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Ways to settle an unsettled tummy

To say that the low-FODMAPs diet is slightly restrictive would be an understatement.

So of course there will be times when you’ll bend the rules to eat something that you’re intolerant to or experience bloating and pain when a chef sneaks something  into your food that your stomach struggles to digest. I admit that I feel a bit like a circus freak when my usually flat stomach bloats out to the size of a 6 month pregnant woman within half an hour of eating onion or garlic (or both!) It’s a great little trick, but dealing with the feeling that my stomach is so bloated that it could be popped with a pin isn’t very pleasant at all.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve experimented with a few different ways to settle my tummy after accidentally or intentionally eating something I’m intolerant to.

I’ve supplied a list below of what helps me. I’m interested to hear about what works for you!

lemonandgingerteaTwining’s Lemon and Ginger Tea

This usually works pretty well for me when I’ve got cramping or bloating – I usually drink the Twining’s brand. However, I’ve found that the results aren’t instant. Also, after drinking so many cups of the stuff over the last 18 months, I’m a little bit over it! The best way to consume it is by cutting off the teabag string and keeping the teabag in your mug while drinking.

greenteawithjasmineLipton’s Green Tea with Jasmine

Personally, this works a lot better for me than the lemon and ginger tea. I don’t leave the teabag in though – I just leave it in for 1-2 minutes maximum. The results are practically instant – almost as soon as I finish my mug of tea my stomach is almost 100% better. All cramping is gone – with maybe just a little bit of bloating leftover (which isn’t painful – just not very flattering!) Often, I finish the tea and continue working/watching TV etc and only realise later how better I feel. I’m not a big fan of green tea on its own – I need the one with jasmine. I buy the Lipton’s brand – not sure if Twining’s have the same flavour available. However, it’s important to note that it contains caffeine – so best not to drink it too late at night! Here’s an interesting article I found about how it’s beneficial for stomach pains.

leda-biscuits-gingernutLEDA Gingernut Cookies

These cookies are gluten free, dairy free, wheat free, egg free and suitable for vegans – but they’re definitely not taste free! While they are a little tough to bite into, they’re a great treat to munch on when my tummy is being a pain. After 1-2 cookies, I’m usually feeling a lot better! You can easily find them in the health food aisle at the supermarket, which is very convenient.

Real-Foods-Corn-Thins-Organic-Gluten-FreeReal Foods Corn Thins

When I’m feeling a bit nauseated post-‘bad’ foods, I find that eating a couple of plain Corn Thins settle my stomach pretty well. I don’t recommend them for cramping or bloating though – you’ll just feel fuller. These can also be found in the supermarket – near the crackers and savoury biscuits.

That’s about it – but I’m discovering new things all the time. I’m also drinking Yakult on a daily basis as a proactive way to improve my stomach sensitiveness – but not 100% convinced that it’s working for me.

I look forward to your feedback!

 

Still having my good days and bad weeks…

My best friend during the most troublesome tummy times…

I’ve now been on the low-FODMAPs diet for 16 months. So how do I feel?

Well, I’d love to say that I feel 100% awesome, 100% of the time, but I can’t. I often have bad weeks where something has set me off and I can’t settle my tummy down again. It’s only when I do a complete detox and limit myself to the blandest foods and lemon & ginger tea that I start to notice a difference. But then I ‘bend the rules’ again (as advised by my dietician to build up my tolerance levels) and I’m feeling pretty average again. What a fantastic way to live – NOT!

But while I often curse my stomach, at least it’s given me the motivation to get creative in the kitchen. And I’m still determined to start up that cafe one day! Even more so when I want to eat out at a cafe or restaurant and even the salads aren’t an option because they’re full of onion, red cabbage or shallots!

Tonight I tried out Rick Grant’s chicken seasoning mix to go with my gluten free chicken schnitzel. I simply added the seasoning to the schnitzel as the last stage before putting the chicken into the hot oil on the frypan. And it was so tasty! It has a peppery taste, which went really well with the lemon juice I served it with! So I recommend that you give it a go. 🙂

Well that’s it from me for now. Hopefully I’ll have another recipe to share with you soon!

Leanne

Nearly finished this diet…or have I?

So this week I re-introduced cabbage. Oh how delightful! Ate the delicious cabbage with some gluten free soy sauce and worcestershire sauce on Thursday night. It tasted quite nice going down, but three days later I’m still recovering from it. I was meant to re-introduce it 2-3 times this week, but after my reaction from one day, I don’t think that’s necessary. I’ve been so very bloated…

The next and last step on my FODMAPS elimination diet is to give gluten a go. I’m hoping it goes smoothly because I would love to have burgers and wraps again when eating out. And move beyond the somewhat boring salads and steaks I’ve been forced to eat instead.

While on this diet, I’ve discovered that I’ve reacted to most things – apart from the Poloyol food groups (apricot, cauliflower etc). This is obviously very annoying because it means I will basically need to continue on this diet for a bit longer, if not indefinitely. Over the last few weeks, I’ve attempted to have small doses of lactose and been okay. But I if I attempt to eat ‘naughty’ foods two days in a row, even if it’s a small dose, I’ve found that I often react.

I’m seeing my dietician again this week and I know she will help me as much as possible. Apparently she can handle eating yoghurt everyday now and she has the same intolerances as me. I look forward to taking control again. And not constantly checking food labels. And not constantly saying no to onion and garlic. And not being the ‘difficult’ dinner guest.

In the meantime, I’ll keep sipping on my lemon and ginger tea and putting up with my inconvenient intolerances!

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