Butter Beans: A new love of mine

satay lima beans in peanut sauce

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

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Learning to live with the fodmap restrictions

Low Fodmap for Life

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

Food (and moments) for the soul

Prosciutto Pizza - low fodmap for life

Over the last few years I have come to dread the concept of “going out” for dinner as quite often, even with the best intentions and asking for “no onion, no garlic”, I end up plagued with a big bloated tummy and crampy pains for days (read one of my very first posts from last year, here). However these last few weeks I have been “out” three times, all to the same place, and I have been fine. Hallelujah! This is what I ordered: Continue reading

Yoga to help improve IBS

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

5 good ways to get more soluble fibre in your day

passion fruit

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

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

Low Fodmap For Life

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