Choosing the best, low fodmap, chocolate

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I am a chocolate lover and I am guessing that 99% of you are as well…

There was a time when I thought I was intolerant of chocolate and I was absolutely devastated. As it turned out I was intolerant of the erythritol in the “healthy” chocolate that I was choosing to indulge in!

Over the past year I have been passionate about making my own chocolate, but lately I have been buying it, and I thought you might like my tips for choosing the best, low fodmap chocolate.   Continue reading

My favourite low fodmap ingredient, and a recipe to share!

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Of all the low fodmap food, the one that I use every single day is eggs. I could not live without them. I know that a lot has been said in the past about how eggs are high in cholesterol etc, but I think that those pieces of information have more or less been proven to be derelict and that eggs are very good for us, full of proteins, good fats, vitamins etc. Here is a link to some great egg-facts by my favourite egg suppliers if you want to find out a little more for yourself.

I am sure there are rules that stipulate about how many eggs you are supposed to or not supposed to eat each day. I get a little tired of following food rules as I follow so many anyway, so I just make up my own rule Continue reading

Holidaying with onion and garlic

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My daughter playing in the snow

In an earlier post, here, I shared that I was busy baking and preparing food in readiness for a long driving holiday with children to the snow. I made the Pumpkin Bread, which came in handy almost every day as I could easily eat it on its own or team it with some salad or cheese sticks which I had packed for my son or even a can of oysters which was thrown in the car. All in all, I think I managed really well over the 8 days we were away. 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

Low fodmap Pumpkin Bread – perfect for travelling – also paleo, gluten free, low carb!

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I am about to head off with the family on a massive road trip that we have been dreaming about since I first became pregnant with my son, now six. We are driving from Brisbane to Sydney (about 11 hours) to visit with friends and my sister for two nights and then to Thredbo (another 6 hours) to ski for four days, before we do the reverse trip, this time stopping just north of Sydney to visit with dear friends whom we haven’t seen for six years! So yes, 34 hours of travelling and somehow maintaining my low fodmap, low carb, gluten free dietary requirements!!  Continue reading

Irritable bowel syndrome: new and emerging treatments

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The BMJ, formerly known as The British Medical Journal, has this week published an interactive infographic that is well worth exploring if you suffer from IBS. It includes a review of the many different types of interventions for working with the various types of IBS, including IBS-C, IBS-D, IBS-M (mixed) and no-subtype.

It is very interesting to explore and helped me understand a little more about some of the scientific research that has been done and what has been proven to be effective and what still needs to be examined further. Continue reading

Berry Chia Breakfast Pudding

Low Fodmap for LifeA few weeks ago I posted about how breakfast one of the most difficult meals for me, not only just due to the fodmap restrictions but also my desire for options that are gluten free and low in carbs. I love eggs but they aren’t always convenient when I am trying to get lunches made, tidy the kitchen, feed the kids, make coffee, meet the requests/demands of small people, whilst somehow simultaneously getting myself presentable before running out the door.

I have started making a delicious chia pudding lately that is very yummy and enough for 4 breakfasts Continue reading

Strawberries & Whipped Cream – a delicious low fodmap dessert!

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Of all the fruit in all the world, I think strawberries are my favourite, and I am incredibly grateful that they are allowed on the low fodmap diet. I am also grateful that we can pair them with a little fresh whipped cream – up to 1/2 cup (or 60g). Note: This should not be confused with regular thickened cream as this is still moderate in lactose for those of us who are intolerant.

If you are thinking about a lovely light dessert option this weekend then perhaps this recipe for fresh whipped cream might be a good option for you.  Continue reading

When the low fodmap diet turns into an obsession

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