A tale of recovery and hope

Low Fodmap For Life

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.

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“Spelt” out: Fodmap diet gets even more confusing

Low Fodmap For Life Spelt

The Fodmap diet is one of the most complex “dietary requirements” and I have always had praise for the Monash Uni’s Low Fodmap App, as it helps to shine light on the extraordinary complexities of food types and serving sizes across the food groups. Their new app update though has me reeling in dismay…. It takes the fodmap diet from confusing to disorientating…  Continue reading

Food (and moments) for the soul

Prosciutto Pizza - low fodmap for life

Over the last few years I have come to dread the concept of “going out” for dinner as quite often, even with the best intentions and asking for “no onion, no garlic”, I end up plagued with a big bloated tummy and crampy pains for days (read one of my very first posts from last year, here). However these last few weeks I have been “out” three times, all to the same place, and I have been fine. Hallelujah! This is what I ordered: Continue reading

Yoga to help improve IBS

Photo by Andrea Killam

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

5 good ways to get more soluble fibre in your day

passion fruit

Last week I wrote about recent research showing that an increased intake of soluble fibre can be helpful in the treatment of IBS. If you missed it you can read the post here: Soluble fibre helps IBS symptoms, but which are the best low fodmap options?

In the post, I listed out the best low fodmap food items to eat to give your soluble fibre intake a boost. I did find the list a bit over-whelming and thought: so what now?

I have put together a list of the top 5 ways to get more soluble fibre into our daily diet as a helpful guide that is easier to focus on.  Continue reading

Soluble fibre helps IBS symptoms, but which are the best low fodmap options?

Low Fodmap For Life

Do you eat enough fibre in your diet? Sometimes on the low fodmap diet we might find that we have inadvertently reduced our fibre intake as we cut out wheat, most legumes, certain fruit and vegetables etc, but what does this really mean for our health?

“Adequate dietary fibre is essential for proper functioning of the gut and has also been related to risk reduction for a number of chronic diseases including heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes” Australian Government National Health & Medical Research Council

This got me thinking lately about whether there is a relationship between fibre and IBS… and I was suprised by what I uncovered. Continue reading