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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
I have been supplementing with magnesium for a while now, on the advice of a naturopath who I saw when my son’s asthma was at its worse, which was two years ago now. Sometimes I take supplements without really thinking too much about their benefits or role in my overall health, and so I went through process of reconsidering what I take and this took me on an interesting trip through google-land finding out more about magnesium and IBS. Continue reading
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
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
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
I am thinking about tea at the moment as it is starting to get cooler here and, as I am still feeling unwell, I need something warm and comforting to keep me hydrated and calm.
Did you know that some herbal teas are high in fodmaps? Continue reading
As my children are still relatively small (4 and 6 years), I am a newcomer to the “school holiday” experience, which I have mostly found to be chaotic, busy and with all semblance of routine thrown out of the window. So I was well and truly ready for us to return to routine at the start of this week – my sanity was noticeably starting to fray and my exercise routine and sugar-free state also in tatters. Continue reading
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…