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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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

Cheap and easy way to make lactose-free milk

Low Fodmap for Life

If you are anything like my family the increased choice and variety of milk makes for some practical concerns – I often have 4 different types of milk on the go in my fridge: rice milk (for my son), almond milk (for me), lactose-free milk (for my daughter and myself) and then regular milk (for my husband and any visitors). As I also have an incredibly small fridge (to fit my small kitchen), things tend to get quite crowded. One way around this is to ditch the regular milk and only buy lactose-free milk, but then this gets quite expensive – until I discovered a really easy and relatively inexpensive way to make my own… 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