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

My sugar-free experiment

Low Fodmap for LifeLast 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…

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I say ‘good-bye’ to cauliflower for good this time

Low Fodmap for LifeI am not one to give up easily, and must admit that I can be particularly stubborn in many aspects of my life. I really, really like pizza. I posted about it last week here to share a great buckwheat pizza base. My body also really appreciates it when I primarily base my eating around low carbohydrate options as much as possible (I’ll post more about why I do this at another time). So this helps explain why I was so excited last week to have mastered the art of making cauliflower pizza bases Continue reading

Is Rice Malt Syrup a Fodmap?

Low Fodmap For LifeWhen following the low fodmap diet one of the biggest challenges I have faced is finding out about the best sugar alternatives for baking and general use. I have posted before about the toxic effects that erythritol has on the digestion of an IBS sufferer and I have also shared some of my favourite sweet treats here and here.

After research and personal trial and error I can announce that the winner of the best fodmap friendly sweetener is: Continue reading

Is Chocolate a FODMAP?

Low Fodmap For LifeEarly this year I found I experienced a return of some IBS symptoms, and when this happens it usually sets off a series of alarm bells and I then take a review of what I have been eating. I am not always very scientific with how I go about this as, like everyone, I am busy and try to take shortcuts. As you may expect, taking shortcuts doesn’t always get you where you need to be! Continue reading

Eating out can be stressful when following the low fodmap diet

Low Fodmap for LifeWhen I first started following the low Fodmap diet back in 2011 eating became quite stressful as I was constantly fretting about whether I was eating food that was on the ‘safe’ list of low fodmap foods and ingredients. Combine this worry with keeping a detailed food diary, and it is fair to say that I was finding new levels of anxiety associated with eating and food. Continue reading

Is erythritol a Fodmap?

Low Fodmap for LifeLike many people these days I am consciously trying to cut back my sugar consumption, for both health and vanity!

My health reasons are simple –  I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and I also had Gestational Diabetes with both my pregnancies, both of which give a higher risk factor for developing Type 2 Diabetes than the average person. Cutting out sugar is one of the best ways to win the battle against that disease! Continue reading