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FODMAPs diet info

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Why no labels?

Because I’m a person, not a diet.

IBS dictates enough of my life, I don’t want how I eat to define me.  That said, this is a food blog, so it’s expected that you’d wonder why I eat what I eat.

For health reasons I choose a mostly plant based, low FODMAP diet.  Real food.  Wholesome ingredients.

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  3. Tammy

    Just found your blog! Love what I’ve read so far! I am a nurse and I also struggle with IBS (more the constipation kind, sorry TMI)…Honestly, I have only recently discovered a connection in my carb/processed food laden diet and how I feel physically. I don’t remember having problems with my GI system before I became a nurse…so I’m sure that the stress has something to do with it, too. I know you are wanting to take a blogging break and by all means, do what you need to do. I hope it isn’t for long though, I enjoy what you have to say!

  4. kandkfood

    I just clicked onto your blog from julie go lean and I love it! I read through your Q & A and it was fantastic, I’ll go read some posts now! -Katie

  5. Michelle

    Hi!!! I am a huge fan :D I was wondering (if it’s not too personal) if you’d mind sharing how many visitors you get on your site each day. I bet it’s a ton!

  6. Diana

    I just stumbled across your blog and wanted to say hello! Our “GI histories” are so similar – I also suffer from lactose intolerance and IBS and have (after a long period of experimentation and discovery of the food blog community) settled into a 90% vegan diet, with the occasional seafood or eggs. Your blog is great and I’ll definitely be stopping by more often! :)

    P.S. I also play the French horn!

  7. elise

    Hey Diana, It sounds like we have very similar GI issues with equally similar solutions…glad you found a diet that works for you, and glad you found my blog, too. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello! Hope you keep reading :)

  8. Michelle

    Hi Elise! Its ok if you don’t want to answer my question from above, but I just wanted to make sure you saw it? :)

  9. elise

    Hey Michelle,

    I am pretty sure I emailed you back when I first got your Q (I didn’t want to post the answer), but my blog hits vary. I don’t know why you are so curious but they range from 1000-2000 a day.

    Happy Monday, Elise

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    No lie.

  14. Lindsay Haglund

    Hey Hippie :) Just found your blog recently and I love it. It’s very down to earth and user-friendly, especially your posts about incorporating wholesome vegan eats into portable lunch foods–love that. Keep up the good work.

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  16. lindsey

    can i say that i love this?!?! okay, i didnt become vegan for the love of animals or saving the planet, although that is what i intend to do. my mom grew up in a hippie, meat free household. so thats all she knew. she raised us on carrots and asparagus. literally, corn and broccoli is my favorite food. meat was such a rarity in my house, the only time we had it was when my dad made a steak for himself. when i was younger and i would go to friends houses, their parents would make snark remarks because of my “weird” eating habits. it wasnt my fault that my mom was a tree hugging, granola crunching hippie. and looking back on it, i wouldnt have it any other way. like you, ive never had a beef hotdog, nor have i even had a hamburger, mcdonalds =yuck. oh well. so that took care of taking all meat out of my life…, when i was in highschool i was always sick with sever cramps and stomache aches and breathing problems and blah blah blah. the entire nine yards. turns out, i have severe dairy allergies, im allergic to the whey and casein in milk products and eggs. thus, my mom calls me the accidental vegan. i think stumbling upon veganism this way has taught me alot about foods and such that i probably wouldnt have known otherwise. i became obsessed with books on foods and eliminating processed foods from my diet. im so glad we have so many similarities! ive never found a blog or another person where their bodies chose veganism for them, not the other way around!

  17. Elise Post author

    hey lindsey! thanks for the comment. i love that you grew up in a hippie household too. how great that you already loved vegan food…probably made it much easier to handle the fact that your body couldnt tolerated whey or casein. glad you found my blog!

