There has been a few health issues going on in the Coco Motion Mumma house at the moment (nothing serious) and in an attempt to sort it out I need to try a few new things.
I am not frightened of new, in some ways I see it a bit like a summer holiday and with some of the changes I am really excited about them, it's quite liberating.
It has been brought to my attention that I am going to need to trial a low FODMAP diet to sort out some of my issues . Firstly, it's not as scary as it looks and I am just ignoring the 'D' word at the end of it, as I don't believe in it.
Moving right a long.
FODMAP's stands for:
Oliogosaccharides e.g Fructans
Disaccharises e.g Lactose
Monosaccharised e.g excess frusctose
Polyols e.g. sorbitol, xylitol, isomalt
Basically, it is a big name for a bunch of molecules that are found in foods that can be badly absorbed by some people (probably me!). So they get poorly absorbed in the small intestine and therefore continue to travel to the large intestine where they are like treats for the bacteria that already live there. The lovely little bacteria then ferment these FODMAP's and can cause a whole range of symptoms like bloating, gas, nausea, abdominal pain and changes in bowel habits. Sorry, I should have warned you about those.
So there are a whole range of foods that I need to steer clear of at the moment. The ones that I am not so happy about are my beloved green apples, mangoes, garlic, onion, spanish onion, almond milk, avocado, pears, peaches, anything with artificial sweeteners (sorry Quest bars) and the biggie........ cauliflower.
I am not an expert in this field and am slowly learning as I go, so if you want to know more about FODMAP's google has lots of stuff for you to read.
I have had to put my creative hat on this week (more than usual) when it comes to what I am going to eat and how I am going to fuel my body. I have pretty much surrendered to the FODMAP god and am following the 'rules' thanks to an App developed by the Monash University (can be found in the App store). Each food is given a colour - Red (avoid), Orange (in limited amounts) and Green (your good to go).
My Quest bars are something that I eat on a regular basis. Unfortunately there are a few sneaky ingredients in there that are on the avoid list. As you know I like to incorporate and not eliminate so I created an alternative. Quest better watch out cause I think I am going to give them a run for their money with these beauties.
Before I let you in on what they are, I wanted to point out how important it is for you to honour your own body and listen to what it is telling you. If you are following a certain type of dietary plan but are feeling some odd side effects, change it up, be your own experiment and find what works for your body. What works or doesn't work for me, may or may not work for you. I know that's a killer because it would be nice if one size fit all. Unfortunately it doesn't work that way.
So these FODMAP inspired treats were inspired by ingredients that are friendly to my gut and are also going to assist with keeping my glucose levels fairly stable. They are also nut free and have made it into lunch boxes this week.
I just want to tweak a thing or two and will have the recipe up for you on the website shortly.
* Green Banana Flour
* Sunflower seeds
* Sesame seeds
* Life Long Choc chips - dairy, gluten, soy, nut free
* Maple syrup ( very small amount)
* Coconut oil
* Himalayan sea salt
* Baking soda
So, I am one week in. I am feeling good, it's making me think about what I can and can't eat a little too much for my liking but I am getting the hang of it.
I will keep you posted with how things are progressing and no doubt with some more FODMAP recipes.
Have you ever had to follow a FODMAP food plan?