So, after discovering, as of yesters that I did in fact have and still have a smidge of gastritis (inflamed stomach lining) I feel mildly satisfied as it’s always nice to know what’s actuals wrong. For anyone who is due to have a gastroscopy, good luck pronouncing it and honestly, it’s uncomfortable but not so bad. I have a vom phobia and it didn’t make me feel sick or nothin’. I’m back on soup for a couple of days just because I’m a little sore but that’s because I was a little sore anyways.
Now, my wonderful gastroenterologist has told me something new and exciting and it’s diet related. Usually I am totally against faddy diets but this one isn’t, promise, but as soon as Jules heard I would have to consult a dietitian he went off on one. I tell you, I had indignant rage. This is medically approved by Monash uni in Aus and King’s College in Lahndahn. Geeez.
So basics there are a lot of foods that I avoid for their heartburn inducing qualities, turns out most of them are high FODMAPs. I know, you’re like, what the feck is a FODMAP? Well, it stands for Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides and Polyols. Nope, I don’t get it either but essentially it means food that your small intestine finds harder to digest (well, that’s how I understand it anyway, ask King’s College for a proper explanation).
To back up my earlier point about seeing a profesh, this is what the people at King’s say:
“The diet is not recommended to be used without specialist dietary advice from a registered dietitian. This is for a number of reasons:
Firstly, it is not as simple as following a list of ‘foods to eat’ and ‘foods not to eat’. High FODMAP ingredients are often hidden in packaged foods. You will need to learn about how to read food labels and how to make sensible decisions when eating out.
Secondly, as the low FODMAP diet is relatively new, much of the information available on the internet, and from other sources, may be out of date and create confusion regarding which foods to include and which foods not to include. This makes it difficult to work out how to follow the diet.
Thirdly, if you follow a low FODMAP diet without professional support from a registered dietitian, you may miss out certain foods from your diet that are essential to good health.
Finally, if you do not follow the low FODMAP diet properly, it is unlikely to be effective. Therefore, it is best to get advice from a registered dietitian in the first instance.”
Bearing all that in mind I thought I would post low-FODMAP friendly recipes that I find work and it may help others out there along this exciting journey revolving around their small intestine. Sometimes knowing what you can and can’t eat isn’t enough, it’s just nice when someone says – ‘here, try making this for sups’. And, because I am soooper lazy, my recipes are always easy. But, do as they say and seek profesh help for this wonderous intestinal journey.
So, how do you feel about this new level of sharing, are you happy for me to share my digestive woes or is it TMI?