These last few weeks I feel like I have fallen into a time machine which switches life into fast forward! My children have been on school holidays for 2 1/2 weeks and this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and start to write! The good thing is that I have had time to think about my blog and I am excited to have so many ideas to write about over the next few months.
If you live in Australia or have visited here you will have an idea of what the distances are like as well as the easy-going mentality we have about road trips. I have been travelling long distances all my life and so I have no qualms at all about road trips (I actually enjoy them!) and 2 weeks ago I drove 11 hours up to my parents place with two small children and a dog. Continue reading
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
When 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
Issues around body image for IBS sufferers is something that I feel is not talked about enough and consequently I feel quite strongly that I would like to bring this topic out into the open.
To get started, lets explore the term: body image is defined as “perceptions, thoughts, and behaviors related to one’s appearance.”1
IBS can have a significant impact on how we feel about ourselves in terms of physical and emotional wellness Continue reading
If you suffer from IBS you may be intimately familiar with one of the most common symptoms: constipation.
Although following a low fodmap is extremely helpful in this area, it is impossible to stick to it perfectly all the time and live a semi-normal life! 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
There is an awkward moment that happens when a friend invites me to dinner. Or I visit with parents or in-laws. How on earth am I going to be able to tell them about my dietary requirements without causing chaos and anxiety (for them) and social isolation (for me)! These are some of the tactics I have tried, with varying degrees of success… Continue reading
I have followed a low Fodmap diet since May 2011, and after I started I spent a ridiculous amount of time checking, re-checking and memorising the fodmap status of fruit, vegetables and ingredients – I genuinely thought I had it sorted. Continue reading
Early 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
I went to the shops this weekend for some much needed “alone” time – I had spent the morning entertaining 15 small children at my daughter’s birthday party! I stopped off at a new cafe in the shopping centre and I saw this sign – I didn’t believe that all (or even some!) of those tempting goodies would be Gluten Free Continue reading