading
I haven’t been feeling too great lately, and now on my fourth lot of anti-biotics I was getting a bit cranky with being sick. Finally this morning I woke with some energy, and as I had already called in “sick” yesterday not expecting to feel better any time soon, I have had a morning of doing exactly what I wanted to do. Continue reading
12 months ago I discovered through my wonderful Brisbane doctor that I am deficient in Vitamin D. At first I thought this was completely absurd – I live in one of the sunniest places in the world, each day more beautiful and sunny than the day before. I had thought that Vitamin D was only of concern to the elderly, people who are confined indoors or dress modestly, certainly not me when I walk or run outside every day. Continue reading
Last 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…
As I am approaching the 3 year anniversary of following the low fodmap diet I have found myself reflecting more and more on my experiences adjusting to life with a restrictive diet. One of the themes that keeps rising for me is around loss and feelings of grief that I struggled with. On paper, this idea of experiencing grief around food seems ridiculous, however on closer examination, it could be that if we do not allow ourselves to fully experience our feelings of loss when it comes to food and this restrictive diet of ours then we can unwittingly create resistance to change.
Holiday 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.
This 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