  18. Melanie

    Hi Elise! I was so happy to find your blog because I, too, suffer from IBS. Your description of it is wonderful- I find it very hard to describe my issues to other people because there is a lot of “gray” with IBS. I’m 18 and about to leave for college, and I was wondering if you could share any tips for how to manage the IBS while living in dorms? I cook my own food most of the time and am scared to not have that luxury anymore! Thanks,

    Melanie

  19. Elise Post author

    hi melanie! its so nice to have a community of others with common GI issues. having people to share ideas and solutions and whatnot is so helpful. im glad you found me! dorm life was rough, but i remember the cafeteria having many things that were easy on my digestive system. if you’re looking for things to keep on hand in your room check out my readers request post on stocking up my work locker. it will have much of the same info for you in the dorms.

  20. Melanie

    Thank you so much- I checked out the other post and it gave me some great ideas! Oatmeal is easily something I can make in my room, and it’s definitely one of my favorite foods. I appreciate your advice- if I have more questions or come up with some tricks of my own, I will be sure to share!

  21. Kristin

    Hi Elise!

    I wanted to email you about something but could not for the life of me find it your email address on here. Am I missing it?

  22. Jus

    Hi there,

    I stumbled upon your blog and I couldn’t be more glad that I did!

    I have been a vegetarian for about 5 years now, and it has taken the 5 years to really be conscious about what I’m putting into my body.

    I became excited about meat substitutes, and I’ll add them to any salad for the most part, but through reading your blog and other food related blogs as well, I am seeing that soy-processed “meat substitute” foods are not that good for you?

    I was curious if you could share more insight on that, or knew of any links for research for me, as I am always looking for healthier ways to take care of my body within this lifestyle.

    Thanks so much!

    p.s. I LOVE hummus too!

  23. Elise Post author

    so glad you found me! as far as mock meats are concerned i think its all relative. obviously there are some that are fairly processed and arent AS GOOD for you (im talking about the fake deli slices and meat substitutes you can buy from a package), but they still arent necessarily BAD for you. in my opinion. compare that to eating a fatty burger full of artery clogging cholesterol and blood pressure spiking sodium (and those are just the tip of the iceberg in negative effects on your body), well, ill take the fake meat. but that is my personal choice. that said, i would prefer to make a veggie burger from real whole foods and avoid (or use very sparingly) the mock meats.
    if you are talking about tempeh, tofu and seitan, however, i have a different opinion. and bear in mind this is my personal opinion, so i dont want you to take my word as the end all be all. however, my GI system is whack and so ive dont quite a bit of research in how to eat right without sacrificing my health or missing out on nutrients. and i have found those vegan non-meat proteins to be fine in moderation. i know theres controversy over tofu, but asian countries have been eating it forever and i trust the test of time. have you ever read the china study? its an eye opener for sure.
    anyway, i hope that helps. if nothing else just keep on enjoying the hummus, right?

  24. Andres Chapero

    Hi, have you ever tried *Matchmeats* products ?
    I´m writing to you from Santiago , Chile and I´m very curious about this faux meat company and their products.
    Thank you 1

  25. Andres Chapero

    Hi Elise :
    I read about the company some time ago and have always wondered about their products and ideas. I cannot get a frozen sample (they offered to send me samples but within the US- they are nice people-) here so far away from everything but surely YOU can and write about it :-)
    http://www.matchmeats.com/
    Best
    Andrés
    From Santiago, Chile .

  26. sherri

    Thanks so much for the info Elise.
    And also, thanks for returning my email so fast as i am on the way to the store after work. I feel like i am about to birth 3 rhinos and look that way too so i am excited about maybe finding a treatable solution to my ibs, gerd and birthing baby rhinos…lol
    Your site was given to my by the University of Va dietician this morning and i appreciate your help so much! I hope i see reaction soon, some folks say they can tell a difference in a few days so pray i do.
    Thanks again!
    Sherri

  27. sharmin

    This is really great information. How did you find about your intolerance? Are there particular symptoms?
    Thanks

  28. Danielle

    Just came across your blog (hello..where have I been???) and I’m so glad I did! I’m also an RN, vegan mom (living with a meat-n-potatoes hubby) and always trying to get my kiddos on board with plant-based foods so I can’t wait to check out your recipes for some new ideas! I’m actually back in school to become a certified health coach…hoping to get my blog/website up and running soon..for now I have a Facebook page…Green + Simple Wellness…check it out! PS-I may or may not have a huge addiction for apples and hummus…best foods ever!

