According to Monty Python it is important to always look on the bright side of life, and you know what? I completely agree. As we head into 2016, I've been taking the time to reflect on the year that was and you know what I discovered? After a lot of mulling over I realised that IBS has been one of the biggest blessings in my life.
We've all been there; at the point of desperation, surrounded by piles of work both literal and metaphorical, feeling like you cannot cope with the amount of stuff in your life, unable to relax, unable to cope, just generally unable, right? Yup, stress is the pits. For those of you other lucky souls who are also trying to cope with IBS, stress is even worse. Stress ruins your gut. Bloating, stabbing pains and diarrhoea are just a few of the lovely extras that stress brings to the IBS party.
Maybe I should rephrase that; I hate what food does to me. Food and I are not friends. Food hurts me. Food causes me pain. Food stresses me out. Food, because of IBS, has become my enemy. Subconsciously of course, but an enemy none the less. If food were my boyfriend, I would dump it on it's behind.
We've all been there. One minute you're feeling fabulous. Flat, happy tummy, no gas, and then BAM! You're bloated. Someone mysteriously replaced your stomach with a pregnant woman's. Why? Because you ate food. How dare you. What makes you think you can eat? I kid, of course. Food is important. Food is life. Food tastes like heaven on a plate. Blah, blah, blah, I love food.
This meal plan is what I like to call a guide to a comfy belly Christmas. Just because it is the festive season, filled with over-indulging and food up to your eyeballs, doesn't mean your gut has to feel the painful effects too. Nope, with this meal plan the only thing you will have to deal with is the guilt. Yay?
This week we wrap up the 4 week Low FODMAP for Beginners series by focusing on overall digestive health. Often we don't realise that it is not just what you eat that affects the health of your digestive system, it is a combination of factors that contribute to how comfortable or rumbly your guts feel. This week we will explore the 6 Keys to Digestive Health.
So you've stocked up your pantry and understand what to look out for when reading labels, now you want to get cooking, but you don't know where to start. There aren't many recipes out there specifically catered to be low FODMAP (this blog being the exception of course) and you are tired of bland food. This is where adapting recipes comes into play.
One of the perils of being on the low FODMAP diet is having to constantly read food labels. Argh, it can get so frustrating! What is even more frustrating is having to remember all of the foods that you can't have. Some of the no-no foods are hidden amongst other ingredients and food generalisations which can let you think that what you're eating is okay, but can bring about horrible symptoms later on. It does take time, but eventually you can suss out what is okay and what isn't. To get you started I have compiled a list of 5 things to look out for when studying food labels.
This post is the first in a four week series I call: Low FODMAP for Beginners. In this series I will help you to make the necessary changes to your diet minus the stress because, let's face it, IBS is stressful enough, we don't want to add to it!
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (or IBS) is one of the most common digestive disorders affecting the western world in this day and age. It is estimated that 1 in 6 people are affected by IBS and it is more common in women than men (like women don't have enough to deal with already!). IBS is basically when your digestive system, from your mouth to your butt, is completely out-of-whack causing discomfort and symptoms such as; bloating, pain/cramping, gas (horrific gas), diarrhoea and constipation, sometimes both. Here's my story.