For years I have struggled with finding a diet that helps me feel well. I’ve suffered from terrible Irritable Bowel Syndrome and tried most of the healthy diets ever written. I’ve always loved fresh, barely processed food and eaten good quality. I had no idea some of the foods I was eating were causing me so much damage. I went round and round in circles to doctors, specialists, all sorts of practitioners that claimed to have the answer. They kept pointing to the old 5 Food Group charts and telling me to stick to that or to eliminate many types of food. It turns out a lot of the food I was allowed in those diets, I shouldn’t have been eating. The bloating and always being asked when my baby was due were starting to get me down. My kids thought it was hilarious that people thought I was pregnant at the age of 49! I was starting to feel like I would end up like my Mum, housebound and only being well enough to go out the door only by not eating anything the day before. Things like outings on our family boat were just a memory. It was really getting me down having to stay home while the my partner and kids would be out on the water.
I decided I would have another go at sorting out this issue. I came home and tried to adjust many of the diets I was incorporating and seeing a few results. I also decided to try the FODMAP diet. I’m on day 36 now, (as of November 2014), and feeling so much better. There were things I was really missing, like chickpeas and watermelon. But having reduced by a dress size and feeling much less bloated, I am determined to stick to the diet where it is at all possible. This afternoon, I was missing my daughter who is overseas on holiday and grabbed a packet of bhuja, a snack we always share. She eats the rice crackers and noodles and I eat the nuts and peas. Forgetting it is full of chick peas, I sorted through, put her share back in the bag and while working on my blog, ate mine. Oh dear…. tummy is grumbling like a volcano.
I recently came across a lovely book and started on the recipes. Low FODMAP menus for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, by Suzanne Perazzini. Of course, being a night owl, I started with the section titled Midnight Feast. Let me say now… the Beef and Roasted Pepper Bruschetta is just delicious, and so easy to put together. I am so glad I bought the book. I can’t think of any recipe in that that I am not eager to try. The Salmon and Spinach Quiche and Banana and Blueberry Loaf are also favourites I eat often.
Check out the book, it comes in both hardcopy and ebook. Enjoy the freedom to get out and about again. While I am still recovering from previous damage I am really seeing great results.
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