  29. sheila

    so you do speak to this in the IBS section, but do you think you could write a post (or maybe i could just email you?) on what you were experiencing before you knew you had IBS, and when you finally decided to see a doctor about it? it’s really hard to interpret an unpredictable digestive system on a day to day basis, and to know if it’s just acting up because of stress/something random you ate, or if it’s part of a larger problem that deserves more attention. it’s even harder to figure out what foods are irritating your system (or again, if it’s just stress or something else)…

    any insights would be much appreciated!

  30. Beverly

    Love your recipes!! I, too have suffered with bouts of IBS, and find that Culturelle is the solution for me. It is a wonderful probiotic!!

  31. Ivanra

    Your recipes helped me SO much when i went vegetarian nine months ago, thank you so so so much for putting them up!

  32. PatB

    I was excited to see some of your great FODMAP recipes! Then I came across recipes with seitan, peaches, beans, garbanzos. Definitely NOT FODMAP. So, I’m assuming this is a FODMAP/Vegan blog and not 100% FODMAP?

  33. Sandy

    Hi Elise,
    Thanks for pointing me to the FOODMAP list. Does your book contain pictures of the dishes as they should look like when finished? I just find I work better with pics in the kitchen and need them for inspiration. I would love to buy your book if that is the case. I am not a member of Smashwords and live in the UK could I order the book over amazone or anothe way?
    Thanks, Sandy

  34. Elise Post author

    no photos. sorry. you dont have to join smashwords. thats the only site i sell through. once you buy it you can download it in any format. kindle, pdf, etc.

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  36. SaskiaGW

    Hi Elise,
    Love the blog!
    Just wondering where you got your awesome personalised chopping board, in the photo?

  37. Elise Post author

    my sister gave it to me as a wedding gift. its awesome right? ill ask her if she can remember the website she ordered it from.

  38. Debbie

    Recently found your blog and love it. Also purchased your book re Fodmap vegetarian diet as I am trying to figure out the best diet for my IBS mostly vegetarian gut! Cain’t wait to try your recipes. I do have a question about the creamy cashew Dijon sauce. Can I substitute tahini for the whole cashews and if so what amount would I use? Also what is the best way to follow UR blog without missing any posts…is there a direct email option?
    Thanks for all of your insight and sharing the recipes.

  39. Elise Post author

    ok, so i dont think subbing tahini will be as good (or similar to my sauce at all), but if you want to try it, feel free, and let me know how it goes.
    its hard for me to guess the amount because the nuts blend from whole nuts, so im not completely sure what amount will substitute. youll also need to add some extra liquid too because tahini is more thick and dense than cashews pureed with liquid. maybe start with 1/2 cup with 1-2 tbsp of extra water?
    good luck and let me know how it goes :)

  40. Nicole

    Hey Elise! I love your Blog….and I also have IBS and have been following a Low Fodmaps diet. And it definitely works in reducing my symptoms! Do you notice you still have some symptoms while following the diet…and when are they worse for you? Mine seem to be more annoying right when I wake up and get moving but go away after a BM. But overall my symptoms are way less annoying when I’m careful with following a low Fodmaps. Thank you for your yummy recipes!

  41. Elise Post author

    while on the elimination diet i was nearly symptoms free, but on a low fodmaps diet i do have symptoms every once in a while. they are generally milder and usually occur when i mess up and have too much of a certain fodmap or each something without knowing it has fodmap sources in it. hard to say when they are worse, but at least now i know how to get back on track (elimination diet). i do notice some relief post-BM as well.

  42. Molly

    I have stumbled across your blog a few times while trying to diagnose my recent digestive issues, but have really started to get into it after my doctor suggested the FODMAP diet. I just finished the elimination phase and I am supposed to be re-introducing now, although I have to say, I am slightly hesitant! I believe I put myself in a downward spiral a couple years back when I really started to eat healthy to lose a few pounds. I ended up losing about 20 lbs with a fair amount of ease, but got caught up in the routine of eating the same exact foods all the time. They were all foods that I loved, so I didn’t have a problem with it, but for the past 6 months, I had started to feel off, and I suddenly gained 15 pounds back after maintaining for practically a year and a half. I was still sticking to my usual diet (lots of fruit (a lot of apples), soups that contain both onions/lentils/etc.) and my usual fitness plan, but was just feeling bloated/tired/irritable.

