Join us on Tuesday 20th Feb 2018 at 12.30pm (Melbourne time) for a FREE live webinar on dietary management of IBS. You’ll learn about the low FODMAP diet as well as other adjunct therapies such as gut directed hypnotherapy, probiotic supplementation, fibre modification and a2 beta-casein. ▶️ Go to dietitianconnection.com > then "upcoming webinars" to register.
This is totally true. The constant battle to feel good is rough. There are ebbs and flows to how bad things are, but you are constantly trying to feel good. I have been in a down for a few weeks and the pain and discomfort is debilitating. It drives my depression, which makes things worse. I don’t even know what caused this flare. It could have been the stress of the holidays, or a change in a supplement, or having one too many GF Paleo cookies. I don’t know. It is hard to not be able to do things, to have to cancel on friends, or be in another doctor appointment. I took feeling good for granted. I took being able to grab a bite to eat out with friends without having to carefully review a menu prior to going for granted. I took living life for granted. I now enjoy the good days/weeks more than ever before. The reality is I never get a break from this. I have to plan meals, cook pretty much all of my own food, and read every label carefully. Otherwise there is a direct relation to my level of pain and fatigue following a “cheat” meal. My cheat meal is nothing like what it used to be. A cheat meal may include Brussel sprouts or an apple. Yeah, I’m living life on the edge, I know. 🤣 I’m not complaining. This is the hand I was dealt, but it is exhausting and frustrating to deal with this on the daily. I know many have it worse than me, and I feel for them cause I know how shitty I feel. I will press on, and start a new round of supplements to try and get my gut/digestive system back into some sort of neutral place so I can get back to my new normal. I will go back to the strict low fodmap/SIBO diet I started on last May. (No, I don’t have SIBO, but my body responded favorably to the diet.) No gluten, dairy, grains, sugars (except honey & pure maple syrup on occasion), or high Fodmap foods. Yeah, I eat a lot of protein. It’s easy to digest. I will persevere! #lowfodmap#fodmapdiet#fodmapfriendly#workinprogress#chronicpainwarrior#guthealth#myguthatesme#dailystruggles#dailybattle#onedayatatime#chronicpain#chronicfatigue#keepgoing#depression#fibromyalgia#digestivehealth#warrior
Bathroom Talk - could you have better poops? 💩
Ok I don’t expect a lot of comments on this one, but I wanted to bring it up. Because #instagram is a friendly place isn’t it? A place for real conversations?
For 1 in 5 Canadians, Americans, Australians and so many more around the world irritable bowel syndrome messes with your body, your bathroom breaks and your life.
I know, I’ve been there 🙋🏼♀️
I believe you can take control, you can have better poops! You can stop the unexpected bloating and gas. You can get back to normal my love 💜
Start by getting familiar with your food triggers, find it what is contributing to those issues.
I just released a new Trigger Checklist you can download for free now: http://stephanieclairmont.com/triggerchecklist
You can do this! One day at a time. 😘
Trying to make myself well, one soup, curry, smoothie at a time! These pair are: Left - banana, peanut butter, Mac’s powder, chia, spinach; and Right - blueberries, spinach, açai powder, chia (almond milk to be added to both!) 🤧
My husband and I have been on a food adventure since the beginning of the year. Due to stomach concerns and skin concerns we have been on the FODMAP diet and are now in the process of reintroducing foods back to see how our bodies react. Made almond flour muffins this morning for breakfast, not sure why muffins weren’t are my radar until now but I’m going to be searching more recipes out! #fodmapdiet#glutenfree#blueberrybliss#kitchenadventurer#cheneywa
What is a low FODMAP diet? To begin with it stands for Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols (which will probably make you go huh?). Essentially these are small carbohydrates that some people can’t digest. By reducing these food groups from your diet you will most likely reduce your IBS symptoms. I noticed a significant difference within a week after adopting this diet. If you are seriously considering this as an option I would advise you consult a dietitian for support and advice, as it can be tricky on your own.
You start by eliminating high FODMAP foods from your diet on an 6-8week program. You can then reintroduce foods, and by monitoring your symptoms, you can work out your level of tolerance.
Check out @monashfodmap #fodmap#foodjourney#foodelimination#ibs#nutrition#ibsawareness#fodmapdiet#happytummy#lowfodmapliving
When you find yourself eating a bagel as you pick up the kids from daycare/school (me!) or snacking away while cooking dinner (also me 🙋🏼♀️)
You can look at it as binging or overeating, whatever we call it, it’s eating a little too much at one time and there is usually a reason.
And having IBS or digestive issues doesn’t help 🙁
So often we avoid food and eat so carefully through the day that we are starving later on...
Learn more about how to end these binge eating habits in this blog post we wrote a few weeks ago (and forgot to share - oopsies!) 😝
No such thing as perfect love, but we can be aware and get a little better 😘
Here’s the link (and in bio for now 💜) http://stephanieclairmont.com/ibs-cravings-and-binge-eating/
Risotto for the boy. Roasted red peppers and carrots are easy on his gut. Most stock has garlic, which is a serious IBS trigger, so we make a batch once a week. I hope boiling the heck out of a chicken leaves collagen in the stock.
