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.
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.
There has been a lot of heated debate over the past week about the role that chronic anxiety has in development of Auto-Immune Disease. Over the past decade there has certainly been a lot of research into the mind-body connection which you might like to read about here and here, which proves that there is certainly a relationship between our ability to manage chronic stress and the health of our immune system. Continue reading
Of all of the Fodmaps, fructose is my strongest intolerance and so when I saw a reference to fructose malabsorption and depression in my latest read “The Paleo Approach” by Dr Sarah Ballantyne, I sat up and paid attention. Continue reading