    Since the elimination phase of the FODMAP diet, I have started to feel so much better…so much more energized and I’m feeling so much more comfortable in my body. And even though my doctor said that my tummy troubles were not what was causing me to gain weight, I swear it has to be linked somehow. I was never eating any foods that were “bad” for me, but somehow managed to gain those 15 pounds within 3 months, but have since lost about 8 of those 15 within the 2 weeks that I have been on this elimination part of the diet.

    As I said, I am hesitant to start adding foods back in because I don’t want to feel the way I did 2 weeks ago… I am assuming that most of my problem lies in foods high in fructose, so I may just try and avoid those foods (apples, onions, etc.) I am fairly certain that gluten and lactose are not the causes. However, do you think that it’s more typical for those with IBS to avoid all of these possible triggers as much as you can (gluten, lactose, fructose)?

    Thanks for the awesome blog!

  43. Elise Post author

    hi molly,

    the beauty of the elimination phase is that if you feel good on it, you have a home base that you can always return to.
    if you add a food back in and you feel crappy, at least now you know how to feel good again.
    this is what helped me get the courage to trying new things.
    you can always get back to your happy place now that you understand your gut and fodmaps.
    good luck!

  44. Dvora

    I am a vegetarian and new to FODMAPS eating (and an IBS dx). I’m wondering whether all of your recipes are low FODMAP? Thanks.

  45. Elise Post author

    hi dvora, no they arent. i started this blog long before i was following a fodmaps diet and i still post various recipes that i cook for my family/friends on here that arent fodmaps friendly. if it is fodmaps friendly i indicate it as such. enjoy!

  46. Denise

    Hi Elise!

    I am 22 years old and I’ve recently been diagnosed with IBS after many years of what my mom called, “tummy troubles”. I discovered your blog and I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your wisdom to help others like me! At first I thought my diet would have to be so bland and boring, that I would dread eating, but your recipes give me hope :) Again, thanks for sharing!

  47. Chelsea

    Hi! So sorry if you already answered this (there are so many comments and questions!) but I just purchased your cookbook (it really is so hard staying vegetarian on this diet, plus I think I react negatively to all dairy), and I was wondering if you had any updates. For example, I don’t think cashews or tempeh are on the safe fodmaps list anymore. I appreciate your help!!

  48. Diana Cullen

    Loved the manicotti recipe. Can you freeze this recipe before or after baking it? Did not know if hummus,tofu spinach mixture would survive freezing thanks so much Delicious recipe!!

  49. Heidi

    Hi! Loooove your site! Question. Is the No Bake Strawberry and Vanilla Cheesecake recipe vegan and gluten free? I am very new to both.

  50. Sarah

    Hi, I’ve been researching vegan cheesecakes and I’m torn between doing a baked or raw version. I like to create my own recipes based on a combination of others. And a lot of the raw versions have coconut oil while the baked leave that out and typically contain tofu. I was wondering if you ever did a baked version that contained both coconut oil (approx. 1/3 C) and tofu – along with the cashews of course. I think I’ll prefer the baked texture more but don’t want to include the coconut oil if it will ruin the cake.

  51. Ruth

    I was going to let my sister-in-law have the link for the FODMAPS list but it says the domain name ran out on 3rd Jan – are you going to renew it or if not, can you post the list of stuff (with your findings) somewhere here for me please? Thanks

  52. Lori

    Hi there! Recipes and info look great. Where can I find you on Facebook? Would love to follow and not miss any yummo recipes. Thank you!

  53. Linda potter

    Hi Elise,
    A couple of weeks ago I found a recipe for savoury breakfast bread – ingredients Kale, corn meal cheese etc but cannot find it now much to my disappointment:-(( have you withdrawn this recipe?
    I am in Australia and have recently started to eat gluten free and enjoy seeing that there are so many yummy recipes on your site!
    Thanks so much :-))
    Linda Potter

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    Just thought I’d leave you a message letting you know that the link you provide to the FODMAP diet is to a dead page, there’s no website there, just a domain up for sale!

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