Must admit I am missing things like this 😜 BLUEBERRY muffins, warm and fresh from the oven..❤️..Definitely one of my favourite treats and breakfasts. However, I am determined to stick to my #fodmapdiet meaning I need to seek out some alternatives. Any ideas, recipes or inspiration are truly welcome! Hiiiit me up. #inspireme
Made some #eggfree#dairyfree#glutenfree#vegan quiche!! Inspired by @thesarahsullivan @frommybowl @applesandamandas and @earthlingsasha who have all been making eggless quiche recently! As I am fodmap elimination diet (Lucky me) I made these low fodmap and they’re still amazing! For someone who HATED quiche when I wasn’t vegan, I am so glad I’ve found another healthy meal alternative 😍
My apologies that this is not plated all pretty and it isn’t vegetarian or vegan. I have still been having a lot of bloating issues through the whole month and sometimes pain, and lots of “wind”. I don’t like looking at myself in the mirror; we all know with the hormonal ups and downs that it is already tough to love ourselves (brain gets rewired because happy hormones are blocked my inflammation). This condition made me retire from modeling- I don’t know that I can ever have that abdominal area again...
So I am starting to go on a FODMAP elimination diet to both heal my gut and find my triggers. Soy is out due to its estrogenic properties but onion has been creating a lot of issues (not good as it is in so many dishes I make (I can go into the carbohydrate chains in another post) and I also have problems with pulses, beans, and cruciferous vegetables. 😕 Tough reality but there is hope! If I can heal my gut then I may be able to bring some of these things back into my diet. Until then I will need some meat for protein; I am flexitarian -white meat on rare occasion and eggs...but the beans aren’t cutting it. Well, they are cutting something… But that’s rather undesirable! 😉 I said a thank you to the chicken for its life and made sure it was free range, organically sourced, and I am looking into a farm.
Remember half our plate should be veggies!
Start your own journey, see what foods trigger you-this is complex and no one diet, even the endo one, is the best for everyone! ❤️ my #endosisters#tastetherainbow#endowarrior#endometriosisawareness#organic#veggies#fodmapdiet#guthealth#nutrtionalhealing
Cream of mushroom soup tonight... I had a craving *pregnant lady craving!*🤰🏻
This pregnancy has brought some of my old triggers back, so I do have to be careful of a few things. This soup is #glutenfree#lactosefree#vegan because I’m not digging much meat either!
But it does have a whack of mushrooms and cashew cream, two potential triggers for those of us with IBS and gut issues (FODMAPs).
Bottom line here buds and babes, we’ve got to be aware of all the potential triggers and figure out our unique ones 👍🏼
Then no matter what life throws at you, blessings and hardships, you can adapt and get rid of symptoms. 😘
PS. I’m #notafoodphotographer this is #reallife#momlife 💜
It’s #giveaway time!!! I’m excited to share a recipe for this super yummy #lowfodmap Kale & Citrus Salad 🌱🍊🍋from @katescarlata & Dédé @fodmapeveryday ‘s new book, Low FORMAP Step by Step! Plus, I’m giving away a copy of their gorgeous book!
There are 2 ways to enter:
1. Head on over to @thespicyrd (link in bio) for the recipe & leave a comment on the blog. Or....
2. Like this post, follow me @thespicyrd , AND tag a friend who you think would love the book & recipe.
The winner will be selected on 2/1/18. Good luck!!! #fodmap#ibs#fodmapfriendly#ibsfriendly#glutenfree#digestivehealth#guthealth
How much veggies do you eat in a day?! 🌿 Less than 250 grams? Or more? 🍅🥒🥕🥗 The more different veggies you eat, the higher your intake of nutrients and fibers is, both really important in staying healthy 🙌🏻. So challenge yourself and try to eat more veggies every week and soon it will be a habit ✅. I love to add seaweed to a meal, it is both yummy and super healthy 🌱!
Don’t let the creepy colour of this butternut squash scare you away from this Butternut quiche!😜Quiche is great for cooking ahead as it bakes while you do other things and then waits for you, ready to eat, for up to a week in the fridge!👍A side salad would’ve been ideal but cutting this piece and throwing it in the microwave for 1 min was as far as my cooking would go tonight🤣😋Find the recipe for Butternut quiche under “Food” on the blog, link in bio.
I’ve just shared a post on my blog about starting my Low-FODMAP journey, a diet for IBS sufferers. So many people suffer in silence because IBS isn’t the nicest of subjects but I think it’s really important to share health tips. I’m thinking about sharing some recipes I put together as I go on the blog too 🙂💛
Check out my Insta-story for an update on week 1 of my elimination diet 🔥🙌🏼💯
Pictured: my breakfast every day this past week...
🥄 1 cup kale
🥄 20 blueberries
🥄 1/8th of an avocado
🥄 1/2 cup coconut water
🥄 1 tbsp coconut oil
🥄 2 tbsp flax meal
🥄 1 serving collagen peptides 🥄 1 tbsp red maca root powder 🥄 6 ice cubes 👩🏽🍳👩🏽🍳👩🏽🍳👩🏽🍳👩🏽🍳
You’ll notice higher fat ingredients- this is because I am focusing on keeping my calories up in order to control the experiment and ensure that if I feel better it is because of the eliminated foods and not because of a decrease in overall calories. And also HEALTHY FATS ARE GOOD YALL! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼
Beating the Monday blues with these maple cinnamon donuts. Made these for a dinner party on sat and they were gone before I could take a snap, so obvs had to recreate them! 👀A recipe with a gluten free option will be up on the blog soon. 😋
Good morning/afternoon - we’re back and online! What did we miss?! So much catching up to do! My husband and I have been settling into our new digs (and him his job) and I’ve been trying to figure out what my diet will look like while I’m here. Today i went to a fruit and veg market and I’ll show you the spoils of that trip soon 🤗👩🏻🍳😋
For now my breakfasts look like this: vanilla yoghurt, flax seed (brought from the UK), chia, oats, a couple of small bananas, all drizzled with groundnut butter blended with sesame oil. Not bad, Kigali, not bad 🙌🏻